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xrunner:

--- Quote from: TomKatt on February 09, 2023, 12:44:56 pm ---Philly was the first time I saw that they stationed police officers inside hotel lobbies.   Not security guards - actual police officers.  It was like going to Mexico and seeing the army patrol the tourist beaches.

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In the local Apple store here they have a city police officer (stressing - not a security guard). I asked why the need for it? The salesperson said because people come in and get furious when they find out their device is out of warranty and will have to pay for service. They start wrecking the displays they get so mad.  :palm:

EEVblog:

--- Quote from: TomKatt on February 09, 2023, 12:44:56 pm ---Philly was the first time I saw that they stationed police officers inside hotel lobbies.   Not security guards - actual police officers. 
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Here in NSW you can hire police officers for private security work:
https://www.police.nsw.gov.au/online_services/user_charges_user_pays_policing_services

fourfathom:

--- Quote from: EEVblog on February 09, 2023, 12:51:37 pm ---Here in NSW you can hire police officers for private security work:
https://www.police.nsw.gov.au/online_services/user_charges_user_pays_policing_services

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You can in the USA as well.  Off-duty cops will work as security guards.  I believe they are allowed to wear their uniforms and badges, and carry their sidearms.

james_s:

--- Quote from: TomKatt on February 09, 2023, 12:29:08 pm ---I grew up and live in the sticks, the kind of rural place where I don't even know where the keys to my front door are and you leave the car running when you run into a shop so the defroster warms up.

I've had family and friends from rougher areas come over, and it's amazing how uncomfortable they are in the dark and silent countryside...  It's like they freak out because it's too quiet, waiting for the next siren.  So, now instead of worrying about being mugged or shot, they think of 'cabin in the woods' Manson crime or something.

I couldn't live with that level of stress.

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That sounds lovely. Years ago I visited a place called Barrhead in central Alberta and it was a lot like that. I remember going for a walk at night and it was just silent and the only light was from the moon and stars. Nearest neighbor was around a mile away so there was a lot of space. The only thing I didn't like about it is that the landscape was completely flat.

EEVblog:

--- Quote from: james_s on February 09, 2023, 06:00:33 pm ---
--- Quote from: TomKatt on February 09, 2023, 12:29:08 pm ---I grew up and live in the sticks, the kind of rural place where I don't even know where the keys to my front door are and you leave the car running when you run into a shop so the defroster warms up.

I've had family and friends from rougher areas come over, and it's amazing how uncomfortable they are in the dark and silent countryside...  It's like they freak out because it's too quiet, waiting for the next siren.  So, now instead of worrying about being mugged or shot, they think of 'cabin in the woods' Manson crime or something.

I couldn't live with that level of stress.

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That sounds lovely. Years ago I visited a place called Barrhead in central Alberta and it was a lot like that. I remember going for a walk at night and it was just silent and the only light was from the moon and stars. Nearest neighbor was around a mile away so there was a lot of space. The only thing I didn't like about it is that the landscape was completely flat.

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Every year we go on a big several week family road trip to several smaller towns around the state. Even when it's a big town the feel is much different to Sydney. The people are different and more laid back, and you feel safer (not that you don't in Sydney).
Last month I was in Old Bar, a small beach side town and I was in a shop and heard a police siren which seemed very odd. I asked the shop keeper how often that happens and she said she'd never heard one before in the 3 years she's worked there. The town doesn't even have a police station.

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