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BSIA endorses guide on prevention of false hold-up alarms

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has contributed to a new guide published to help installers of hold-up alarms (HUAs) to reduce the number of false alarms. The document, created by the National Police Chiefs Council Security Systems Group, discusses the impact that false alarms can have on police resources before offering recommendations on how installers can help to reduce these incidents. Recommendations include taking HUAs out of service before work starts and remembering to return them to full service once work has been completed.

Others including reminding users of the proper use of HUAs as advised by the police. The guide reiterates such alarms are for use during an attack or threat of an attack involving people and staff at premises protected by this type of alarm. These, and other, simple steps can cut the number of false alarms, reducing the impact on the police whilst maintaining the reputation of alarm receiving centres and installers. David Wilkinson, the BSIA s director of technical services, said: Preventing false hold-up alarm activations will help to ensure that hold-up alarms remain an effective method to deliver a rapid police response and maintain users confidence in security systems. Free Download: A Technical Guide to Fire Detection and Alarm Systems Fire legislation, which is written for the purpose of life safety, requires duty holders in non-domestic premises to assess fire risks and put in place arrangements for the prevention of fire and to protect people from fire when it occurs. This guide provides an overview of the need to know information for fire detection and alarm systems and your legal requirements, key actions, key terms and more. Click here to download now Related Topics Free cybersecurity seminar will focus on physical security systems and star ethical hackers Mike Tennent of Tavcom Training wins posthumous industry contribution award all winners revealed Want to export outside the UK in the defence and security markets?

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How evolving terror tactics have driven advances in perimeter security

Many urban threats used to be seen, at least in the eyes of the public, as things that happened on other shores. However, an increase in urban attacks of late has put pressure on security services to come up with innovative solutions that allow business to continue as normal and the public to enjoy some peace of mind. Amid these new threats, coupled with geopolitical fears and the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe, governments are attempting to make borders more secure and event venues and stewards of high-risk public areas are following suit.

With terrorists now using vehicles as weapons, many existing security solutions need reassessing as they are inadequate at preventing vehicular attack. This month marks the anniversary of the Nice attack and similar incidents have occurred since in Berlin, Stockholm and London. The change in tactics has rendered current security provisions outdated. A proactive, preventative approach is now required if security personnel are to put a stop to such incidents. Mitigating risk While no guarantee can be made about the safety of those attending events or conducting their daily lives in high-risk, crowded public areas, perimeter security does provide an increased level of protection and has seen advancements designed to mitigate the risk and impact associated with today s urban threats. Previously seen on military bases, oil and gas fields and other important infrastructure, perimeter security products have become popular for those looking to secure their event and put public safety firmly back on the agenda. Threats are, of course, unpredictable. However, providing a readily-available solution for areas deemed high-risk due to large volumes of the public passing through, including stadiums or other event spaces, can help deter or reduce the impact of vehicular and some other attacks. The concrete blocks so far installed have actually been found to be near to useless when tested by researchers in Germany While video cameras and security guards are two of the most common security measures that organisations have in place, they aren t always the most effective.

With hostile events increasing in frequency, there has been a reliance on video surveillance to identify perpetrators and ensure that every angle is covered. However, surveillance cameras are mostly effective when the attack has already happened. There s no doubt that the increased threat level has meant that event organisers and those managing security in high-risk areas have had to look at alternative ways in which they can prevent attacks or reduce their impact. Protecting civilian areas has become a higher priority, with perimeter security generating much interest and innovation. In reaction to the London attacks, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick announced that vehicle barriers were to be installed across London in some form or other. Yet while such reactive measures are of course welcomed, it s imperative that everyone involved in public security should take action in the threat against urban terror. The concrete blocks so far installed have actually been found to be near to useless when tested by researchers in Germany, who found that they would be unable to prevent similar attacks. These revelations have prompted the development of barriers that are crash-resistant up to speeds of 50mph and use an anti-climb mesh to prevent further intrusions. As the solutions are flat-packed and can be earth-filled, they are an effective option for event security, minimising installation time and the impact on the surrounding environment.

Units can also be branded, so they remain inconspicuous and in line with an organisation s existing branding. New threats are presenting themselves every day. Organisations and urban spaces are aware they can no longer be just reactive in the wake of a hostile event. Precautionary measures are becoming increasingly advanced and accessible, and where public safety is concerned, you truly cannot put a price on it. Free Download: Securing UK borders: An examination of the implications of leaving the EU for UK border management. Recent tragic events in Manchester and London have, among other things, underscored the importance to national security of getting Brexit right. This report considers the implications of leaving the EU for the management of the UK s borders and making it as easy as possible for international business to thrive and legitimate movement to occur in a post-Brexit UK.

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VCam – Complete Vehicle CCTV with GPS Mapping, 2 Cameras + Impact sensors


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  • In Car CCTV Solution Record Front and Backward Facing Recording simultaneously
  • Date & Time stamped recordings, built in Infra red on rear facing camera to recdord inside car even in complete darkness
  • Built in GPS supported by Google Mapping, recording the journey and displaying on the sofware shown.
  • Powered from vehicle cigarette lighter socket
  • Record onto micro SD Card, will accept up to 16GB Micro SD

The VCam all in one vehicle CCTV is a dual camera driver protection system thats discreet and GPS equipped to monitor a vehicles position and speed. Designed to record high quality video images of the road in front of the vehicle and video recordings of the vehicle interior with audio. Making this system ideal for any commercial vehicles such as taxis, mini buses or even driving instructors.

The Vcam simply clips into a windscreen mounted bracket typically positioned toward the top of the windscreen, close to the drivers rear view mirror and it’s powered from the vehicle cigarette lighter socket.

The Vcam unit even has built in GPS supported by Google Mapping and it will automatically update date and time zones wherever you are! To see whats happened simply insert the memory card in to your PC or laptop and watch the video – you will be as amazed as we where when we first tried this system.
Specifications

?Forward facing lens viewing angle 170 degrees
?Backwards facing lens viewing angle 120 degrees
?640×480 Resolution
?Can record up to 25pfs
?Red light recording light
?Date & Time stamped recordings
?Emergeny button for emergency recording
?Built in high sensitivity microphone for recording sound inside the vehicle
?Built in IR Illuminators to record in total darkness
?Compatible with micro SD Cards 4G/8G or 16G
This unit can be used for any number of applications;

?Driver Awareness
?Live Incident Management
?Anti-vandalism
?Theft prevention
?Driving Instructor Systems
?Surveillance cars and bait cars for private detectives, bailiffs, housing associations, local authorities and police.
?Bus, public transport, taxi, hackney carriage, limo CCTV
?Driver training and driver monitoring
The VCam is highly reconmended, please note it will require a Micro SD card to operate.


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Victim Support: PCCs should make five promises to victims

Victim Support: PCCs should make five promises to victims Crime-fighting charity Victim Support has launched a manifesto and pledges for Police and Crime Commissioners with support from campaigners Brooke Kinsella and Nick Ross. The promises Victim Support is asking Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) candidates to make are as follows: Be open and accountable to victims and witnesses, seeking out and acting on their views (this includes consulting constituents on the local services they think are needed, creating a broad advisory group of victims, witnesses and organisations that support them, publishing an annual report (and an impact report) with the numbers of victims and witnesses helped, services provided and future plans and hosting regular open meetings to allow victims and witnesses to raise their concerns and offer suggestions on improving services and information provision) Ensure that victims and witnesses receive the high quality help and support they need, and when they need it (to encompass safeguarding budgets for victim support services, ensuring every victim of crime has access to help regardless of the severity or nature of the crime and ensuring that standards for services to victims meet or exceed the standards in place before local commissioning) Make the police service more victim-focused and more effective at meeting the needs of victims (ensuring that police and crime panels are victim-focused with victim and witness support as a standing agenda item, holding the police to account for meeting targets for referring victims for support and ensuring all victims receive regular and up-to-date information about their case from the police service) Help victims and witnesses to have a louder voice in the wider criminal justice system and the community (holding an annual victims survey to monitor satisfaction with the police, identify areas for improvement and track progress, building satisfaction targets and a needs analysis into the annual victims survey, working with the CJS to assess and improve victim satisfaction, encouraging statutory agencies to promote and develop their links with voluntary organisations – and hold victim and witnesses needs as a key priority – and, lastly, developing ways for victims to share their views and experiences) Constantly improve the experience of victims (to include extending the use of restorative justice and effective alternatives to custody, promoting greater partnership working between offenders and victims organisations, regularly reviewing the provision of services for victims of crime in a given area and promoting the use of proven new technology and other developments to enhance victims and witnesses interaction with the justice system) Research on Police and Crime Commissioner awareness As part of the launch, Victim Support commissioned research into public awareness of the PCC elections, which take place in November. The YouGov survey revealed a number of issues and concerns to support the charity’s manifesto in the fight to safeguard the future of victims’ and witness services.

The research revealed that: Only one-in-five people think PCCs will make a positive difference to the support victims receive 91% of people think that it’s important for the new PCCs to listen to victims when carrying out their role Less than a quarter of people surveyed (23%) believe that victims will be a priority for PCCs in practice Less than half of respondents to the survey (47%) in PCC election areas across England and Wales know about the PCC elections Almost nine out of ten people do not know what PCCs will do (55% do not know very much and 30% do not know anything) Support from high profile campaigners Javed Khan, CEO at Victim Support, said: “The future of support for victims is in the hands of PCCs, but our survey shows that most people don t know about PCCs, what they ll do or have little faith that they ll prioritise victims needs. It’s now time for PCC candidates to stand up and prove to the public that they are committed to victims. That s why we are calling on all PCC candidates to sign up to five promises which put victims first.” A number of high profile campaigners have pledged their support to our campaign.

Actress and anti-knife crime campaigner Brooke Kinsella MBE, whose brother Ben was killed in a knife attack, said: “My family and I know how important it is to get emotional and practical support after a crime. I don’t think anyone traumatised by crime should be left to fend for themselves. People should use their vote on 15 November to elect PCC candidates who will put the needs of victims and witnesses first.” Broadcaster and campaigner Nick Ross – famed for his presenter role on the BBC’s Crimewatch – added: “As November’s PCC elections draw closer it’s clear few people know much about them, including the fact that the new Commissioners will be responsible for looking out for victims.

Victims and potential victims should be at the heart of their concerns.

When candidates ask for your vote please make sure they ve signed up to Victim Support’s five pledges.”

Dating Background Checks Gaining in Popularity

As internet scams become more and more prevalent around the world, internet users become more educated about the risks. There are many articles and warnings out there, but for some reason, the criminals keep finding victims, and the crime is actually growing. Among internet crime types, romance scams are still the leading cause of identity theft and financial loss online. The scams have a major financial impact for citizens and businesses in countries around the world, but the hardest hit are the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia, where English speaking targets are plenty. Scammers in developing countries are targeting users on social networking and online dating sites. To avoid detection, criminals continue to develop and change their tactics.

With more lonely hearts and eligible partners joining match-making and online dating sites, as well as social networking sites around the globe, there are now hundreds of millions of potential partners online. It is tempting and there are certainly honest and rewarding relationships to be found! The potential reward is real, as is the risk. Social networking and online dating sites simply have no way to screen all of their users. That isn t their business, after all. It is up to the users to carefully screen their new contacts and romantic partners online. Be skeptical and be very cautious about sharing information online. Remember the more a criminal knows about you, the more at risk you are for financial loss, identity theft, and even physical hard. Share less when possible.

In the developing countries around the world, more internet users are turning to reputable private investigation companies to verify their online partners. Dating background checks 1are now a valuable risk management tool available to internet users to verify their new partner or online romance. Investigators can screen your case for fraud, verify the subject s information such as passport or documentation, verify education and employment; check address and public records, search criminal and civil marriage records, and more. In short, professional investigators can verify if your new online romance is who he or she claims to be. Experts caution that such a service is best applied when done early in the relationship, rather than later when it s too late. Is the risk from romance scams really worth worrying about? Doesn t it take a fool? What is the worst that could possible happen? There have been multiple cases of suicide that have resulted from devastated victims left ruined after a romance scam. Bank accounts can be drained, hearts can be broken, identities stolen. In short, an honest visit to an online dating site can lead in utter ruin if you become the victim of a romance scam. The risk and crime is serious, and should be taken seriously. Screen your contacts carefully, and verify to be safe online. Best of luck,

A Hathaway
2012 A Hathaway



References

  1. ^ Dating background checks (www.wymoo.com)

Quadrant meets Olympic CCTV challenge

Quadrant meets Olympic CCTV challenge Quadrant Security Group has been working with the West Midlands Police to upgrade and integrate key security systems for high impact events, including the Olympics. Developments to date have enabled the UK s second largest police force to closely monitor high impact events, including football matches that took place at The Ricoh Arena in Coventry as part of the 2012 Olympic Games. With a capacity of over 32,000, The Ricoh Arena attracts huge crowds for some of the largest concerts, exhibitions and sporting events in the UK, and is one of only five venues (along with Hampden Park in Glasgow) that were selected to host 2012 Olympic football matches.

With such high profile events taking place, security systems integration to allow quick, accurate access to CCTV footage is a top priority for the West Midlands Police. Quadrant Security Group (QSG) was selected as an integration partner to specify, install and integrate a surveillance and ANPR system enabling footage from key locations surrounding The Ricoh Arena to be viewed and controlled from various control centres across the force area. Bespoke cabinet-based columns housing CCTV and ANPR cameras, located at key viewpoint locations surrounding the stadium, transmit encoded data via Wave Sprint transmission links back to collection points which, in turn, feed decoded analogue video data back to police control centres.

The system also enables ANPR data to be fed directly into West Midlands Police s BOF (Back Office Facility), thus enabling instant access for any authorised user from the force. Installation and integration of control workstations Another key aspect of QSG s work on the project was the installation and integration of control workstations at a dedicated events control suite. Two Synectics Synergy workstations, a 19-inch touch screen control monitor and 19-inch Neovo TFT Spot Monitors were among the technologies installed by QSG and connected remotely to the main Synergy CCTV system.

Police users are able to view cameras in real time, including the newly-installed Ricoh Arena system, facilitating immediate data capture, evidence collation and rapid response as required. The Olympic football tournament resulted in dramatic increases in temporary populations and traffic levels, and so the project proved a valuable asset to West Midlands Police. Integrated CCTV monitoring and control Nik Calvert, QSG’s project manager, commented: The region s leisure, retail and conference amenities, together with Premiership and Championship football teams, attract millions of people each year around 170,000 motorists travel on West Midlands roads each and every day.

Add to that an event that attracts global visitors in vast numbers and it’s clear to see why integrated CCTV monitoring and control is so important to West Midlands Police.” Calvert added: Having worked with the force in the past and built up trust as an integration partner, we were well positioned to help the force meet its objectives for improved CCTV, ANPR and event surveillance. QSG is a wholly-owned subsidiary of UK-based Quadnetics Group plc. It’s also one of the UK s largest independent integrated security systems integrators, delivering end-to-end security and surveillance solutions from consultancy to systems design, installation and support.

Working in conjunction with all the major security product manufacturers and in partnership with its clients, QSG delivers integrated security solutions for a wide range of sectors including public space, financial services, high security, commercial, oil and gas, transport and the gaming industry.

10 Pairs Flashing LED Car Motorcycle Bike Tyre Wheel Valve Cap Light / High Impact, Water and Rust Resistant–Increases Nighttime and Bad Weather Visibility to Enhance Safety – will be sent in ONE color at random @ securityblogs.co.uk

10 Pairs Flashing LED Car Motorcycle Bike Tyre Wheel Valve Cap Light / High Impact, Water and Rust Resistant–Increases Nighttime and Bad Weather Visibility to Enhance Safety – will be sent in ONE color at random


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  • Install on standard valve of cars, motorcycles or bicycles
  • High impact, water and rust resistant
  • Chrome body with ultra bright, long life-span LED lamp
  • Automatic light sensor turns lamp on when wheel is in motion
  • Increases nighttime and bad weather visibility to enhance safety

Customize your bicycle, motorbike or car with these bright LED lights, it is the coolest way of making your vehicle the most eye-catching on the road.

Specifications:

Easy to install, twist off your original valve cap and replace with this valve cap LED light
Color of Light: Random color (red / green / blue / white / color changing)
Powered by 3 replaceable button batteries (included)
Length: Approx. 1.5 inch / 3.8 cm
Adapter Thread Diameter: Approx. 0.3 inch / 7.6 mm
Adapter Inner Diameter: Approx. 0.15 inch / 3.8 mm

Package Includes:

10 pairs LED valve cap
10 pairs adapters
60 X Button batteries

Note:

Please remove the insulating sheet inside before use
Please be minded that we don’t offer color choice. Your order will be sent in ONE color at random.


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New Research: How Public Surveillance Cameras Can Deter Crime …

Jump to Link in ArticleThis week, journalism professor and self-proclaimed Buzz-machine, Jeff Jarvis, released his book, “Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live. While many in America are fighting for their rights to privacy, Jarvis takes a rather controversial angle and argues for “publicness” as a way to make the most of modern technologies (Wall Street Journal, 20111).

How do we then define privacy in the public sector when it comes to video surveillance? Many privacy advocates speak out against video surveillance in public, stating that the infringement on privacy rights outweighs the measures taken for crime prevention. However, some studies have shown that this may not be the case for the majority of the population and that the claims that security surveillance deters are crime are not unfounded.

Last month the Urban Institute, a non-partisan economic & social policy research center, released an impact report, Evaluating the Use of Public Surveillance Cameras for Crime Control and Prevention2, focusing its attention on camera networks in Baltimore, Chicago and Washington D.C. and coming up with some interesting results.

Both Baltimore and Chicago boasted extensive surveillance camera networks. Baltimore employs around-the-clock monitoring of their live video footage. Chicago has an incredible wireless networking camera system that gives any number law enforcement officers at a time the unique ability to access live video feed from their desktop computers. Impressively, both Baltimore and Chicago saw their investments lead to a significant decline in crime. In Baltimore it was reported that camera use recorded suspects in action, images of getaway vehicles, and even compelled many witnesses to cooperate with police (Urban Institute, 20113).

In contrast, Washington D.C. chose to set up lighter city-wide surveillance with stricter regulations. The capital city of the United States implemented fewer cameras in high-crime neighborhoods than Baltimore and Chicago as well as restricted live monitoring to a limited set of factors and contexts in order to protect citizens rights to privacy. The regulations severely limited the extent of active monitoring employed in D.C. and therefore, cameras alone did not appear to have an impact on crime in D.C. (Urban Institute, 20114).

The impact report noted that, Public surveillance technology is viewed as a potentially useful tool for preventing crimes, aiding in arrests, and supporting investigations and prosecutions. They found that when cameras were actively monitored, the cost benefit on crime was significant with little evidence of displacement to other areas. Areas in which cameras were not actively monitored on a routine basis, with lower concentration of cameras and few overlapping views, however, had a markedly reduced ability to capture crimes.

How then should we define privacy in public spaces and how should law enforcement and loss prevention teams implement these security measures? 3VR has long espoused that individuals should be informed of video surveillance whenever possible and feasible. In addition, Jarvis finds that privacy is a matter of ethics – respecting what others intend to keep private and choose to make public (Wall Street Journal, 20115). Research even shows that many consumers are comfortable with the use of surveillance video even when used for non-security reasons (Zogby436, 20116). There is still much to be decided by the public as new technologies emerge and evolve the way privacy and security is defined.

References

  1. ^ Wall Street Journal, 2011 (online.wsj.com)
  2. ^ Evaluating the Use of Public Surveillance Cameras for Crime Control and Prevention (www.urban.org)
  3. ^ Urban Institute, 2011 (www.urban.org)
  4. ^ Urban Institute, 2011 (www.urban.org)
  5. ^ Wall Street Journal, 2011 (online.wsj.com)
  6. ^ Zogby436, 2011 (www.3vr.com)