BSIA responds to cash courier shooting in London

Walthamstow shooting The trade body representing the private security industry in the UK has issued the following statement relating to the recent shooting of a cash-in-transit courier in Walthamstow, north-east London. The cash-in-transit courier was injured from the shooting ambush. James Kelly, chief executive of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) said in a statement: Every day, cash-in-transit couriers perform a vital public service, transporting cash around the country and supporting banks, retailers and businesses by facilitating millions of financial transactions across the UK.

However, in doing so, they place themselves at risk of extreme violence, as today s incident sadly reminds us. Kelly goes on to point out that the number of attacks on cash-in-transit couriers remains at an all-time low. There were 76 injuries to cash-in-transit crew members, police and the wider public in 2016. However, the risk of violence and injury remains a very real threat to couriers. This is something that the private security industry together with its partners in police and government is continually working to reduce through initiatives like SaferCash, which shares intelligence about attacks and suspicious incidents between couriers and the police, continued Kelly. Our thoughts are with the injured courier and his family who have made a very personal sacrifice for the sake of our nation s economic security and we wish him a full and speedy recovery. The BSIA is a longstanding and valued partner of, and exhibitor at, IFSEC International, Europe s biggest fire and security trade show taking place 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. Get your free badge now. Take your security knowledge to the next level at IFSEC International 2017 Experts from across all areas of the industry will attend to share their expertise on critical topics on 20 22 June 2017.

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Four Security Guards Shield Maddow From Book-Wielding Fans …

Perhaps it’s just me, but this came across as a tad excessive. On her MSNBC show last night, Rachel Maddow told of speaking on Sunday at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara about her book Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, before an audience she estimated at –

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Closed Circuit: Three Hundred and Sixty Degrees with Mikhael …

Friday, 29 June 2012 10:00

It is suggested that the private security industry in South Africa is one of the largest in the world, with access-controlled gated communities characterised by electric fences, closed-circuit television cameras, armed response and manned guarding appearing across the country.

In Cape Town, property owners formed the Central City Improvement District (CCID), a private-public partnership to provide safety and cleanliness and make Cape Town a pleasant urban environment to live and work in.

In Johannesburg, the Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) operates a CCTV video surveillance system that is used by state police to identify and document criminal individuals from various street points at the time of arrest. The more scrutiny there is on the city and, most notably, on the people who inhabit it, the less visible it becomes.

The exhibition by Mikhael Subotzky, Retinal Shift, engages us in this stratified matrix of surveillance systems that aim to render certain bodies invisible from the public space.

Subotzky, a Michaelis School of Fine Art alumnus, is this year s Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for Visual Art. His exhibition is in both the Monument Gallery and Gallery in the Round.

The five installations in the Monument Gallery are comprised of colour prints, single-channel video installations and 11 slideshows. The two single-channel video productions, placed opposite each other, record regulatory practices in city streets: one from police-controlled surveillance cameras and the other made by the artist.

Subotzky acquired the CCTV video footage from the Johannesburg police. Each time an individual is arrested, s/he is made to look at the CCTV camera, which zooms in on their face. This method of archiving, in which the viewer looks at and is looked at by the criminal , is striking. The Johannesburg police call this, and its practices that are aimed at small crimes, the broken window approach .

Subotzky shrewdly integrates this in some of the colour prints on the adjacent wall that are collectively entitled I Was Looking Back. Some of these images are fragmented by the shattered glass adhered to the photograph making it almost impossible to see all of the contents of the image.

The normalised contempt for the poor in South Africa becomes apparent in the stop-frame footage, entitled Don t Even Think about It, which documents the destitute , vagrants or homeless eating on the street next to a residential building, shot from Subotzky s apartment in Cape Town. In the same area, a man masturbates. A CCID employee, or security guard, arrives to remove them and uses a bucket of soapy water to clean the area. Above, a woman spills buckets of water on the same spot. The policing of the poor as dirt , threat or contamination in the public space of the city is poignant, if not retrogressive.

Although the CCID claimed that it employs the homeless to patrol and cleanse the city, it is also one of the ways in which the grim results of an unbalanced economy are removed from sight.

The Gallery in the Round exhibition contains four-channel projections of Moses Lamani and Griffiths Sokuyeka, two of the tour conductors working at the Observatory Museum and the Monument respectively.

The viewer is presented with the documentation of personalised tours given to Subotzky. Lamani and Sokuyeka s monologues blur public history with intimate, private narratives. Lamani gives a geographical perspective of Grahamstown s architecture for example the Cathedral of St Michael and St George, Ossher Bros Store, Fort England Hospital and the old Odeon Cinema building and points out where his blue house is located. As Lamani talks, we see Grahamstown through the Camera Obscura on the damaged surface.

Each of these men gives an account of Grahamstown history while surveying the city. Sokuyeka speaks about personal tribulations, and reveals a scar that remains concealed under a mound of history. In 1994 the Monument was set alight: Sokuyeka s pain from being treated as a culprit resonates beyond the confines of the gallery.

Subotzky s work draws attention to the increasing separatism and social estrangement in South Africa. It asks us to scrutinize and to regard the injurious structures that seem so normal. Retinal Shift is an important and timely commentary on the irony of security and homeliness in South Africa.

-Nomusa Makhubu-