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Watch: Honeywell s Mick Goodfellow on cybersecurity, connected solutions and critical national infrastructure

IFSEC 2017 Honeywell s Mick Goodfellow visited the offices of IFSEC International to preview the show s forthcoming 2017 edition. Just appointed GM EMEA of commercial security, Goodfellow discusses synergies between Honeywell and Xtralis products (the latter acquired in 2016 by the former), new products, integrations with other vendors, cybersecurity and critical national infrastructure. embedded content Honeywell is showcasing its latest tech in an integrated control room at IFSEC International between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL.

You will find them on stands D250 and D300. Get your free badge now. Honeywell is unveiling a series of new products across its building technology and home security solutions portfolios at IFSEC and FIREX 2017. Honeywell s connected solutions are designed to help homeowners and business managers interpret and exploit the huge and growing volume of data generated by connected buildings. At IFSEC the building management systems giant will be showcasing integrated video solutions and advanced detection technologies. IP video Honeywell s new portfolio of IP video solutions empower site staff to be more productive by providing greater insight and control across the facility. With a connected Honeywell system, staff are informed 24/7 of the status of their system, and alerted immediately when an alarm is triggered so they can take appropriate action. With end-to-end solutions for different budgets, the range includes advanced features including recording failover, facial and audio detection, and EDGE analytics on ONVIF-compliant 4K Ultra HD and H.264 cameras. These products also feature enhanced forensic capabilities, supporting integration with Honeywell s Xtralis IntrusionTrace video content analytics and ADPRO iFT Series NVR+ solutions.

For those looking to protect harsh environments, the new range also includes explosion and corrosion proof thermal cameras with temperature monitoring. Fire Honeywell will be showcasing enterprise class fire solutions including Xtralis VESDA-E VEP and VEA detectors. Yieldsing 1.5 times greater sensitivity and offering six times better dust rejection than the previous generation of products, VESDA-E VEP detector reduces the risk of nuisance alarms and attendant costs. VESDA-E VEA works by dividing a protected space into sampling locations, enabling the localization of possible causes of fire for faster incident response. Both detectors feature built-in Wi-Fi for remote detector access from smart devices to review and monitor status in real time. For smaller sites, FAAST XS aspirating smoke detectors deliver highly accurate very early warning fire detection. Connected home Honeywell is unveiling a professionally-installed, self-monitored wireless security system for the residential market. Called Total Connect Box, it is supported by Total Connect Pro Manager, a maintenance tool that allows installers to perform diagnostics and offer cost-effective maintenance services to homeowners remotely, so homeowners can get the best out of their Total Connect Box system. For those who prefer a monitored solution, the wireless Videofied Video Live Verification with Monitoring Systems will also be showcased.

The new MotionViewer PIR sensors are wireless and equipped with the Video Live function that allows the instant transmission of video to the alarm receiving centre in the event of an alarm, enabling swifter response to genuine alarms and eliminates unnecessary intervention and call outs to false alarms. It also provides homeowners greater peace of mind with the ability to view their homes live anytime day or night. Advanced technology solutions have the power to turn buildings and homes into responsive assets, linking disparate devices and management systems to create truly connected, intelligent buildings that span the most demanding applications, said Dino Koutrouki, vice president and general manager, Security and Fire EMEA, Honeywell Home and Building Technologies. But systems shouldn t be connected just to be connected. They should optimise a person s daily routine, whether at home or work, to improve safety, security and peace of mind. Honeywell is showcasing its latest tech in an integrated control room at IFSEC International between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL. You will find them on stands D250 and D300. Get your free badge now. Join other high-end security professionals at the launch of Borders & Infrastructure Expo In conjunction with Europe s most renowned security event , IFSEC International, B&I is addressing your critical needs for large scale security projects affecting national security, integrated systems, border protection and much more.

You will have access to test the latest security innovations in; Physical & perimeter, Barriers & bollards, Command & control, Emergency response, Cyber solutions, Drones & UAVs, Transport security and much more.

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London fire: Community group warned that catastrophic event was likely

Grenfell tower fire A number of fatalities have been reported after fire tore through a 24-storey London tower block in the early hours of the morning. Forty fire engines and 200 firefighters battled the blaze at Grenfell Tower, which comprises 120 flats, in Latimer Road, White City in West London. Eyewitnesses have described harrowing scenes where people trapped inside the burning building screamed for their children to be saved.

In one instance a baby was caught by a member of the public having been dropped from the 10 th floor. Although the number of fatalities has not been confirmed it looks likely that this morning s fire will comfortably surpass the 2009 Lakanal House blaze, which claimed the lives of six people and injured 20, as London s worst tower block fire in modern times. The fire at the 14-storey Lakanal House has cast a long shadow over UK fire safety. In March, Southwark council was fined 570,000 after accepting it had flouted several fire safety regulations. All local authorities were ordered to review fire safety measures at high-rise blocks in the wake of the tragedy. Residents from blocks surrounding Grenfell Tower are being evacuated as firefighters continue trying to contain the flames pic.twitter.com/NNmJ25UukZ Alice Ross (@aliceross_) June 14, 2017 Last year we reported on a spate of high-rise fires in Dubai, but there were no fatalities in each instance. Despite an internationally favourable fire safety record, the UK clearly has no reason for complacency. Built in 1974, Grenfell Tower recently completed a two-year 10m refurbishment. Improvements included new exterior cladding.

The Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) manages the tower on behalf of the council. In a chillingly prescient blog published in November 2016, The Greenfell Action Group, appeared to predict that tragedy was all but inevitable. Excoriating the KCTMO for neglecting its fire-safety obligations it wrote: It is a truly terrifying thought but the Grenfell Action Group firmly believe that only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord, the KCTMO, and bring an end to the dangerous living conditions and neglect of health and safety legislation that they inflict upon their tenants and leaseholders. We believe that the KCTMO are an evil, unprincipled, mini-mafia who have no business to be charged with the responsibility of looking after the every day management of large-scale social housing estates and that their sordid collusion with the RBKC Council is a recipe for a future major disaster. A residents group for Grenfell Tower says these “stay put” fire advice posters were put up in March this year.#LondonFire #NorthKensington pic.twitter.com/JEIlV2oQBi Victoria Derbyshire (@VictoriaLIVE) June 14, 2017 Unfortunately, the Grenfell Action Group have reached the conclusion that only an incident that results in serious loss of life of KCTMO residents will allow the external scrutiny to occur that will shine a light on the practices that characterise the malign governance of this non-functioning organisation. We believe that the KCTMO have ensured their ongoing survival by the use of proxy votes at their Annual General Meeting that see them returned with a mandate of 98% in favour of the continuation of their inept and highly dangerous management of our homes. It is no coincidence that the 98% is the same figure that is returned by the infamous Kim Jong-un of North Korea who claims mass popularity while reputedly enslaving the general population and starving the majority of his people to death.

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Video surveillance for todays seniors

The lifespan of the average man and woman has increased over the years, due to advances in medicine and improved nutritional standards. Seniors who would have been considered elderly only decades ago, are now still vibrant and living independently. Even senior citizens who live at home with the assistance of a nurse or in home care aid, can live life to the fullest.

Of course, this doesn t mean that family and friends don t worry about them. On the contrary, people in their 80s and 90s and those individuals lucky enough to live past the 100 mark may need guidance. Any lack of balance or simple fall can cause a hospital stay, with a broken hip likely to create further medical issues. Forgetfulness and hearing loss makes otherwise diligent seniors forget to take their medicine or hear the ring of a doorbell. Seniors and technology Teens and young adults have no problem living their lives in front of the camera. Their generation enjoys being videotaped whenever and wherever they may be. However, this is generally not the case for senior citizens. Many older people still fear technology and feel uncomfortable with video equipment in their homes, no matter how unobtrusive these cameras may be. Young adults try to explain to their parents how crucial a camera may be to their senior loved ones health, security and well-being.

It s always important to discuss the subject thoroughly, before making any purchases. Surveillance monitoring equipment is not only a definite investment, but at no time do you want a parent or grandparent to think that they are being spied on unnecessarily. Less invasive forms of video monitoring You never want to make anyone uncomfortable in their own home. This is especially true of those people who believe that someone will be watching them in various stages of undress or when using the bathroom. Luckily there are monitors which function as sensors, simply alerting a loved one that something is amiss in the household. Monitoring systems do use traditional video cameras, so no footage is obtained from the home. These wireless and diminutive sensors are placed where they can detect motion or a change in normal patterns of activity. When this occurs, a contact is immediately notified. You can choose how messages are sent confidentially via telephone, email, text message and mobile app.

Wireless motion sensors An excellent example of how these sensors are employed, concerns their usage in determining if someone has taken their daily medicine or meals. Sensors are small enough to attach to regular household items like pillboxes and television remotes. You can additionally attach sensors to the refrigerator or interior door, alerting a loved one that their senior is home and on schedule. Let s say that a senior has opened a front or back door at an unusual hour of the night. Their family member or guardian would be alerted at once. This information is particularly urgent when seniors are completely alone or live with a spouse yet suffer from dementia. Once alerted, a loved one can contact the police, a neighbor or rush over on their own if possible. Home surveillance videos Video technology is routinely used to monitor homes, schools, shopping centers and commercial buildings. More than one person has discovered that their pet was running amuck through their house or that an employee has been stealing from their place of business.

In severe situations, acts of child abuse and crimes committed in bright daylight have been uncovered. Today s video cameras are stylishly small and easily set up around the home. All that s required is an on-site wi-fi system so images can be sent directly through the Internet. The capability of your chosen video equipment will vary greatly, depending upon its cost and complexity. However, newer home based surveillance systems will operate with amazing accuracy. Real-time video monitoring saves lives Instead of spying on seniors, loved ones are now able to see and hear if an emergency is happening in real-time. Night vision cameras allow for surveillance during the night and early morning hours when illnesses often take lives. Sound detection features let loved ones hear if a senior is calling out for help or someone else is prowling the premises. More complicated video surveillance systems come with a variety of other options.

These include motion based sensors and audio components that give viewers a chance to speak directly to the subject under surveillance. You can additionally record videos and save them to the Cloud, so they can be reviewed more intensely later. Peace of mind and security Using simple mounts with adjustable angles, monitoring equipment literally blends in with any d cor. Seniors can go about their lives in their own home, with the knowledge that a medical emergency or act of crime will be reported as it plays out. Should a senior citizen not remember exactly what happened, the video feed can replay to catch the incident in its entirety. For those seniors who require a caregiver or housekeeper, video surveillance cameras provide an ongoing record of their employment. Should an act of abuse or theft take place, it is likely to be captured in full view of the cameras. This aids families and the authorities. Just as Nanny Cams have revolutionized child care, home video surveillance can transform how seniors live.

While some people might find the presence of a video camera intrusive, the eye of the camera is really their friend. Better yet, family members can now monitor these video feeds right from their mobile devices giving them a chance to advocate on behalf of their loved ones. Europe s only large-scale security event in 2017 Taking place in London, 20 22 June 2017, IFSEC International gives you exclusive hands-on access to over 10,000 security solutions, live product demonstrations, and networking with over 27,000 security professionals.

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Keeping the lights on: 3 steps to protecting UK energy assets

Critical infrastructure around the world is under pressure. Reports of cyber and physical threats facing electricity substations, in particular, are becoming more common. In the UK, the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) takes the lead in advising critical infrastructure companies on how to protect their assets, with a particular focus on cybersecurity.

But does this advice go far enough? In the US, a recent update in regulation from the North American Reliability Corporation (NERC) has reiterated the importance of physical grid protection. The new regulations, announced last September, required updated physical security plans from certain US electric substations to ensure they effectively deter, detect, delay, assess, communicate and respond to physical threats. The ambitious new set of federal security standards (called Critical Infrastructure Protection 014, or CIP 014) has been debated by the U.S industry for some time, but is now being rolled out nationwide. Substations had until the end of 2016 to get their plans approved, with the goal of ensuring all were prepared by 2017 to act quickly in the event of a physical attack. NERC CIP 014 represents a step in the right direction towards a more-robust grid, and one that the UK s critical infrastructure could stand to learn from. The power grid is a complex and sensitive network that lights our homes, fuels our mobile devices, and keeps our food fresh. IFSEC International is launching Borders and Infrastructure for its 2017 edition. Find out more about this new show within a show dedicated to the protection of utilities and other critical national infrastructure, counter terror and border security Not even the most isolated rural communities, let alone utility companies, could afford power outages in the event of an attack.

While cybersecurity rightfully dominates the headlines, it s still important for each substation, regardless of its importance to the network, to protect itself from physical threat. The key is implementing a sustainable early warning system that can reduce risk, while maintaining compliance with UK regulation. This can be achieved with a three-pronged strategy that operators can manage through a single user interface. Step one: Make the perimeter smart For many substations, the first line of defense is still very basic. Just a simple chain-link fence and padlocks is not enough to adequately protect these sites. In reality, advanced sensors should be considered the bare minimum of a perimeter defense system. By building a network of advanced sensors and radar equipment, coupled with video, substations not only keep unauthorized persons off the property, but are also notified before an incident occurs. Awareness of an approaching threat, even if its just minutes in advance, can give authorities the opportunity to react quickly and pre-empt any risk to the site. The most successful security solution is one that can integrate a perimeter with video management and access control, using one central management system.

This means the perimeter solution itself can combine visitor management, access control, video management and intrusion into one platform. All of these parts should integrate to enable security staff monitoring the substation remotely to make quick, informed assessments of alarm conditions for the most accurate and efficient response possible. Step two: Choose video analytics over fancy cameras Although quality of image is important, just investing in the most expensive cameras available is not the answer for adequately protecting a substation. Today, the true benefit of video surveillance is in its intelligence and analytics capabilities. Video should work seamlessly with the motion detection systems on a site to capture multiple images offering different views, site navigation and event verification which are then sent to the alarm receiving centre for assessment. There, the first responder can confirm a threat, make a judgment and, in cooperation with physical security systems, select the appropriate next course of action in real-time, arming or locking areas as needed. Smart video capabilities not only provide live detailed insight, but they deliver the proof necessary for alarm verifications and third party evaluations. The ability to assess alerts in real time reduces unwanted activations and allows staff to take action swiftly and remotely at a moment s notice. Step Three: Better access control Physical security has evolved to reach beyond simply securing a physical structure.

Today, access control combines managing human activity and electronic alarms by requiring operators to regulate which specific individuals can enter specific areas during pre-determined times, as well as monitoring for unauthorised access to a site. This is essential for substations undergoing maintenance, for example, where vendors may need to access to sensitive areas. Establishing a comprehensive and effective access control system, which authorises who can go where with items such as key control and entry logging, can also help reporting run smoothly and make sure the facility is protected from internal threats. The time to comply is now The utility industry is one of the most regulated industries in the world. Substations have a responsibility to be more secure than the links on a padlock chain, and many of them still need assistance and resources to get there. For a security solution to be successful, every element including the technology, logistics planning, implementation and life cycle planning must be thoughtfully considered and managed. There s no better time to power up as the regulations will only continue to tighten. It s in everyone s best interest to talk about updating utility security plans now, to avoid being left in the dark in the future. IFSEC International is launching Borders and Infrastructure for its 2017 edition.

Find out more about this new show within a show dedicated to the protection of utilities and other critical national infrastructure, counter terror and border security Join other high-end security professionals at the launch of Borders & Infrastructure Expo In conjunction with Europe s most renowned security event , IFSEC International, B&I is addressing your critical needs for large scale security projects affecting national security, integrated systems, border protection and much more. You will have access to test the latest security innovations in; Physical & perimeter, Barriers & bollards, Command & control, Emergency response, Cyber solutions, Drones & UAVs, Transport security and much more. Click here to register your place now to join us at London Excel on 20 22 June 2017.

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Widnes security guard jailed for raping child (From Runcorn and …

Widnes child rapist jailed

12:20pm Wednesday 19th December 2012 in News1 By Barbara Jordan2

Paul McCann during his rape trial Paul McCann during his rape trial

A SEX beast who raped a girl when she was 11 and had sex with another 13-year-old girl has been jailed for 12 years.

Security guard Paul McCann, aged 31, of Allerton Road, Widnes, preyed on the girls for five years and left them feeling scared and intimidated, Warrington Crown Court was told.

He denied 15 charges, including two counts of raping a girl when she was 11 and 12, between 2006 and 2008, and having sex with her when she was 14.

He was also charged with having sex with another girl when she was aged between 13 and 15, from 2009 to 2011, performing sex acts with both girls, and possessing indecent photographs of a third girl when she was 17.

A jury of seven woman and five men found McCann, who worked at a Runcorn warehouse as a security officer for Global Union, guilty of all 15 charges after a nine day trial.

Judge David Hale sentenced him to a total of 12 years and put him on the sex offender register for the rest of his life.

Simon Mills, prosecuting, told the court that McCann intimidated his victims.

He said: He was very controlling.

He forced one girl s bedroom door making it come off its hinges.

She was scared of him.

She felt embarrassed and ashamed because she let it happen rather than tell anyone.

Investigating officer, DC Tim Murray, said:”This has been a very difficult and complex investigation over 16 months involving vulnerable victims and witnesses.

Paul McCann was calculating and controlling in preying on the child victims over a 5 year period.

He used different methods to instigate and maintain contact with them including his mobile phone and social media websites.

Thanks to the willingness of the victims and witnesses, he has been rightly convicted of these serious offences and following his punishment will be further managed on the sex offender register for the rest of his life to safeguard children from his abuse.”


References

  1. ^ News (www.runcornandwidnesworld.co.uk)
  2. ^ By Barbara Jordan (www.runcornandwidnesworld.co.uk)

The security guards are standing up to them – Soundin' Off …

So they went out and stuck up for each other.

What else is new?

Blair Riley said.

You play physical, you expect it back.

You expect to have to back it up.

You expect to have to stick up for each other.

Done and done1, quite a bit of each.

Couple of tilts between the big boys. McIver hits Bourque, takes and gives a whack for his troubles. Brock Nelson takes an ugly hit and gets defense from Ty Wishart; we ve seen that from Wishart before2.

Nelson takes another one from MacDermid; Brett Gallant cleans that up a couple of minutes later.

The guys played our physical style and stuck together as a team, Scott Pellerin said.

The power play was working well again.

We were able to take control of the game.

That s two games they controlled pretty well after Friday s clinker.

They could ve sunk back after Providence tied it tonight; they didn t, not remotely.

We weren t happy with our game Friday night, Riley said.

That s the good thing sometimes about three games in a weekend.

It s a chance to bounce back.

That, they did.

.

It s always a good game when an angle presents itself, like it did Friday and did again Saturday. It s less good when two present themselves, like they did tonight, because then you ve actually got to think. Hit one for the gamer, one here. (So then it s good when you ve got a blog?

I ve backed myself into a corner here.

Day off tomorrow to recuperate.)

David Ullstrom, you may then guess, is the angle on the gamer.

Two goals and an assist after eight games without a goal.

There are also several angles we could hit Tuesday for Wednesday s paper. One could be the power play, which is operating around 30 percent since the end of October. Went 2-for-4 tonight.

The penalty kill has meanwhile killed the last 13 since Eric Tangradi killed it. (It had been 20-for-22 since early in the Oct.

28 game before Friday.)

Nino Niederreiter s eight-game scoring streak is Bridgeport s 25th of eight or more, including two in the playoffs.

The record remains 12, belonging to Jeff Hamilton and Frans Nielsen.

At this writing he s third in the league at 9-8-17 in 14 games, but there s at least one player at 17 points who s still playing at this writing.

Replay: David Warsofsky beats the first-period buzzer; sounds like it was pretty clear (and sounded like it was pretty clear, though horn-vs.-actuality; speed-of-sound-vs.-speed-of-light, whatever).

They give it a look and don t need more than about 30 seconds to confirm it was in.

They are letting just anybody in the press box these days3. (That s Friend Of Blog @nafsnep4 using a pseudonym in the byline, filling in for Jonathan, who used the shaky alibi of a friend s wedding to avoid the rink this weekend.)

And finally I think I got most of that5. It s starting to work. We CAN read Swedish! (No we can t.

We can try, though, if he keeps using dayoff. )

References

  1. ^ Done and done (theahl.com)
  2. ^ seen that from Wishart before (blog.connpost.com)
  3. ^ They are letting just anybody in the press box these days (citizensvoice.com)
  4. ^ @nafsnep (twitter.com)
  5. ^ I think I got most of that (twitter.com)

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References

  1. ^ ttgg01 (www.freelancesecurity.com)

Freedom Not Fear: CCTV Surveillance Cameras In Focus …

NOTE: On Sept. 14 17, activists with the Freedom not Fear movement will stage an international week of action to oppose various forms of surveillance. EFF is spending this week examining surveillance trends and spotlighting movements that have sprung up in opposition. You can follow our series here1.

In June of 2012, a grand total of eight violent crimes were recorded in the sleepy town of Royston (pop. 14,570), a Hertfordshire, England community best known for having a volunteer brass band and an historic cave dating back to medieval times. Ranked as a low-crime area by UK Crime Stats, Royston has nevertheless landed at the center of a raging controversy about the extraordinary security measures in place. All around the small town, closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras are trained on the streets, programmed to automatically record the plate numbers of each and every automobile passing through.

The cameras are part of the UK s Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) network, a system constructed by the Association of Chief Police Officers. The vehicle registration numbers are stored in a database, and automatically checked against a hot list displaying vehicles of interest. But regardless of whether there s a match with a suspicious automobile, photographs of the plate numbers are stored for two years, while photographs of the vehicles and their occupants are kept for 90 days. Police refer to the camera system as a ring of steel.

Freedom Not Fear, an international week of action that s being staged in Brussels Sept. 14 through 17, will feature a number of meetings and events drawing attention to growing and ubiquitous CCTV surveillance. Organizers from No-CCTV, a group that s challenging the Royston ring of steel, and others hope to use Freedom Not Fear to raise awareness about the growing deployment of surveillance technology, launch creative responses, and identify solutions for reversing the trend.

Screen Shot from We Watch website, a project focused on surveillance in London.

UK activists from No-CCTV, Privacy International and Big Brother Watch teamed up earlier this year to register a formal complaint2 with the UK Information Commissioner, decrying the privacy problems inherent in the Royston program. They ve lodged similar complaints about ubiquitous CCTVs on public transit, and mounted a challenge against another ring of steel that was being constructed in the UK city of Birmingham. The system has the potential to be a mass surveillance tool, privacy advocates warned. If the police are not interested in motorists who are not on hotlists then it begs the question: Why do they gather this information? They also voiced concern that the ring of steel is just part of a trend. For Royston, activists warned, read any town in the UK.

Face-off against Facewatch

On Sept. 15, Freedom Not Fear activists will hold a meeting to discuss coordinating international responses to surveillance cameras, particularly in the face of new developments in surveillance technology.

Law enforcement in the UK recently unveiled the use of an app called Facewatch3 to track down low-level offenders. It utilizes footage showing people s faces, captured via surveillance cameras, to create a database of suspects. The database is then made publicly available to anyone who downloads the app with a mobile phone. In a bizarre and highly problematic use of crowdsourcing, members of the general public are asked to sift through the collection of photographs and send identifying information about anyone they may recognize to the police. Scotland Yard says it has loaded its Facewatch app with nearly 5,000 pictures of suspects wanted either in connection with low-level crime or the summer riots which hit the capital last year, notes a report 4in the Associated Press.

Organizers of anti-CCTV events at Freedom Not Fear say mounting a response to the privacy-invasive Facewatch program ranks high on the agenda.

We are concerned about the growing use of CCTV cameras to produce wanted posters, and together with other campaigners at Freedom Not Fear in Brussels, we will discuss the Facewatch system in the UK – and hopefully produce a statement/decision from an International Surveillance Working Group, says Charles Farrier from No-CCTV UK.

Creative responses to CCTV

While No-CCTV has lodged a number of formal complaints responding to massive CCTV deployment projects initiated by law enforcement, other forms of anti-surveillance camera activism take a more creative approach. On Sept. 15, for example, a group of activists plan to lead a camspotting5 excursion through Brussels.

Camspotting is something like a citygame with a twist, says Wim Vanderbussche of Datapanik.org, an organization based in Belgium. It s basically about participants spotting as many cameras as possible and putting them on a map.

As part of the exercise, activists will go out into the streets of Brussels, snap photographs of every CCTV camera they find, write down the location, and collectively plot them on an interactive map. Datapanik and the Flemish League of Human Rights started a project of plotting all visible surveillance cameras in various locations in Belgium, and hope to build upon this effort.

On June 8, anti-CCTV activists staged an international 1984 Action Day timed to coincide with the publication anniversary of George Orwell s classic novel to call attention to the surveillance cameras gazing from every direction at ordinary citizens going about their daily business. The day marked the launch of a website called We Watch6, developed by German designer Julia Lowczycka, that educates the public about surveillance in London via a flash graphical interface called Maupa’s World.

In Birmingham (UK), campaigners ventured out on a wet and windy day to ask shoppers if they wanted to buy photographs of themselves — which had already been taken without their permission by CCTV cameras as they walked through the city center. The shoppers who stopped to find out more were shown a portfolio of CCTV images, and asked to consider whether they thought it was acceptable that they are constantly filmed as they go about their daily business.

In Berlin, around 40 campaigners took a surveillance walk around the city, and a group called Out of Control Berlin screened short films documenting the growing CCTV phenomenon.

Another fun activity7 scheduled during Freedom Not Fear will involve creating head masks out of brown paper bags to guard against CCTV, a lighthearted and creative effort to help people assert their right to be left alone.

The “Leipziger Kamera8” was another German citizens’ initiative against CCTV.

“The paper basket workshop sounds funny, and it is, but there is a serious background,” says Michael Ebeling, part of the German Working Group On Data Retention Hanover. “Human beings need place and time free from any surveillance to develop to individual personalities, to grow as autonomous and discrete thinking characters. Therefore surveillance is like poison for … society as long as we believe in democracy and humanity. Surveillance-free public spaces need to be preserved, CCTV-infiltrated ones to be recaptured. That is our right as free citizens!”

Is CCTV Effective?

A report9 released by Big Brother Watch in February of 2012 details how local law enforcement agencies spent $515 million on CCTV in four years. The report found that there are at least 51,600 CCTV cameras controlled by 428 local authorities in Britain, and a 2002 study pegged the total number of CCTV cameras in the UK at around 4.2 million. In London, it s estimated that on average, more than 300 different cameras might record an individual throughout the course of a single day.

Despite the intensive resources devoted to CCTV, there is a body of evidence demonstrating that the surveillance measure actually does little to deter crime.

Many people believe that the presence of cameras is overall making them more secure. But there s a key conundrum in the world of camera surveillance, notes sociologist David Lyon, who directs the Surveillance Studies Center at the University of Queens in Ontario, Canada. It continues to expand despite the fact that there is no study in the world that has shown conclusively that camera surveillance operates effectively for the purposes, and in the manner, that it is generally advertised and understood to operate.

UK resident Cory Doctorow, writing in an editorial in The Guardian, also seized on this point. Although study after study has concluded that CCTVs don’t deter most crime (a famous San Francisco study showed that, at best, street crime shifted a few metres down the pavement when the CCTV went up), we’ve been told for years that we must all submit to being photographed all the time because it would keep the people around us from beating us, robbing us, burning our buildings and burglarising our homes, he writes.

But EFF alongside activists from Big Brother Watch, No-CCTV, Privacy International, Datapanik.org, The Flemish League for Human Rights, Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung” (a Hanover chapter of the German Working Group on Data Retention) and others aren t buying into the argument that privacy should continue to be sacrificed for a false sense of security. And during Freedom Not Fear, it s the crowd that will be focused on the camera.

References

  1. ^ You can follow our series here (www.eff.org)
  2. ^ complaint (www.no-cctv.org.uk)
  3. ^ Facewatch (facewatch.co.uk)
  4. ^ report (www.policeone.com)
  5. ^ camspotting (wiki.vorratsdatenspeicherung.de)
  6. ^ We Watch (www.wewatch.org.uk)
  7. ^ activity (wiki.vorratsdatenspeicherung.de)
  8. ^ Leipziger Kamera (leipzigerkamera.twoday.net)
  9. ^ report (www.bigbrotherwatch.org.uk)

Yakima Co. landfill hires security guard after metal thefts | Yakima …

Yakima Co. landfill hires security guard after metal thefts

By David Lester
Yakima Herald-Republic

YAKIMA, Wash. — Thieves have attacked the Yakima County landfill in Terrace Heights, stealing metal, tools and even a four-wheeler in a series of break-ins that law enforcement describes as an increasing problem this year.

No arrests have been made and none of the stolen equipment and recyclables has been recovered. Surveillance video has caught images of thieves in action, but none has been identified yet. It s not just a problem for the landfill. Local police say they have seen an upward trend in metal thefts this year.

“It s a way to get quick cash,” said Yakima police Capt. Rod Light of rising metal thefts within the city of Yakima. “They can quickly turn this over without a lot of effort.”

Late last month, thieves stole $100,000 worth of wiring and tools from the Eisenhower High School construction site. Thieves also hit the Yakima Ice Arena recently, stealing copper tubing.

County Solid Waste Manager Wendy Mifflin said estimating damage to county property and the value of recyclable materials taken is nearly impossible.

“It has been going on for a while but getting worse and worse,” she said.

In response, the county is hiring a private security firm to conduct patrols at the 110-acre landfill at 7151 Roza Hill Drive. County commissioners this week awarded a contract through the end of the year to CWI Security of Yakima to patrol the landfill at night at a cost of $540 per month.

For obvious reasons, the county isn t disclosing the frequency of the nightly patrols, said Vern Redifer, county Public Services director.

The money will come from the fees the public, cities and private garbage firms pay to dispose of garbage at the landfill. County solid waste is an enterprise fund, operating on its own revenues and receives no county general tax dollars.

Mifflin said the county hopes the patrols will reduce the thefts and save the county money that has been spent repairing fences and replacing stolen equipment. She said thieves cut holes in the fences that surround the landfill and make off with copper tubing and wiring and aluminum from appliances dropped off for recycling.

In one instance, she said, the intruders damaged the gate leading to the landfill transfer station and reached through a hole in a small outbuilding to grab small tools. Last month, one of two all-terrain vehicles used to pick up litter was stolen.

“They hot-wired one, cut the fence and drove it out,” she said. “We have not been able to locate it since.”

David Lester can be reached at 509-577-7674 or [email protected]