Category: Physical Security

Misstep 19: Unshackled

Today takes us to Boston, MA. A beautiful albeit cold coastal town with some of the most fantastic seafood you can buy. It is an area that, not too long ago, was mostly factories and shipyards — now is the Seaport district — a bustling area of hotels and restaurants and businesses. With all of […]

Misstep 18: Wearing your Password

This photograph looks like a typical retail checkout counter, albeit blurry and pixelated. I stopped in here recently and realized that the employees were all wearing name tags that also had a bar code visible (it appeared to be PDF417-formatted). Uses for Bar Codes in Retail Besides for the occasional terrible gas station that relies […]

Misstep 17: Keys in the Ignition

Today? Hyperbole. Keys are in-fact often left in this type of vehicle, but there’s no ignition and you can’t really drive off in them. That aside, I do see keys left in jetways at airports an awful lot: Above, Midway Airport, Chicago. (December 2019) Boston Logan, MA (BOS) Charleston, SC (CHS) And another, Midway Airport […]

Misstep 13: Coke Kills

Unlocked Coke Machine

First of all, I want to state that this issue was reported to a facility representative. I was recently back in California again, and I had some laundry I had to take care of at the hotel (more on this next week). Laundry, being the mindless task it is, gave me some time to watch […]

Misstep 7: Knoxoff KnoxBox

Alright, after this post, I’m taking the rest of the year off! I’ve talked about this one before in Lockboxes and Key Space Exhaustion, and I’ve seen this guarding both a bagel/coffee shop out in LA, a restricted-use boat launch, and this dollar store back home. This photo shows the one by my place that […]

Misstep 6: Moneygrab

Key in Register

This one is less about what you’re seeing, and more about temptation. This cash register has the drawer key sitting directly in the lock it is supposed to protect. Cashiers should be performing “NO SALES” if they need access to the cash drawer without a transaction. This keeps a record of times an employee accesses […]

Misstep 5: Getting High in California

By getting high, of course, I’m talking about the relative distance from the ground. In this case, I added three stars to the image. The first one is the “Yellow Star”, I’m not going into a lot of detail here except to say that Misstep 2: Security-As-An-Annoyance goes into greater detail about why a fence […]

Misstep 4: Pretty Friggin’ Suite

Another example of “A chain is as strong as its weakest link”, this door was inside of my suite during my stay in Los Angeles. I assume it is for cleaning supplies, coffee supplies, or similar so that the room service folks can save time not transporting all of this without an elevator. But lets […]