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Posts Tagged ‘LawEnforcement’

postheadericon TiaLinx’s Cougar20-H surveillance robot can peer through walls, see you breathe

You may be able to outrun it, but you probably won’t be able to hide from TiaLinx’s new Cougar20-H surveillance robot. While it might not look like much, the bot packs an impressive RF array that’s not only able to detect movement within a building (though concrete walls, no less), but is even able to detect a person breathing inside a building at “long standoff distances.” Perhaps not surprisingly, complete details are largely being kept under wraps (the bot was developed with some help from the U.S. Army), but this isn’t simply a prototype — it’ll be rolling out next month and is expected to be put to use byvarious law enforcement and government agencies. Head on past the break for the official press release.

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TiaLinx’s Cougar20-H surveillance robot can peer through walls, see you breathe originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 07 Feb 2011 03:58:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon California Supreme Court says warrantless searches of suspects’ text messages are legal

Planning on getting arrested in California any time soon? You’d better make sure your text archives are free from any incriminating information as the state’s Supreme Court has now ruled it legal for police to check your missives folder without the need for a warrant. The justification for this privacy intrusion is that a phone search is “incidental” to a lawful arrest and its contents, much like the contents of your pockets or bags, fall within the realm of reasonable search. Two of the judges in the case did dissent, with one noting that “never before has it been possible to carry so much personal or business information in one’s pocket or purse,” which she argues should afford your iPhone, Droid or BB a higher level of privacy protection than, say, the packet of gummy bears you have in the other pocket. What do you think?

California Supreme Court says warrantless searches of suspects’ text messages are legal originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 10 Jan 2011 15:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon CCTV cameras help solve ‘six crimes a day’ in London, says Metropolitan Police

Been questioning the value of having omnipresent surveillance cameras tracking your every move? Well, if you’re an outlaw, you still won’t like them, but for the rest of us law-abiding types, London’s Metropolitan Police has a comforting stat to share: almost six crimes a day are being resolved with the help of CCTV footage. It’s being used primarily to aid the identification of perps on the run, and the number of suspects identified as a result has gone up to 2,512 this year. There is a bright light for criminals, however, as the Met admits digital recordings aren’t kept around as long as VHS ones used to be, meaning that if you slip the dragnet once, you’ll probably be alright. So good news for everyone!

CCTV cameras help solve ‘six crimes a day’ in London, says Metropolitan Police originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 28 Dec 2010 05:37:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon CCTV cameras help solve ‘six crimes a day’ in London, says Metropolitan Police

Been questioning the value of having omnipresent surveillance cameras tracking your every move? Well, if you’re an outlaw, you still won’t like them, but for the rest of us law-abiding types, London’s Metropolitan Police has a comforting stat to share: almost six crimes a day are being resolved with the help of CCTV footage. It’s being used primarily to aid the identification of perps on the run, and the number of suspects identified as a result has gone up to 2,512 this year. There is a bright light for criminals, however, as the Met admits digital recordings aren’t kept around as long as VHS ones used to be, meaning that if you slip the dragnet once, you’ll probably be alright. So good news for everyone!

CCTV cameras help solve ‘six crimes a day’ in London, says Metropolitan Police originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 28 Dec 2010 05:37:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon UK teen buys $750,000 of his own music from iTunes using stolen credit cards (update)

A UK teen named Lamar Johnson has recently plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud. His crime? It seems that he and his band (both in a musical sense and in a “Robin Hood” sense) used stolen credit cards to purchase something like $750,000 worth of their own music from both Amazon and the iTunes Store between January 2008 and June 2009. There’s no telling how much the group would have earned from royalties, and the name of the band hasn’t been disclosed (believe us, we looked), but something tells us that they probably recorded dubstep. Also, something tells us that — since the royalties would have to be paid out to someone with a bank account — this was a painfully easy case for prosecutors to crack. While Johnson will find his sentence tacked onto the 5-year jail term he is currently serving for grievous bodily harm, the rest of his 12 member “band” will have to wait until they appear in court in January to discover their fate.

Update: One of our fine commenters (christianoliff) dug up an article from the Sunday Mercury that discloses a little more info on the perp, including a dashing photo and the name of his MySpace artist page. Apparently his criminal enterprise was more of a 2-step thing.

UK teen buys $750,000 of his own music from iTunes using stolen credit cards (update) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 22 Dec 2010 00:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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