How to Ensure Your Workplace CCTV is GDPR Compliant

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.”

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How to Protect Lone Workers?

An Innovative way to Protect Lone Workers

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.

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Why Non-Monitored CCTV is a Waste of Time

Many businesses, local authorities and homeowners across the country have traditional non-monitored CCTV cameras installed as a matter of principle. In fact, the UK alone has 4-5.9 million cameras which is one of the highest totals in the world.

But are they effective?

Whilst some footage may stand up in court and help to prosecute criminals, non-monitored CCTV cameras don’t actually prevent crime from happening in the first place.

Here’s our round-up of reasons why non-monitored CCTV is a waste of time.

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How To Protect Yourself With Tech | Personal Protection App

A New Way to Enhance Your Personal Safety

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.

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Is your Home Security Up To Scratch?

Did you know that in the UK a burglary happens every 40 seconds and according to uSwitch, there are 400,000 domestic burglaries each year?

Given these statistics, home security should be high on your priority list – not just for peace of mind but also for the costs it can save you in the long run.

A few simple steps can make all the difference and in some cases bring down the cost of your insurance premium.

To help, here are our top tips on how to get your home security up to scratch.

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Why Keypads are Fatally Flawed for Security

Keypads are popular security systems for residential and commercial buildings alike. The seemingly secure system, where users tap in a pre-set code, is often viewed as safer and more convenient than the traditional lock and key.

Homeowners and businesses have increasingly opted for this form of security system for a number of reasons. Firstly, keys can be easily lost, stolen or replicated, leaving property owners vulnerable to a break in.

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3 Reasons Why Monitored CCTV is the Best way to Protect ATMs

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.

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Why Traditional CCTV isn’t Effective Anymore

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

Stronger Towns Fund: Do The Most Deprived Towns In The UK Have The Highest Crime Rates?

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?

Home Surveillance Systems and Cameras

Home surveillance systems have been around for a while now. Given that fact, it should be a pretty simple concept to understand, right?

Well, many people are surprised to learn that there are actually three very different types of surveillance systems that you can install in your home. Yes, at their heart they all use cameras as a deterrent to crime. Some, though not all – which again is surprising – of the systems also record and store footage to be used as evidence if required.

But that is really where the similarities end. We’re going to take a look at the three types of home surveillance system’s available and their pros and cons to help you to decide which one is right for you. Continue reading Home Surveillance Systems and Cameras