York firm is first security company to get Government CCTV certification

Picture - Claire Bond, Street Ranger York based Eboracum UK Ltd's use of Body Worn CCTV has been certified against the Surveillance Camera Commissioner's code of practice. Security firm Eboracum was established in 2011 and now provides a range of services in York.

These include security guarding, facilities management and community projects. The company also provide a Street Ranger service to the York Business Improvement District. Body worn CCTV has become an essential piece of equipment and is now deployed with operatives across the company.

Praised by local Police and the City Council enforcement officers, Body Worn CCTV has enabled the provision of evidence leading to successful prosecutions. Aside from prosecutions, Body Worn CCTV has also been used to deter assaults on staff, prevent crime and also inhibits aggressive behaviour. To demonstrate transparency and integral processes, the company decided to undertake voluntary certification against the Surveillance Camera Commissioner's Code of Practice.

The code of practice, issued by the UK Secretary of state is intended to ensure that individuals and wider communities have confidence that public body surveillance cameras are deployed to protect and support them, rather than spy on them. Eboracum's procedures, privacy impact assessment and processes were audited by the SSAIB (Security Systems and Alarms Inspection board). Eboracum UK has taken steps to ensure that their Body worn CCTV systems operate within a legal framework and meet the standards of the Surveillance Camera Commissioner's code of practice.

This includes data security, appropriate usage, control of records and promoting a culture of honesty. Carl Nickson, Director of Eboracum UK said

Although accreditation is voluntary, I feel that it is important to demonstrate a transparent and compliant approach to the use of CCTV. We are leading from the front as the first Security Company to achieve this accolade and I hope that others will follow.

Achieving this accreditation outlines that even small-medium businesses can put privacy, compliance and transparency at the top of the agenda.

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