Friday, February 29, 2008
Elias Barahona, 44, of Hialeah, was arrested Wednesday and charged with nine counts of knowingly selling, manufacturing and delivering forged identification and nine counts of possessing forged identification. (read it all here)
We are guessing after 15 years at this trade the forger will be off the streets, oh say....about 15 days, but hey, he did offer a discount! Secure ID card? It's up to you.
Photo truck returns after fake-ID bustNeither trumpets nor thunderclaps heralded the return of Rosa Photo to Callowhill Street this week.
Instead, the passport-photo truck that was hauled away in disgrace three weeks ago after cops busted four workers for allegedly selling fake IDs there rolled quietly back to Callowhill on Monday, back into business and back into fierce competition. (more here)What can we say? How about it really is amazing that the very folks that were offering to sell fake ID cards and got caught with about 1000 on hand are back in business. Evidently that gets you off the streets for about 21 days in Philly. Again, photo ID cards can be as secure as you want to make them, but security features do need to be designed into the card right from the start. With low penalties and high rewards for card forgers, the small extra cost of a more secure card would seem to be an easy decision.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
The EcoLanyards are printed on fabric made from recycled beverage bottles. The color quality is excellent and the feel of the material is the same as the standard polyesters we see from other manufacturers.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
From Jackson, MS we read:
Melton and his two police bodyguards flew armed on flights from Jackson and other airports on several occasions after his 2005 election. Before TSA asked the mayor to leave his guns at home, Melton was able to bring them aboard flights by displaying a gold badge with the word "mayor" on it and a letter from then-Jackson Police Chief Shirlene Anderson indicating he was a law enforcement official. (more here)
Yikes! I'm pretty sure I have a happy meal badge around here somewhere!
Monday, February 25, 2008
It seems the gravity of the Kolkata police’s order asking cyber cafes to check photo identity cards of visitors and recording their details, is lost on some cafes. The order issued by police chief Gautam Mohan Chakraborti came into effect on Saturday.
Turning a blind eye to the order, a section of cyber cafe owners refuse to implement it. Their excuse — they have not been “informed officially”. (more here)
Wow! Do you think this could happen in the USA? Wouldn't it make more sense to create a loyalty card situation where cafe owners would actually promote card use due to benefit to the cafe (more regular business) and the card holder (discounts if you have one). That should would hold down fake cards and sidestep civil liberties issues.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Lapp said the ID badges were part of that security effort, as well as fixing locks around the building and controlling the flow of traffic on the campus. (the whole story here)
We say better security in our schools takes an integrated approach to be effective. ID cards are not bullet proof, but a good ID card and Visitor Management program plays a significant role in school security.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Number 2 on the list: Add a badging/card access system for students to enter the building, and funnel them through limited access points.
Did you know that school visitor systems can be set up to scan the national sex offenders database? Spending this budget money should be an easy choice!
Monday, February 18, 2008
Kids need photo ID in the case that they are missing and a recent photo is not available. I would guess grandparents would be the first source of such pictures (insatiable photo-consumers in my experience) but what about the personal data? I think this is a great service and I'd like to see more community organizations and Police Departments taking part in programs like this around the country.
- As a parent, would you want / allow a fingerprint and photo to be stored on police record for the child?
- Would you take advantage of this service?
- If so, would you be willing to pay for it?
Thanks to the local police in Syracuse, you don't have to. Syracuse Police are issuing photo ID cards to all children in the area as part of their "SafeKids" program. This program allows parents to get two printed copies of a photo ID card with their child's picture and data, at no charge.Way to go SPD! Keep up the good work.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Event security managers are lucky this guy is a fun-loving fan and not a baddie.
What a story, and photos to back it up can be found here.
My questions are,
- Should credentials be used whenever there is an event of this magnitude?
- If so, why not check everyone's photo id or credential every time?
- How great is it that this guy is such a super fan?
Friday, February 8, 2008
The British public is evenly split on ID cards - 47 per cent think they're a good idea while 50 per cent think not.
News Story Two
Support for the UK’s national ID card programme continues to plummet as one quarter of people say they are strongly opposed to the scheme.
I say forget about high end technology in the UK. Use the funds to invest in a better country wide math program!
The weathered white van marked "Rosa Photo" has been a fixture for years on Callowhill Street, dispensing passport photos and other documents.
Yesterday, capping an investigation into fake IDs, Philadelphia police shut Rosa Photo down.
Major Crimes Unit supervisor Lt. Ed Zachwieja said four employees of the company were arrested, and two vehicles (including the van) were impounded in the bust, which netted copies of 1,000 cards that appeared to be fraudulent IDs.
The cards, imprinted with the logos of Pennsylvania and other states, "look like drivers' licenses" but are useless as legitimate identity documents, Zachwieja said.
To the untrained eye, or a harried cashier seeking a form of picture ID to accompany a customer's bank check, however, the fake cards can look legitimate.
Relatively sophisticated bar-code technology is used to manufacture the cards, Zachwieja said. Then, if doctored with false birth dates, they can be used in nightclubs and other venues where swipe-and-go card-readers are sometimes used to scan for underage patrons, he said.
From his van across the street from where Rosa Photo was parked, competitor Joseph Doe of Wulu Photo said he knew nothing about the genesis of the police action.A few observations and comments:
- How sharp do you need to be to catch these guys if it has been going on for years?
- I'd think with at least 4 employees, 2 cars, 1000 ID cards that someone would have noticed something was going on. What do these guys say when someone asks what they do for a living?
- I love how after calling the cards basically useless, several applications are outlined for the fake ID cards.
- File it under unbelievable that the competitor in a van across the street comments on the bust!
- Again and again we say, ID cards are only as secure as you want to make them. What level of security do you need?
Friday, February 1, 2008
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