Security firm leading the way in body worn CCTV cameras

A SECURITY firm is the first York company to achieve accreditation for the use of body worn CCTV by its operatives. Eboracum, which provides a street ranger service to the York Business Improvement District, is now certified against the Surveillance Camera Commissioner's code of practice. Eboracum was established in 2011 and also provides security guarding, facilities management and community projects.

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."

The firm says 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 of York Council[1] enforcement officers, the CCTV has enabled the provision of evidence leading to successful prosecutions. It has also been used to deter assaults on staff, prevent crime and inhibit aggressive behaviour.

The Surveillance Camera Commissioner's Code of Practice 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).

References

  1. ^ City of York Council (www.yorkpress.co.uk)

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