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September 2, 2012 | By Scott J. Wilson, Los Angeles Times
Laptops and tablet computers are all too convenient lures for thieves. Here are hints for protecting your property. •Like money: "If you had a wad of money sitting out in a public place, would you turn your back on it - even for just a minute?" asks the Federal Trade Commission's OnGuardOnline site. "Would you put it in checked luggage? Leave it on the back seat of your car?" Treat your laptop or tablet like it's cash. •Disguise: If you carry your laptop in a bag that was obviously designed for that purpose, it could become a prime target.
April 14, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
The heroes and villains of crime novels tend to be average Joes driven into entertaining situations that are realistic enough that readers can understand, three crime authors said Sunday at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Lee Goldberg, screenwriter for the former hit show "Monk" on USA Network and author of "Chase" and "Heist" with Janet Evanovich, was on the panel. In six months, Goldberg and Evanovich went from discussing books while having dinner to producing a New York Times bestseller.
December 15, 2013 | By Julie Cart
Armed assailants posing as police officers forced their way into home in Diamond Bar on Sunday night, tied up the residents and fled, authorities said. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies responded about 8:45 to a report of a home invasion  in the 400 block of Charmingdale Road, Lt. Edward Wells said. Wells said multiple suspects wearing police windbreakers entered the home, but he had no information about the victims or the whereabouts of the suspects. ALSO: At Paul Walker funeral, family and celebrities bid him farewell Crash on 60 Freeway leaves woman dead; DUI suspect arrested 14-year-old girl slain in Compton in possible gang-related shooting Twitter: @julie_cart
April 11, 2014 | By Myscha Theriault
Any traveler can get distracted - in fact, it's the rare traveler who doesn't. But when your attention is focused on other things, you may be leaving yourself wide open to theft and data breaches. From stashing your cash to selecting luggage, here are some of my favorite security solutions. How to carry cash: Carrying limited currency and keeping it in multiple locations keep your theft risk manageable. The storage strategies are as varied as the types of currencies you could carry, but a few stand out as being particularly secure.
December 5, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- Authorities sought at least two thieves on Thursday who had seized a truck with radioactive material in central Mexico, while a family who found and took home the exposed stolen container was under medical observation, officials said. The truck was hijacked Monday by gunmen who intercepted it north of Mexico City. It was transporting a large amount of highly active cobalt-60, a radioactive substance used in the treatment of cancer, from a hospital in Tijuana to a nuclear waste storage dump near the capital.
February 7, 2012 | By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
Two more sousaphones have been stolen from an area high school, extending a rash of thefts of the expensive instruments at Southern California campuses in recent months that instructors say is probably related to the popularity of Mexican banda music. This time, thieves hit Bell High School, which lost two King brass sousaphones — marching band instruments in the tuba family — sometime over the weekend, said Ligia Chaves-Rasas, the school's band director. The break-in was discovered Monday morning.
January 20, 1987 | From Reuters
Two thieves were executed in the South China city of Canton over the weekend in an official crackdown on rising crime, the Canton Daily reported Monday.
May 30, 1992
I wonder why the big deal about thieves ("Thwarting the Thieves," Ventura County Life, May 21), when so many of the stores do not have people to help one purchase items. There is also nobody to help find an item. The best a customer can hope for is a cashier where one must stand in line and wait to pay. I have walked out because I could not find a clerk to help me. GINGER JONES Channel Islands
June 14, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Two prosecutors leading a nationwide campaign urging cellphone makers to embed a powerful antitheft feature in smartphones credited Apple and Samsung for moving in the right direction after a summit on the issue Thursday. New York Atty. Gen. Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco Dist. Atty. George Gascón have repeatedly called on the tech industry to create phones that would no longer be usable once reported stolen. They met in New York on Thursday with leaders of Apple Inc., Google Inc., Samsung Electronics Co., Microsoft Corp.
February 19, 2013 | By Kim Willsher
PARIS -- Heavily armed robbers disguised as police officers stole $50 million worth of diamonds in a spectacular raid at Brussels' international airport, authorities said Tuesday. Shortly before 8 p.m. Monday, two black cars with flashing blue lights smashed through a gate and raced up to a plane on the tarmac, Ine Van Wymersch of the Brussels prosecutor's office told reporters. The vehicles pulled up in front of an armored security van that had stopped next to the plane, which was waiting to takeoff.
April 3, 2014 | By E. Scott Reckard, This article has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.
Sounding alarm over an especially sinister new wave of cybercrime, regulators are warning bankers that hackers have succeeded in changing the controls on automated teller machines to allow thieves to make nearly unlimited withdrawals. The hackers often schedule the withdrawals for holidays and weekends, when extra dollars are loaded into ATMs and monitoring by the banks drops off, an umbrella group for financial regulators said Wednesday. The U.S. Secret Service is calling the scam Unlimited Operations because it circumvents the usual caps on ATM withdrawals, enabling the criminals at times to extract far more than depositors have in their accounts.
March 27, 2014 | By Richard Winton, Kate Mather, Dan Weikel and Soumya Karlamangla
As the sea of luggage twists and turns down rollers from terminals at Los Angeles International Airport, the bags stop briefly at large platforms where workers separate them for flights across the world. It is there, police said, that a group of baggage handlers pulled off one of the largest property heists in airport history. For months, detectives said, workers rifled through bags looking for items to steal. “Basically everything of value -- be it electronics, jewelry and items -- that could be stolen in seconds would be removed from bags,” LAX Police Chief Pat Gannon said.
March 11, 2014 | By Bradley Zint
The Orange County Model Engineers are seeking the public's help after 2,000 feet of aluminum train tracks and other materials -- valued in all at $7,000 to $9,000 -- were stolen from the nonprofit organization's storage facility. Thieves cut their way through a gate at the facility housing the small, ridable trains in Costa Mesa's Fairview Park sometime between noon March 1 and 8 a.m. March 2,  Dixon Sheldon, vice president of operations for the Model Engineers told Times Community News.
March 9, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - California lawmakers for years have been battling ravenous metal thieves, who pull copper wires out of street lights, grab rebar from construction sites, and steal pumps and other costly equipment from farmers' fields. Now, a bipartisan group of legislators led by Assemblyman Brian Nestande (R-Palm Desert), is trying to put more manpower and money into the fight. Nestande's bill, AB 2313, would create a metal theft task force within the attorney general's office that would provide grants to local police and prosecutors.
January 29, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. confirmed the Justice Department is investigating the theft of financial and personal information of 110 million Target customers. In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, Holder said that while the Justice Department doesn't generally discuss specific cases, the department is working to track down and prosecute the hackers who stole Target customer data late last year. “We are committed to working to find not only the perpetrators of these sorts of data breaches but also any individuals and groups who exploit that data via credit card fraud,” Holder said Wednesday.
January 15, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
Thieves who attempted to steal a priceless Greek urn containing the cremated remains of Sigmund Freud from its resting place in London failed to make off with the ashes but badly damaged the 2,300-year-old receptacle, Scotland Yard said Wednesday. The botched break-in occurred on New Year's Day at a crypt preserving and displaying the remains of artists, intellectuals and political leaders who span the social spectrum, from wartime capitulator Neville Chamberlain to doomed songstress Amy Winehouse.
November 13, 1988
Regarding James Flanigan's Oct. 2 column, "Social Security Surplus Must Not Be Abused": The column offered a fairly good explanation of the situation but missed the main point and offered a weak solution. In short, Social Security should be considered a separate fund. This money is not to be used for general fund expenditures. It is for Social Security people only. The thieves in Congress will ultimately steal this money if it is not taken out of their greedy hands. A good example of separate funding was the World War II National Service Life Insurance policies--this money was kept separate and we are still getting interest checks off that money.
December 26, 2013 | By Jon Healey
If you're one of the many lucky Americans to receive a new smartphone this holiday season, congratulations! But watch out for thieves -- and policymakers with bad ideas on how to stop them. In particular, two elected officials in the Bay Area are proposing to make mobile devices less attractive to thieves by making them more attractive to malicious hackers. OK, that's not their intent (I hope). It's just one potential result if a proposal by Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and San Francisco Dist.
December 23, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
Four burglars who broke into a Pasadena home Friday made off with Christmas presents, piggy banks and the ashes of the homeowner's parents. Pasadena Police Lt. Jason Clawson told KTLA-TV that the burglary occurred around 1 p.m. Friday in the 900 block of North Madison Avenue. The homeowner, who only identified himself by his first name, Griffin, told KTLA that the burglars were captured on surveillance video. Griffin said all the family's Christmas presents were stolen, as were televisions and his children's piggy banks.
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