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Facial recognition protects kids, gets rid of drug dealers in East Harlem

‘You can’t put a price on this,’ integrator says

NEW YORK—In East Harlem, which has the highest crime rate in the city of New York, facial recognition is protecting children and getting rid of drug dealers at Taino Towers.

Metal theft soars 36 percent

In Texas, second-highest metal theft state, recycling group says it has answers

SAN ANTONIO, Texas—Despite the use of security technology by scrap metal yards to detect stolen goods, those waging war against copper and other metal thefts are “nowhere near where they need to be,” says Tom Baker, president of the Recycling Council of Texas [RCOT].

Starbucks to customers: No guns with your lattes, please


SEATTLE—Starbucks waded into the gun debate this week, with CEO Howard Schultz writing an open letter to customers asking them to leave their firearms at home or in their car before ordering their Americanos or lattes. It’s a request, not a ban on guns.

Robbery video sent to cops within minutes

Fulton Financial monitors across five states

LANCASTER, Pa.—If there is a robbery or other criminal incident at one of Fulton Financial Corp.’s 270 offices, video is sent within minutes to local police from a desktop, potentially giving them the chance to catch the perp in the parking lot.

Smile for entry

Large Manhattan complex uses facial recognition for access control

NEW YORK—Many of the 4,000 residents of the historic Knickerbocker Village apartments in Manhattan have tossed out their access cards. Soon all of them will, because the only thing they’ll need to enter the 12-building, 1,600-unit complex is their face.

U.S. Open beefs up security, adds metal detectors


FLUSHING, N.Y.— The U.S. Tennis Association wants fans to be good sports, too.

Little League World Series showcases surveillance technology


SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa.—Players, fans and spectators at the Little League Baseball World Series, held Aug. 15-Aug. 25 in South Williamsport, Pa., will be kept safe in part by a network of IP video surveillance systems.

Five charged in Florida cargo theft


YARMOUTH, Maine—Police in Florida have recovered six stolen trucks and nine trailers from a group suspected of cargo theft, including dozens of loads of electronics, food, tires and pharmaceutical drugs.

Suspect in $90 million pharmaceutical theft pleads guilty


NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Amed Villa, 48, entered a guilty plea to federal charges stemming from his participation in a cargo theft ring that involved approximately $90 million in pharmaceuticals stolen from a warehouse in Enfield, Conn., and $8 million in cigarettes taken from a

Protecting a 'national treasure'

Fire, electrical upgrades for space shuttle's security

BREA, Calif.—The retired space shuttle Endeavor, now at its final resting place at the California Science Center, is being protected by Cosco Fire Protection, based here.