January 1, 1993 |
"Alexander!" hollered Larry Schwalb into his living room. "Yes, Master?" replied a male voice. "Telephone!" Schwalb called out, to put him on alert. "OK," said the invisible voice. "Police!" hollered Schwalb, a former professional magician. "As you wish," Alexander replied oh-so-calmly. Seconds later, high-tech telephone noises tweeted out of a glossy black box on Schwalb's coffee table. The box was Alexander. Alexander, once Schwalb programs him, will be able to get through to police.
November 27, 1988 |
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors regularly try to sneak items (such as plastic guns) past airport security devices and human inspectors. The agents have succeeded an undisclosed number of times, and the FAA recently fined the airlines responsible for maintaining the security systems $1 million. Among those assessed penalties: United ($215,000), Northwest ($156,000), Delta ($113,000) and American ($96,000), the FAA reported.
April 28, 1988 |
Saying they lead to serious manpower problems and unnecessary stress for his police officers, the chief of the Upper Providence Police Department wants to decrease the number of false alarms received in the township. Chief Thomas J. Davis said he saw the answer to his problem in enforcement of a new township ordinance governing the use and installation of residential and commercial security systems. Davis said that false alarms divert officers from their normal patrols and increase their stress levels because most of the calls come at night, "and the officers have to search homes with heavy shrubbery and unfamiliar terrain.
February 24, 1989 |
K-Tron International Inc., the Pitman firm that makes industrial feeders and blenders and security systems, reported gains in revenue and profits for the fourth quarter and all of 1988. But the firm expected lower earnings for the current first quarter. "The 1988 results continue to remain on target with K-Tron's five-year plan of increasing revenues at an average of 20 percent per year while achieving commensurate improvement in earnings," Leo C. Beebe, the firm's chairman and chief executive, said in a statement.
April 15, 2008 |
Tyco International Ltd. said yesterday that its ADT security business had agreed to acquire FirstService Security, of Collegeville, for about $187 million. FirstService Security, a division of FirstService Corp., provides integrated security systems for homes and businesses. It has annual revenue of $200 million and employs 2,400 people at 17 offices in the United States and Canada. Out of the total workforce, 150 work in Southeastern Pennsylvania - in offices in Collegeville, Valley Forge and Reading, said Ann Lindstrom, director of corporate communications at ADT Security Services Inc. ADT calls the deal a strategic acquisition, giving ADT Security access to new markets in the banking sector in Canada and in the petrochemicals industry in Canada and the United States, Lindstrom said.
March 23, 2012 |
The witnesses described how the crime had shattered their shared belief in urban neighborliness and safety in South Philadelphia's Bella Vista section. On Friday, the man who admitted the crime that fractured Bella Vista was sentenced to 311/2 to 63 years in prison for the rape last March of a barista at a popular local coffee shop. Christopher Reeves, 33, a man whose lawyer said began a life of homelessness and chronic drug use at age 12, said nothing before he was sentenced by Common Pleas Court Judge William J. Mazzola.
September 9, 2011 |
More and more American homes are being burglarized, the Associated Press reports - all in pursuit of gold, whose price peaked last month at $1,891 an ounce. Gold rings, gold chains, gold bracelets, gold earrings. Getting rid of them is easy - they can be melted down and sold, no evidence left, unlike hot TVs or laptops. For homeowners, there are at least a couple of ways to look at this distressing trend. First: How to protect your house from break-ins. Second: How to keep your losses to a minimum if a burglary does occur.
October 24, 2002 |
Two former Philadelphia Gas Works executives accused of stealing nearly $70,000 in PGW funds for home improvements committed no crime, their attorneys argued yesterday, because they had the authority to use the money to purchase costly security systems and gas lanterns. Former chief executive officer James Hawes 3d and former chief operating officer Gregory Martin are charged with theft and conspiracy for allegedly spending PGW money at their Chestnut Hill homes. If convicted, they face up to seven years in prison.
August 9, 1999 |
J. Matthew Ladd whips what looks like a credit card from his slacks and waves it with flair in front of an all-but-invisible pad mounted next to an unmarked door in the depths of his company's headquarters. The door swings open, heavily, and Ladd, vice president of a security firm called the Protection Bureau, strides into a room that looks something like the bridge of the Starship Enterprise. Computers, closed-circuit televisions, and twinkling control panels clutter the room, which is fortified with special fire walls and a backup power supply.
November 9, 1993 |
There aren't enough locksmiths or even locks. Keys are routinely missing. Lightning knocks out security systems. Light bulbs along the perimeters are gone. And that's just the beginning of the problems at the city's prisons, according to a 750-page consultant's report that the Rendell administration filed yesterday with a federal judge. While the long-awaited report details a host of problems affecting inmates' quality of life, some of the most surprising findings involve the very thing prisons are supposed to provide - security.