Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Digital Disappearance

Ahh, the electronic age in which we live.

If you submit a badge request via the link on our products page that allows you to design your own badge, and you do not hear back from us within one business day, call us. The computer ate your inquiry.

For reasons we have yet to divine, a certain number of electronic inquiries are no longer reaching us. Some are, some are not. Frustrating, to us, because it represents lost business, and to you, because you need badges!

So, please, kindly follow up with a phone call if you do not get a timely response, while we continue to search for the electronic thief.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Emergency Cigarettes

From the Police Blotter:

A 20-year-old man called 911 because a convenience-store clerk would not sell him cigarettes without an ID.

The customer told the officer who responded that he thought police might be able to verify his age to the clerk.

The officer informed the customer that was not a proper use of the 911 system.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Cells in Cells

Here is a product from a New Jersey company that has caught our attention.

It is called the "Bloodhound," and it is designed to enable officers to scan real-time for unauthorized cell phone activity in correctional facilities. Given that cell phones smuggled into prisons is a significant and growing problem – prisoners continue to conduct their lawless activities by phone – this is a terrific product.

Aside from being able to detect cell phone activity, the device can detect the exact location of the caller using a direction finding antenna.

How serious is cell phone activity in correctional facilities? According to the manufacturer of this product, Berkeley Varitronics Systems in Metuchen, in 2008 corrections officers confiscated 847 contraband cell phones in Maryland prisons, 2,809 cell phones in California prisons and 1,861 cell phones in Mississippi prisons. That’s more than 5,500 phones in one year in only three states!

You can learn more about this product at
http://www.bvsystems.com/ .

Friday, April 9, 2010


From the Police Blotter in a southern New Jersey town:

A Carmel Road resident reported two screens cut on her gazebo. The cuts were in the shape of smiley faces. She believed that the vandalism took place on Thursday night.

Well, at least it is a better grade of vandalism than the symbols of hate that have been seen elsewhere...

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Service Was A Crime

Charges have been dropped against a group of college students who, maintaining that the service they received was "lousy," refused to leave a tip in an eastern Pennsylvania restaurant last year.

Because they were a group of eight, the restaurant added an 18% gratuity to the check. The collegiate diners paid the bill but refused to leave the tip, with the result that the restaurant called the cops. The police took two of the group into custody and charged them with theft of services.

Upon review of the case, the District Attorney recommended that the charges be dropped, based largely on the simple notion that we all understand: Tips are optional. True, one should generally tip less, not zero, for poor service, but while the restaurant’s service may have been inadequate its response appears to have been excessive.