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December 8, 1991
Low- and moderate-income homeowners and renters in the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood can qualify for free home-security devices through "Home Secure," a program run by the nonprofit Jewish Family Service. Anyone who meets the program's requirements is eligible for free locks, door peepholes, childproof drawers, safety grab-bars and other items. Installation is also free. In order to qualify, a single person can't earn more than $24,350 a year.
January 15, 2014 | By Jack Leonard and Paul Pringle
Government employees performed work on the garage of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas' private home, installing drywall, an air conditioner, appliances and a security system, according to sources familiar with the job. The detached garage at Ridley-Thomas' Leimert Park residence appeared to have been converted into an office with a restroom sometime before the county work was done, said a source familiar with the property, who...
March 3, 1988 | JIM CARLTON, Times Staff Writer
Are you in the market for a door with nine dead bolts and hack-proof prison bars? How about a security gate that's designed to close on any hostile pursuers? Or a driveway sensor that sounds an alarm and switches on blinding floodlights if an intruder tries to sneak up while you're relaxing one evening out in the pool or jacuzzi?
April 18, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Businessman John E. Brennan said he is so sick of being harassed by the TSA when he travels that he stripped down to his birthday suit at Portland International Airport on Tuesday night in protest. And he wants you to do the same. Reactions varied to Brennan's decision to remove all his clothes to prove that he was not carrying an explosive device -- or anything dangerous, for that matter -- beneath his clothing. Parents reportedly shielded their children's eyes and looked away themselves.
High-tech security equipment that could be used someday at airports nationwide to detect weapons, chemicals and potential terrorists was demonstrated Tuesday at Burbank Airport. Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) attended the demonstration during the nation's busiest travel week and the day after President Bush signed a bill to improve aviation security.
May 1, 1988
After reading about "X-Rayed Film" in Jerry Hulse's Travel Tips (April 10), it occurred to me that it would solve all problems travelers have with exposed but not developed film to simply have the film developed, but not printed, at the place of departure. There are as many one-hour laboratories/stores in Europe and elsewhere abroad as there are here in the United States. One could then take home the negatives and not worry about X-rays in security devices. ANNELIESE OHLER North Hollywood
April 19, 2000 | From Associated Press
Alarmed by killings of livery cab drivers, the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission voted Tuesday to require all drivers to install bulletproof partitions or security cameras in their cars. Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani has pledged a $5-million grant to help pay for the security devices. Seven drivers have been killed this year. None of the drivers killed had a partition, police said.
Worried about being car-jacked? Think your phone or office might be bugged? Need a personal body alarm when you go jogging that only you can turn off? Gadgets that snoop and protect used to be the private domain of James Bond and Cold War spies, but now they're being purchased by parents, teen-agers, store owners and anyone else with a hankering for security devices. For $100, the Counter Spy Shop of Mayfair London sells a hand-held body alarm with an ear-piercing screech.
October 27, 1995
In response to three burglaries over the past five months, county officials have suggested spending $35,000 to improve security at the clerk-recorder's office. The money would go to purchase a variety of security devices including television cameras that would monitor all entrances to the office, which is responsible for handling such county records as marriage licenses and real-estate documents.
March 13, 2012 | By Dalina Castellanos
Thieves seem to be embarking on an anti-grime spree, some media outlets are reporting, saying thousands of dollars in Tide detergent is being swiped from shelves across the country. One Minnesota man stole about $25,000 worth of the liquid laundry detergent from a West St. Paul Wal-Mart over 15 months, authorities there say. Some stores, including a CVS in Prince George's County, Md., have taken to wrapping anti-theft devices around the handles of the orange bottles. Several publications have described the thefts as a widespread crime wave, even calling the detergent "liquid gold," but law enforcement authorities and some retail operators aren't so sure.
January 30, 2011
The broken peace process Re "Israel's lost weekend," Editorial, Jan. 25 If Israel lost a weekend, the Palestinians have lost 17 years of opportunities to make peace, having consistently chosen inflexible demands and violence instead. Has The Times forgotten that it was Israel that offered the Palestinians almost all of the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 2000, and was summarily rejected? Or that Israel removed all of its settlements from the Gaza Strip, which was followed by a barrage of Palestinian rocket attacks that continue today?
November 17, 2010
Would you rather pose for a nude photograph or be groped by a federal employee? To hear many fliers these days, those are the only two choices for air passengers as the Transportation Security Administration installs full-body scanners at airports and introduces a more invasive pat-down technique that some have likened to sexual molestation. We're not wild about the new methods either, but they're a necessary evil in the era of suicide bombers who board planes with chemical explosives in their underwear.
June 20, 2005 | Erica Williams, Times Staff Writer
If it wasn't for a bet George Hill made with his father as a 12-year-old boy over a string of intertwined padlocks, the Lock Museum of Orange County might not exist today along a busy thoroughfare in Garden Grove. Hill earned about $2 that day from his dad after 45 minutes of picking and untangling the locks he'd found at a flea market. After that, he was hooked.
September 21, 2004 | From Reuters
America Online, a unit of Time Warner Inc., signed a deal with Internet security company RSA Security Inc. to launch its AOL PassCode, a service designed to add an additional layer of protection to member accounts. PassCode users will be provided with a small hand-held six-digit numeric code key. To log on to an AOL account equipped with the service, users will have to type in six digits, which refresh on the device every 60 seconds, on top of using the regular password.
May 5, 2004 | From Times Wire Services
Travelers at a rail station near Washington will have to walk through an explosives detection machine and have their bags screened in a security test designed to frustrate terrorists. The "puffer" machine blows small puffs of air onto a passenger to detect residue from explosives. An official said the one-month test at the station in New Carrollton would determine if the gear worked and how much it bogged down travelers.
Responding to the recent spate of violent carjackings, car alarm companies and home-grown entrepreneurs are marketing a slew of new security systems and gizmos promoted as the antidote to the latest type of street crime. The devices, which promoters say are in high demand, range from a macho-looking mannequin that stands in for a driving companion to a security system that uses a dose of non-lethal electricity to jolt a thief out of the driver's seat.
August 26, 1988 | DAVID OLMOS, Times Staff Writer
A Laguna Beach company headed by high-technology veteran Robert W. Herman has obtained the rights to market an ultrasonic medical instrument that may someday be used to destroy brain tumors in humans. Under a tentative agreement announced Thursday, Allante Capital will provide $300,000 in research money to the Indianapolis Center for Advanced Research, which has developed an instrument it says has been effective in removing tumors from laboratory animals.
March 23, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Jersey City has become the nation's first seaport to use new radiation detectors that scan all incoming cargo for nuclear or radiological weapons, federal officials said. Similar devices are planned for 90% of the country's seaports by the end of summer, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Robert C. Bonner said. Several million cargo containers -- about 95% of U.S. international trade -- enter the country every year through its 361 sea and river ports.
April 30, 2002 | From Associated Press
Working undercover, congressional investigators gained unauthorized access to four Atlanta federal buildings and easily sneaked briefcases and packages past security checkpoints. One investigator obtained two different security badges and a guard's after-hours access code, according to a General Accounting Office report obtained Monday by Associated Press. One pass allowed the investigator to carry a firearm in the buildings.
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