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Facewatch founder Simon Gordon wins prestigious accolade at 2015 Worshipful Company of Information Technologists Enterprise Awards

The WCIT Entrepreneurs Forum has announced the winners of the fifth annual WCIT Enterprise Awards. The awards, which were presented at a celebratory dinner held at The Plaisterers’ Hall in London, recognise the achievements of individuals who have demonstrated vision, growth, innovation, funding, use or resources, strategy, execution, ambition and determination to succeed.

Simon Gordon – who founded Facewatch back in March 2010 when he decided that he needed to do something about the problem of pickpockets stealing from customers in his family-owned London business Gordon’s Wine Bar – was bestowed with the prestigious Judges Award.

John O’Connell, chairman of the WCIT Enterprise Awards, commented: “Winning an award is always noteworthy. Winning a WCIT Enterprise Award marks the winner out as someone special. Simon Gordon is an entrepreneur who exemplifies the qualities our Judges were looking for including vision and passion for his subject. I wish Simon and Facewatch every success in their quest to create a ‘Global Champion’ which the WCIT Awards are designed to recognise.”

Simon Gordon (left) receives his award

Simon Gordon (left) receives his award

From its inception as a simple crime reporting tool, Facewatch has now evolved into a multi-functional crime reporting platform that enables businesses, the police service and members of the public to work together when it comes to reducing high volume, low-level acquisitive crime (such as handbag, wallet or mobile phone theft).

Functionality of the Facewatch solution includes data sharing and analysis tools, CCTV and image capture (including facial recognition software from partners), crime analysis tools and secure communication within groups.

Developing at a rapid pace

Simon Gordon, who’s also chairman at Facewatch, told Risk UK: “This award is a great personal honour, but more importantly it recognises all of the hard work, effort and support that I’ve received from everybody associated with Facewatch. In particular, I would like to thank Guy Rigby from Smith and Williamson for his help and support to Facewatch over a long period of time and for nominating me for this award. The company is now developing at a rapid pace and we’re extremely excited about achieving our vision and making a really positive social impact.”

This year’s WCIT Enterprise Awards were held in association with tech UK and sponsored by The Sage Group plc, TechMarketView, Cobalt Corporate Finance, GFT and Smith & Williamson.

The event also featured a keynote speech from Stephen Kelly, CEO of The Sage Group plc. Kelly’s a passionate champion of entrepreneurs and small businesses and promoting their role in driving economic growth.

Also attending the awards ceremony were several other key industry professionals including Steve Garnett (chairman for the EMEA region at salesforce.com), Mike Tobin, the co-founder of Telecity and Richard Holway (chairman of TechMarketView).

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Mitie unveils online crime reporting partnership with Facewatch

FTSE 250 strategic outsourcing company Mitie has announced a strategic partnership with Facewatch, the online crime reporting and networking service.

Facewatch is a secure, cloud-based platform that enables business users, the public and the police to report low-level crime with CCTV evidence and to share offender images and intelligence with other businesses within secure groups.

Facewatch provides tools to develop intelligence about specific individuals and affords advanced statistics enabling businesses and the police service to drive down crime.

The Facewatch system holds the police approved Secured by Design accreditation and is fully accepted by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) as a means of accessing digital case files within UK Courts of Law. Facewatch is accessible from any Internet-connected device.

Mitie has forged an online crime reporting partnership with Facewatch

Mitie has forged an online crime reporting partnership with Facewatch

This new partnership will see Mitie take control of the entire crime reporting process on behalf of its customers.

Using Mitec, Mitie’s hi-tech security hub, analysts will be able to review CCTV footage, prepare incident reports and develop evidential packs in line with police service and CPS guidelines so these can be used to support prosecutions.

Crime reporting and threat analysis

Darren Gamage, managing director of technology services at Mitie’s Total Security Management business, said: “Working with Facewatch gives us an exciting opportunity to enhance our crime reporting and threat analysis service for our customers. Our analysts in Mitec will work with the various police forces in efficient crime reporting, allowing us to better manage risk and document incidents.”

Gamage added: “We will also be able to share data across our clients’ estates where we’re already monitoring their systems or providing a physical security presence.”

Simon Gordon, chairman of Facewatch, commented: “We’re delighted to be working with Mitie on this launch. Delivering an instant and secure reporting solution to offences such as shoplifting, personal theft and vandalism is key to our partnership. We are focused on improving the quality of crime reports sent to the police from businesses, assisting in developing police efficiencies and reducing crime.”

The Facewatch system now contains around 18,000 images and logs over 8,000 business premises. The concept was kick-started back in March 2010.

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Security seminar to provide free advice for businesses in the South East

Empowering businesses to reduce their risk from crime is the aim of a popular annual event which is set to return to the South East of England next month.

Free to attend, the South East Business Crime Conference is taking place at Westminster’s Church House Conference Centre in central London on Thursday 27 November, giving businesses from across the region the opportunity to learn more about reducing their security risk while meeting security suppliers and experiencing live demonstrations of the latest security technology.

The event is due to be formally opened by a representative from the London Mayor’s Office with other speakers including:

• Crime reduction specialist Neil Henson, who will be speaking on the Anti-Social Behaviour and Policing Act 2014 and its implications for community safety
• Simon Letchford (of the Metropolitan Police Service), who will be speaking about the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime’s (MOPAC) Business Crime Strategy
• DS Chris Felton (from the City of London Police) who will be discussing cyber crime
• Ken Meanwell (representing the Association of Chief Police Officers’ Crime Prevention Initiatives programme), who’s set to talk about Community Safety Accreditation Schemes
• Event sponsor DISC will be speaking about Business Crime Reporting Systems

The South East Business Crime Conference attracted high level delegates for the 2013 event

The South East Business Crime Conference attracted high level delegates for the 2013 event

Kindly sponsored by both DISC and Facewatch, the event is organised by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) alongside the Metropolitan Police Service and neighbouring forces from Thames Valley, City of London, Sussex, Hampshire, Kent and Essex.

Representatives from a range of business sectors

The event makes the move to central London in 2014 to enable easy access for delegates from across the South East region. Feedback from delegates attending last year’s event was positive, with 100% ending the day feeling better informed about the security marketplace and positive that the event had been of practical benefit to them.

Last year’s attendees included representatives from a range of business sectors and sizes in both the public and private sectors, including Waterstones, the University of Portsmouth and the Bank of England.

Alongside the informative conference programme at 2014’s event, a range of exhibitors will also be on hand to provide advice and guidance on the very latest in security services and technology solutions that can help businesses reduce crime.

James Kelly, CEO at the BSIA, commented: “With businesses facing a number of emerging threats such as cyber crime and fraud, the issue of business crime remains at the top of the corporate agenda. Working together with police forces and other local organisations can help organisations reduce the risk they face from crime and anti-social behaviour. Our event aims to bring together the South East business community to provide a wealth of expert advice and facilitate useful networking opportunities for business owners looking to source effective solutions to their security challenges.”

James Kelly: CEO at the BSIA

James Kelly: CEO at the BSIA

Register to attend

Those wishing to attend this year’s South East Business Crime Conference can register to attend by downloading a booking form from the BSIA’s website: http://www.bsia.co.uk/events/P22S11414451

Those wishing to exhibit at this year’s South East Business Crime Conference can also download a booking form from the BSIA’s website: http://bit.ly/1BzLA9J

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Facewatch and Littoralis working to develop integrated business crime service

Facewatch and Littoralis are pleased to announce that they are working together to develop an integrated business crime service designed to enhance their ability to support the police, partnerships and businesses in the reduction and prevention of crime.

This will be effected by an integration between DISC (Database and Intranet for Safer Communities, which is Littoralis’ secure online platform for information sharing between local community groups such as Business Crime Reduction Partnerships and Business Improvement Districts) and Facewatch’s leading secure Digital Crime Reporting and CCTV analytics system.

Simon Gordon, Chairman of Facewatch, said: “We are delighted to have reached this understanding. DISC has proven itself as the leading online platform for crime reduction partnerships and we believe that it will be significantly enhanced by integration with Facewatch’s Digital Crime Reporting System. Together, we can improve our support to the police in managing low-level crime and, more importantly, help businesses and communities in the prevention of crime.”

Facewatch and Littoralis are working together to develop an integrated business crime service

Facewatch and Littoralis are working together to develop an integrated business crime service

Charlie Newman, CEO of Littoralis, explained: “Facewatch has proven itself to be the leading innovator in the use of CCTV for evidential purposes and has built a tremendous Crime Reporting System. We believe that providing access to this capability through our network of DISC users will enhance their ability to serve communities in reducing low-level crime and anti-social behaviour.”

The Facewatch/DISC service is scheduled to be generally available from June 2014. Products from both companies will continue to be available independently, but Facewatch and Littoralis will work together in defining and promoting the enhanced benefits of deploying the integrated solution.

About Facewatch and Littoralis

Facewatch is the UK’s leading secure online crime reporting platform that enables businesses, public sector bodies and the police to tackle low-level crime by sharing images for the prevention of crime and by submitting CCTV evidence and witness statements to the police to help solve crimes.

Simon Gordon: chairman of Facewatch

Simon Gordon: chairman of Facewatch

The system now contains over 18,000 images and 7,800 business premises and was started in March 2010.

For more information on Facewatch visit: http://www.facewatch.co.uk, e-mail: info@facewatch.co.uk or call 020 7930 3225

Littoralis launched its secure information-sharing system for crime reduction in 2010. DISC (Database and Intranet for Safer Communities) helps the administrators of crime reduction partnerships to manage their partnerships efficiently, effectively and in compliance with Best Practice and the Data Protection Act 1998, in turn building member engagement and participation while also improving community safety.

Today, DISC accounts for around 100 implementations throughout the UK with Business Crime Reduction Partnerships, Business Improvement Districts, Community Safety Partnerships and other organisations.

For more detail on Littoralis and DISC visit: http://www.littoralis.com or telephone 01273 900468

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Corps Security and Facewatch join forces to provide state-of-the-art crime and incident reporting

Corps Security has announced a new strategic partnership with Facewatch – the UK’s leading online crime reporting and intelligence sharing tool.

The Glasgow-based Corps Monitoring Centre (CMC) is now able to use state-of-the-art technology developed by the team at Facewatch which is transforming how CCTV is used by moving it into the digital world of online incident reporting.

Since launching in 2010, Facewatch has been enthusiastically received by businesses and law enforcement authorities alike. Signed protocols are already in place with ten UK police forces, and Facewatch hopes that every police force will have agreed in principle to use its technology by the end of 2014.

Its functionality has been recognised at the highest levels, and it also boasts the prestigious Secured by Design status bestowed by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and restricted to companies or products that have been successfully tested to the very highest standards.

Versatility of the system

Explaining the versatility of the system, Simon Gordon (founder and chairman at Facewatch) said: “Facewatch is suitable for use in a variety of high footfall areas such as pubs, clubs, shopping centres and other retail environments, sports stadiums, concert venues and even locations such as multi-storey car parks and garage forecourts.”

Since launching in 2010, Facewatch has been enthusiastically received by businesses and law enforcement authorities alike

Since launching in 2010, Facewatch has been enthusiastically received by businesses and law enforcement authorities alike

Gordon continued: “Crimes such as shoplifting, personal theft and vandalism can be reported instantly online. Not only does Facewatch make crime reporting more efficient, but it also helps improve the conviction rate and effectively deal with repeat offenders.”

Following an incident that’s reported to a CMC operative, Facewatch allows CCTV footage and suspect images to be automatically uploaded directly to the police, along with a full paperless witness statement. The victim is given a crime reference number at the same time. Once the incident has been reported it’s dealt with by the police who also provide feedback through the system.

Regular status reports are then forwarded to the business and victim by the system. In order to prevent crime, offender images and intelligence can be shared within an organisation, as well as chosen business networks and communities.

Using up-to-date technology

Widely acknowledged as the leading facility of its kind in the UK, this latest announcement is part of the CMC’s ongoing commitment to use the most up-to-date technology in providing customers with the highest quality service.

Simon Gordon: founder and chairman of Facewatch

Simon Gordon: founder and chairman of Facewatch

Eric Roberts, Corps Security’s CMC business development director, concluded: “We’re extremely pleased to be working with Facewatch as part of a collaborative effort to improve the standards of crime reporting and intelligence sharing. Our customers stand to benefit enormously from the availability of this innovative tool, as it can be successfully integrated into businesses of any size or complexity. The quality of the CCTV system is such that the evidence uploaded can help secure a prosecution.”

Corps Security can be contacted on (tel) 0800 0286 303 or via e-mail at: info@corpssecurity.co.uk

For further information on Facewatch telephone 020 7930 3225 or e-mail: simon.gordon@facewatch.co.uk

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NSI and Facewatch: joining forces to fight crime

The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) and Facewatch intend to work closely together in a powerful partnering arrangement which will help “transform the use of CCTV” by moving it into the digital world of online reporting.

The National Security Inspectorate provides certification schemes audited against internationally recognised standards for both the security and fire sectors. The organisation will now be adding the Facewatch online police crime reporting service to its training offer and be encouraging NSI-approved companies to roll out Facewatch to their own end user customers.

Facewatch training and support will be provided by the NSI to any company wishing to use Facewatch as part of its CCTV security solution. Using the accurate KPIs from Facewatch, it will also be possible to establish how effectively systems are operating in order to provide good evidence for police services and help drive up standards.

The Facewatch system is already used by over 7,000 businesses across the UK. It allows crimes such as shoplifting and personal theft to be reported instantly to the police online.

Jeff Little OBE: CEO of the NSI

Jeff Little OBE: CEO of the NSI

Nine UK police services have already signed up to use the system while many others are considering its adoption.

CCTV footage and suspect images can be uploaded directly to Facewatch and provide the police and other businesses using the solution with accurate and accessible data to help improve the conviction rate and deal with repeat offenders.

Collection, analysis and storage of CCTV images

Until now, CCTV has been a poor relation to the forensic approach taken by the police in the use of fingerprints and DNA. This is mainly because of the physical difficulties surrounding the collection, analysis and storage of CCTV footage.

Furthermore, when poor quality CCTV imagery is provided (often in a format that cannot be viewed clearly by the police without special software), the effectiveness of the capability is greatly weakened. Many cases fail in court due to basic issues such as DVDs not playing or disks getting lost.

The new NSI-Facewatch partnership seeks to address these weaknesses. The NSI’s approved companies can put themselves at the forefront of this transformation and ensure that they are fully ready to take advantage of the future business opportunities that it brings.

The NSI will ensure that business users are given fully developed training in order to ensure that they are completely confident in using the Facewatch system. It also strengthens their aim of improving CCTV quality and standards of service provided by NSI Alarm Receiving Centres and systems installers.

Training and e-Learning Suite for Facewatch

Jeff Little, CEO at the NSI, explained: “The NSI is delighted to be working with Facewatch to ensure that this new and innovative crime reduction and reporting system is managed, delivered and fully exploited. The new NSI training and e-learning suite for Facewatch will be the catalyst which ensures that companies will be able to provide a system to their customers that will result in lower crime levels and will also help to improve the quality of CCTV evidence provided to the police services.”

Facewatch chairman Simon Gordon

Facewatch chairman Simon Gordon

Simon Gordon, chairman of Facewatch, added: “We’re extremely pleased to be working with the NSI to improve standards of crime reporting and intelligence sharing. It’s essential to our national roll-out plans that Facewatch can be successfully integrated into businesses of any size or complexity and that the quality of the CCTV system is such that the evidence uploaded to Facewatch is useable by the police and the courts.”

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