You, Mr. Bank Customer! Halt! Very slowly, drop that cell phone

You, Mr. Bank Customer! Halt! Very slowly, drop that cell phone

Summary: Bruce Schneier makes a really good point about banks that are apparently instituting bans on cell phones in the name of security: This is just plain dumb. It's easy to get around the ban: a Bluetooth earpiece is inconspicuous enough.

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Bruce Schneier makes a really good point about banks that are apparently instituting bans on cell phones in the name of security:

This is just plain dumb. It's easy to get around the ban: a Bluetooth earpiece is inconspicuous enough. Or a couple of earbuds that look like an iPod. Or an SMS device. It only has to work at the beginning. After all, once you start actually robbing the bank, a ban isn't going to deter you from using your cell phone.

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  • What's next banning pens

    And paper because a bank robber used them to make a hold up
    note? Or jackets, purses, clothes in general, because they make
    it easier to fool a teller into thinking you have a gun? Or
    sunglasses, wigs, and people with mustaches and beards?
    Because you really don't know what they look like.

    Sounds like some corporate stooge without an ounce of
    imagination sent a memo that turned into a reactionistic and
    draconian policy.

    Get a grip! Although it sounds a bit contrary to what you'd
    think, let them use their cell phones. Believe me, i'm not
    cheering for the bank robbers, let them rot in jail for a hundred
    years.

    But why should we not worry about bank robbers using cell
    phones?

    It does improve their chances of success and a successful
    robbery usually ends up in no one getting hurt. I would suspect
    if someone did a study, most injuries or deaths occuring during
    or right after a robbery are the result of a botched entry or exit.
    If the look out calls it off, no one gets hurt. If they are
    successful, the liklihood of anyone gettin hurt is drastically
    reduced as well.

    The other reason is that, for the most part, cell phones are
    traceable. Very traceable. So traceable, it's very scary. This
    improves the chances of law enforcement to very quickly
    apprehend the thieves and therefore reduce the number of
    criminals on the street. Most bank robbers are habitual
    criminals who deserve a life behind bars. (or better yet, working
    on public projects while the tax payers see to their basic needs)

    What's the downside? The banks might lose some money
    (insured by the way). A bank hates to lose any money (even the
    money that's not theirs) and so it seems easier (read CHEAPER)
    for them to ban cell phones, put peoples lives at risk, and lessen
    the chance of capturing ne'er do wells, than to provide adequate
    security for their staff and patrons.
    chcandle@...