Sneaking past the air gap

It occurred to me a few days ago that there is a simple way past many security systems in this semi-Internet-of-Things time. There are a large number of devices that use an SDcard, USB device or other removable storage media. There is an old attack where a specially prepared USB stick is dropped in our…

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Peterman – another word for safecracker

This topic came up again recently. Where does the word “Peterman”, to mean a safe blower-up-er, come from? It would be down to a scholar to do some digging and find the actual answer. Or I could just look on Google and find out…   The 2 competing theories: Personally I’ve always thought of Saltpetre…

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Do you need an alarm system? – Part 2

In my last blog post, I talked a bit about alarm systems, and I’m going to stick with that theme here, to inform you about some of the options for security systems in unusual places. Now, you might think that a derelict house is unlikely to be secured¬† with a state of the art alarm…

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Do you need an alarm system?

A question that I’m sure not many people consider is “Do I actually need an alarm?” The answer, similarly unconsidered, is probably not. But that is with caveats. As a professional, I’ve broken into hundreds of houses a year for the best part of a decade. So, you’d think I’d be partly deaf from the…

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In which Thievery is pondered

Stumbled across this earlier. I have a lot of dealings with the edges of criminality. I replace locks when keys are stolen, under a court warrant I break into places that may or may not have an owner, I see the results of burglary and repair them to a higher standard, and I open houses…

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Incorrigible rogues can sleep safely at night

With the Queen’s Speech mere hours away, here is some very vaguely related news. Incorrigible rogues can sleep safely at night (or whenever) – it is no longer a criminal offence to be one in England and Wales. 308 other offences were also removed from the books. (Or perhaps haven’t been yet because it happens…

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Yes, it’s a crime-and-lock related news round-up!

A new initiative to boost confidence in the UK police has been launched.¬† Islington, Lewisham and Havering in London are having specifically targeted ultra-local posters at bus stops and other “street level” locations on roads and other locations that are deemed to have a crime or anti-social behaviour problem. http://content.met.police.uk/Campaign/localpolicing R2D2 on steroids? Or a…

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Got a security problem?

We fit alarms, CCTV & locks to anywhere and anything.¬† Got something you think can’t be secured? Try us. We have secured ancient relics in churches, down to the church organ to prevent people fiddling. We have fitted physical access control to web-based startups. Added CCTV to premises for deterrence and evidence after the fact.…

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Chalk & stickers to mark burglary targets . what to do?

Apparently, criminal gangs are using ‘secret signs’ to mark targets for burglary and they, stealing the idea from the hobo culture of the USA from years ago. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2412127/The-Da-Pinci-Code-Burglars-use-chalk-markings-outside-homes-help-criminals-target-rich-vulnerable.html I say ‘Apparently’, because, you know, you have to look at the source. But, we also have this report: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2509221/Burglars-target-homes-marked-stickers-scouts-check-streets-easy-targets.html Oh no, all panic, what should we…

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