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August 21, 1992 | by Earni Young, Daily News Staff Writer
Those tiny security signs that dot the lawns of Chestnut Hill and Main Line mansions are now showing up in the windows of row homes in working-class neighborhoods. And they're not just a ploy to trick burglars into trying another home. They're for real. Security alarms, once a luxury that only the rich could afford, are now within reach of the average consumer. Today, consumers can buy a basic security system for as little as $95, a special price being advertised by ADT Security Systems Inc. of Parsippany, N.J., the security giant.
BUSINESS
June 4, 2015 | By Jonathan Takiff, Inquirer Staff Writer
"Hey, Siri, will home automation and smart security play a big part in my future?" Pundits have been saying just that, predicting a multibillion-dollar business built on web-connected home-control devices you install yourself or pay others to connect and monitor. And if you ask the dear girl today on your Apple smartphone or tablet, Siri will answer in the affirmative. Ditto local interested parties at Lehigh Valley's Lutron Electronics and Malvern's Zonoff Inc. On Tuesday, Siri's corporate parent, Apple Inc., unveiled the first wave of home automation products sporting a "Works with Apple HomeKit" logo.
NEWS
August 30, 1989 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Clara Levin, 72, lives in an aging brick rowhouse in East Camden with her black-haired dog, Midnight. She's lived there since the war, when Raritan Street was a prestigious address, home to doctors and lawyers. But today, Raritan Street runs through one of the city's toughest neighborhoods, where drug dealers occupy some of the homes and the explosive pop of gunfire provides a nighttime soundtrack. Bricks have been thrown through windows, and doors have been stolen off their hinges.
BUSINESS
October 22, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lawyers for a group of China-based scrap-metal recyclers have asked a federal court in New Jersey to return $5.5 million in cash, a Porsche Cayman Coupe, and a Texas warehouse, all seized last winter during a Homeland Security probe of worn coins sold to the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia. Federal border control agents acted illegally when they decided the worn coins were fakes and seized the mint's payments to Wealthy Max Ltd., America Naha Inc., and XRacer Sports Co. Ltd., along with the car and warehouse, their lawyer, Bradford L. Geyer wrote in a filing asking a federal judge in Newark to dismiss the case.
NEWS
January 14, 1988 | BY DON WILLIAMSON
The press had returned to Southwark Plaza. This time, the people with cameras and notepads and microphones had come to tell the world that 12-year-old Lukisha Carroll had fallen five floors down an elevator shaft. They also came to show the horrors of living in high-rise hellholes that cramp poor people and their miseries like size-12 feet in size-10 shoes. Lukisha is in critical condition at Children's Hospital - in a coma, with a broken pelvis and swollen brain tissue.
BUSINESS
August 14, 1991 | By Terry Bivens, Inquirer Staff Writer
Adage Inc., a diversified manufacturer in West Chester, yesterday said it would sell its unprofitable home-security system business and beef up its recycled paperboard operations. Speaking to financial analysts in Philadelphia, Adage officials said losses from its Pulsar Security and Allister Access Controls Inc. subsidiaries would total about $1.9 million in this year's first six months. Those losses are expected to cause a slight net loss for Adage in its first half, officials said.
NEWS
March 14, 1991 | By Rosalee Polk Rhodes, Special to The Inquirer
In January, Donna moved into the Heritage Square Condominiums in Clementon. It was her first home. In less than two weeks, she had become a police department statistic: one of about 30 people in Clementon whose homes have been burglarized since Jan. 1. "They went through (personal) papers and through my bedroom," said the woman, who asked that her last name not be used. "Since they've been there, I don't feel they will return. But I want to learn what I can (about home security)
NEWS
May 30, 1993 | By Blake Morrison, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Dennis Smar keeps a half-dozen home security systems in the kennels out back. They are imported from Europe. One, a German shepherd named Uran, loves to swim and lounge on hotel beds. Uran pants and drools to the tune of $15,000 - although Smar will settle for three grand. Another, Pirate, "is a lot more bubbly and bouncy," Smar said. And sells for about a thousand bucks more. That may sound like a high price to pay for protection, what with top-of- the-line electronic security systems that cost about $1,500 and don't have to be walked.
NEWS
November 8, 1989 | By Barbara E. Sorid, Special to The Inquirer
For William and Nellie Wright, coming home will never be the same. On the evening of Oct. 6, the security of their home was shattered by an intruder. Luckily for the Wrights, the intruder heard William Wright, 82, coming up the stairs and fled. Several cut window screens were the only physical signs of damage. But for the elderly Mount Holly couple, the mental suffering inflicted that evening was devastating. Just knowing that the home they felt so safe in for the last 12 years was targeted for a crime filled the couple with fear and anxiety.
NEWS
March 24, 1991 | By Barbara Evans Sorid, Special to The Inquirer
As partners, Sid Venitsky and Mark Keubler are an unlikely pair. Venitsky, 59, was in the dry-cleaning business for 31 years. Keubler, 30, ran a moving company. But for the last year, they have teamed up to provide home security to senior citizens in Burlington County. As crime-prevention officers in the Burlington County Senior Citizen Home Security Program - an arm of the Burlington County Sheriff's Office - Venitsky and Keubler have secured the homes of more than 700 older people since they began working together.
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June 26, 2016 | By Kevin Brasler, DELAWARE VALLEY CONSUMERS' CHECKBOOK
Before shelling out big bucks for an alarm system, take basic measures to improve your home's security. Many effective strategies cost very little or nothing. Most burglars enter homes by opening unlocked doors or windows, or by pushing, kicking, or prying locked ones until they open. Some break glass to reach in and unlock windows or doors. Only a few will break enough glass to walk or crawl through, or bash in a well-secured door, and they seldom pick locks. So start by making doors and windows as difficult to penetrate as possible.
BUSINESS
October 22, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lawyers for a group of China-based scrap-metal recyclers have asked a federal court in New Jersey to return $5.5 million in cash, a Porsche Cayman Coupe, and a Texas warehouse, all seized last winter during a Homeland Security probe of worn coins sold to the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia. Federal border control agents acted illegally when they decided the worn coins were fakes and seized the mint's payments to Wealthy Max Ltd., America Naha Inc., and XRacer Sports Co. Ltd., along with the car and warehouse, their lawyer, Bradford L. Geyer wrote in a filing asking a federal judge in Newark to dismiss the case.
BUSINESS
June 4, 2015 | By Jonathan Takiff, Inquirer Staff Writer
"Hey, Siri, will home automation and smart security play a big part in my future?" Pundits have been saying just that, predicting a multibillion-dollar business built on web-connected home-control devices you install yourself or pay others to connect and monitor. And if you ask the dear girl today on your Apple smartphone or tablet, Siri will answer in the affirmative. Ditto local interested parties at Lehigh Valley's Lutron Electronics and Malvern's Zonoff Inc. On Tuesday, Siri's corporate parent, Apple Inc., unveiled the first wave of home automation products sporting a "Works with Apple HomeKit" logo.
NEWS
July 5, 2014
ISSUE | STAYING SAFE Leave it to the pros The increase in fireworks-related injuries is easily explained, and I speak from experience as a commander for nine years of the Police Department bomb squad ("Fireworks-related injuries zoomed last year," July 2). Laws regarding who can purchase and use fireworks in Pennsylvania are as murky as the Schuylkill, making fireworks too accessible. That often puts them in the hands of individuals who have been drinking. Most disturbing, some adults allow children to use fireworks.
NEWS
January 11, 2013 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
AS "ZERO DARK THIRTY" sparks debate over waterboarding, we're left to wonder if there might be some other way to obtain information from enemy non-combatants. I'd suggest forcing them to watch "A Haunted House," the new Marlon Wayans movie and alleged comedy, a parody of the "Paranormal Activity" franchise. A parody that is, in its own way, more horrifying than the real thing. "House" stars Wayans as Malcolm, a single man about to invite his girlfriend (Essence Atkins) to move in with him. For about two minutes, it looks like Wayans might be on to something - looking for humor in the idea of a significant other invading your house and upending your life like some kind of poltergeist.
BUSINESS
September 19, 2012 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tyco International Inc., the global conglomerate based in tax-friendly Switzerland but operated by a group of Philadelphia-area executives from offices near Trenton, is breaking up again. The company's shareholders voted Monday to approve chief executive Edward Breen's plan to spin off its best-known consumer brand, the ADT home and small-business alarm service, into a separate company, ADT Corp. The stock will start trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Oct. 1. ADT hopes to use what Naren K. Gursahaney, who has run the unit since 2007, calls the "cool factor" of home automation - new systems using smartphones and other remote devices to link to home video and temperature sensors, check security networks, connect to local law enforcement, and turn on lights, appliances and utilities.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 26, 2012
Special Events Annual Tango Festival Featuring workshops, social dances & performances. Ruba Club, 416 Green St. $30-$250. Closes 5/27. Decorate-a-Cupcake Fridays Bakery provides chocolate & vanilla cupcakes, icing & all the toppings to make your own cupcake. Bredenbeck's Bakery & Ice Cream Parlor, 8126 Germantown Ave.; 215-247-7374. Donations accepted; free 12 and under. Germantown White House Exhibits Interactive exhibits featuring George Washington's family & household.
BUSINESS
April 19, 2012 | Jeff Gelles
As the owner of a solar-energy business with offices in four states, Len Biko travels frequently. But you might say he never fully leaves his Chester County home. He takes its control pad with him. From his smartphone, iPad, or laptop, Biko can see live video feeds showing what's going on inside the house and at its front and back doors. He can switch lights on and off, and raise or lower the thermostat. He can watch his garage door from the inside — a camera starts recording the moment it opens.
BUSINESS
June 8, 2011
In the Region Pa. House to vote on benefits bill Pennsylvania's House of Representatives has scheduled a vote Monday on legislation that would keep 20 weeks of federally funded extended benefits from ending June 11 for 45,000 unemployed Pennsylvanians. The benefits are the final 20 weeks of payments anyone can receive. If passed, a retroactive measure in the bill would allow benefits to be restored, even after June 11. The extension is just one part of the legislation, which is designed to deal with the state's unemployment trust fund, now insolvent.
BUSINESS
January 26, 2009 | By Bob Fernandez INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Louis Stilp had a nice idea of helping parents keep track of their children through their cell phones. But TruePosition Inc., Stilp's company, really made it when the technology was adapted to geographically pinpoint someone dialing a 911 emergency call over a cell phone. In 2000, Stilp sold TruePosition, of Berwyn, for several hundred million dollars to Liberty Media Holding Corp., and its equipment is now on about 75,000 cell towers. The Drexel engineering graduate was not done.
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