crime prevention

How we can reduce crime

Tom Gash says that manipulating the moments that turn us into criminals is the secret to crime prevention in this entertaining & intriguing TED talk.

How burglars use social media

Criminals and law enforcement officials are early adopters of new technologies and social media in particular in their battle to outwit each other. There are plenty of ways in which burglars in particular can develop their lean systems to target and gather intelligence on potential victims and minimise the risks of getting caught. Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare are particularly straightforward ways of finding out if someone is away on holiday or business. Google StreetView makes advance reconnaissance a piece of cake. The infographic below summarises some of the main techniques in current use…

Home security firms get the Christmas spirit

00000We’ve been surrounded by Christmas-themed advertising for about three months now. We expect mainstream retailers to surround us with Santas and reindeer, holly and tinsel – not to mention “Buy 2, Get 1 Free” offers. For other businesses, boosting sales at the festive season is more of a challenge. I particularly admire the chutzpah of this home security firm:   Happy Christmas and see you in 2013   Created by     00000

How to mug off your smartphone thief

000Earlier this year I wrote a post about how the “Find my iPhone” app had helped British Transport Police both recover a stolen iPhone and arrest the thief. At the end of the post, I speculated that in the future smartphones would be able to: “scan any new user’s retina to confirm it has been stolen,  and then report the crime itself (by e-mail, text or Twitter), complete with a photo of the thief and …

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ET phone home: Smartphones and crime prevention

00000  One of the downsides about any form of new technology is that it is inevitably expensive and attractive to thieves. Over the years, burglars have focused on Video Recorders, DVD players and, now, Flatscreen TVs. Car thieves have moved from car radios via CD players on to SatNavs, although even those are no longer of sufficient value to interest most opportunists. In the same way, the advent of mobile phones has been responsible for …

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