Soaring recorded crime rates put police cuts under the spotlight but reported crime drops

ONS figures Recorded crime has surged to a 10-year high, according to figures published today by the Office of National Statistics (ONS). The news shines a spotlight on cuts to police budgets, with Scotland Yard needing to make savings of 400m by 2020 although the government disputes this figure. And the rate at which police-recorded crime is rising is accelerating: a 5% rise was recorded in the 12 months to June 2015, followed by a 7% jump the subsequent year and 13% in the latest figures.

The latest overall 13% rise is eclipsed by an even larger rise in the violent crime category, which encompasses knife crime, sexual offences and violence against the person. The underlying murder rate has risen by 8% excluding the 35 people killed in the London and Manchester terrorist attacks (and 96 Hillsborough deaths from 1989, which were recently ruled as manslaughter and therefore included in the headline figures). There were 629 homicides recorded in the 12 months to June. The ONS figures, which are released quarterly, also highlight 711 deaths or serious injuries caused by illegal driving, a 6% rise on the previous year. Opposite trend However, figures from the Crime Survey for England & Wales which polls the general public on their experience of crime reveal the opposite trend: a 9% reduction in overall crime. However, the Crime Survey is generally regarded as less reliable at gauging trends in low-volume offences, like many types of violent crime, or nascent trends. Today s figures suggest that the police are dealing with a growing volume of crime, said John Flatley of the Office for National Statistics. While improvements made by police forces in recording crime are still a factor in the increase, we judge that there have been genuine increases in crime particularly in some of the low-incidence but more harmful categories. Police figures cannot provide a good measure of all crime in society, since we know that a large volume of it never comes to their attention.

The recent increases in recorded crime need to be seen in the context of the overall decline in crime indicated by the Crime Survey of England and Wales. Several categories of violent crime, though still rare, posted some alarming rises: A 27% rise in gun crime to 6,696 offences A 26% increase in knife crime to 36,998 offences Robbery up 25% to 64,499 Sexual offences up 19% to 129,700 Stalking and harassment up 36% to 243,086 Overall violence against the person including homicide, death or serious injury caused by illegal driving, violence with injury, violence without injury, and stalking and harassment up 19% to 1,229,260 Double-digit increases in domestic violence and public order offences Even burglary up 21% and car crime, which have been falling for two decades, are now climbing again. It isn t all bad news, with drug offences down 9% to 132,935, and incidents of non-domestic burglary falling. Severe cuts With police battling rising crime with shrinking budgets, the latest figures have given critics of austerity plenty of ammunition. The Tories can no longer hide behind claims that crime is falling to justify their severe cuts to the police, said shadow home secretary Diane Abbott. They have left our communities exposed, with police numbers the lowest on record at a time when forces are under unprecedented pressure from surging crime, an ongoing terror threat, and from covering for cuts to other services. The Sun, once seen as a staunch defender of the police, blasted Humberside Police in a bizarre front page exclusive this week about officers downtime spent on funfair dodgems, seemingly to switch the conversation from cuts to the inefficient spending of taxpayer s money. Police boss defends hard-working officers slammed by Sun for playing on Hull Fair dodgems https://t.co/4DVaHaMxQO Hull Daily Mail (@hulldailymail) October 17, 2017 Meanwhile, Simon Jenkins, a longtime critic of counter-terror policy, has noted gang violence up 18% and youth killings up 84% in the capital while resources have been bled from the police into MI5 and other counter-terror initiatives. The number of Met officers has fallen from 30,300 from 32,000 and is expected to fall further.

The Met has also revealed plans to stop investigating some low-level crimes in order to balance the books . Sarah Newton, a Home Office minister, sought to downplay the rise in crime, saying that it is clear that much of the rise in police-recorded violent offences is due to better recording . However, she did accept that some of this increase is likely to be genuine, which is why have taken urgent action to stop these crimes and keep our communities safe. This week, we began consulting on tough new laws to crack down on acid attacks and knife offences. Our domestic abuse bill will help to bring this heinous crime out of the shadows and ensure victims receive both support and justice, as we invest 100m to prevent and confront violence against women and girls. We are also investing 1.9bn to counter the cyber threats we face. Free Download: The key to mitigating cybersecurity risks Exploiting IoT technology without creating cybersecurity vulnerabilities is one of the defining challenges in today s security landscape.

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Why home security systems are worth the investment

With inflation outstripping wage growth, most of us are trying harder to find ways to save money. We might cut down electricity usage and avoid unnecessary expenses. Perhaps, you consider a home security system as a luxury you can t afford.

However, when the well-being and safety of your loved ones are so important to you, you might consider a reliable home security system as a valuable investment especially when it can lower your insurance premiums and actually save you money. We ve prepared a list of this and other advantages to installing a good security system. Peace of mind It is undeniable that we live in a dangerous world. In Australia alone where I live there are more than 200,000 burglaries every year. According to the Australian Institute of Criminology, 20% of burglary victims will have their homes broken into more than once. If this happens to your family, it can take a long time to recover from the trauma. Burglars are finding ingenious ways to steal cars without even entering the house, making security gates a worthwhile investment And it s a similar story in the UK and other advanced economies. Your loved ones should feel safe inside your home and consider it as a safe haven. While alarm systems do not guarantee 100% security, they can still make a huge difference.

Protect your assets We also want our family to live a happy and comfortable life. That is why we spend most of our waking hours trying to provide for them. It can be devastating to have all our hard-earned possessions taken away from us in one night. Burglars are finding ingenious ways to steal cars without even entering the house, making security gates a worthwhile investment. Burglars often take items with sentimental value to us too. What if they steal the last piece of jewellery that a departed loved one gave you? What if they take a mobile phone filled with pictures of your kids growing up? When you install a reliable security system, you can prevent this from happening. It is better to be prepared and spend a little over your budget than be regretful in the end.

Visual documentation of the crime Burglars themselves have told that CCTV cameras (along with barking dogs) are the best deterrent. And where they don t deter, they can visually document the crime and be used as evidence in a criminal prosecution. Monitor your home We often worry about home security the most when we re away on holiday or a business trip. Luckily, security systems and surveillance cameras can now be monitored remotely from your phone and send alerts if a break-in is suspected. If burglars see CCTV or motion detectors installed around your property, they ll probably remove you from their hitlist If alerts are triggered then you can visually verify if there s an intruder and alert the police if so; if you don t get an alert, then you can enjoy your holiday with peace of mind. Discourage burglary attempts Burglars only need about eight to 12 minutes to accomplish their goals. However, when they hear the blaring siren of your security system, they usually make a quick exit without taking much or anything, knowing that the police are just a few moments away. You can mount motion detectors on your windows and doors. When someone comes near them or tries to damage an entry point, the sensors will either light up or sound the alarm.

Before committing the crime, burglars usually observe the house they are targeting. If they see that you have CCTV or motion detectors installed around your property, they will probably remove you from their hitlist. Thieves prefer to commit crimes in darkness and cameras and light triggering motion sensors pose a big problem. Protection during a fire Investing on a smoke alarm is also necessary especially when you live in a bushfire zone or you have elderly people in your house. When someone forgets to turn off the stove, you can be alerted and take preventative action. But what if the smoke alarm goes off and no one is in your home? What if no one hears the alarm? Well, you will be delighted to know that there are smoke alarms that can be connected to a third-party monitoring company. So even when no one is at home, someone can alert the authorities and dispatch firefighters to your house.

Lower your insurance premium When you improve the level of security of your home, you can get lower home and contents insurance premiums. When your insurance company sees that you are taking preventative measures in securing your home, they will consider your house as less of a risk. You can even ask for a discount on your premium. Emergency medical assistance If you live with elderly loved ones or with relatives who suffer from certain medical conditions, you can find systems that can be customised to include medical emergency features. Your loved ones can wear a pendant that can be connected to the security system. In the event of a medical emergency, they just have to press the button on their pendant and a medical team will be dispatched to your home right away giving you peace of mind when they re at home alone. Home security systems are definitely a valuable investment. To enjoy maximum benefits, you can contact a security specialist and ask them about other safety features you can install, such as roller shutters, security doors and infill grills. Free Download: The smart buildings report 2017 Are you one of the 70% felt that there was room for improvement to your smart building?

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From cameras to the court: How to make full video integration a reality

Video has always been a rather touchy subject in the criminal justice system, and it s often hard for many people to appreciate the difficulties. Looking back, even in the VHS tape era, there were many court clerks scratching their heads at why the tape was playing too fast, or why it was flicking from one camera view to another. I remember many years ago, one such clerk taking about 20 attempts at hitting pause at the right time to show the shoplifting suspect in the act .

Although we had a standard recording format, no one had processed the time-lapsed, multiplexed video for court. Then came video DVD, and the legal system thought their prayers were answered. The challenge though came to the police and defence experts. In many places, it was their responsibility to prepare this old analogue, tape-based footage and get it onto a digital disk. For playback, it was easy: you had a standard player that could be purchased for peanuts and a standard format that allowed some degree of control. For creation though, it was a legal nightmare and one that created all sorts of problems. Getting the footage onto that disk, whilst retaining integrity and evidential worth required hardware, software and people with competency. It was very easy to create a bad video DVD with poor quality and little integrity. Manufacturers needed an open system.

Great for them but even better for a beleaguered video analyst like me And just to add in another complication, at that time we were right in the middle of the big VHS/DVR switchover. First and second-generation DVRs were purely VHS tape replacements. They were terrible, with very little thought about how to get the digital data out in an evidential manner. Many different solutions were implemented, but again the requirements on those having to deal with the surveillance footage increased. Many companies that had considered the export process often did not fully understand worldwide legal frameworks and would fail to give any ability to interpret or work effectively with the footage that had been recorded. So, we find ourselves circa 2010, where a video analyst in the UK needed around three desks worth of equipment to cope with the average weekly workload. Signal capturing, downscaling, screen grabbing, file conversion, reformatting: all just to get an image or a video into the criminal justice system. Due to some of the technical requirements, it was even easier to get things wrong. Getting it wrong in the legal world could have some dire consequences.

It was a challenge dealing with the input format, and now a challenge with the output format, mainly due to video DVD sometimes being completely unsuitable for the images/video to be presented but the courts only accepting that format. Early days of IP Very slowly, one or two system manufacturers started to talk together. We were in the early days of IP and they needed to have a video format that could start in a camera and end up being exported. They needed an open system. Great for them but even better for a beleaguered video analyst like me. I now had video data that I could independently validate and interpret. Not only on the HDD but the export as well. There were even one or two manufacturers that kept with stream formatting specifications, allowing individual cameras to be easily managed. There are quite possibly a great number of people working within the video surveillance industry thinking that you all do this.

All footage can be played and exported and then reviewed. I estimate that there are between 7,000 to 10,000 different types of video surveillance recording devices currently in use Well, within your own world it can but bring many formats into my world, and that s where things start to get interesting. In just the same way as manufacturers have started to integrate with others, ensuring the video signal gets from camera to DVR/NVR, we now need further integration to allow the video to carry on into the legal system. The regulations, guidance and forensic workflows of dealing with video evidence ensure that it can be trusted and relied upon. It is vital that the original recordings are retained, interpreted correctly, and if enhancement is required, then it s completed in a repeatable and reproducible manner. Getting the correct perspective of objects: An example of Amped Software s work In the most recent UK National Surveillance Camera Strategy for England and Wales, it states that there is a challenge within law enforcement and investigations because of an estimated 900 different formats. As we know, this is nothing new, it s just that national digitisation projects are now identifying the problem that many investigators were shouting about over 10 years ago. This number can be a little confusing so let me give you some estimates, based on my experience of investigating CCTV systems worldwide over the past 15 years. I estimate that there are between 7,000 to 10,000 different types of video surveillance recording devices currently in use.

Within those systems, there are less than five different recording codecs, with H264 being the current top dog. Finally, we have more than 900 different formats. The format relates to how the data is structured and the use of a specific file extension. It also includes the method of storing and decoding date and time information. DVR A and DVR B To put all of this into some form of perspective, let me introduce you to DVR A, and DVR B. DVR A is great. DVR B is, well let s just say that it s not so great. DVR A records in a standard H264 format. Its date and time format is stored within an open standard that can be decoded easily.

It stores this time against every frame and includes the milliseconds. Each camera is a separate stream, and the manufacturer has retained the standard for stream mapping and identification. The HDD can easily be removed and slotted into a caddy. The manufacturer retains all instructions of how to review, analyse and export, within documents easily found on its website. It also has all players and clients available to download. If clips are exported from the DVR, these clips are standard video files with standard subtitle tracks. Measuring height: Example of Amped Software s work The video files can be analysed at all levels: format, codec, GOP (group of pictures frames related between them), frame, macroblock (block of related pixels in a frame), pixel. The video files are given a unique checksum using an open algorithm upon export. Any video will play in any standard player.

Analysts can drop these videos and subtitles into forensic video software, such as Amped FIVE (Forensic Image and Video Enhancement), and immediately begin their investigative process knowing that this was the original recording and not a transcoded or recaptured copy. It s fantastic to see some manufacturers writing SDKs and APIs that allow other software to decode their formats when they use a proprietary recording method File authentication is simple with these exports as they each have a unique, standard mathematical value that is created at time of export. The method of authentication is transaperent, verifiable and most importantly, it is not reliant on a proprietary technology. With DVR B, it s a different story. For starters, the USB export ports are on the back of the DVR so they cannot be accessed easily. If all the footage was required, the internal HDD is secured inside the case so it s not a simple extraction. The manufacturer only retains make and model support for current hardware and places those behind an installer login page. When removed, the data on the hard drive is non-standard, with the video data and time information stored separately using a proprietary method. Although recording in H264, the header information is not held on the drive.

Exports can be created by the DVR but they transcode each new video to place the date and time information on the footage. The transcode process rewrites the files. Native files cannot be viewed or interpreted or validated by other software. The proprietary player requires installing on a computer and installs proprietary codecs within the system. Although the software has the ability to check file integrity, it relies upon a closed technology. Most systems fall somewhere in between these two extremes but I hope you get the picture which I often don t when dealing with exports from DVR B! Bridging the gap I train police officers and staff worldwide in forensic video analysis and in image authentication. Software such as Amped FIVE forms part of the final stage in a surveillance video s journey. It s not the DVR or NVR, and it s not the export player.

Legal systems around the world now need your help to bridge the gap and ensure that the challenge of these 900 plus formats can easily be overcome. If you are a CCTV owner, can you quickly export 10 mins, 10 hours or your entire system? For those with large installations, do you have a major incident recovery plan in place? For installers, are you installing equipment where footage can be exported, analysed, interpreted and managed if an incident occurs? Can it be played and reviewed without the need to install software? For manufacturers, are you working alongside the forensic video and investigative community to ensure that the footage your devices captures can be easily managed and integrated within any legal system? On a final note, it is fantastic to see some manufacturers writing specific SDKs and APIs that allow other software to understand and decode their formats when they use a proprietary recording method. I always enjoy the look on students faces when I show them that I can simply drop in a piece of footage and it plays without a problem. After spending years sourcing players and codecs, and then being forced to screen capture the footage, direct decoding is like a breath of fresh air.

There are no losers in integration. By working together and ensuring a full native workflow, the camera to court ideology becomes a reality. Please get in touch if you want to learn more. CFVA: [email protected] Free Download: The key to mitigating cybersecurity risks Exploiting IoT technology without creating cybersecurity vulnerabilities is one of the defining challenges in today s security landscape. This report will help you to see why third parties should adhere to secure by design principles and why the necessary convergence of IT and security departments demands a holistic approach .

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IFSEC Southeast Asia 2017: Drone Zone and business-matching service to make their debuts

SECURITY EVENT The world-leading security, fire and safety event IFSEC is holding its Southeast Asia edition at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) between 6-8 September 2017. The fifth edition is a must-attend event for players in the entire industry, including architects, business owners, contractors, engineers, facilities managers, finance professionals, human resources personnel, IT professionals, procurement specialists, property developers, senior management and more. The three-day event will feature more than 350 world-leading brands showcasing cutting-edge products in access controls and biometrics, CCTV and surveillance, cybersecurity, drones, fire alarms, fire detection, fire protection, gates and doors, home automation, intelligent buildings, intruder alarms, network security, personal protection equipment, physical security, perimeter protection, x-ray equipment and many other latest technologies in security, fire and safety.

The business-matching service will match visitors to the solutions or products that best meet their specific needs This is the best opportunity for visitors to meet directly with experts representing global brands such as Entrypass, Seagate, Dahua, Comnet, Nemtek, Nocturna, Hikvision, BFT, Falcon Safe, FAAC, Alarms and Automation, Golmar, Entrasys, Magnetic Control, Mobotix, MicroEngine, Propel Network, Senzo, Smartstripe, Ozak, Stratel, Union Light, Videx and many more. IFSEC Southeast Asia received strong support from Malaysia s Ministry of Home Affairs, Royal Malaysia Police, CyberSecurity Malaysia, Asian Professional Security Association (APSA) Malaysia Chapter, British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and ASIS International (Malaysia Chapter). New features For the fifth edition, IFSEC Southeast Asia will include a few new features on the show floor, which will attract more than 10,000 visitors. For the first time, there will be a Drone Zone, where drone companies and operators will wow visitors with airborne displays of cutting-edge security drones. Another new feature is the business-matching service, which visitors could select their preferred product to source. This service was created to help visitors find the best solutions or products for their needs, directly with the manufacturers or distributors. The Malaysia s Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA), PPKKM, APSA and IFSEC Southeast Asia is organising Conference Perdana, where the conference will feature a panel discussion, dialogues with MOHA and a keynote address from the invited guest of honour, YAB Dato Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia. We expect more than 2,000 security companies to join Conference Perdana, the first-ever conference specific for the security industry players and operators, said Dato Seri Haji Mustapa Bin Haji Ali, President of APSA (Malaysia Chapter) .

The conference is set to be the best platform for the industry players to gather and obtain the latest information and gain new knowledge that will benefit their businesses. IFSEC Southeast Asia 2017 is organising a three-day seminar on the show floor, where there will be more than 10 hot topics presented by experts. The seminar is free for all visitors. IFSEC Southeast Asia 2017 is a free-to-attend exhibition and seminar for all industry players and visitors. It takes place 6-7 September between 10:00am-5:30pm and on 8 September between 10:00am-4:00pm. For more information on IFSEC Southeast Asia, please log on to www.ifsecsea.com or contact the organiser at +60321768788. Free Download: The security drones report 2017 The global security drones market will be worth $10.5bn ( 8bn) by 2020 . This report commissioned by Aviat Drones examines the prevalence, growth prospects , applications and regulatory challenges of drones and anti-drone tech in the global security market. Find out how you can benefit from this lucrative market .

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National Business Crime Solution launches Associate Membership scheme for security solutions providers

NBCS The National Business Crime Solution (NBCS), a platform for sharing crime-related data between law enforcement agencies and the business community, is launching an associate membership scheme targeting security solutions providers. The scheme will kick off with a series of one-day member events that aim to promote greater understanding and collaboration between risk management providers and security professionals that protect people and assets. Daniel Hardy, the managing director of NBCS who came up with the idea, says the scheme will help NBCS become self-sustainable and make membership even more attractive to suppliers.

Our new associate membership scheme will give vendors unfettered access to senior decision-makers at some of the nation s most prestigious organisations, he said. They will get a unique opportunity to demonstrate their risk management, security, fraud and loss prevention solutions to our members at organised events that are cost-effective to attend and will eliminate the hassle normally associated with trade shows and exhibitions. This saves all parties significant time and money and makes the experience far more effective by ensuring that end users meet vendors that are directly relevant to their businesses. Available in a variety of packages, associate membership will cost between 4,000- 15,000 a year. The basic package will offer advertising and promotion to existing members, while the premium package will include consultancy from senior NBCS personnel on subjects like fraud risk, risk management, enterprise risk management and security deployment. Each event update members on NBCS strategy and news and feature a talk from a guest keynote speaker several other presentations. Members can network, ask questions and get hands-on with product demos during regular breaks throughout the day during the day. NBCS, a not-for-profit initiative, recently secured significant government funding as part of the Police Transformation Fund, a Home Office programme intended to help police leaders and police and crime commissioners respond to the changing nature of crime. We want to bring members, suppliers and all those involved in business crime risk management closer together, said Hardy.

Everyone s time is precious these days, so cutting through the noise that is usually associated with getting members of these two interdependent groups in the same room allows NBCS to offer real value to all members. It will also help cement our position as a critical friend of business, the police service and all business reduction partnerships, by furthering the use of the National Business Crime Solution model for all those affected by business crime. Suppliers can find out more about becoming NBCS Associate Members by sending an email to [email protected] Free Download: The key to mitigating cybersecurity risks Exploiting IoT technology without creating cybersecurity vulnerabilities is one of the defining challenges in today s security landscape.

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Andron can supply any number of trained security guards, for any setting and for any length of time. When building up a team, we take into account the operational nature of a client’s business to ensure we provide the most appropriate solution for the specific location whether it is standard or more specialised. The security we provide fits seamlessly into a client’s existing infrastructure, resulting in an amalgamated, responsive service and personnel who know their role. Extensive induction training, regular refresher courses and the continuous identification of skill gaps against role requirements and legal compliancy delivers a team equipped with relevant, practical abilities. Sometimes, a particular setting requires a certain type of security personnel and we are experienced in finding the right person for the individual needs of the business. In security, one size does not fit all and we always bear this in mind when matching security guards with clients. Andron’s team of security experts work hard to protect not only the premises they work in, but the reputation of their clients too. Our security guards act at all times as ambassadors and every individual is well-presented, well-mannered and well-trained. We understand our duty to protect the wider community and we train and encourage our security guards to be vigilant at all times when dealing with the public.

We recognise that our teams can retrieve vital information and use this to help protect our cities and communities. We are pleased to say that we partner with the police and key organisations as part of Project Griffin. Our involvement includes the gathering and sharing of intelligence to assist counter-terrorism and crime prevention.
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Crime data-sharing platform wins six-figure government funding

National Business Crime Solution An initiative for sharing data between the business community and law enforcement agencies has secured significant government funding. Founded by Jason Trigg, the former owner of Cardinal Security, the National Business Crime Solution (NBCS) is a centralised repository for business crime data from which intelligence can be generated to more effectively detect, prevent and respond to crime. The initiative helps stakeholders identify links between crimes committed across a wide geographic area because many criminals travel the length and breadth of the country to commit crime.

The not-for-profit initiative, which in three years has grown its membership by 213% to nearly 50 organisations, has been awarded a six-figure sum from the Police Transformation Fund, a Home Office programme. NBCS management say the money can help them become self-sustaining, make new appointments, attract new members, enhance corporate governance, raise awareness and revamp its branding. With additional resources they will also seek to enhance the quality of information shared and circulated and deliver a fraud-sharing platform. Preventative action This is a unique service from a trusted partner that truly offers the way forward for the industry and police to work together to achieve a common goal, said DCI Georgie Barnard of the National Police Chief s Council, which supports the NBCS. NBCS offers timely information on crime trends to enable businesses in all market sectors to take better preventative action and enable more effective engagement with the police. The NBCS is already credited with the positive identification of 419 suspects and arrest of 309 offenders over the last three years, as well as playing a role in securing sentences of over 200 years for offenders causing the most harm. The NBCS won a Retail Fraud Award in 2014 and an award for Best Collaborative Solution and Best Crime Partnership in 2016. We have proven that by working in collaboration we can build a national profile of business crime and actively support the police service by building watertight cases that result in real action, says Catherine Bowen, policy and stakeholder director at NBCS. The partnership between NBCS and the police service has gone from strength to strength and the money we have received from the Police Transformation Fund rubber stamps our credentials and can be seen as an endorsement of the work we do in better protecting businesses.

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How is smart technology making businesses more safe and secure?

It s no secret that founding, growing and managing a business takes a lot of determination and hard work. As a business owner, it s common to feel extremely proud yet protective of the business you ve invested a lot of money and time into from the office building itself, to the furniture inside it and the tech-savvy devices you ve purchased to ensure your employees are able to do the best job possible. Thanks to smart technology, businesses are starting to rely on the latest digital trends and developments to stay ahead in their industries.

But, innovative technology and the Internet of things (IoT) is not only making businesses more efficient, it s also being used to improve business safety and security systems. As home-owners we ensure that our houses are burglar-proof and protected against risks and hazards but, as business owners, are we implementing the same safety measures? In fact, with the amount of expensive technology and equipment businesses have, it could be argued that businesses have more to lose if their properties don t have substantial safety and security measures in place. So, how should businesses be using smart technology to keep their property as safe and secure as possible? Use technology to oversee the office remotely Whether you re out of town for a business trip, working from home or on a well-deserved holiday, it s expected for you to feel concerned about whether everything is in order in your absence. With smart technology, business owners are able to put their minds at ease and oversee the office remotely. Smart security systems that connect to cameras, such as Netgear s security camera, enable you to view areas of your office and property straight from a smartphone from anywhere around the world. As smart security cameras develop, more and more are equipped to detect suspicious activity and notify the owner with a simple text or email to their smartphone, and video recording features mean you can replay and watch back footage too. In a similar way to smart security cameras, smart alarm kits work to keep offices safe and secure except with the use of motion sensors or detectors; as soon as a business owner leaves the office for the evening, the kit can be activated and will instantly notify them via smartphone if the alarms are triggered.

With both a security camera and a smart alarm kit working around the clock to keep your property safe and secure when no employees are at work, business owners can focus on running their business rather than worrying about safety and security measures. Your very own flying CCTV This smart tech device is particularly useful for owners of large businesses that occupy a lot of land, such as a factory. Whilst smart security cameras can be set up all around the area, a flying drone can take security levels one step further. Drones can take on watchdog tendencies and patrol your business property; they circulate the land or follow intruders whilst filming any suspicious activity, which is streamed directly to your smartphone. For businesses that aren t as large, a drone might not be necessary so technology such as a smart security light or even a RoboDog could be better suited for your security needs. Kuna s security light combines both a security camera and a light; it starts recording 10 seconds before an event is triggered so you can see the full footage of any suspicious activity, and you can choose what you want to happen when the device is triggered such as sound an alarm or call the police. No key? No problem If you, or a few members of your staff, are guilty of losing your office keys from time to time causing a lot of issues with the risk of burglars and replacing locks and keys smart locks, virtual keys and geofencing technology could be your saviour. Smart security systems allow you and your team to enter and leave the office without a key, as long as you have a smartphone on your person and, let s be honest, who doesn t?

August s smart lock allows multiple people onto its system and supplies each individual with their own virtual key, so they can all lock and unlock a door with just their smartphone. Similarly, geofencing technology defined as a virtual perimeter for a real-world geographic area enables business owners to be notified when someone enters or leaves the property, so any out of hours trespassers will be caught out. As a business owner, your time should be spent on growing your business and managing employees and shouldn t be consumed by concerns over your property s safety and security.

We re already seeing smart technology shape security systems that are making our businesses more burglar and hazard proof than ever before, and we can only expect to see this technology continue to advance.

How to keep your entertainment venue safe following terrorism

Hospitality industry In the wake of recent terror attacks, venue security has never been more paramount. This coupled with the increase in venue closures has led to a sense of sadness within the industry, however in times like this we must remember the positives; the provision of safe places with security, medics on standby, regulated drink sales and curfews. When Fabric was forced to close in September 2016 it was a decision made in the name of the war on drugs, with Islington Council, supported by the Metropolitan Police, moving swiftly after the deaths of two clubbers there in the space of nine months.

Club closures Closing venues like Fabric, which thankfully was reprieved, will not stop clubbers taking drugs. While Fabric survived, there is a long and depressing list of London venues that have closed in the past decade half of the capital s clubs have shut in that time. Make no mistake, this situation is a threat to London s status as a world-class culture hub with a 24-hour nightlife. When the Night Tube service was launched there was great excitement, but you wonder where all these trains will be taking people in a few years time. When these venues close, it s not simply a case of replacing them with something else. Fabric, along with countless other clubs, has its own rich history and identity, something you can t just replicate somewhere else. Avoiding licensing issues There are steps venues can take to avoid falling foul of the licensing committees. We work as closely as we possibly can with the local authority and the Metropolitan Police because dialogue and sharing ideas is a much more healthy approach than clashing over regulations. I m proud of what we achieve at Troxy every day.

We provide a safe, secure venue in the heart of one of the world s biggest and most vibrant cities which helps people create new experiences, discover new music, create new memories and simply live life. When it comes to venue security, the tragic bombing at Manchester Arena caused most venues to reflect and review their security measures. Even before then we had taken steps along with other major venues and festivals to put counter-terrorism measures front and centre of our security policies. Strong police relationship Our relationship with The Met is strong, and we have ongoing conversations with them which includes swapping information before and after events. This allows us to be kept in the loop with regards to the very latest security information and flag up any events the police might have concerns about. The police offer a great service in the form of Project Griffin their counter-terrorism training programme, something we ve put our entire senior management team through. It s free and is aimed at deterring and detecting not just terrorist activity, but crime as well. We work hard to identify potential problems before they might arrive, and we re mindful when liaising with promoters who want to bring artists or shows to Troxy that there might be potential risks. Bringing venues closer together However, amidst all the sadness that these tragic events created, events such as venue closures or terror attacks have helped make our industry stronger.

These horrific events have brought venues closer and helped created a greater sense of community as the industry pulls together to support one another and ensure everyone who steps through our doors is kept as safe as possible. We can t speak for other venues, but this heightened threat level has ensured we re constantly reviewing our security measures to make certain they match the heightened threats. The events industry is brimming with innovation, creativity and is always pushing boundaries to enhance the experience for artists and guests. I do believe other industries can learn from what this industry achieves every year. Our practices around entry and exit, security and safety are constantly evolving. At Troxy we re used to holding multiple shows in one week, all of which present different challenges. From a sold-out drag night to a rock gig, we host events of all shapes and sizes and approach each of them with the same vigilance and care. In the end, it s all about the people who come through our doors. We want them to have an incredible night and create great memories that will stay with them forever, but we must also ensure we create a safe, problem-free experience as well.

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Digital Barriers launches first live facial recognition system for body-worn cameras

law enforcement Digital Barriers has launched the world s first live facial recognition system for body-worn law enforcement cameras. SmartVis Identifier, which brings together Digital Barriers video-streaming platform EdgeVis and analytics solution SmartVis, is targeted at the defence, security and law enforcement markets. It provides real-time facial recognition against multiple watch lists and databases.

Already available for standard smartphones, SmartVis has been adapted to run live on Digital Barriers body-worn cameras that are designed for frontline law enforcement. SmartVis facial recognition has been designed to do the job that traditional facial recognition systems cannot: to work in the real world, in real time, says Zak Doffman, CEO of Digital Barriers. Never before has frontline policing been offered live facial recognition on the type of everyday body worn cameras now being widely deployed. Customers at the forefront of security and defence have already deployed this technology and describe it as a game-changer . embedded content Able only to record, not live stream, footage, most body-worn devices are effective for evidence management after the fact, but cannot aid in the protection of officers if they are put in harms way as incidents unfold. EdgeVis delivers low latency and low bandwidth streaming, including over-the-air access to device recordings and GPS locational data. SmartVis Identifier supports, when required, every interaction, every stop and search, every arrest with real-time facial recognition. Digital Barriers says the solution removes human error and plugs resourcing gaps, thereby broadening the scope of facial recognition deployments. SmartVis Identifier will be available alongside EdgeVis on Digital Barriers body-worn devices and for selected service providers and camera/device manufacturers under licence.

Digital Barriers provides zero-latency streaming and analysis of secure video and related intelligence over wireless networks. To reduce bandwidth consumption the company harnesses a mixture of cellular, satellite, IP mesh and cloud networks. Founded in 2009, the company has its origins in military applications but now sells fixed and mobile solutions for covert, remote and wide-area deployments to law enforcement and the commercial security industry too. Free download: The video surveillance report 2017 Sponsored by IDIS The Video Surveillance Report 2017 covers all things video surveillance based on a poll of hundreds of security professionals. Specifically looking at topics such as open platforms, 4K, low-light cameras, video analytics, warranties and this year due to the growing threat posed, the cybersecurity landscape.

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