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Crime

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  • Are hobby-drones invading your privacy? There are few rules covering the casual drone-hobbyist.  Drone-filmed videos are popping up that show sporting events, local beaches and even DUI checkpoints. Los Angeles Kings fans were celebrating the team’s Stanley Cup win outside the Staples Center last week when they noticed a Phantom-model quadcopter drone buzzing above, surveying the scene. Angry at the intrusion, they ...
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  • How to identify shoplifters Shoplifters can be placed in one of two categories, professional and amateur. While both groups can be quite skilled at the art of thievery, professional shoplifters steal to make a living and may use force or intimidation. The non-professional shoplifter may be easier to spot. Shoplifter Methods: Many of these thieves work in groups of two or ...
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  • Could facial recognition software predict a person’s life expectancy? While governments, law enforcers and social media platforms have been strong players in developing and using facial recognition software, as the technology advances other industries are looking into its possibilities as well. The University of Illinois in Chicago started a project to help refine facial recognition technology in a way that it could predict a person’s ...

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  • This security guard robot watches your every move… A new robotic security guard certainly looks friendly, but that doesn’t make it any less vigilant.  A team at the UK’s University of Birmingham created Bob the security robot to see how a robot would handle an office environment. Bob scans its surroundings with 3D sensors to build a picture of the floor plan. If anything ...
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  • Situational Crime Prevention case studies – FREE pdf book Situational crime prevention: successful case studies  -  Ronald V. Clarke  Second Edition.  Includes bibliographical references and index.   ISBN 0-911577-39-4 (hardcover : alk. paper).    ISBN 0-911577-38-6 (pbk.: alk. paper)   Crime prevention# This 2nd edition features a revised and extended classification of 16 techniques of situational crime prevention, 13 new case studies and over 300 new references. If ...
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  • US military to use Terminator-style glasses armed with facial recognition The spy glasses, called the X6, are capable of matching the faces of thousands of people added to “watch lists” by government agencies. About 500 of the glasses have been bought by the Defense Intelligence Agency. The X6′s are designed by the Osterhout Design Group headed by Ralph Osterhout – known as the real-life version of ...