The Odd (Security) News File

Submitted by: Susanna Chu

For this year’s Summer RANT (Random Advice, News and Tips) blog, we’ve rounded up some recent security-related news stories. What can you learn from these true crime stories?



Father, Forgive me… Tannersville, PA, August 29, 2017: Two women dressed as nuns hold up a bank, but leave without taking anything. Full story.

Tip: Keep abreast of the latest fas

hions for bank robbers with video surveillance footage.

Only in LA. Los Angeles, CA, August 29, 2017: The driver of a stolen car blew past a staffed security checkpoint onto port property and led police on a high-speed chase. It ended with a three-hour standoff when the man climbed a crane. He walked around, waved, did calisthenics—then stripped and fell or jumped seven stories to his death. Full story.

Tip: Sometimes, no security measures can protect a suspect from himself.

Like the Movies. Calgary, BC, August 17, 2017: A man and a woman in disguise try to rob a Calgary convenience store at dawn. Before police arrive, the clerk seizes at the man’s pick-axe-type weapon while the woman tries to fight back with what looks like a tire iron. Fighting off the robbers, the clerk races outside and barricades the suspects inside. With help from a passerby, he manages to contain the male suspect till police arrive. Security footage of the dramatic fight has gone viral. Full story.

Tip: Create your own action movies and achieve Internet fame with video security cameras.

Chocolate, Anyone? Neustadt, Germany, August 16, 2017: Thieves in Germany made off with 20 tonnes of Nutella. They also snatched some Kinder eggs. No word whether the Easter Bunny was involved. Full story.

Tip: Chocaholics will go to any length for a fix.

Fun and Games, Until...  Oldham, UK, August 15, 2017: A 12-year-old breaks into a residential construction project with a gang of 10-15 other youths, throws stones at a security guard, and pokes around a partially built house. Fun and exciting? Probably, till he falls 20 feet and breaks his arm and leg. Full story.

Tip: A lone security guard is no match for a gang of children. Provide back-up with remotely monitored, event-triggered security cameras.


Note: This blog discusses general safety and security topics. It is not intended to provide comprehensive advice or guidance. In all matters of personal safety and security, we encourage readers to research topics in depth and consult a security professional about specific concerns.


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