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Miami Dade County Security Guard From Wackenhut Cought Stealing

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

Miami Dade County Security Guard Steals From Metrorail Courtesy Fare Boxes

MIAMI — By Jeff Burnside NBC6 Investigative Reporter

A Miami Wackenhut security guard has been charged with stealing money from Miami-Dade County Metrorail passenger courtesy fare boxes.

Miami-Dade County’s Public Corruption Investigative Bureau said it secretly videotaped Fabriciano Baez repeatedly taking the taxpayers’ money.

Some people in positions of power within the county said they’re very angry.

“He ought to be pointing the finger at himself,” said Miami-Dade County Manager George Burgess. “And looking at the mirror and feeling pretty disgusted with what he sees.”

Baez was a security guard hired to protect Metrorail riders and protect taxpayers’ property. There are hundreds of security guards working Metrorail, many of whom do good, honest work. But, police said, not Baez.

“He did have somewhat of a routine that he would go through to carry out this crime,” said Miami-Dade police Detective Juan Villalba.

A Miami-Dade County Transit Revenue Collections manager noticed Baez being recorded by security cameras in the pre-dawn hours, blocking the camera’s view at the change machines. Repair crews found the change machines jammed and fixed them.

Days later, Baez appeared again, standing against the change machines. Crews found the change machines jammed again and notified police.

The case report from the Miami-Dade Public Corruption Investigations Bureau described how detectives doing surveillance watched Baez show up for work early before trains even began running. Police surveillance video allegedly showed Baez methodically unfolding the passenger brochures, kneeling down by the cash box and dumping the money onto the brochure.

Police said he takes $30 to $175 each time. Police said he did it over three years at many train stations, which would mean taking thousands of taxpayer dollars.

“Sadly, you’re going to have people that try to cheat, that are going to try to steal, that are trying to make a quick buck the wrong way,” Burgess said. “It’s up to us to never, never like it, accept it or tolerate it.”

Police said Baez would jam something into the change machines that allow passengers to buy tokens and get change back. Taking those machines out of service meant more passengers had to use the user-friendly fare boxes installed as a courtesy to riders when change machines aren’t working. Security guards watch passengers put dollar bills into a slot, and then allow them through the turnstiles.

But, police said, Baez somehow rigged a special key to open those cash boxes.

“He found a way to get into the courtesy collection box,” Villalba said. “He would take that money out and keep that money for his own gain.”

Police said Baez confessed to everything once he realized he was caught on surveillance video.

“And it’s a shame,” Villalba said. “But that’s the way it is.”

Miami-Dade County is proposing to increase fares on Metrorail, but not due to theft.

Baez, whose lawyer did not return repeated calls made by NBC6 investigative reporter Jeff Burnside, is charged with grand theft and burglary. He will appear in court on June 2.


Miami Security Cameras Will Scan Downtown

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Miami Security Cameras – News 

MIAMI (CBS4) ― The Miami Police Department will be installing a series of closed-circuit cctv security cameras in downtown Miami to curtail crime, control traffic and be an eye against terrorist-related activities.

The Miami security cameras  will cover Biscayne Boulevard from Southeast Third Street to Interstate 395. The cctv security cameras will wirelessly link into police headquarters and be recorded.

There will be expanded coverage into Brickell, to Flagler Street and eventually into Coconut Grove and northern areas of the city.

It’s a major undertaking because it involves partnerships with companies who own light poles with good vantage points in Miami Florida such as the American Airlines Arena, the Bayfront Park Trust, CSX Railroad and Metro Dade Transit.

Proponents believe it will help in efforts to counter terrorism, others say it will identify people who commit everyday crimes.

London was the first city to be filled with cctv security cameras. They’re on every corner. Police say they’re invaluable in solving crimes, and they were prominently used in the investigation into the summer bombings in the city.

But there are complaints that the security cameras infringe on civil liberties.

The cctv cameras in miami, which can zoom, pan, tilt and operate in low light, will continuously feed into headquarters, where one officer will monitor multiple screens, zooming in when a disturbance occurs.

Security Guard shot attempted Carjacker

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

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BURTON, Mich — A security guard at Kings Lane apartments said he shot a man who attempted to steal his car Monday evening.

According to police, a man threatened the guard with a handgun and tried to take off with his vehicle. The security guard then shot the suspect twice with a .357 Magnum. The 21-year-old suspect was last reported in critical condition at an area hospital.Police said prosecutors are not expected to file charges against the security guard. by

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Parking Garage Security Guard Arrested For Sexual Assault

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Sandiego News 10news .com 

SAN DIEGO — A downtown security guard was behind bars for trying to sexually assault four women in a parking garage elevator, then taking a $100 bill from one of them, police said.

The crime in the parking garage at 2nd Avenue and A Street occurred about 12:35 a.m., said San Diego police Sgt. Alan Hayward.

The victims were walking to their car when a security guard directed them to into an elevator he was holding open, Hayward said. While on the elevator, the guard stopped the car, pulled out a hunting knife, then ordered them to disrobe, Hayward said. One of the victims offered the man a $100 bill to let them go, and he agreed, Hayward said. The victims went to police, and the suspect was arrested when the young women identified him as the one, Hayward said. Police withheld the suspect’s name.

Security Guards Questioned After Milwaukee Nightclub Shooting

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Police: Victims Were Involved In Argument Inside Club. Channel 3000

MILWAUKEE — Three security guards were questioned by police on Monday following a fatal nightclub shooting in Milwaukee this weekend.

One man was killed and another wounded outside Club Escape just before 2 a.m. A 27-year-old man died after being shot multiple times in the chest. A 32-year-old man, who was wounded, is in stable condition at a local hospital. Police said the shooting victims were involved in an argument inside the nightclub before they were asked to leave. The shooting happened after the men went to their car. Investigators said the security guards / bouncers might have been involved in an exchange of gunfire with the two men.

Ghana: Anglogold Security Guards Beaten Unconscious

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

 Ghanaian Chronicle (Accra)

Nana Asante Albert

SIX PRIVATE Security personnel contracted by Anglo Gold Ashanti (AGA), Obuasi mine to guard the STP Run of Mine Pad concession of the company were on Friday attacked by unknown gangs.

Five of the security men with the Ghanatta Securities are currently on admission at the company’s hospital (Edwin Cade) receiving treatment while the other person, Mr. Kwasi Kodea believed to be in his forties and whose condition is said to be critical has since been transferred to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi .

The other five on admission are Messrs Abraham Kwaku Mensah, 34, Fred Addai, 39, Oppong Joseph, 27, Kofi Kyei, 38 and Kwaku Oteng, 27.

Briefing newsmen at the hospital, Mr. Mensah who acted as spokesman said they were discharging their normal duties at the area around 7 : 15 pm when they were confronted by about 40 unknown persons.

He continued that the group pleaded with them to allow them enter the premises to embark on an illegal mining (galamsey), which they resisted.

He further explained that a member of the group stressed, “We came here in peace but if you people fail to grant us our demands, then we will show you our power”,

While exchanging words with them the group all of a sudden pounced on them with cutlasses and other offensive weapons which resulted in their injuries.


He said in all they were eleven security guards stationed at the area “but as I speak now, we do not know the where about of the other five”.

Friends and family members of the victims who thronged Edwin Cade hospital around 10: 45 pm last Friday after the news broke out in separate interviews with The Chronicle appealed to Management of the company and the general public to assist in locating the where about of the other five.

At the time of filing this report, the five were yet to be located.


Security Guard Accused Of Assault Arrested

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) ― The security guard accused of punching a 16-year-old and breaking his jaw has been arrested.

Joshua Streator, 24, was arrested this afternoon and booked into the Sacramento County Jail on the felony charge of battery with great bodily injury. The charges stem from an alleged attack by Streator on Jeff Yazel, a Safeway employee, earlier this month.

Yazel, 16, says he was at the South Sacramento store gathering up shopping carts left in the parking lot, when a Brinks security service truck pulled up and two armed security guards got out and walked to a nearby Wells Fargo bank. Jeff says that as he continued to gather the carts he looked over at the truck, impressed with its appearance. Apparently a third security guard inside the truck, Streator, thought Yazel was glaring at him.

Yazel says he was in the middle of the parking lot when he heard footsteps behind him. He turned around to find Streator standing in front of him and asked him if he wanted to fight. Yazel says that Streator then hit him in the jaw, then left.

Despite the fact that his jaw was broken in the attack and is now wired shut, Yazel is vocal about the ordeal. He says he hopes that justice can be served.

Streator’s bail has been set at $25,000.

Security Guard Didn’t Deserve To Die

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

CHICAGO — A vigil was held on Tuesday for a security guard who was killed outside a Chicago clothing store last Friday. 

NBC5’s Alex Perez reported that Harold Long’s family said not only did Long work as a security guard, he dreamed of opening his own security guard company.

“Someone took his life for clothes,” said Long’s sister, Shauntamika Friley Green, through tears. “Not even $200 worth of clothes!”

Long, 22, was shot and killed while trying to stop three armed masked robbers from stealing clothes and shoes from the “Get M Girlz” clothing store, located at 2547 W. 63rd St. “My brother didn’t even get a chance to get to know his nephews,” Green said. “All he wanted to do was work.” Residents and community activists marched in the neighborhood, Perez reported, calling for both peace and justice. “We’re living in fear out here and it’s not OK,” said Ameena Mathews of Cease Fire, an anti-violence organization. “I’ve been here for 35 years and I’ve watched the neighborhood change,” said 15th Ward Ald. Toni Foulkes. “I don’t know about some people, but I know I’m sick and tired of it.” Eric Henderson, who owns the clothing store, had offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the gunmen. Perez reported the reward offer was increased to $6,000. “We don’t have foreign terrorists — we have local terrorists here,” he said. The incident was captured on the store’s video surveillance cameras, Perez reported, and Chicago Police Cmdr. Leo Schmitz said authorities were still working on enhancing the tape. “Anytime you have video in any kind of crime, it helps us immensely at the start of the crime,” he said. Green pleaded with the gunmen to turn themselves in to authorities. “My brother didn’t deserve to die like that,” she said.

Tyco International Announces Acquisition of Trident Tek, Inc.

Friday, November 16th, 2007

PEMBROKE, Bermuda , Nov. /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Tyco International(NYSE: TYC) (BSX: TYC) today announced the acquisition of the assets of Trident Tek, Inc., a leading developer of video surveillance solutions, to strengthen its American Dynamics portfolio of video security technology and products. Privately-held Trident Tek has more than 20 years of experience in the security, storage and network industries, and brings extensive IT expertise to complement Tyco’s leadership in the video surveillance industry. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced.

“We are strategically investing, through acquisitions and internal development, to extend our leadership in video surveillance into the rapidly growing IP market,” said Don Lyman , vice president and general manager of access control and video systems.

The acquired assets include Trident Tek’s network video management system(NVMS) which utilizes an embedded Linux operating system based on server-client architecture. The NVMS provides a robust, scalable and open IP-based platform, which can support over 128 cameras per server including megapixel IP cameras, standard IP cameras, and analog cameras with IP encoders. Using Linux turns an off-the-shelf server into a network appliance, which increases the ease of installation and lowers the cost of ownership.

“The Intellex(R) digital video management system, one of our core products for over 10 years, continues to gain market share with a large customer base,”said Chuck Hutzler , vice president of R&D for American Dynamics video solutions. “Trident Tek’s robust and scalable platform complements our own new VideoEdge IP products, maintains compatibility with our extensive existing base and puts us in an even stronger market position.”

To provide flexibility and ease of use, Trident Tek developed this NVMS platform using IT standards and open source tools. The NVMS solution can be augmented with expandable external SCSI-attached storage, fiber-attached storage, or IP SAN storage.

“We are very excited to join the American Dynamics video systems team.American Dynamics is a leading brand in the video market with a powerful global sales and distribution channel,” said Paul Zsebedics, CEO of Trident Tek, Inc. “With the convergence of physical and IT security, the combined organization establishes American Dynamics as one of the leading physical security manufacturers developing, marketing, and delivering IP solutions.”

The current Trident Tek NVMS will be offered concurrently while serving as a base on which to develop the new VideoEdge NVMS. The VideoEdge NVMS will support multiple compression technologies including the patented American Dynamics Active Content Compression (ACC) which enables current Intellex customers globally to migrate to IP solutions while protecting their existing investment.

About Tyco International

Tyco International (NYSE: TYC) is a diversified, global company that provides vital products and services to customers in more than 60 countries.Tyco is a leading provider of security products and services, fire protection and detection products and services, valves and controls, and other industrial products. Tyco completed the spin-off of its healthcare and electronics businesses on June 29, 2007 and today has annual revenues of more than $18 billion and 110,000 employees.

About American Dynamics(TM) video technologies

American Dynamics video technologies have earned a reputation for innovation and reliability around the globe. With pioneering breakthroughs insecurity technology, the American Dynamics brand has always been at the forefront of the industry with the most popular and easy to use digital video management system in the industry: Intellex. The American Dynamics portfolio also includes a comprehensive selection of domes, cameras, matrix switchers,keyboards, multiplexers, monitors, and video accessories-everything required for a complete, state of the art video surveillance system. With a powerful integration platform, American Dynamics solutions work seamlessly with Software House(R) and Kantech access control products, as well as other important business applications, to provide customers with greater ease of operation and faster access to the information they need in critical situations.

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Fear of Flying

Friday, November 16th, 2007

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Fear of Flying

I don’t know about the rest of you, but my perception of airport security invulnerability that enveloped me following the Sept. 11 aftermath has taken a beating this week. While the U.S. Transportation Security Administration has certainly maintained its track record — keeping the continental skies safe from menacing 80-year old Baptist grandmothers from Mississippi and six-year-old Disney-bound youngsters posted on its “no-fly” list — it seemed to have difficulties this week.

A few chinks in the security armor arose with a newly released report on security vulnerabilities in the airport screening process from U.S. Government Accountability Office turned heads early this week, followed by the stunning revelation that dozens of illegal immigrant workers were allegedly using fraudulent ID badges to access high-security areas of Chicago ‘s O’Hare Airport.

Not to insinuate that the U.S. Congress is not on top of the situation, but one Illinois congressman thought it might be a good idea to propose federal legislation that would allow only U.S. citizens to hold airport jobs that provide access to sensitive security areas like planes, tarmac and baggage areas. Gosh, what a novel idea! The congressman also proposed that the feds take over responsibility for issuing airport security credentials, taking it out of the hands of locals.

U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL) said he wants “federal security zones” created at all national airports, with the TSA having full jurisdiction. The feds would be responsible for background checks on anyone applying for airport security credentials and their legal status.

Obviously there is a hole in the current system that allows local airport administrators to issue access control/ID badges to employees who have access to secured areas of the airport, including the planes themselves. The fact that 30 illegal aliens were working at O’Hare with fraudulent badges is more than a little frightening. Kirk indicated that this was no way to run security at the second busiest airport in the world. Don’t you just love a politician’s gift for understatement?

The GAO compounded the TSA’s bad week by releasing a new report saying terrorists, who had little trouble slipping past screeners with disparate bomb parts, could later assemble them to create an explosive device large enough to severely damage an in-flight aircraft.

GAO investigators ran these screener stings at 19 various airports around the country looking for holes in the passenger screening process. The investigators had success smuggling materials through checkpoints that could be used to make both explosive and incendiary devices. Investigators obtained all the components for the devices from easily accessible outlets at local stores and over the internet for less than $150.

According to the report, “By using concealment methods for the components, two GAO investigators demonstrated that it is possible to bring the components for several improvised explosive devices (IED) and one improvised incendiary device (IIE) through TSA checkpoints and onto airline flights without being challenged by TSA officers. In most cases, TSA officers appeared to follow TSA procedures and used technology appropriately; however, GAO uncovered weaknesses in TSA screening procedures and other vulnerabilities as a result of these tests.”

While the failures exposed by the GAO report are good for headlines and seem to bear out the threat a group of savvy terrorists could wreak havoc with a few simple devices, the findings are no big surprise, according to a former high-ranking FAA security official who preferred to remain anonymous.

“I could have written that GAO report. Almost everything in there was exactly what you would expect to hear if you have been in the industry. You can not prevent somebody who knows the system from using it to their advantage – and believe me, anyone looking to get explosives onto an airplane knows the system. We are not talking about some mad bomber from Montana here, but military-style trained terrorists who know how airport security works and the dynamics of an airplane,” the former FAA official told me in a phone interview.

“That being said, I doubt that the devices the GAO were bringing aboard would be powerful enough to bring down an aircraft, but they could certainly kill a lot of folks,” he continued. “There are just so many ways to configure these devices.”

Our source remains critical of what he called “knee-jerk security procedures” initiated by the TSA. “I have been a huge critic of the TSA’s policy on screening liquids. It is window-dressing security that makes the politicians in Washington D.C. feel good and does little to protect the flying public.”