Archive for the ‘Crime’ Category

Nest Hello is up and running!

OK, you like a challenge if you are reading this. And installing the Nest Hello Doorbell is definitely a challenge, but worth it in the end.  I found the real issues were more with the doorbell than the doorbell system.

Nest people: please come up with a way to set this up using a wired connection. The Bluetooth version had too many problems.  I was able to set this up, but there were far too many headaches associated with wireless in a highly congested frequency band.

But it was worth it in the end.

I can see events. So, if someone were to be a porch pirate, or worse, I wouldn’t have to scroll through hours of footage to find it. The segments would be highlighted. I also signed up to have my video stored for 10 days in “the cloud”.

Personally, I find that CCTV is far more of a crime deterrent than a firearm. Toss in how many people have been killed by CCTV as opposed to family members killed with a gun.

Two high profile crimes were solved through CCTV in my neighbourhood. I can name a lot more where the CCTV being backed up to a remote location foiled criminals (including bent cops).

So, keep your gun. I would rather have big brother watching out for me.

The War on Drugs

I am one of the people who believes that drugs should be legalised, but I know deep in my heart that is completely unlikely. Saying that I support the legalisation and taxation of drugs works against my interest as a cog in the criminal justice system.  In fact, that is the reason I know that drugs will never be legalised.

First off, there is the puritanical streak that says the substances should be banned.  After being in the Michigan legislature when “Cat” (Methcathinone) was banned and watching it sweeep to a pretty much unanimous vote before my eyes in the early 1990s, the attitude toward illegal drugs is pretty much the same whether it is something such as marijuana or heroin or cocaine.  Society disapproves of drug use.

But the real reason is there is far too much money involved in the illegal drug trade.  Luv News sent a link to a story in Pravda that
U.S. remains the largest cocaine market in the world according to the INCB (International Board for Narcotics Control).

“In 2009, 4.8 million people consumed some form of cocaine in the U.S., compared with 5.3 million in 2008,” the INCB said in its report in 2010. With this number of consumers, the U.S. represents 41% of the international drug market, ahead of Europe, with 29%, according to the board, stating that “Although the market for cocaine has been reduced in North America, it continues to grow in Europe.”

LUV’s commentary points out that part of the problem is that US banking industry makes billions of dollars from the illegal drug trade by laundering money. That means the corruption in the drug trade is pretty much systemic. The fact that huge amounts of money can be had by enabling the trade, we are ensured that the war on drugs will drag on far longer than any other war.

Twenty million people in the U.S. regularly use illegal drugs, spurring street crime and wrecking families. Narcotics cost the U.S. economy $215 billion a year — enough to cover health care for 30.9 million Americans — in overburdened courts, prisons and hospitals and lost productivity, the department says.

“It’s the banks laundering money for the cartels that finances the tragedy,” says Martin Woods, director of Wachovia’s anti-money-laundering unit in London from 2006 to 2009. Woods says he quit the bank in disgust after executives ignored his documentation that drug dealers were funneling money through Wachovia’s branch network.

And it’s not just the money and drugs, but the trade also fuels US firearms sales. There is this denial that most of the guns used by the drug cartels come from the US, but what better way to keep the money from just leaking like a sieve to Columbia and Afghanistan than to sell guns?

There is no hope that drugs will be legalised. And if they were, we could be sure that big business would have its hand in any future legal sales.

Posted 07/03/2011 by lacithedog in Crime, drug war, narcotics

More British Crime Initiatives: the Knife exchange

And there is a surprise ending to this one:

How the English are handling Inner City gang violence

Morris Dancing!

“Gangs have got to put down the guns and pick up the hankies.”

Better yet…

More things like this can be found at the BBC.

Better yet–the clips aren’t region protected!

I couldn’t imagine the Americans doing this.

I just watched Scotland’s Secret Serial Killer last night on BBC iPlayer which was a Documentary that aired on BBC Two in Scotland on 10 Dec 2009 about convicted serial killer and child rapist Angus Sinclair. It seems that he was let loose on an unsupervised weekend pass to attend a small boat festival back in the mid 90s. He was selling toys there that he made whilst in prison. As the programme said, this would have been the perfect ruse for him giving his M.O. (get a young child to do him a favour and then corner the little girl).

Fortunately, he didn’t kill or rape anyone whilst on pass.

“Psychiatrists believe Sinclair’s obsession with sex cannot be cured”. Well, I think that can be said about most humans.

Most US states would have put this clown on death row. I seriously doubt the yanks would have let him loose and unsupervised on an unsuspecting public (what were they thinking????).

iPlayer no longer has this available.

Posted 17/12/2009 by lacithedog in Crime, criminals, serial killers

An interesting way to fight crime

It seems that the West Yorkshire police are using a young girls’s letter to show the effects of crime. West Yorkshire Police are sending a Christmas card to known burglars across the Bradford area to make them think about the effect of their crimes.

The BBC interviewed a robber about his experience in a programme where he had to meet his victim and learn how his crime affected her. Somerset Children have also written similar letters.

I have to admit that my experience shows that prevention is far better than punishment at dealing with criminals. It will be interesting to see the effect this has on the West Yorkshire’s criminal element.

Posted 11/12/2009 by lacithedog in Crime, criminals

NRA Has Yet to Explain Why It Wants to Help Killers, Criminals, Lunatics, and Imbeciles Acquire Guns

Because that’s its membership base?

A N.Y. probe exposes loopholes that let criminals buy firearms — and the need for greater regulation.
LA Times Editorial (Editorial comment: For the fucking morons who don’t understand a page link)
October 16, 2009

For shock value, they may not rank with the videos released last month showing ACORN workers giving tax advice to a couple of undercover investigators posing as a prostitute and her pimp. But New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s covert recordings of what really goes on at gun shows are appalling nonetheless.

In the midst of a reelection campaign in a Democratic-majority city, the Republican (sort of) Bloomberg has latched on to an issue that appeals mainly to liberals: gun control. Though New York state has fairly restrictive gun laws, Bloomberg believes firearms bought out of state play a big role in Gotham’s crime problems. So he sent private investigators to seven gun shows in three states between May and August and posted the results, including video shot with hidden cameras, on a city-sponsored website.

“So no background check, right?” the investigators ask. “Because I probably couldn’t pass one.” The response, over and over, is laughter, a shrug or even admissions from gun sellers that they couldn’t pass one either. Out of 30 vendors approached, 19 sold guns to people they knew were barred from owning them. Also captured on tape were dealers selling weapons to an obvious straw buyer — someone who buys a gun for someone else, usually because the actual buyer couldn’t pass the federal background check. Sixteen of 17 vendors approached sold guns to straw buyers, which is a felony.

Gun shows are thought to be a key supplier of guns used in crimes, though how big a role they play is the subject of heated debate. To understand why they’re considered a problem, one first has to understand the contorted nature of federal gun laws.

New-gun retailers are closely regulated, with laws forcing them to obtain licenses, keep transaction records so that guns used in crimes can be traced, and perform background checks on buyers to ensure they aren’t legally barred from owning guns. Convicted felons, drug addicts, the mentally ill and illegal immigrants are among those who fall into that category. Meanwhile, nonprofessional used-gun traders are subject to none of those requirements, although even resellers are forbidden from transactions in which they know the buyer couldn’t pass a background check (something Bloomberg’s investigators caught on tape repeatedly).

The absence of regulation of second-hand sales is often referred to as the “gun-show loophole.” Any criminal can go to a gun show in most states and buy an armful of used firearms, including semiautomatic assault weapons, knowing they’re untraceable and that no one will check his conviction record. Bloomberg and other activists seek to close this loophole, and they have powerful friends. During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama agreed, as did his Republican opponent, John McCain. Yet bills that have sought to close the loophole have never gone far, and there’s little reason to think that current efforts, including a bill from Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.), will be more successful. That’s because the gun lobby enjoys political power that greatly exceeds the number of hard-core gun enthusiasts in the United States, and because many Democrats believe they lost their congressional majority in the mid-1990s because of their aggressive pursuit of gun-control laws — and they’re terrified of a repeat.

Democrats’ cowardice is distressing, particularly when it’s exhibited by Obama, who has been silent on the issue since the campaign and has made no attempt to back Lautenberg’s bill. But even if it were to pass, it wouldn’t go far enough. In truth, the phrase “gun-show loophole” is a misnomer, because unregulated secondary sales don’t just happen at gun shows. Used guns are sold at swap meets, through classified ads and even over the Internet. What’s more, criminals get their guns from many sources besides gun shows, including straw buyers and licensed dealers who break the law.

What’s really needed is a federal law patterned on California’s tough restrictions on firearm sales. Lautenberg’s bill, S. 843,:S.843: regulates gun-show transactions exclusively. In California, it is illegal for anyone to sell or transfer a firearm, whether at a gun show or not, without processing the transaction through a licensed dealer, who must perform a background check. Opponents claim that this would be overly burdensome, but it has had no discernible effects on gun sales in California, which, according to a recent UC Davis study, hosted 100 gun shows in 2007 and like many other states saw a 30% year-over-year sales increase in late 2008 and early 2009. Though there’s little evidence that this law has reduced gun violence in the Golden State, that’s probably because it’s still so easy for criminals to get guns from elsewhere, especially from anything-goes border states such as Nevada and Arizona. A federal law would change that.

But it still wouldn’t go far enough. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigates a gun show only when it gets a tip that illegal activity is expected; as a result, it conducts operations at less than 5% of them. If nothing else, Bloomberg’s investigation proves that more attention is badly needed. The agency should be given the funding, and a mandate, to post undercover operatives at most if not all gun shows. Though the lunatic fringe that believes the ATF to be a Gestapo-like arm of a repressive government would loudly object, most legitimate merchants wouldn’t, because they’re tired of unfair competition from resellers who don’t follow the rules.

None of these measures would restrict the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens; their intent is solely to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals. Though the gun lobby raises a hue and cry whenever such proposals arise, it has yet to explain why it wants to make it easy for murderers, armed robbers and other criminals to obtain the tools of their trade. Bloomberg’s gun-show expose has the whiff of a political stunt, but if it gets politicians and the public talking about gun control again, it’s a stunt we can applaud.

Copyright © 2009, The Los Angeles Times
Another editorial comment for assholes too stupid to understand the word “plagiarism”: this article is not my own but an editorial from the LA Times. I never took credit for it, but you are too fucking stupid to understand that.

So

FUCK YOU!

Posted 16/10/2009 by lacithedog in Crime, crime guns, Gun Laws, Gun Shows, guns, NRA