A Burglar S Guide To The City

Author: Geoff Manaugh
Publisher: FSG Originals
ISBN: 0374710287
Size: 56.91 MB
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Encompassing nearly 2,000 years of heists and tunnel jobs, break-ins and escapes, A Burglar's Guide to the City offers an unexpected blueprint to the criminal possibilities in the world all around us. You'll never see the city the same way again. At the core of A Burglar's Guide to the City is an unexpected and thrilling insight: how any building transforms when seen through the eyes of someone hoping to break into it. Studying architecture the way a burglar would, Geoff Manaugh takes readers through walls, down elevator shafts, into panic rooms, up to the buried vaults of banks, and out across the rooftops of an unsuspecting city. With the help of FBI Special Agents, reformed bank robbers, private security consultants, the L.A.P.D. Air Support Division, and architects past and present, the book dissects the built environment from both sides of the law. Whether picking padlocks or climbing the walls of high-rise apartments, finding gaps in a museum's surveillance routine or discussing home invasions in ancient Rome, A Burglar's Guide to the City has the tools, the tales, and the x-ray vision you need to see architecture as nothing more than an obstacle that can be outwitted and undercut. Full of real-life heists-both spectacular and absurd-A Burglar's Guide to the City ensures readers will never enter a bank again without imagining how to loot the vault or walk down the street without planning the perfect getaway.

Welcome To Fear City

Author: Nathan Holmes
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 1438471211
Size: 50.19 MB
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Analyzes how location-shot crime films of the 1970s reflected and influenced understandings of urban crisis. The early 1970s were a moment of transformation for both the American city and its cinema. As intensified suburbanization, racial division, deindustrialization, and decaying infrastructure cast the future of the city in doubt, detective films, blaxploitation, police procedurals, and heist films confronted spectators with contemporary scenes from urban streets. Welcome to Fear City argues that the location-shot crime films of the 1970s were part of a larger cultural ambivalence felt toward urban life, evident in popular magazines, architectural discourse, urban sociology, and visual culture. Yet they also helped to reinvigorate the city as a site of variegated experience and a positively disordered public life—in stark contrast to the socially homogenous and spatially ordered suburbs. Discussing the design of parking garages and street lighting, the dynamics of mugging, panoramas of ruin, and the optics of undercover police operations in such films as Klute, The French Connection, Detroit 9000, Death Wish, and The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, Nathan Holmes demonstrates that crime genres did not simply mirror urban settings and social realities, but actively produced and circulated new ideas about the shifting surfaces of public culture. “Rejecting the easy abstractions and postmodern playfulness of noir and neo-noir criticism, Holmes places 1970s crime films, as he says, ‘in relation to the urban context that was their location, setting, and subject.’ He does this brilliantly, convincingly, and uniquely.” — David Desser, former editor, Cinema Journal

The Complete Guide To Home Security

Author: David Alan Wacker
Publisher: Betterway Books
ISBN: 9781558701632
Size: 11.65 MB
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Explains how to do a home security survey, discusses property inventories, fire safety, and personal safety, looks at security systems, and tells how to protect one's car, boat, and RV

Home Mechanix Guide To Security

Author: Bill Phillips
Publisher: Wiley
ISBN: 9780471588931
Size: 31.16 MB
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Each month, more than one million Home Mechanix readers turn to the "Home Security" column for advice on making their homes safer. Now contributing editor Bill Phillips draws upon his vast experience as a security consultant to explain the most effective ways for homeowners and apartment dwellers to protect their families and properties from crime and fire—without spending a lot of money! You’ll find out how to think like a security professional—how to quickly assess the security strengths and risks of your home and how to take immediate steps to make your home safer. Home Mechanix Guide to Security is packed with all the information you need to make your home safe and secure: Practical, easy-to-understand advice on alarms, locks, safes, and lighting Step-by-step instructions for installing home alarms and making windows and doors burglar-proof Tips for getting the best value in homeowner insurance Best ways to stop car thieves The most effective self-defense techniques How to choose and install high-tech automation and closed-circuit TV systems Sources for the best buys on all types of security-related products and services Packed with money-saving tips and practical advice, this valuable guide shows you how to protect your home without interfering with your lifestyle.