Security is such a big part of everyone’s lives now but it’s still a very overlooked aspect of everything that we do. From checking your privacy and cookie settings when browsing the web to installing CCTV around your property and investing in off-site monitoring. These things are all must-know information to stay protected.
Invented back in WWII as a means for the German army to test and monitor weapons, CCTV has moved on a long way since then. In the UK, we now have more surveillance cameras than any other country. Used for personal, public and private sector security, cameras are becoming more commonplace on many of our streets and in residential areas. Continue reading What Does the Future Look Like for CCTV?
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was passed by EU government on May 25, 2018. Designed to modernise the way personal data is processed, the act has put into place tighter regulations on how personal data is acquired and processed.
The official description on the GDPR website is “to “harmonise” data privacy laws across Europe as well as give greater protection and rights to individuals.”
As an employer, your duty of care obligations span across all employees, whether they are in the office or working remotely. In many ways, lone workers are more vulnerable than those under direct supervision in the office.
A lone worker is anyone who works by themselves, whether that’s in the office out of hours or off-site elsewhere. The very nature of working alone makes these staff members more vulnerable in the case of an unforeseen accident, attack or health problem.
As the summer is now at its peak, evenings out are becoming the norm for many. Drinks after work to make the most of the longer nights and warmer weather is all too tempting. Although this is a great time of year, it can also have its dark side.
Personal safety can be compromised as we drink more and choose to walk home instead of getting a taxi. It’s something that can be taken for granted, especially when the nights are light.
They offer a quick and convenient way to withdraw cash but also present preying criminals with an opportunity. From accosting those who have just withdrawn cash to stealing entire machines, ATMs are prime targets for criminals.
Consumers can often feel vulnerable, especially when using an ATM at night. Plus, fraudsters have the knowledge on how to tamper with the machines and steal sensitive customer information. This tampering ranges from pinhole cameras to ‘skimmers’ which are increasingly difficult for people to spot.
Traditional, non-monitored CCTV has been subject to criticism in recent years. Once seen as a sound security system, the reactive technology is proving unreliable when it comes to crime prevention and criminal prosecution.
Although the UK has more cameras per person than any other country, crimes are still being committed on a daily basis.
So why is traditional CCTV no longer effective? Here are the top 3 key reasons…
1. Traditional CCTV is not a deterrent
In 2008 a study was carried out in San Francisco to determine the effectiveness of CCTV cameras. 59,706 crimes which occurred within 1,000 feet of the CCTV cameras between 2005 and 2008 were examined.
The findings demonstrated that although crimes close to the cameras (within 250 feet of the cameras) dropped, there was a clear spike in the areas 250 – 500 feet of the cameras. This demonstrated that the cameras didn’t deter criminal activity, people just moved further down the street to commit a crime. Continue reading Why Traditional CCTV isn’t Effective Anymore
In light of Theresa May’s announcement of a ‘Stronger Towns Fund’, there has been an uproar. With allegations of the Prime Minister wanting to ‘bribe’ the public and Members of Parliament, there is a lot of controversy surrounding her plans to offer a substantial amount of money to the struggling towns and cities in the UK. The Prime Minister’s promise of £1.6 Billion being spent on the most deprived areas of the UK with a post-Brexit fund could be a fantastic way to help communities thrive in the future. But where will the money be going? How will it be distributed? And how are they going to decide which towns are the most deprived in England? Continue reading Stronger Towns Fund: Do The Most Deprived Towns In The UK Have The Highest Crime Rates?