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NSI’s fourth Installer Summit proves great success for 200-plus delegates

Upwards of 200 representatives from National Security Inspectorate (NSI)-approved companies gathered to attend the NSI’s fourth national Installer Summit, held on Thursday 30 March at the Vox, the brand new state-of-the art conference centre at Resorts World on the National Exhibition Centre complex in Birmingham.

Over 50 product and business support providers filled the large exhibition hall, offering delegates the opportunity to view the very latest security technology, expand their technical knowledge and take advantage of exclusive Summit deals and offers.

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Speakers at the NSI’s 2017 Installer Summit in Birmingham

Special emphasis was placed on education this year, with ten speakers covering a range of pertinent security and fire sector-related topics over the course of the day.

Subjects in the morning plenary session included the Hatton Garden heist and lessons learned for the security sector, the Government’s perspective on cyber security (including the risks and uncertainties), an insight into Jaguar Land Rover’s award-winning corporate security strategy and the newly-launched Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standard for the security and fire business sectors.

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The NSI’s CEO Richard Jenkins addresses the audience

In the afternoon, delegates were invited to choose from a variety of 30-minute educational sessions. These concentrated on home automation and system integration: the opportunities and risks, tips for protecting businesses against cyber attack, apprenticeships and the benefits for businesses and guidance on forging closer links with police forces.

NSI Gold-approved companies were also given an overview on the changes to the new ISO 9001:2015 Standard fromthe NSI’s expert auditors. In addition, there was a presentation about the benefits of NSI approval for automated gates and barriers, with specific emphasis on helping clients to reduce their risk and understand the business opportunities.

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Graeme Dow speaking at the NSI’s Installer Summit

The seven main sponsors instrumental in delivering this year’s Summit were Avigilon, BT Redcare, CSL, Fermax, RISCO Group UK, IFSEC International and Texecom. As a not-for-profit organisation, the NSI is wholly dependent on its sponsors and other exhibitors who make the event possible.

Richard Jenkins, the NSI’s CEO, stated: “We were delighted to see hundreds of delegates from NSI-approved companies attend this year’s Summit. Delegates clearly value this focused and targeted event which addressed topics specific to their needs in an effective way and in a prestigious professional environment. Like-minded industry experts are ready to share the latest developments in the sector. The feedback we’ve received so far from all participants including speakers, exhibitors and our key sponsors has been overwhelmingly positive, with many seeking to reserve their seats for next year’s event.”

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The exhibition area proved extremely popular with delegates

 

End users who choose to contract NSI-approved companies can be assured of security and fire safety services delivered to the highest standards by businesses committed to quality.  With a national network of full-time qualified auditors specialising in security and fire audits, the NSI counts the UK’s premier security and fire safety providers among its clients. The NSI provides robust auditing by experts to verify compliance with relevant British and European Standards, Codes of Practice and certification schemes developed by industry bodies and associations.

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Selectamark’s SelectaDNA: ‘Protecting the Heart of the Community’

A team of Community First Responders has joined forces with a British Heart Foundation charity to protect public access defibrillators in the New Forest from theft. Bransgore Community First Responders and Heartstart Bransgore New Forest have marked 11 defibrillators with SelectaDNA, a forensic marking system which will enable the police to identify where they have come from in the event that they’re stolen and recovered.

The defibrillators are housed in distinctive yellow cabinets and are ready to be used in cases of cardiac arrest. Local residents are within just eight minutes’ reach of this vital piece of equipment.

Community First Responders are volunteers trained to attend emergency calls received by the ambulance service and provide care until medical support arrives. Other equipment carried by the team on their emergency call-outs is also being marked with SelectaDNA and registered to the national police-approved database.

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Mike Jukes, group co-ordinator for Bransgore Community First Responders, said: “Although there hasn’t been any problem with theft, it was considered prudent to take steps to permanently, yet discreetly mark the defibrillators in such a way that they could be identified if stolen and later recovered by the police.”

In 2016, the team attended several hundred emergency calls and were available ‘on-call’ for over 7,000 hours, which equates to over 81% of every day averaged out across the year.

Jukes went on to explain exactly why the new SelectaDNA initiative is so important to the local community. “The potential for our team to arrive on scene before an ambulance, especially in rural areas, is vital in providing immediate life-saving treatment. Helping patients at a critical time is our primary role, and we need to be confident that vital equipment, including public access defibrillators, is there and ready to use when we need it.”

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SALTO Systems attains prestigious Secured by Design certification

SALTO Systems – the specialist in wire-free, wireless and cloud-based access control solutions – has been been awarded the prestigious Secured by Design (SBD) accreditation for its electronic security products.

This means that the company’s XS4 electronic escutcheons and XS4 GEO electronic cylinder products have not only passed SBD’s stringent security tests, but also that these approved products will be routinely audited or re-certified every year, in turn providing valuable evidence of the company’s continued compliance.

SBD is governed by a UK-wide representative Board whose members include chief constables and works with police forces, the Government, local authorities, regulatory authorities, developers, builders, product manufacturers and many other organisations around the country to implement effective security standards in environmental design and product resilience.

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Independent academic research shows that SBD developments can achieve crime reductions of up to 75% compared to non-SBD sites.

Ramesh Gurdev, managing director of SALTO Systems UK, stated: “We’re extremely proud to have been awarded Secured by Design accreditation. The SALTO XS4 electronic escutcheons and XS4 GEO electronic cylinder products are now certified and compliant to the highest industry standards.”

Gurdev added: “We always strive to deliver the most technologically advanced electronic access control solutions, and this certification means our customers can rest assured that SALTO products are among the most secure in the market.”

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Adams Rite and Kestrel Aluminium Systems partner to reduce burglaries

Adams Rite, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions (a UK division of ASSA ABLOY), is now working with Kestrel Aluminium Systems to secure properties with doorsets tested to the important UK security standard PAS24.

According to The Crime Prevention Website, enhanced secure doors and “their performance in terms of their contribution to reducing burglary has been quite breathtaking.” PAS24 is supported by Secured by Design on behalf of the UK police service.

Kestrel Aluminum Systems is supplying a wide range of properties (including private dwellings and commercial properties) with the thermally efficient aluminium single and double doorsets that have been proven to successfully resist all PAS24 attacks.

The doorsets offer ‘enhanced security’ and incorporate Adams Rite’s Sentinel M commercial multipoint locks, which includes the new three-star security-rated cylinder platform.

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Steven Shute, managing director at Kestrel Aluminium Systems, said: “Working with Adams Rite has allowed us to use ASSA ABLOY’s UKAS-accredited test lab to ensure our components resisted all PAS24 attacks, without failure or opening. The testing included timed manual attack methods, hard and soft body impact tests and mechanical load testing of 4500N, providing us with the confidence that our doorsets will not only conserve heat, but also adequately protect occupants and assets in a range of projects.”

Tim Almond, OEM commercial manager for ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, added: “We’re delighted to have such a longstanding working relationship with Kestrel Aluminum Systems. This enables us to help deliver the high level of security required across a number of buildings in order to reduce burglary.”

Almond concluded: “Sentinel M is a versatile solution that can be used in a variety of environments including hospitals, leisure facilities and commercial projects.”

*To see the testing procedures taking place watch this video: http://bit.ly/1lDgyHG

**For more information visit www.adamsrite.co.uk or www.kestrelaluminium.co.uk

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Research suggests up to 45% of fraud linked directly to organised crime

New research conducted by the Police Foundation and Perpetuity Research has found that between 31% and 45% of fraud may be linked to organised crime. This is up to three times higher than the 15% level found in previous studies.

The research, which was funded by The Dawes Trust, looked at a large sample of frauds taking place in the Midlands and the South West. It found that fraud linked to organised crime was more harmful to victims than other types of fraud. On average, individual victims of organised fraud were likely to lose significantly more money per fraud offence (£10,260) than victims of non-organised fraud (£3,982).

Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI, director of Perpetuity Research and one of the research report’s authors, said: “We know that fraud, and particularly online fraud, is the new volume crime. Our research shows that organised crime groups play a much larger role in fraud than has previously been estimated, and that fraud linked to organised crime causes much more harm than other types of fraud.”

Investment fraud was most likely to be linked to organised crime, with around 70% of this fraud type estimated to be perpetrated by organised crime groups. Between a third (38%) and over a half (59%) of mass-marketing fraud is estimated to be linked to organised crime.

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The research also found that the police response to fraud was inadequate. Unlike traditional crime types such as burglary and vehicle crime, victims who report a fraud rarely receive a visit from a police officer or any other official.

Response to organised fraud

There are many agencies holding a wide range of powers which could bolster the local response to organised fraud. However, at present these agencies only work together on an ad hoc basis and systematic data sharing is virtually non-existent.

Given the complexity, the expense and the low success rate of fraud investigations, a more problem-oriented, multi-agency approach would, the researchers argue, be somewhat more effective.

Police Foundation director Rick Muir explained: “Despite its increasing scale across the UK, fraud doesn’t currently receive the recognition it deserves and tends to fall between the gaps of a number of agencies, including the police. While the offenders of organised fraud are difficult to prosecute, it’s clear there are vulnerable victims to safeguard, communities to protect and crimes to be prevented. It’s more important than ever to ensure that agencies and authorities don’t relinquish their responsibilities in tackling it.”

On average, Action Fraud receives details on 25,000 reported frauds per month. Based on the researchers’ estimates, this means that between 7,000 and 12,000 reported frauds could be perpetrated by organised criminals every month.

In practice, only a small proportion of these incidents are ever investigated by police forces. Furthermore, forces are not systematically recording the outcomes of fraud investigations, and are therefore not being properly held to account.

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Protectas SA and Bosch Security Systems partner on new cloud-based monitoring services in Switzerland

Protectas SA and Bosch Security Systems are now partnering to provide remote video monitoring services to Protectas customers in Switzerland, home to two major Protectas Remote Control Centres.

Bosch cloud-based monitoring services enable Protectas to offer a vast portfolio of video monitoring services securely and cost-effectively from a centralised cloud server.

For its small- and medium-size customers, Protectas offers a highly effective ‘live intervention’ service, with IP cameras from Bosch monitoring key areas. Cameras detect suspicious behaviour and notify personnel at the Protectas Remote Control Centre. From this central location, the security operators view video, and can investigate and verify the suspicious behaviour being reported.

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Through a remote audio connection, the operator notifies intruders that the police are on the way, preventing further damage.

Other vital monitoring services include video verification for indoor areas, virtual guard tours and virtual assistant, which provides immediate remote video and audio support to employees in distress with just one push of an emergency button.

The system is also designed for easy and inexpensive start-up. With only an IP camera and an Internet connection, end customers can begin using the Site Monitor App immediately for live and remote video monitoring. Benefits also include industry-specific business support services such as customer traffic reports for high-traffic retail facilities.

Fastest possible emergency response

Bosch cloud-based monitoring services and Protectas’ highly-trained operators work in synergy to ensure the fastest possible emergency response. Cloud-based alarm bundling intelligently groups related events together, significantly reducing the operator capacity needed per incident. As soon as the operator on duty initiates the alarm response process, cloud-based monitoring services displays the video operation interface, which renders a clear perspective of the situation to enable a swift and sure emergency response.

Arnaud Ducrot, CTO at Protectas, explained: “At Protectas, we’re really confident that this partnership will serve our remote guarding strategy. Including mature, efficient and cost-effective cloud services in our security solutions, especially on-site and mobile guarding, makes an important difference to our small- and medium-size customers.”

Protectas SA belongs to Securitas AB (which, incidentally, is not affiliated with the Swiss company of the same name, Securitas AG). From a broad range of services of specialised guarding, technology solutions and consulting and investigations, the business customises offerings that are suited to the individual customer’s needs in order to deliver the most effective security solutions.

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Reports of evidence loss on supposed eve of digital evidence mandate

Is it a coincidence that the revelations of evidence loss have hit the headlines as we approach the deadline of the Home Office mandate for digital evidence compliance, which comes into effect at the end of April? writes Jamie Wilson.

Given that, since the mandate was announced, there has been very little publicity surrounding the ‘stick’ approach towards driving forces to implement digital evidence management strategies, I suspect that it is indeed a coincidence.

The BBC has revealed the findings of a joint Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary report which says that there was a “widespread issue” involving the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) “misplacing discs containing sensitive evidence and information”.

For members of the public reading such an article it is sure to shock, but for those working in police forces right across England and Wales it may not be such a huge surprise.

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Discs are essentially physical pieces of evidence that need to be manually logged, booked-in, stored and retrieved, etc. With so many discs in circulation and physical storage space being limited, it’s perhaps not unexpected that on occasion they can be misplaced.

In 2014, the then policing and criminal justice minister Damian Green announced that by the end of April this year, all forces in England and Wales must be capable of sharing evidence digitally with the CPS and the courts.

One of the anticipated outcomes that this initiative would lead to was a significant drop in the use of discs as forces move towards lower cost, more secure and faster digital methods of capturing, securely storing and sharing evidence – recordings from Command and Control, body-worn camera feeds, videos and photos, etc.

What I’ve seen in the past 12 months from forces I’ve visited, or spoken with, has been hugely positive. There’s undoubtedly a concerted effort being made by senior officers to push forward the digital evidence agenda.

They’re being driven not just by a mandated obligation (if indeed this remains the case?), but a recognition of the operational rewards it can bring in closing cases quicker and making far better use of scant resources, enabling officers to do what they’re trained to do rather than creating, curating and couriering discs.

Jamie Wilson is Public Safety Marketing Manager (EMEA) at NICE Systems

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