Doug Bedell — March 8, 2013, 3:38 pm

Be Careful What You Say – We’re Not Being Picky

Be careful what you say, even if it’s just inviting folks to a community’s weekend workshop events. Oakland, CA, Mayor Jean Quan will attest to that, after a staffer issued a newsletter announcement for a Workshop Weekend that led off with “Introduction to Lock Picking.” However well-intended the instructional material may have been, Oakland is a city that had a 40 percent increase in burglaries last year.

Security interests always require that the right people be admitted and the wrong people deterred. In this case, the workshop was still scheduled for March 2-3, but lock-picking tools were no longer offered for sale there.

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