Lazy Police

In about a week, the MIT police department is going to install proximity-card locks in the building. I am worried about the fact that the MIT card office stores data about card use for 14 days but am optimistic about seeing this issue addressed.

However, I suspect that the MIT police department has an ulterior motive in installing this new system. Currently, if somebody is locked out of the building, he or she can call the MIT police to be let in. Of course, the individual must first show their MIT ID card to the police. In the new system, where the MIT ID is the key, it seems like there will be very few situations where the police need to follow-up on lockouts.

As a work-reduction measure for the police, it seems quite clever.