Security Kit https://securitykit.info Security Kit By Professionals 4 Professionals Sun, 15 Sep 2019 19:34:00 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.3 A security guard in Miami had a priceless reaction to seeing Tom Brady https://securitykit.info/2019/09/a-security-guard-in-miami-had-a-priceless-reaction-to-seeing-tom-brady/ https://securitykit.info/2019/09/a-security-guard-in-miami-had-a-priceless-reaction-to-seeing-tom-brady/#respond Sun, 15 Sep 2019 19:34:00 +0000 http://securitykit.info/?guid=2f9cbca57044e707e19c3951bf939114 By: Andy Nesbitt[1] | September 15, 2019 3:34 pm Tom Brady is a six-time Super Bowl champion. Tom Brady is a three-time NFL MVP. And Tom Brady is the greatest to ever play the position of quarterback. He’s also a beautiful human being who seems to g...]]>

By: | Tom Brady is a six-time Super Bowl champion. Tom Brady is a three-time NFL MVP.

And Tom Brady is the greatest to ever play the position of quarterback. He’s also a beautiful human being who seems to get even better looking as he ages, which is pretty darn impressive and something that I’m incredibly jealous of. The 42-year-old QB was in Miami on Sunday for the Patriots-Dolphins game  and while he had fun tearing up a brutal Dolphins team, the funniest moment might have happened before the game when a security guard had a great reaction to seeing the GOAT as he walked into the stadium:

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Airbnb and a free lunch: how county lines drug gangs lure teenagers https://securitykit.info/2019/09/airbnb-and-a-free-lunch-how-county-lines-drug-gangs-lure-teenagers/ https://securitykit.info/2019/09/airbnb-and-a-free-lunch-how-county-lines-drug-gangs-lure-teenagers/#respond Sun, 15 Sep 2019 15:00:00 +0000 http://securitykit.info/?guid=9d57e46a7ede1e8d5bc680de5b4a19c4 Behind the lines [1] Airbnb and a free lunch: how county lines drug gangs lure teenagers County lines Composite: Guardian ‘Glamorous’ criminal networks promising easy money are posing a serious challenge for social services by ...]]>

Behind the lines[1]

Airbnb and a free lunch: how county lines drug gangs lure teenagers


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When Carlie Thomas arrived in a seaside town in the south of England, she wondered if she was in the wrong place. She was there to support young people affected by county lines, but the group of 22 boys she was working with, aged 12 to 17, were all close friends who did not show any obvious signs of exploitation and abuse.

She called the head office at St Giles Trust in London, where she is a senior caseworker, to suggest going elsewhere. “I wondered whether we were in the wrong spot,” she said. “But then we had some clients tell us that they’ve been robbed and that they owed money. And, not long after that, other youngsters started disclosing.”

The disclosures revealed a picture radically different to one a casual observer might expect. Instead of chaos and obvious brutality, the county lines operation in the area was a meticulously crafted affair that shared some characteristics with an ordinary commercial enterprise. Instead of taking over drug users’ homes through force and fear, out-of-area gangs were renting Airbnb properties to manufacture and sell drugs, manipulating young people to work for them, and luring them with offers of stable, potentially risk-free employment.

Quick guide

What is ‘county lines’ and who are the victims?

What does the term ‘county lines’ mean?

The name ‘county lines’ refers to the phone numbers, or lines, that criminal gangs which traffic drugs from urban to rural areas use to organise the sale of their wares.

Gangs in cities such as London, Birmingham and Liverpool use children to deal mostly heroin and crack cocaine over a network of dedicated mobile phones to smaller towns and rural areas.

How big is the problem?

The number of individual phone numbers identified by law enforcement officials as being used on established county lines networks is about 2,000 – nearly three times the 720 previously established. Police estimate the phone numbers are linked to about 1,000 branded networks, with a single line capable of making GBP800,000 profits in a year.

Who are the victims and how are they recruited?

The majority of victims groomed into working for gangs are 15- to 17-year-old boys but children as young as 11 have been safeguarded and girls have been targeted.
Many victims are recruited over social media, with offenders luring them with images of cash, designer clothing and luxury cars, but vulnerable girls and women are being targeted by men who create the impression of a romantic relationship before subjecting them to sexual exploitation.

How big is the problem?

In 2015, about seven forces reported county lines behaviour.

Now, 44 forces, including British Transport Police, have recorded county lines behaviour on their turf.  No one really knows how many young people across the country are being forced to take part. Children[3] without criminal records – known as ‘clean skins’ – are preferred because they are less likely to be known to detectives. The Children’s Society says 4,000 teenagers in London alone are exploited through county lines, while the children’s commissioner estimated at least 46,000 children in England were caught up in gangs.

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A more conventional model of county lines is still prevalent – and often synonymous with thuggishness and brute force.

But this seaside operation, the extent of which can be revealed in detail for the first time by the Guardian, shows how in some cases gangs are becoming more sophisticated and running their organisations like legitimate businesses. In such cases, county lines is professionalising. “What we always associate county lines with is addicts, needles, bandos [abandoned houses], and prostitutes, but to see how well organised with and how happy the boys were with the situation was even more terrifying,” Thomas said. “Because I thought … how on earth was I meant to pull you out?”

The teenage boys would race to get to the Airbnb at 9am, when the work day began. Work was handed out on a first come, first served basis. Once everyone was given their role, the boys’ lunch order would be taken and an efficient factory line would be set up.

During lunch, the boys would be given an hour to eat their takeaway, often McDonald’s, and play video games. When the lease was over, the boys would clear up and the surfaces would be bleached. They would then move to the next Airbnb property, leaving no trace.

Each boy would be given GBP250 for the day’s work. It’s a world away from what the majority of children trafficked into county lines experience. One mother, who spoke to the Guardian on the condition of anonymity, said her son was first given cannabis for free, but within days he was told he owed a debt to the local gang.

“They roughed him up. When I did pick him up he had loads of bruises on him and he needed a good meal,” she said. She later found threatening messages on his phone and her son admitted he had been forced to stay in a trap house (drug house), where he had to help package and distribute drugs.


A county lines victim.

The well-organised nature of drug traffickers’ operations poses a real challenge for social services. Photograph: Graeme Robertson/The Guardian

“It’s clear and obvious what’s going on in the bandos and trap houses, but when you’ve got Airbnb, they can be moving every two days and it’s impossible to pin that down,” Thomas said. The well-organised operation posed a real challenge for social services. “It makes it more difficult to reach them.

There’s no way those youngsters were disclosing anything to the police,” Thomas said. When compared with the work they were doing before, dealing drugs round the clock in a crack house, the current operation was far less risky and the hours shorter. “They would say: what’s the problem?

In their mind, they’re not going missing, they’re not in a dangerous or dirty position. They don’t have to normalise the badness because they feel nothing bad is going on in the house. They felt they were being treated really well and felt they weren’t being exploited.

But of course they were,” Thomas said. The Airbnb operation is just one of a handful of tactics being used by gangs to focus on their profit margin, which youth workers say drive vulnerable children further underground. In London, there has long been a correlation between a child missing for a substantial period of time and county lines activity, but that has begun to change.

Evan Jones, the head of community services at St Giles Trust, said some dealers now know the exact number of days of absences from school that trigger a response from social services. “It’s a constantly evolving business model – they are always looking at what’s picking them up and what’s alerting the authorities. We’ve had reports of kids working around the school timetable; doing drug deliveries before school, during lunchtime or after school.

It’s about keeping them under the radar and not triggering the alerts that would be set off if kids went missing.” It’s even easier to conceal the county lines activity of a young person at a pupil referral units (PRUs), Jones said. Some students have what he called “twilight hours”, where they are only expected to be at the PRU for a couple of hours a day. “We know of kids who go and deliver drugs to a seaside town and still attend their PRU.”

Airbnb and a free lunch: how county lines drug gangs lure teenagers

A mobile phone seized during a police county lines operation.

Certain gangs offer children an extra GBP200 to bring a friend. Photograph: Handout

There are also signs that London gangs are turning to local children to distribute drugs. Jo Hudek, who evaluated a Home Office project run by St Giles and Missing People, told a meeting of the all-party parliamentary group on knife crime that of the 40 or so children supported by that particular scheme, the majority were local children. “There are still London children being trafficked down there with drugs for supply, but it really shows that this is a business model and the commodity is drugs and money, it doesn’t really matter who is selling it,” she previously told the Guardian[4].

In a calculated investment aimed at expanding their reach, certain gangs offer children an extra GBP200 when they bring a friend to work on a line. This commission-based work has led to some young people receiving bonuses for carrying out work efficiently. It’s this “glamorous” lifestyle that is often shown on social media, which has become an increasingly important recruitment tool.

Craig Pinkney, a lecturer in criminology at University College Birmingham, said: “We are in a technological era where criminals are utilising social media platforms like Snapchat and Instagram to entice, encourage and ultimately exploit young people. “This can be any young person. They don’t have to be a young person involved with gang activity or involved with criminal behaviour.

This is based on their needs, whether it’s financial, or wanting to be part of a group, or wanting some sort of status.” Pinkney has seen Instagram posts telling young people if they have accounts with three specific banks to message them their bank details to make “easy money”. They are told they will get a GBP10,000 cheque in their bank, a gift amount that does not have to be declared to HMRC, and they get to keep about GBP3,000.

He said many young people did not realise they were taking part in a form of fraud that cleans dirty money and could result in bankruptcy and prosecution. The type of young people being recruited has also changed. A social worker who works for a council in London, and who wished to remain anonymous, said in 2016 the young people involved with county lines were troubled and vulnerable and attached to the care system, or known to the local authorities.

But now, she said: “We’re seeing young people who are not known to services at all being drawn in.” Campaigners and youth workers say gangs and criminals running county lines are reckless with young people’s lives. The 16-year-old boy who told Thomas about the Airbnb operation also admitted he had been running a small line since 13, starting with cannabis before moving on to harder drugs including crack and heroin.

Before long he owed a GBP200 debt bondage to the gang and was working for free to repay it. Two older gang members played “good cop, bad cop” to manipulate him. He eventually managed to get out and repay the debt, but in doing so he was isolated from his old friends and ended up joining the gang again.

Thomas said: “It’s so hard to keep up with this because it changes on a week to week basis.” The only way out of this sometimes deadly game of cat and mouse was getting young people to understand that while the lifestyle may appear more glamorous, it often ended in prison or death, she added. “There is an alternative.

But young people have to believe a different life is possible.”

Topics

References

  1. ^ Behind the lines (www.theguardian.com)
  2. ^ (www.theguardian.com)
  3. ^ Children (www.theguardian.com)
  4. ^ previously told the Guardian (www.theguardian.com)
  5. ^ Behind the lines (www.theguardian.com)
  6. ^ Young people (www.theguardian.com)
  7. ^ Drugs (www.theguardian.com)
  8. ^ Crime (www.theguardian.com)
  9. ^ Child protection (www.theguardian.com)
  10. ^ Children (www.theguardian.com)
  11. ^ features (www.theguardian.com)
  12. ^ Facebook (www.facebook.com)
  13. ^ Twitter (twitter.com)
  14. ^ Email (www.theguardian.com)
  15. ^ LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com)
  16. ^ Pinterest (www.pinterest.com)
  17. ^ WhatsApp (send)
  18. ^ Messenger (share)
  19. ^ Reuse this content (syndication.theguardian.com)

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Revealed: surge in vulnerable children linked to UK drug gangs https://securitykit.info/2019/09/revealed-surge-in-vulnerable-children-linked-to-uk-drug-gangs/ https://securitykit.info/2019/09/revealed-surge-in-vulnerable-children-linked-to-uk-drug-gangs/#respond Sun, 15 Sep 2019 15:00:00 +0000 http://securitykit.info/?guid=9018db2a4d8d7b45dd29bf7ff7b3b556 Behind the lines [1] Child protection [2] Scale of county lines crisis laid bare as officials raise concerns over nearly 9,000 young people The number of vulnerable children in England with gang links rose t...]]>

Behind the lines[1]Child protection[2]

Scale of county lines crisis laid bare as officials raise concerns over nearly 9,000 young people




The number of vulnerable children in England with gang links rose to 8,650 in 2017-18 from 3,700 four years earlier.Photograph: Alamy

The scale of the “county lines” national drugs network crisis is laid bare as figures analysed by the Guardian reveal the soaring number of cases in which vulnerable children are linked to gangs. In 2017-18, 8,650 assessments by children’s services in England noted young people as being vulnerable with gangs identified as an issue. This included 1,290 cases from the north-west and 3,130 from London, up from 3,680 in 2014-15.

MPs, academics and charities described the findings as shocking, saying the rise of organised criminal groups which use children to traffic drugs[3] from inner-city areas to provincial towns, where they are used to sell drugs, was a key factor in the surge. Separately, analysis found the number of times children were assessed as vulnerable because of having gone missing also soared in the same time period, from 8,850 to 16,070. This is also considered a major feature of the county lines drug crisis.

Quick guide

What is ‘county lines’ and who are the victims?

What does the term ‘county lines’ mean?

The name ‘county lines’ refers to the phone numbers, or lines, that criminal gangs which traffic drugs from urban to rural areas use to organise the sale of their wares.

Gangs in cities such as London, Birmingham and Liverpool use children to deal mostly heroin and crack cocaine over a network of dedicated mobile phones to smaller towns and rural areas.

How big is the problem?

The number of individual phone numbers identified by law enforcement officials as being used on established county lines networks is about 2,000 – nearly three times the 720 previously established. Police estimate the phone numbers are linked to about 1,000 branded networks, with a single line capable of making GBP800,000 profits in a year.

Who are the victims and how are they recruited?

The majority of victims groomed into working for gangs are 15- to 17-year-old boys but children as young as 11 have been safeguarded and girls have been targeted.
Many victims are recruited over social media, with offenders luring them with images of cash, designer clothing and luxury cars, but vulnerable girls and women are being targeted by men who create the impression of a romantic relationship before subjecting them to sexual exploitation.

How big is the problem?

In 2015, about seven forces reported county lines behaviour.

Now, 44 forces, including British Transport Police, have recorded county lines behaviour on their turf.  No one really knows how many young people across the country are being forced to take part. Children[4] without criminal records – known as ‘clean skins’ – are preferred because they are less likely to be known to detectives. The Children’s Society says 4,000 teenagers in London alone are exploited through county lines, while the children’s commissioner estimated at least 46,000 children in England were caught up in gangs.

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Simon Harding, an associate professor of criminology at the University of West London, said the figures were very worrying.

“The rise is shocking. There will be elements of that about increased reporting and awareness but that is not going to account for such a big rise. There is something happening.

Working in county lines has a great allure for young people. It gives them a tax-free income, gives them a regular income and high income,” he said. Harding said he had interviewed children making GBP1,000 a week, or even as much as GBP1,000 in a single day. “That is an enormous amount of money.

It gives them a great deal of freedom, or at least these young people think it does. “In reality it does not, as frequently they will be quite controlled – but they can be involved in a line for a year or two and then step out and run their own line, and employ their own kids to do it. The learning here is very fast.”

The data the Guardian analysed, from the Department for Education, shows the number of finished assessments by children’s social care. Overall, the number of episodes of children being in need at any point during the year went from 754,460 in 2014-15 to 753,840 in 2017-18. However, this is up from 742,890 in 2016-17.

The rise for those in need who had been involved in gang activity or had been or gone missing surged at a much higher rate. Josie Allan, the senior policy and campaigns manager of Missing People UK, said there was a general increase in children going missing. “It’s hard to prove with the data, as every year it is presented differently. But we do think there is a general increase in kids being vulnerable because of missing episodes.

“We also think there has been an increase in county lines activity and child criminal exploitation, which is supported by the National Crime[5] Agency threat assessment published on this issue.” Allan said the reasons children were increasingly going missing were complex, but factors included reduced children’s services and an increase in looked-after young people being placed outside their local authority area.

Social care episodes graphic[6]

She said going missing was a common feature of county lines activity. “If a child is exploited into criminal activity then they are likely not to be where they are supposed to be, especially if there is an element of travel in what they are doing. “I did research recently with a small group of young people involved in county lines, and everyone who took part said that going missing was a key feature, especially in the early stages of criminal exploitation.”

Ann Coffey, the MP for Stockport and chair of the all-party parliamentary group for runaway and missing children and adults, said a greater awareness was one factor behind the rise. Previously, young boys who went missing were not seen as being at risk so were reported as being absent[7] rather than missing, she said. “Now, people are aware if a 14-year-old boy is going missing, then it could be because of county lines activity.” She added that no one knew the prevalence of the problem in the UK and the numbers the Guardian unearthed were likely to still be an underestimate.

“It is very difficult to map and one reason for that is because county lines activity involves a child going missing in one police area and committing an offence in another. Police have different IT systems and assessment of risk, so it is hard to share – get information – to pull intelligence together from different police force areas to give a good understanding of the problem.”


Revealed: surge in vulnerable children linked to UK drug gangs

A county lines victim. The scale of the problem is difficult to map because county lines activity involves a child going missing in one police area and committing an offence in another.

Photograph: Graeme Robertson/The Guardian

Coffey said the figures were concerning for a number of reasons. “Clearly county lines is a very successful business model organised crime gangs have developed. Although it is seen as the transportation of drugs … supply lines have been set up and used to transport other merchandise, such as cash or guns. “What concerns me is that we are not really making inroads on arresting and taking those senior gang leaders out of county lines.

As long as they continue to operate, the number of children exploited will continue to grow.”

A government spokesperson said: “Any child that goes missing from home, school or care could be in danger of exploitation from gangs or violent criminals – that’s why we are equipping the professionals who protect vulnerable children to help them identify those who are most at risk and keep them safe.

“Our national ‘tackling child exploitation’ support programme is helping specialists in education, social care, health, the police and the voluntary sector to improve how they respond to these kinds of threats in their communities, including gangs, county lines drug activity and trafficking, and our serious violence strategy includes a range of actions to combat county lines.”

Topics

References

  1. ^ Behind the lines (www.theguardian.com)
  2. ^ Child protection (www.theguardian.com)
  3. ^ which use children to traffic drugs (www.theguardian.com)
  4. ^ Children (www.theguardian.com)
  5. ^ Crime (www.theguardian.com)
  6. ^ Social care episodes graphic (interactive.guim.co.uk)
  7. ^ were reported as being absent (www.missingpeople.org.uk)
  8. ^ Child protection (www.theguardian.com)
  9. ^ Behind the lines (www.theguardian.com)
  10. ^ County lines (www.theguardian.com)
  11. ^ Children (www.theguardian.com)
  12. ^ Drugs (www.theguardian.com)
  13. ^ Crime (www.theguardian.com)
  14. ^ Social care (www.theguardian.com)
  15. ^ Young people (www.theguardian.com)
  16. ^ news (www.theguardian.com)
  17. ^ Facebook (www.facebook.com)
  18. ^ Twitter (twitter.com)
  19. ^ Email (www.theguardian.com)
  20. ^ LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com)
  21. ^ Pinterest (www.pinterest.com)
  22. ^ WhatsApp (send)
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Police find 44 mutilated corpses stuffed in 119 bin bags on city outskirts https://securitykit.info/2019/09/police-find-44-mutilated-corpses-stuffed-in-119-bin-bags-on-city-outskirts/ https://securitykit.info/2019/09/police-find-44-mutilated-corpses-stuffed-in-119-bin-bags-on-city-outskirts/#respond Sun, 15 Sep 2019 13:52:00 +0000 http://securitykit.info/?guid=ab6e469f0a22dec82709b0c1c251482b Police found corpses belonging to 44 people in a mass grave on the outskirts of a Mexican city. Local residents began complaining about the smell from a nearby well and police were called to investigate. The well in Jalisco state was dug up and the rem...]]>

Police found corpses belonging to 44 people in a mass grave on the outskirts of a Mexican city. Local residents began complaining about the smell from a nearby well and police were called to investigate. The well in Jalisco state was dug up and the remains were found stuffed into 119 black bags.

Jalisco is the heartland of one of Mexico’s most violent drug gangs and this is the second major find of bodies in the state this year. According to the BBC,[1] most of the bodies were cut up so authorities had to piece together different parts in order to identify them.

Aerial view of the body bag zone A soldier stands guard in the area near Guadalajara in the state of Jalisco

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A local organisation which searches for missing people has appealed to the government to send more specialists to assist with identification. They say the local forensic department is overwhelmed and does not have the necessary skills to complete the operation.

For several days there was “a plague of flies” around the well and the smell became unbearable after the September rains. Local media report that spokesman for the local authorities said “many of those we have found in the graves have a criminal record”.

Police find 44 mutilated corpses stuffed in 119 bin bags on city outskirtsForensic experts are working using an excavator to dig in an old 30-meter well turned into a mass grave

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The site is 35 minutes drive from Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco state, a city where so far this year more than 15 burial sites, some holding dozens of bodies, have been discovered. Last month, Jalisco New Generation Cartel(CJNG) drug cartel, which is among Mexico’s most powerful, released shocking footage of a rival gangster[2] being interrogated and then slaughtered.

Police find 44 mutilated corpses stuffed in 119 bin bags on city outskirtsNemesio Ruben Oseguera Cervantes

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In the video, a group of ten alleged gang members wearing military-style combat gear and armed with rifles surround a captured man from a rival drug gang.

According to local media reports, the half-naked man is said to be Aldolfo Mendoza Valencia, aka ‘El Michoacano’, who is one of the leaders of a rival gang the Santa Rosa de Lima cartel in the Valle de Santiago.

References

  1. ^ BBC, (www.bbc.co.uk)
  2. ^ rival gangster (www.thesun.co.uk)

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Ariana Grande Sweetener World Tour at Birmingham Arena: Review, setlist and tight security https://securitykit.info/2019/09/ariana-grande-sweetener-world-tour-at-birmingham-arena-review-setlist-and-tight-security/ https://securitykit.info/2019/09/ariana-grande-sweetener-world-tour-at-birmingham-arena-review-setlist-and-tight-security/#respond Sun, 15 Sep 2019 09:41:00 +0000 http://securitykit.info/?guid=78aeb471b896b09a6b4c32da5b709554 Brum was a sea of cat ears and glitter last night as thousands of Ariana Grande mega fans came together for her long-awaited Sweetener World Tour. The pop superstar left shoppers awestruck when she was spotted in a Tamworth branch of Boots yesterday. J...]]>

Brum was a sea of cat ears and glitter last night as thousands of Ariana Grande mega fans came together for her long-awaited Sweetener World Tour. The pop superstar left shoppers awestruck when she was spotted in a Tamworth branch of Boots yesterday. Just hours later, she took to the stage in front of an adoring, sold-out crowd for the first of two shows at Arena Birmingham.

sk© Security SAVER SALE was, as expected, incredibly tight – with fans warned in advance of an ‘100 per-cent clear bag’ policy and a blanket ban on banners and signs. Checks were thorough, with door staff carefully searching each and every bag.

As a result of the heightened security rules, queues to get into the city centre venue were longer than usual – snaking around the arena and back into Brindley Place. There were the usual unofficial traders outside, this time touting foam fingers and Ariana’s trademark animal ear headbands.

While inside, fans gathered round the official merch stands – with a variety of tour t-shirts priced at GBP30-GBP50. The show kicked off at 8pm with first support act Social House. The audience – mostly made up of teen girls – loved the US pop duo, who was swiftly followed on the stage by UK R&B star Ella Mai.

By the time Ariana took to the stage, at almost 9.30pm, excitement had reached fever pitch.

In an almost biblical turn, the 26-year-old mega star rose to the stage with her dancers on a table – in a scene reminiscent of the Last Supper. The audience – who had forked out an average of GBP100 per ticket – went wild as she launched into her first song, Raindrops (An Angel Cried). Dressed in her usual thigh-high boots and mini dress with her slicked-back ponytail, she followed it by belting out crowd-pleasing hits, interspersed with snippets of home movies and blockbuster films.

At one point, she threw her jacket into the standing crowd gathered beneath the stage.

Ariana Grande Sweetener World Tour at Birmingham Arena: Review, setlist and tight security

Audience interaction was at a minimum and the set decoration was minimalist, with no eye-popping special effects. But the tiny, pint-sized singing sensation’s voice was incredible, and showcased the hits from 2018’s Sweetener, and this year’s Thank U, Next impeccably. We loved it and if you’re off to her second Brum show tonight you’re in for a treat- but we were left with just one question…

Those heels! How does she do it?!

Ariana Grande’s Sweetener World Tour setlist

1. Raindrops (An Angel Cried)

2. God Is A Woman

3. Bad Idea

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Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored

5. R.E.M.

6. Be Alright

7. Sweetener / Successful

8. Side to Side

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7 Rings

10. Love Me Harder / Breathin

11. Needy

12. Fake Smile

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Tickets on sale

13. Make Up

14. Right There / You’ll Never Know / Break Your Heart Right Back

15. NASA

16. Only 1

17. Boyfriend

18. Everytime

19. The Light Is Coming

20. Into You

21. Dangerous Woman

22. Break Free

23. No Tears Left To Cry

24. Thank You, Next

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What security measures are in place?

If you’re attending Ariana’s Birmingham concert tonight, you must have all your belongings in clear bags. The strict rules surrounding the shows will see concert goers have to display belongings in 100 per cent clear bags to gain entry.

Clear plastic bags – no larger than 12″ x 6″ x 12″ – are acceptable. They must be 100 per cent clear, organisers say, and made of plastic. Clear plastic freezer bags – be it Ziploc bags or similar – are also acceptable.

Printed or patterned handbags will be banned, as well as tinted plastic bags. Anybody planning to have a purse, wristlet or clutch bag on their person will also not be allowed. Each fan is allowed one clear bag, and the policy is mandatory for admittance to the show.

No cameras or recording devices are permitted, either, but mobile phone cameras ARE allowed.

No signs or banners are permitted in the venue at all.

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Houthis Obstruct Oil Tankers to Threaten Maritime Security https://securitykit.info/2019/09/houthis-obstruct-oil-tankers-to-threaten-maritime-security/ https://securitykit.info/2019/09/houthis-obstruct-oil-tankers-to-threaten-maritime-security/#respond Sun, 15 Sep 2019 06:43:09 +0000 http://securitykit.info/?guid=69e37a7aa79858777619b00cebae67c6 The Iran-backed Houthi militias’ refusal to implement a legitimate Yemen government order on collecting customs fees on all oil derivative revenues at Hodeidah port has led the halt of ten vessels in the Red Sea.At Houthi orders, the oil tankers did no...]]>

The Iran-backed Houthi militias’ refusal to implement a legitimate Yemen government order on collecting customs fees on all oil derivative revenues at Hodeidah port has led the halt of ten vessels in the Red Sea.

At Houthi orders, the oil tankers did not pay the revenues and did not disclose the certificate of origin of the shipment that ensures its legality. Member of the economic committee, Dr. Fares al-Jaadabi told Asharq Al-Awsat that some 40 vessels have come to a halt in the Red Sea as a result of the Houthi practices, adding that the militias’ deliberate measures are aimed at jeopardizing the security of the region.

“We had urged the international community to interfere by force and stop the Houthis and their incitement and threats against oil traders,” he revealed. Jaadabi revealed that the militias aim to threaten the maritime security and to spark an oil derivatives crisis in areas under their control to deepen the suffering of the Yemeni people. The legitimate government had passed Law 49 to collect taxes and custom duties from oil imports arriving at all Yemeni ports.

Jaadabi said the law was successfully implemented in liberated areas, in collaboration with the traders and with the support of the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia. The law aims to boost state revenues and to reactivate its sovereign institutions in order to improve the humanitarian situation in Yemen. “The legitimate government has pledged that the sum collected from the taxes paid on oil products should be placed in an account to pay the salaries of employees,” Jaadabi said.

The Houthis earn immense sums, exceeding £400 billion rials per year from the fuel trade, but they have not used them to improve the living conditions of the people in areas under their control.

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A Dead Russian Submarine Armed with Nuclear Torpedoes was Never Recovered https://securitykit.info/2019/09/a-dead-russian-submarine-armed-with-nuclear-torpedoes-was-never-recovered/ https://securitykit.info/2019/09/a-dead-russian-submarine-armed-with-nuclear-torpedoes-was-never-recovered/#respond Sun, 15 Sep 2019 05:00:00 +0000 http://securitykit.info/?guid=d4dbf7a518c22f85dbeb023e3998ebf0 Key point: She rests at a depth of 15,000 feet—too deep to make recovery practical. The Bay of Biscay is one of the world’s great submarine graveyards. In late World War II, British and American aircraft sank nearly seventy German U-boats in the Bay, ...]]>

Key point: She rests at a depth of 15,000 feet–too deep to make recovery practical. The Bay of Biscay is one of the world’s great submarine graveyards. In late World War II, British and American aircraft sank nearly seventy German U-boats in the Bay, which joined a handful of Allied and German subs sunk in the region during World War I.

On April 12, 1970, a Soviet submarine found the same resting place. Unlike the others, however, K-8 was propelled by two nuclear reactors, and carried four torpedoes tipped by nuclear warheads. The Novembers (627):

The November (Type 627) class was the Soviet Union’s first effort at developing nuclear attack submarines. The 627s were rough contemporaries of the Skate and Skipjack class attack boats of the U.S. Navy (USN), although they were somewhat larger and generally less well-arranged.

Displacing 4750 tons submerged, the thirteen 627s could make thirty knots and carry twenty torpedoes (launched from eight forward tubes). Visually, the 627s resembled a larger version of the Foxtrot class diesel-electric subs; the Soviets would not adopt a teardrop hull until the later Victor class. The Novembers were renowned in the submarine community for their noise; louder than any contemporary nuclear sub, and even preceding diesel-electric designs.

The Novembers were initially designed with a strategic purpose in mind. The Soviets worked on a long-range nuclear armed torpedo (dubbed T-15[1]), which could strike NATO naval bases from ranges of up to 40km. The torpedo was so large that each submarine could only carry a single weapon.

However, increasingly effective Western anti-submarine technology quickly scotched the first mission. The Novembers were too loud to plausibly find their way into close enough proximity to a NATO port to ever actually fire a nuclear torpedo in wartime conditions.

The Soviet Navy (which did not have much interest in the strategic mission at that point) reconfigured the 627 class for a more conventional anti-ship role. Despite their noisiness, the Novembers had the range to threaten NATO surface vessels, especially transport convoys.

A small number of nuclear torpedoes (configured with smaller warheads compatible with conventional torpedoes) could wreak havoc on such a convoy, despite the likely loss of the sub to any surviving escorts. The 627s were never regarded as particularly effective sub hunters, in part because they were louder than any foreign contemporaries, and in part because of deficient sonar technology. K-8:

K-8, the third November boat, entered service in the Soviet Northern Fleet in late 1960. In one of her first cruises, she suffered a coolant incident that almost resulted in the loss of the ship; many of her crew members were exposed to high levels of radiation. Drastic action saved the boat, and she returned to port for repairs.

In early spring 1970, K-8 participated in the Okean 70[2] naval wargame, an exercise intended to display[3] the reach of the Soviet Navy, as well as to work out problems associated with operations distant from Soviet bases. This exercise was enormous; the largest the Soviet Navy had ever undertaken, and really the biggest naval operation that the Russians had attempted since the ill-fated transfer of the Baltic Fleet to the Pacific in the Russo-Japanese War. Ships from the Northern, Baltic, Black Sea, and Pacific fleets participated, roughly two hundred in all.

The Soviet Northern Fleet deployed sixty surface ships and forty submarines in support of the operation. As per normal procedure, K-8 was carrying four torpedoes armed with nuclear warheads. On April 8, K-8 suffered two fires, resulting in a shutdown of both nuclear reactors.

The boat surfaced, and Captain Vsevolod Borisovich Bessonov ordered the crew to abandon ship. Eight crew members, trapped in compartments that were either flooded or burned out, died in the initial incident. Fortunately, a Soviet repair vessel arrived, and took K-8 under tow.

However, bad weather made the recover operation a difficult prospect. Much of K-8’s crew reboarded the submarine, and for three days fought a life-and-death struggle to save the boat. Although details remain scarce, there apparently was no opportunity to safely remove the four nuclear torpedoes from K-8, and transfer them to the repair ship.

Unfortunately, the loss of power onboard and the difficult weather conditions were too much for the crew to overcome. On April 12, K-8 sank with some forty crew members aboard, coming to rest at a rough depth of 15,000 feet. The depth made any effort at recovering the submarine, and the nuclear torpedoes, impractical.

K-8’s mission was similar to that of the German U-boats she shares the bottom with: the severing of the trans-Atlantic lifeline that kept the United States connected with Western Europe. She used different weapons and could operate at greater ranges than those boats, but her core purpose was the same. Later on, Soviet submarines would adopt a variety of different mission profiles, from anti-submarine warfare to cruise missile launch to (eventually) land attack.

The loss of K-8 (along with the several accidents that afflicted her sisters) undoubtedly helped the Soviet Navy learn important lessons about distant operations, if only at extraordinary costs in human lives. And her nuclear torpedoes remain at the bottom, an enduring monument to most dangerous missions of the Cold War. Robert Farley, a frequent contributor to TNI, is author of The Battleship Book.

He serves as a Senior Lecturer at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky. His work includes military doctrine, national security, and maritime affairs. He blogs at Lawyers, Guns and Money and Information Dissemination and The Diplomat. This first appeared several years ago.[4][5][6][7][8]

Image: Reuters. 

References

  1. ^ dubbed T-15 (survincity.com)
  2. ^ the Okean 70 (rusnavy.com)
  3. ^ exercise intended to display (www.navyhistory.org)
  4. ^ Robert Farley (twitter.com)
  5. ^ The Battleship Book (www.amazon.com)
  6. ^ Lawyers, Guns and Money (www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com)
  7. ^ Information Dissemination (www.informationdissemination.net)
  8. ^ The Diplomat (thediplomat.com)

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Artist behind £4.8m gold toilet praises thieves who have taken it – Sky News https://securitykit.info/2019/09/artist-behind-4-8m-gold-toilet-praises-thieves-who-have-taken-it-sky-news/ https://securitykit.info/2019/09/artist-behind-4-8m-gold-toilet-praises-thieves-who-have-taken-it-sky-news/#respond Sat, 14 Sep 2019 21:22:30 +0000 http://securitykit.info/?guid=9b7eb8d41f2a66826710eb4b44d53c56 The artist behind the solid gold toilet which was stolen from Winston Churchill's former home has asked the thieves to let him know "how it feels to pee on gold". The 18-carat toilet, worth around £4.8m, is an art piece called America and was kept at B...]]>

The artist behind the solid gold toilet which was stolen from Winston Churchill’s former home has asked the thieves to let him know “how it feels to pee on gold”. The 18-carat toilet, worth around GBP4.8m, is an art piece called America and was kept at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. Police have confirmed the toilet has been stolen and are investigating.

The loo remains missing but a 66-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the theft.

Image: A giant walkway of flags created by artist Maurizio Cattelan is part of the exhibition at Blenheim Palace

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In a statement, Italian conceptual artist Maurizio Cattelan praised the thieves as “great performers” and appeared to make light of the situation. Advertisement He said: “When this morning I was informed about the robbery I thought it was a prank and it took me a while, after a few checks, to come to the conclusion that it was true and it wasn’t a surreal movie where instead of the jewels of the crown, the thieves went away with a b***** toilet.

“I always liked heist movies and finally I’m in one of them.”

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The artist joked: “Dear thieves, please, if you are reading this, let me know how much you like the piece and how it feels to pee on gold.” Detective Inspector Jess Milne said: “The piece of art that has been stolen is a high value toilet made out of gold that was on display at the palace. “Due to the toilet being plumbed in to the building, this has caused significant damage and flooding.

“The artwork has not been recovered at this time but we are conducting a thorough investigation to find it and bring those responsible to justice.” Thames Valley Police believe “at least two vehicles” were used. A police presence has been increased in the area and investigators are appealing for information from witnesses.

Police received reports of the burglary at 4.57am, seven minutes after the thief or thieves fled the scene. No injuries have been reported and Blenheim Palace has said it is co-operating with a police investigation.

Artist behind £4.8m gold toilet praises thieves who have taken it - Sky NewsImage: A fully functioning solid gold toilet, pictured here during a previous installation, is thought to have been targeted by thieves

The loo was installed in Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of the former prime minister and war time leader, as part of Mr Cattelan’s first solo exhibition in 20 years. The Palace’s Twitter account apologised for “any inconvenience” caused to visitors, saying “due to an unforeseen incident at the Palace” it would remain closed for the rest of the day.

Dominic Hare, chief executive of Blenheim Palace, said: “We are saddened by this extraordinary event, but also relieved no one was hurt. “We are very grateful to our staff and to Thames Valley Police for their rapid and brave reactions. “We knew there was huge interest in the Maurizio Cattelan contemporary art exhibition, with many set to come and enjoy the installations.

“It’s therefore a great shame an item so precious has been taken, but we still have so many fascinating treasures in the palace and the remaining items of the exhibition to share. “The investigation continues, but it will be business as usual from tomorrow [Sunday], so visitors can continue to come and experience all we have to offer.”

Artist behind £4.8m gold toilet praises thieves who have taken it - Sky NewsImage: A taxidermy horse suspended from the historic ceiling as part of Mr Cattelan’s exhibition

The toilet by Mr Cattelan, described by some as an “art prankster”, was fully installed and available for visitors to use – provided they stuck to a three-minute window. Edward Spencer-Churchill, the founder of the Blenheim Art Foundation, told The Times ahead of its installation: “Despite being born with a silver spoon in my mouth I have never had a s**t on a golden toilet, so I look forward to it.”

Asked about security concerns, he commented: “It’s not going to be the easiest thing to nick. “Firstly, it’s plumbed in and secondly, a potential thief will have no idea who last used the toilet or what they ate.” The golden toilet was previously on display at New York’s Guggenheim museum in 2016.

Visitors could use it while a member of security staff stood guard outside.

It was offered to US President Donald Trump – who upon moving into the White House installed golden curtains – by the museum.

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Google's smart home ecosystem is a complete mess https://securitykit.info/2019/09/googles-smart-home-ecosystem-is-a-complete-mess/ https://securitykit.info/2019/09/googles-smart-home-ecosystem-is-a-complete-mess/#respond Sat, 14 Sep 2019 12:00:04 +0000 http://securitykit.info/?guid=a84c99ab90c424320248f6002f46ef03 Tyler Lizenby/CNET A few days ago, I tried and failed to install Google's smart smoke detector -- the Nest Protect -- at the CNET Smart Home. After nea...]]>

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A few days ago, I tried and failed to install Google’s smart smoke detector — the Nest Protect — at the CNET Smart Home. After nearly two hours on the phone with the help desk, the Nest App and device still refused to connect. Why?

Well, I finally discovered, a problem on the iOS version of the Nest App won’t allow a Nest Protect to be installed after a Nest Hub Max, Google’s shiny new smart display. Eventually, following a suggestion from Google, I had to dig up an old Android-based Galaxy Note 6 to properly install the smoke detector.

If Google’s own smart home products act like embarrassed step-siblings, many erstwhile Works with Nest gadgets seem like they won’t even visit for the holidays anymore. And it’s not their fault: It turns out Google is a terrible parent.

How did we get here?

Along with the Amazon Echo, the Nest Learning Thermostat was among the first smart home products to gain widespread notoriety: The thermostat was a certified hit.

Nest opened up its API to third-party developers, building Works with Nest — a network of products tethered by Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals. Then, in 2014, tech giant Google did what tech giants do and swooped in to purchase the up-and-coming home automation company for a tidy £3.2 billion.

nest-cam-iq-outdoor-and-arlo-ultra-1 Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Google acquired another smart home product, the Dropcam Pro, and slowly but steadily expanded the Nest brand to include thermostats, smoke/CO detectors, indoor and outdoor cameras, a basic security system and a doorbell camera. More important than its expansion, though, was Nest’s reliability and its continued support of hundreds of Works with Nest devices — even devices owned by Google competitors, like the Amazon Echo.

After this year’s Google I/O conference, things changed. First, Google announced a rebranding effort that merged Google and Nest’s previously discrete product lines into a unified “Google Nest” umbrella. Google then announced plans to shut down Works with Nest in August, shifting toward a new model called Works with Google Assistant.

The central rationale seemed reasonable enough: If smart home gadgets are triggering Nest devices and vice versa, such devices are necessarily sharing user data. Placing Google Assistant at the center of Nest’s web of interoperability, then, could improve security. It also brings some unity to Google’s previously bifurcated smart home marketing, with Nest on one side and Google Home and Google Assistant on the other.

The problem, of course, was that many people had invested five or more years building Works with Nest smart homes, and Google planned to topple them all in a few months’ time. After a swift outcry by Nest users and developers, Google walked back its original statements, saying Nest integrations would continue to work after August, though its users wouldn’t be able to create new WWN integrations. Meanwhile, customers could migrate to a Google account and continue to use their integrations.

Of course, it hasn’t been so simple. If you keep your Works with Nest account as is, you can no longer add new products to the setup, and Google has promised to stop updating the system. If you migrate to Works with Google Assistant, all your Works with Nest integrations end.

Boom. There’s no going back. That means some integrations end for good.

Perhaps most symbolic among them is IFTTT, an app that lets you create your own smart home triggers (e.g. If I pull into my garage, set the thermostat to 70 degrees). For many, IFTTT represents the freedom to personalize your smart home setup, but such user freedom is in conflict with Google’s goal: a smart home ruled by the Google Assistant.

While a few developers, such as Lifx, have worked with Google to ensure you won’t lose functionality by migrating to the new system, many are still playing catch-up. Even big hitters like August, the smart lock developer, have asked its lock owners to hold off on migrating until they receive specific invitations indicating that the company is ready to support the migration. Philips Hue, like Lifx, a leading developer of smart lights, sent me a two-sentence statement, which echoes the majority of official statements online: “We’re working closely with Google to continue to deliver the best possible experience and new features to our customers.

Existing users can keep using the Nest with Philips Hue integration as long as they don’t migrate to a Google account.” Lutron, developer of Works with Nest light switches, worded its statement a little more directly: “Google is removing the ability for other smart home brands, including Lutron, to work directly with Nest devices. They are unifying their smart home experience under a single platform, Works with Google Assistant…

If you use a Lutron App to work with or control Nest products and you wish to keep doing so, DO NOT CONVERT YOUR NEST ACCOUNT TO A GOOGLE ACCOUNT.” (Emphasis theirs.) But not every company is as well established as Lifx, Philips and Lutron. Smaller developers, defunct companies and Google competitors, regardless of their Works with Nest status before, all seem to be at even more risk under the new Google Assistant regime.

In fact, people have already begun reporting problems with their products.

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In short, Google Nest is a mess right now. Hell, I felt it simply installing Google’s own smoke detector. The move might give tech-savvy customers a headache, but for more casual users, the repercussions are still up for debate.

Will a third-party smoke detector or a thermostat eventually lose functionality after this update because Google decided to stop supporting it? More urgently, if a hearing-impaired user integrates smart lights with their Nest Protect CO detector, that integration might disappear when they migrate to a Google account, perhaps depending on as little as which smart bulbs were on sale when they happened to be shopping. Google didn’t respond when I reached out to ask precisely what the future of Works with Nest products looks like.

And while their press releases have included the usual combination of conciliatory language and optimistic forecasts, individual companies seem nervous. As this messy transition proceeds, Google released its Nest Hub Max. In and of itself, the Hub Max performs well enough.

For people excited to see a Google Assistant-equipped, video chat-enabled smart display, the Nest Hub Max checks all the boxes. But being a successful smart home “hub” requires more than strong standalone features. It requires more than Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity.

It even requires more than a replacement ecosystem like Works with Google Assistant. It requires consistency. Yet over the past few years, Google has demonstrated itself to be fickle: Among other killed products, the giant bought and in 2016 bricked a £300 home automation hub with a loyal fanbase.

Google’s willingness to pull support for Works with Nest — one of the most promising smart home ecosystems on the market, a system less than a decade old — is only the most recent data point in a long-established and frustrating trend. While Google might argue its new system will be good for users in the long run, the fact remains that customers spent money on a product, and Google is taking that product out of customers’ hands and replacing it with something different. In effect, Google just unplugged many of its users’ smart homes, all while asking them to kindly move into a new, Google Assistant-branded tenement.

In the long run, Google assures us, things will get better.

Its track record with killing products doesn’t inspire confidence.

Google Nest Hub Max

CNET Smart Home

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Security alert as Battersea Power Station sees large police presence called https://securitykit.info/2019/09/security-alert-as-battersea-power-station-sees-large-police-presence-called/ https://securitykit.info/2019/09/security-alert-as-battersea-power-station-sees-large-police-presence-called/#respond Fri, 13 Sep 2019 19:21:00 +0000 http://securitykit.info/?guid=317178388fe53ba2aaa2ffb2a77c8911 A large police precence was called to the Battersea Power Station earlier today But officers have since confirmed that "nothing was found." Trains were shut at about 7pm following tresspassers on the tracks. Searches at #Battersea[1] Power Station hav...]]>

A large police precence was called to the Battersea Power Station earlier today But officers have since confirmed that “nothing was found.” Trains were shut at about 7pm following tresspassers on the tracks.

Searches at #Battersea[1] Power Station have now been completed.

Nothing found and officers will be leaving the scene.

— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) September 13, 2019[2]

As a result, trains were forced to shut off all power and came to a halt for multiple hours. Taking to Twitter, Wandsworth Police advised that a “large police presence” was also been called to Nine Elms. A police helicopter was also circling the area.

Reports online suggested that a “suspicios package” was found at the site but officers have now given it the all clear.

It is unclear if the two incidents were related.

References

  1. ^ #Battersea (twitter.com)
  2. ^ September 13, 2019 (twitter.com)

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Battersea Power Station: Police close roads near London icon after 'security alert' https://securitykit.info/2019/09/battersea-power-station-police-close-roads-near-london-icon-after-security-alert/ https://securitykit.info/2019/09/battersea-power-station-police-close-roads-near-london-icon-after-security-alert/#respond Fri, 13 Sep 2019 18:53:00 +0000 http://securitykit.info/?guid=52aba172d61bc49dd04f574180395ac3 Police have warned the public to stay clear of Battersea power station[1] as they search the area following a security alert in south London[2]. ...]]>

Police have warned the public to stay clear of Battersea power station[1] as they search the area following a security alert in south London[2]. A statement by Wandsworth Borough Police said: “Large police presence at Nine Elms, SW8 dealing with an incident at Battersea Power Station.”

Wandsworth Road and Nine Elms have since been reopened after initial warnings from police for the public to stay clear of the area – however the police operation in the area is ongoing according to a Metropolitan Police spokeswoman.

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Cringle Street, which leads up the the power station, remains closed.

The force was unable to provide any further information on the cause of the alert.

The iconic south London building is currently being renovated and turned into high-end flats, part of a regeneration project for the area following the construction of the US Embassy on Nine Elms Lane.

The coal-fire powered station had previously fallen into disuse after being decommissioned in 1975, however remained a key landmark on the London skyline with influences on architecture and art including the cover of Pink Floyd’s 1977 album, Animals.

The developers for the building said: “We are aware of a security alert on the Battersea Power Station Phase 3 building site.

“The situation is being managed by the Metropolitan Police and we will assist them wherever possible.”

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References

  1. ^ Battersea power station (www.independent.co.uk)
  2. ^ south London (www.independent.co.uk)
  3. ^ Subscribe now (www.independent.co.uk)

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Senior Canadian police intelligence officer arrested on suspicion of espionage https://securitykit.info/2019/09/senior-canadian-police-intelligence-officer-arrested-on-suspicion-of-espionage/ https://securitykit.info/2019/09/senior-canadian-police-intelligence-officer-arrested-on-suspicion-of-espionage/#respond Fri, 13 Sep 2019 17:37:14 +0000 http://securitykit.info/?guid=78ec1169ef6b44cc4f48a28c63b76e06 A senior official of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police intelligence unit has been arrested and charged with multiple charges, including espionage with foreign powers. The RCMP member, identified as Cameron Ortis, was arrested Thursday in Otta...]]>

A senior official of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police intelligence unit has been arrested and charged with multiple charges, including espionage with foreign powers.

The RCMP member, identified as Cameron Ortis, was arrested Thursday in Ottawa, Canada,[1] following an extensive national security investigation, Global News[2] reported. The charges filed under the sk© Security SAVER SALE of Information Act relate to unauthorized leaking of sensitive information and breach of trust, as well as unauthorized use of a computer. CANADIAN CORONER CAUGHT STASHING BODIES IN REFRIGERATED TRUCK[3]

“The charges stem from activities alleged to have occurred during his tenure as an RCMP employee,” the police said in a statement[4], confirming the arrest. “As this investigation is ongoing, we will not be making any other comment on this time.” Sources told Global News that Ortis is believed to have stolen “large quantities of information, which could compromise an untold number of investigations.” LAWMAKERS URGE RELEASE OF EX-MARINE DETAINED IN RUSSIA ON ESPIONAGE CHARGES[5]

Two of the charges also relate to preparatory acts toward “communications to a foreign entity.” Ortis’ work was central to national security and his arrest involved multiple security agencies, CBC News[6] reported. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP[7]

Specific details relating Ortis’ arrest were not immediately available.

He faces up 33 years in prison if convicted.

References

  1. ^ Canada, (www.foxnews.com)
  2. ^ Global News (globalnews.ca)
  3. ^ CANADIAN CORONER CAUGHT STASHING BODIES IN REFRIGERATED TRUCK (www.foxnews.com)
  4. ^ statement (www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca)
  5. ^ LAWMAKERS URGE RELEASE OF EX-MARINE DETAINED IN RUSSIA ON ESPIONAGE CHARGES (www.foxnews.com)
  6. ^ CBC News (www.cbc.ca)
  7. ^ CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP (foxnews.onelink.me)

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Top Canadian police official arrested on spying charges https://securitykit.info/2019/09/rcmp-senior-intelligence-officer-arrested-in-ottawa/ https://securitykit.info/2019/09/rcmp-senior-intelligence-officer-arrested-in-ottawa/#respond Fri, 13 Sep 2019 17:04:00 +0000 http://securitykit.info/?guid=1bb8b810c474912350641a905efe220b Cameron Ortis, director general with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's intelligence unit, is shown in a court sketch from his court hearing in Ottawa, Canada, September 13, 2019. Image Credit: Reuters Ottawa: The Royal Cana...]]>

Cameron Ortis, director general with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s intelligence unit, is shown in a court sketch from his court hearing in Ottawa, Canada, September 13, 2019. Image Credit: Reuters

Ottawa: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said on Friday that they had arrested a senior intelligence officer for allegedly stealing sensitive documents. Cameron Ortis faces five charges under Canada’s criminal code and its sk© Security SAVER SALE of Information Act, the federal police agency said in a statement.

“The allegations are that he obtained, stored, processed sensitive information, we believe with the intent to communicate it to people that he shouldn’t be communicating it to,” prosecutor John MacFarlane told journalists after Ortis appeared in court on Friday. Canada’s Global News reported that Ortis, who was arrested Thursday, was a top advisor to former RCMP commissioner Bob Paulson, and had control over counter-intelligence operations.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is campaigning for a second term in office, told reporters at an election rally “I can assure you that the authorities are taking this extremely seriously,” without commenting further.

His opponent Conservative leader Andrew Scheer said it was “extremely concerning that a senior RCMP intelligence officer has been arrested for leaking national security information”.

“This is another reminder of the threats we face from foreign actors,” said Scheer, who is tied in the polls with Trudeau.

Vast information stolen

The RCMP fears Ortis stole “large quantities of information, which could compromise an untold number of investigations,” according to Global News, which first reported the arrest. Canada is a member of the “Five Eyes” intelligence alliance with Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain and the United States.

The public broadcaster Radio-Canada said Ortis is a specialist in East Asia, critical infrastructure and online “bots.”

On the LinkedIn social network, the account of a person named Cameron Ortis indicates that he has worked for the Canadian government since 2007 after receiving a doctorate in international relations and political science at The University of British Columbia. The account also says he speaks Mandarin, the main language of China, with which Canada is in the midst of an unprecedented diplomatic crisis.

Beijing last December detained two Canadian nationals in apparent retaliation for Canada’s arrest of a Chinese tech executive on a US warrant.

China has also blocked Canadian agricultural shipments worth billions of dollars.

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Feared drug gang member on the run from prison as public warned not to approach him https://securitykit.info/2019/09/feared-drug-gang-member-on-the-run-from-prison-as-public-warned-not-to-approach-him/ https://securitykit.info/2019/09/feared-drug-gang-member-on-the-run-from-prison-as-public-warned-not-to-approach-him/#respond Fri, 13 Sep 2019 16:02:00 +0000 http://securitykit.info/?guid=5156552aab77e9881baf19757607ad26 A member of a feared drug gang is being hunted by police after going on the run from prison. Lewis Aspinwall was one of 20 men jailed[1] in 2017, for a total of 135 years, after their UK-wide drug network[2] was busted by a huge police investigation[3]...]]>

A member of a feared drug gang is being hunted by police after going on the run from prison. Lewis Aspinwall was one of 20 men jailed[1] in 2017, for a total of 135 years, after their UK-wide drug network[2] was busted by a huge police investigation[3] . The 24-year-old, formerly of Marmion Road in Aigburth[4] , had been serving his six year sentence at HMP Kirkham but absconded on Tuesday, September 10.

Lancashire Police[5] are now trying to locate the man, and officers have warned members of the public not to approach if they see him.

Lewis Aspinwall, 24, formerly of Marmion Road, Aigburth, Liverpool, absconded from HMP Kirkham on Tuesday (September 10).

Aspinwall was involved in a system of couriers and dealers – in some cases vulnerable youngsters – to peddle Class A drugs and had associates who stockpiled guns that could be used to scare off rivals. He is described as 6ft 2in tall, of slim build with brown eyes, black hair and is clean shaven.

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Aspinwall has links to the Merseyside area[6] and police are advising people not to approach him if seen. A Lancashire Police[7] spokesman said: “Aspinwall is wanted after absconding from prison.

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“While we have conducted a number of checks to try and find him, at this stage he remains outstanding.

“We would encourage anyone who knows where he is to come forward. If seen, do not approach him but instead call police immediately.” Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting log reference 1465 of September 10.

Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

References

  1. ^ one of 20 men jailed (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  2. ^ UK-wide drug network (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  3. ^ huge police investigation (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  4. ^ Aigburth (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  5. ^ Lancashire Police (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  6. ^ Merseyside area (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  7. ^ Lancashire Police (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)

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Families of Manchester Arena victims may be excluded from parts of inquiry https://securitykit.info/2019/09/families-of-manchester-arena-victims-may-be-excluded-from-parts-of-inquiry/ https://securitykit.info/2019/09/families-of-manchester-arena-victims-may-be-excluded-from-parts-of-inquiry/#respond Fri, 13 Sep 2019 15:45:00 +0000 http://securitykit.info/?guid=b1a6883b9f502cc5dc41087aeb249ce4 Manchester Arena attack [1] Coroner says disclosing some MI5 and police evidence would threaten national security The Manchester Arena bombing took place on 22 May 2017. Photograph: Benjamin Wareing/Alamy Bereav...]]>

Manchester Arena attack[1]

Coroner says disclosing some MI5 and police evidence would threaten national security




The Manchester Arena bombing took place on 22 May 2017.Photograph: Benjamin Wareing/Alamy

Bereaved families of Manchester[2] Arena terrorism victims may be excluded from large parts of an inquiry into the attack after a coroner ruled that evidence from MI5 and the police should be kept secret. Sir John Saunders, the coroner of the Manchester Arena inquest, said in a ruling published on Friday that certain highly sensitive intelligence would risk national security if it became public. The decision means it is likely the inquest will be converted into a public inquiry, albeit one in which some evidence is heard in private without relatives of the victims or their legal teams.

Any coroner’s inquiry will take place after the trial of Hashem Abedi, the brother of the bomber, Salman Abedi, which will begin at the Old Bailey in London on 11 November. Families of the victims told a hearing earlier this month that transparency in the inquest was essential, amid concerns that some of the sensitive MI5 and police evidence highlighted “shortcomings” of the security services. John Cooper QC, who represents several of the families, said at a previous hearing[3]: “National security may not be the concern, but instead national humiliation.”

However, Saunders said he was satisfied that disclosing certain evidence would present a grave threat to national security. The coroner gave no detail about what information he was keeping secret but said it “would assist terrorists in carrying out the sort of atrocities committed in Manchester and would make it less likely that the security service and the CT [counter-terrorism] police would be able to prevent them”. Saunders added: “The risk which is identified in each case is that disclosure of the information will make it easier for terrorists to kill people by avoiding detection before they are able to carry [out] an attack.”

Having decided that some evidence should not be made public, the coroner said his “provisional view is that an adequate investigation … could not be conducted within the framework of the inquests”. It is understood Saunders would now consider converting the inquest into a public inquiry at a hearing in Manchester on 7 October. If that happened, it is likely that two reports would be produced at the end of the public inquiry; one that discussed the secret evidence and a public report that did not.

Families of the victims have said they appreciate the issue of national security concerns but that it is important the inquest investigates any failings by MI5 and the security services, as well as lessons that can be learned.

A parliamentary watchdog concluded last year[4] that there were a “number of failures” by police and MI5 in the run-up to the Arena bomb, which killed 23 people including Salman Abedi, and injured hundreds more on 22 May 2017.

That investigation found that Abedi, a subject of interest to MI5 but not under active investigation, had been flagged for review by the security service but its systems “moved too slowly” and the review did not happen before the attack.

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  1. ^ Manchester Arena attack (www.theguardian.com)
  2. ^ Manchester (www.theguardian.com)
  3. ^ previous hearing (www.bbc.co.uk)
  4. ^ concluded last year (www.theguardian.com)
  5. ^ Manchester Arena attack (www.theguardian.com)
  6. ^ Manchester (www.theguardian.com)
  7. ^ Greater Manchester (www.theguardian.com)
  8. ^ news (www.theguardian.com)
  9. ^ Facebook (www.facebook.com)
  10. ^ Twitter (twitter.com)
  11. ^ Email (www.theguardian.com)
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  13. ^ Pinterest (www.pinterest.com)
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  16. ^ Reuse this content (syndication.theguardian.com)

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Trump's plan to pay for border wall with Air Force funds risks national security, report says https://securitykit.info/2019/09/trumps-plan-to-pay-for-border-wall-with-air-force-funds-risks-national-security-report-says/ https://securitykit.info/2019/09/trumps-plan-to-pay-for-border-wall-with-air-force-funds-risks-national-security-report-says/#respond Fri, 13 Sep 2019 14:40:00 +0000 http://securitykit.info/?guid=056043080db43d1e58e4998f78dc0097 President Donald Trump's plan to pay for his proposed border wall by taking funds from more than four dozen Air Force military construction projects poses various national security risks for the U.S. armed forces, according to a report compiled by the...]]>

President Donald Trump’s plan to pay for his proposed border wall by taking funds from more than four dozen Air Force military construction projects poses various national security risks for the U.S. armed forces, according to a report compiled by the U.S. Air Force.

The report, obtained by NBC News, details the importance of each of the 51 military projects chosen by the Trump administration to lose their funding, including construction of a new gate to address a growing security concern at an overseas U.S. base, projects to build facilities to safely store more than £1 billion in munitions overseas, and even replacing a boiler whose failure is “imminent” and could cause the evacuation of an entire base in Alaska.

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency[1] in February in an effort to circumvent Congress and fund the wall he had promised to build along the U.S. border with Mexico, citing “an invasion of our country with drugs, with human traffickers, will all types of criminals and gangs.”

At Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, the entry-control point at the main gate is “degrading and not properly configured to provide proper protection for pedestrian and vehicle passage,” the Air Force report says, adding there has been a “higher threat environment” there since the U.S. began operating in Syria.

“sk© Security SAVER SALE breaches have increased since the base began Operation Inherent Resolve Support,” the report says. “If not funded, the main gate remains vulnerable to hostile penetration in the midst of contingency operations and an increased terrorist threat.”

The base has been at a heightened level of force protection since July 2015.

Government contractors erect a section of Pentagon-funded border wall along the Colorado River, in Yuma, Ariz. on Sept.

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In the Pacific region, money for a project to build facilities to store more than £1 billion in munitions at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam was diverted to the wall, endangering the largest munitions stockpile in the region, according to the report.

Pacific Air Forces rely on the munitions stored at Andersen Air Force Base for both exercises and during combat operations in wartime. If the munitions are not properly stored, they may not be functional, affecting operations of fighter aircraft and bombers, the report says.

At Eielsen Air Force Base in Alaska, a boiler failure at a facility that provides all electrical power and steam heat for the base is “imminent,” the report says.

With temperatures as low as 65 degrees below zero, a failure would be devastating to facilities and the missions housed by them within hours.” The base would be forced to evacuate within hours and once closed “would freeze and require millions of dollars of repair to return to usable conditions.”

There is no guarantee the funds will automatically be backfilled, according to a congressional official and a U.S. defense official. The congressional official said the projects may be set back a year or more.

One of the major areas affected were military construction projects supporting the European Defense Initiative, a program intended to increase U.S. military presence in Europe to deter Russian aggression. In some cases, without the construction projects, the bases identified as part of the initiative cannot support the deployment of U.S. airmen or assets.

Projects to upgrade airfields in Germany, Luxembourg, Great Britain, Hungary and Slovakia have been shelved, leaving the bases unable to support U.S. and NATO airplanes.

Construction of storage facilities and fuel supply has also been postponed, “directly limiting theater presence and impairing mission capability and readiness” and support to Operation Atlantic Resolve within Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, the report says.

The safety of one dozen F/A-22 aircraft and the supporting personnel at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, are at risk, because of aircraft firing engines inside shelters that are not adequately vented. The project would have upgraded hardened aircraft shelters for the attack aircraft, and without it they “will have no shelter facilities in case of enemy attack, making the assets vulnerable to destruction.”

The Air Force submitted a list of all unobligated funds to the Office of the Secretary of Defense months ago, but only found out what projects would be affected when the list was released to Congress and the public last week, according to a congressional official and an Air Force official.

“We had no advanced notice of what projects they chose,” the Air Force official said.

“These projects are still very important, and we continue to be committed to our allies and partners,” Air Force spokesperson Ann Stefanek said.

Roughly £1.8 billion will be taken from projects in the continental United States and £1.8 billion from projects overseas. The £3.6 billion is expected to construct 175 miles of wall along the southern border.

Courtney Kube

Courtney Kube is a correspondent covering national security and the military for the NBC News Investigative Unit.

Mosheh Gains contributed.

References

  1. ^ declared a national emergency (www.nbcnews.com)

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Man climbs station wall and runs down tracks after 'assaulting security guard' https://securitykit.info/2019/09/man-climbs-station-wall-and-runs-down-tracks-after-assaulting-security-guard/ https://securitykit.info/2019/09/man-climbs-station-wall-and-runs-down-tracks-after-assaulting-security-guard/#respond Fri, 13 Sep 2019 14:34:00 +0000 http://securitykit.info/?guid=7011ec40823000712ce5c5cfe5a6de44 A man was caught on camera clambering over a train station wall and fleeing across the tracks after he allegedly assaulted a security guard. British Transport Police were called to Laindon station in Essex during rush hour last night following reports ...]]>

A man was caught on camera clambering over a train station wall and fleeing across the tracks after he allegedly assaulted a security guard. British Transport Police were called to Laindon station in Essex during rush hour last night following reports that a man had assaulted a security guard. A witness who shot the footage said security at the station had been trying to stop three men but two had managed to board trains and get away.

Footage shows a man climbing over a partition at the station as guards stand the other side. He then fixes his glasses as he jumps onto the train tracks and attempts to scarper.

British Transport Police were called to Laindon station in Essex during rush hour last night Footage shows a man climbing over a partition at the station as guards stand the other side

The camera pans back to show the guards watching him in disbelief as he disappears down the side of the tracks. His getaway was short-lived though as he was caught by police moments later.

A witness, who only wanted to be named as Ben, recorded the video to share on social media. He said: “I heard commotion going on. “There was security at the train station trying to contain three people.

Man climbs station wall and runs down tracks after 'assaulting security guard'The man leaps off the platform and onto the tracks Man climbs station wall and runs down tracks after 'assaulting security guard'A witness, who only wanted to be named as Ben, recorded the video to share on social media

“Two of them jumped the ticket barriers, got onto a train to London and this guy was left on his own.

“He didn’t get very far and police caught him two minutes down the road.” A British Transport Police spokesman said: “Officers were called to Laindon station at 5.20pm on Thursday following reports that a man had assaulted a security guard.

Man climbs station wall and runs down tracks after 'assaulting security guard'Police caught up with the man moments later

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“The man then made off from staff by running across the train tracks.” He added: “A 44-year-old man from Romford was arrested in the nearby area on suspicious of trespass and common assault.

“He remains in police custody.”

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'DNA links accused' to bomb attack on police officer https://securitykit.info/2019/09/dna-links-accused-to-bomb-attack-on-police-officer/ https://securitykit.info/2019/09/dna-links-accused-to-bomb-attack-on-police-officer/#respond Fri, 13 Sep 2019 13:19:00 +0000 http://securitykit.info/?guid=dc4239dcdea852450bed5a060e5e3e04 A man accused of trying to murder an off-duty police officer with a car bomb in east Belfast is allegedly linked by DNA evidence, a court has heard. Detectives claimed 38-year-old Peter Granaghan's profile was on wires attached to the booby trap device...]]>

A man accused of trying to murder an off-duty police officer with a car bomb in east Belfast is allegedly linked by DNA evidence, a court has heard. Detectives claimed 38-year-old Peter Granaghan’s profile was on wires attached to the booby trap device discovered at a Shandon Park Golf Club on June 1. Dissident republican group the New IRA admitted responsibility at the time.

Granaghan, from Blackrock Park in Belleek, Co Fermanagh, was arrested on Wednesday by detectives investigating the attack. He appeared amid heavy security at Belfast Magistrates’ Court charged with attempting to murder a serving PSNI officer. Granaghan also faces further counts of making and possessing explosives with intent to endanger life.

Handcuffed and dressed in a grey sweatshirt, he smiled and gave a thumbs-up signal to supporters in the public gallery. The accused nodded to confirm that he understood the alleged offences. No questions were put to a detective sergeant who said he could connect Granaghan to the charges.

But a defence lawyer told the court: “He maintains his innocence.” During the hearing, the detective set out the grounds for bringing charges. He said the off-duty officer discovered the bomb below his vehicle while it was parked at the golf club.

“He had been walking back to his car when he noticed something underneath it and contacted police,” the detective said. The device consisted of a wooden box with wires hanging from it. Army technical experts were called to the scene and carried out a controlled explosion.

With items then seized for forensic examination, the detective said DNA was located on two separate pieces of wire. “The profile identified relates to the defendant Peter Granaghan,” he alleged. “That is the sole profile, there’s no other DNA.”

Based on that information, Deputy Districty Judge Anne Marshall said she was satisfied the legal test for establishing a prima facie case had been met.

Granaghan’s lawyer did not make a bail application, but indicated his client would be challenging the evidence against him in due course.

Judge Marshall remanded the accused in custody, to appear again by video-link in two weeks’ time.

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Kami Smart Security Starter Kit review: Its low price tag is the one thing it has going for it https://securitykit.info/2019/09/kami-smart-security-starter-kit-review-its-low-price-tag-is-the-one-thing-it-has-going-for-it/ https://securitykit.info/2019/09/kami-smart-security-starter-kit-review-its-low-price-tag-is-the-one-thing-it-has-going-for-it/#respond Fri, 13 Sep 2019 10:00:00 +0000 http://securitykit.info/?guid=ec87c2d2283c7547b7419f92b112321e I was immediately intrigued by the pitch for Yi Technology’s Kami Home Security product: “You can set it up in five minutes!” Anything that makes smart-home tech simpler is a big win in my book. Alas, a savvy email pitch does not a reality make, and as...]]>

I was immediately intrigued by the pitch for Yi Technology’s Kami Home sk© Security SAVER SALE product: “You can set it up in five minutes!” Anything that makes smart-home tech simpler is a big win in my book. Alas, a savvy email pitch does not a reality make, and as it turns out, Kami is quite the opposite of what was promised. Not only is setup considerably more involved than expected, the system is only quasi-functional–and doesn’t come close to cutting it as a legitimate security option.

Let’s start with that setup claim. The Kami Starter Kit (which uses ZigBee to communicate with its component parts) arrives with promise: five small boxes wrapped together in a package, each one carrying a separate piece of the Kami puzzle. The kit includes a small hub, three door/window sensors, and a motion sensor.

A security camera is sold separately but wasn’t sent for this review (we’ll publish stand-alone reviews of the Kami indoor and outdoor cameras down the road.) There are no provisions for controlling other smart-home devices, such as lights, but Yi Technology makes no such promises, either. This is a home secrity system, not a smart-home system.

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Everything in the package at least looks great. The hub is tiny, smaller than a tin of mints, and the sensors are impressively compact and stylish.

The immediate problem with all of this, however, is how much packaging is involved. Each box is sealed with tape, and inside each of them you’ll find layers and layers of needless additional packaging. Even the tiny user manual (a single slip of paper) is packed inside a tape-sealed cardboard envelope.

That user guide (there’s one for each component) primarily directs you to download the Kami app and follow the instructions there.

kami hub Yi Technology

The Kami hub is impressivvely tiny, about the size of a deck of cards.

In the Kami app, those instructions are largely delivered via a lengthy video: one for each type of Kami component. It’s an inefficient way to get this information across, and since Kami has a somewhat unusual set of setup requirements that includes cracking open sensors, installing the coin cell battery, scanning a tiny QR code inside the sensor, and resetting the sensor by pressing a button set inside a tiny hole with the included pin, it bears watching the material in full so you don’t goof it up. The process is far from easy and quick, hampered by a huge number of steps and an even larger amount of packaging to contend with.

Here’s what it takes just to get to that reset pin I mentioned: Unwrap the plastic from the main package, remove the sensor box, cut open the tape on the sensor box, dig through the various levels of packaging and accessories to find another box within this box, open up that box, remove the bubble-wrapped package inside, find the small plastic baggie inside that package, and then remove the pin from it. (Pro tip: Just use a paperclip.) Needless to say, I did not get Kami set up in five minutes. After 30 minutes I had the hub and two sensors set up–and not because I ran into any significant trouble along the way.

That’s just how long it takes. The only hiccup I encountered was in trying to photograph the QR code inside each scanner. This code is so tiny that my phone’s camera couldn’t focus on it in interior light conditions.

I had to take the device outside during broad daylight in order to get the lens to focus on the miniature code.

ethernet port on kami power supply Christopher Null / IDG

The Kami Home sk© Security SAVER SALE System hub must be hardwired to your router, but its RJ45 port for that ethernet connection is on its power supply.

Another oddity involves the Kami hub. This is the strangest hub design I’ve ever seen: It must be wired to your router via an ethernet cable, but there’s no RJ45 port on the hub itself. Instead, you’ll find the ethernet port at the end of the power cable, where it plugs into the wall.

It’s a crazy (and, again, inefficient) design that makes you run your network cable to the power outlet, and it’s an oddity that has to be seen to be believed. There isn’t much to Kami’s app. The hub offers just two modes: Home (everything off) and Away (everything on), with no way to customize any of this, and no “stay” mode that only arms the door/window sensors.

The system offers no automations, no hooks into other smart home systems or services–including Alexa–and there’s no professional monitoring plan, optional or otherwise. But hey, for 100 bucks, you can’t expect much.

Kami Home sk© Security SAVER SALE app Christopher Null / IDG

Messages like “Base Stations In Sleepy Now” are funny to us as product reviewers, but we don’t think anyone who pays for this product will find it humorous.

It’s easy (if not intuitive) to turn the Kami system on by sliding the central “Home” icon to the right, putting it in Away mode. Once you do, Kami alerts whenever a sensor is tripped, and by that, I mean a weak siren erupts from the hub–at roughly the volume of a television turned down low–and you receive a push notification on your phone.

Within the Kami app, the siren can be easily turned off, at which point the system resets. Kami keeps a running log of activity, but it mainly amounts to a list of time stamps for each sensor and notices of “Detected someone moving” or when a door was opened or closed. While the motion sensor is quite sensitive, I found Kami’s sensors erratic at detecting whether the door was open or closed–and slow to update the app’s main display.

That said, at least it’s amusing to enjoy the pidgin English in which many of the app’s messages are written. (“Base Stations In sleepy now.”) Other issues are somewhat more alarming, like the Kami app claiming I have three cameras installed and in need of firmware updates–when in fact I had none. Whether this is a strange bug or a security risk, I can’t say. Kami’s main–and perhaps only–advantage is that it is extremely cheap.

If you have totally non-serious security needs–like a need to protect your favorite cookies in the pantry–it might fit the bill.

Those who want a legitimate security system will need to look elsewhere.

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Police are currently in attendance at a security alert in Ballymoney https://securitykit.info/2019/09/police-are-currently-in-attendance-at-a-security-alert-in-ballymoney/ https://securitykit.info/2019/09/police-are-currently-in-attendance-at-a-security-alert-in-ballymoney/#respond Fri, 13 Sep 2019 09:53:47 +0000 http://securitykit.info/?guid=1ed069b9e33fad2cb003e044a0747c5e Police are currently in attendance at a security alert in Ballymoney. Following the discovery of a suspicious object in the Raceview Drive area of the town, and to ensure the safety of local residents, the decision has been taken to evacuate home...]]>

Police are currently in attendance at a security alert in Ballymoney.

Following the discovery of a suspicious object in the Raceview Drive area of the town, and to ensure the safety of local residents, the decision has been taken to evacuate homes.

The Joey Dunlop Centre on Garryduff Road in Ballymoney has been opened as a rest centre.

There are no further details at this time

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