Neighbors Were Shocked

But then they usually are. Investigators: Man shot, killed in Whitehall Township after answering front door.

Guy answers his front door at about 5:30 AM. Gets killed. Police are investigating. (More details at the link.)

The neighbors? They didn’t think that they lived in The Real World™ where crime can, and all too often does, happen.

Neighbor Shannon Gallagher awoke to police tape and cop cars outside her window.

“I was scared, still scared, I’m going to talk to the cop right now. We don’t know anything and it’s scary.

Which I grant you, isn’t really being shocked.

“Something like that I would not expect. I’ve been living here seven years now, never seen anything like this. Never had any issues with the neighborhood,” [neighbor Afif Salloum] said.

I am sorry to tell you, but if you are reading this, you don’t live in Pleasantville, and Andy Talyor isn’t the sheriff of your little community. You too live in The Real World™. Crime is not something that happens to “other kinds of people” in “other kinds of places.” There may be statistically more or less crime in you zip code, but the possibility exists. You should plan accordingly.


Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0

Or how should a woman defend herself from 2 home-invaders, if not with a firearm. Homeowner shoots 2 home invasion suspects, 1 fatally, police say.

Investigators said the two suspects climbed into the house through a back deck window and were both shot by someone inside the house.

Police said two men broke into the woman’s home and demanded money.

You could also file this under, “They suffered a failure of the Victim-selection process.”

Self-defense is a human-right.

Self-defense Is Legal In Philadelphia

And in deep blue Philadelphia, it took less than a week for the DA to make that determination. No charges for Metro PCS store worker who fatally shot would-be robber in Southwest Philly.

The employee who fatally shot an armed man attempting to rob a Metro PCS store on Monday in Southwest Philadelphia will not face criminal charges, the District Attorney’s Office and Police Department said this week.

Of course there is video of the guy coming into the store with a gun in his hand. Under those circumstances, it would be hard to come to any different conclusion.

That video can be found at WPVI Philadelphia, the ABC affiliate station, via Yahoo News. (Original posting on the story at this link.)

He Suffered a Failure of the Victim-selection Process

Even in Deep-blue Philadelphia, self-defense works. And the neighbors are shocked. Philadelphia store employee shoots, kills armed robbery suspect, police say.

The man was trying to rob the store when the lone employee inside – who has a permit to carry a firearm – fired at the would-be robber multiple times, striking him.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. And the neighbors?

Debra Earle, who lives nearby, said she was rattled by what happened at the store.

“Very upsetting, very upsetting,” she told FOX29. “You can’t feel safe walking down the street paying your phone bill right down the street from your home.”

She was never safe. But she lived in a bubble where she was able to delude herself into thinking she was safe. And it’s the 21st Century where facts are irrelevant and the only thing that counts is “Feeling safe.” Not actually being safe. She wasn’t safe last week. She isn’t safe today. Do you think she will consider some type of self-defense? A kubaton? Pepper spray? Anything? I doubt it. In a month, she will “feel safe” again. She still won’t be safe.

The “How Dare You Live Without Me Attitude” Never Turns Out Well

Some people can accept that, “It’s over,” and get on with their lives. You should plan accordingly. Police: Shooting Suspect Found Dead.

So the ex-boyfriend goes to the home where the girlfriend and the new boyfriend are. They call police times, but he doesn’t have the stomach to deal with cops, so he runs.

The man said that when the ex-boyfriend came to the house a second time, he said something to the effect of ‘They were all going to die.’ The man said that he then heard gunfire from outside the home but no one was injured.

A neighbor reported 4 gunshots.

Police were looking for the suspect’s white Chevy and told Newswatch 16 they made contact with the suspect in the hours after he allegedly shot at the Oak Street home. He told police, “I’m not going to jail for this.”

They haven’t said it is a self-inflicted wound, but that’s my assumption.

So the relationship was over. Go try to down your sorrows, or maybe teach them to swim. Whatever. No one has to lose their life over it.

A City Got Off Cheaply From a Ransomware Attack

They realize where they went wrong, I think. City weighs new computer security measures following ransomware attack. This is about Washington, Pennsylvania.

They paid a ransom of $21,250. That’s seems small by comparison to some I’ve seen in the past couple of months. (Cities in Florida paid 10 times that much, and more.)

They are contracting with an third party to manage their hardware, and a computer security company to help manage the network.

“It may end up being a tad pricy, but you have to realize, these, maybe, are things we should have been doing all along,” Manning said. “So we’re sort of playing catchup to bring us to where our security should have been.”

Lynn Galluze, the city’s computer systems coordinator, said the city replaced all 39 of its computer workstations since the attack as part of its upgrades in security.

And no “maybe.” These are things they should have been doing before.

My guess is that all of those systems were XP. Maybe Windows 7, but I would guess XP, because I know how bureaucrats view technology. “The old PCs work just fine! You guys in Info Tech are always going on about something!”

And since the security guys recommended paying the ransom, I would also guess that they had no viable, off-line backup from which to rebuild.

When You Call 911 You Expect the System to Work for You

The trouble is, that system is mostly people, and the procedures are designed by people. And people screw up. Audit shows structure, training problems with York County 911 center.

A detailed review of York County’s 911 center by an independent auditor shows that “the current organizational structure is not suitable for an operation of this complexity.”

Micromanagement. Improper training. Disorganized procedures. And more.

York County has had “publicized and longstanding challenges with its 911 center, contributing to public safety concerns among the emergency services community,” the release said.

So if your only plan in an emergency – of whatever kind – is to call 911, you might want to do a bit of work on that plan.