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“87% of Britons feel unsafe at their place of worship” reveals Jacksons Fencing survey

Jacksons Fencing’s latest research has uncovered the experiences and concerns of the UK’s faith communities when it comes to criminality. Six-in-ten people of the 2,000 individuals surveyed believe their place of worship has been a target of crime, while it appears that almost half of all places of worship are targeted on a monthly basis and upwards of one-in-ten are targeted daily.

The company has released various insights into security at religious venues contained in its White Paper entitled ‘Places of Worship: Understanding Security Issues’. The findings highlight the most pressing safety concerns of the UK’s faith communities, centred on from physical and verbal harassment through to theft, burglary and vandalism.

More than half (54%, in fact) of those people surveyed agree that lots of physical security makes them feel nervous, while the majority (76%) feel safer with a certain amount of security measures in place.

Crime perpetrated at religious venues is far too frequent, with three-quarters (74%) of respondents saying their place of worship is a target of crime at least on a yearly basis. Compared to five years ago, the situation hasn’t improved. Most people (81%) report that the amount of crime on-site has either remained the same or increased.

Despite the frequency of incidences, places of worship play an increasingly vital role in society, with 44% of worshipers saying they are more a place of asylum and safety than they used to be.

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Greatest concerns

Three-quarters of respondents remain concerned about security threats, the most worrying of these being vandalism (18%), burglary, theft and robbery (17%) and personal physical attacks (17%). Of those concerned about vandalism, these individuals are most worried about broken windows (52%), damage to the building’s exterior (46%) and graffiti (45%).

With only 13% of people saying they feel secure enough at their place of worship, there is clearly much work to be done. However, while three-quarters (76%) feel safer with security measures in place, there’s a fine line to be drawn. As stated, 54% say lots of physical security makes them feel nervous.

Popular security measures taken by religious bodies include more tightly controlled access (38%), moving donation boxes to more secure areas (37%), removing valuables from display (30%) and increasing physical security measures (25%).

Moving forward, people would feel safer with CCTV (42%), alarm systems (31%), gates (27%), better lighting (24%) and the installation of security fencing (23%).

Detect, defend, deter

Peter Jackson, managing director at Jacksons Fencing, commented: “Places of worship need to be both safe and welcoming. Security has to make worshipers feel safe, provide solace and not deter those requiring support. With so many religious buildings of all faiths being regularly targeted by criminals, the security measures implemented should not only detect and defend against attacks, but they should also deter potential criminals or intruders from making an attempt at crime in the first instance.”

Michael Brooke, head of operational services for Police Crime Prevention Initiatives, advised: “A sensible and practical level of security, which will not adversely affect the efficient running of the place of worship, is essential. The majority of burglaries are committed by opportunist thieves who choose premises that have no obvious signs of security and where they think they will not be seen.”

Brooke added: “Having someone in place who meets and greets visitors is a great preventative measure. In particular, having someone there who knows the congregation enables strangers to be identified such that they can be either welcomed or turned away. It’s also useful to remove and lock valuables away during times outside of services.”

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Military grade perimeter detection solution to be showcased by CLD Fencing Systems at IFSEC International

CLD Fencing Systems, the UK supplier of rigid mesh fencing systems and security gates, will be debuting a state-of-the-art military grade perimeter detection system in the form of the SV5000 at IFSEC International 2017. Designed to offer a fully-autonomous PTZ camera with wireless detection, the system is powered by solar energy allowing rapid deployment to the most remote locations around the world.

With the ability to push video to any Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) globally on detection of a threat, the system can also pull video on demand to any Android or iOS device via a dedicated app. This feature means that the system can sleep and save battery power until a detection occurs.

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Once ‘awakened’, it the sends all communication across a fully-encrypted GSM WAN network thanks to its bespoke point-to-point encrypted network and military-based compression. This is in opposition to standard systems that have to rely on data-heavy TCP IP backbones.

The system requires no hard-wired power or communication network and offers a highly cost-effective detection system that can be integrated and placed alongside existing networks. With the ability to be mounted on either a permanent post, building, fence line or via CLDs FenceSafe temporary fencing solution, the SV5000 perimeter detection system is said to offer a ‘first’ for the protection of estates and assets.

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*Live demonstrations will be available on Stand C1570 at IFSEC International from Tuesday 20 June to Thursday 22 June. For further information contact CLD Fencing Systems via e-mail at info@cld-fencing.com

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Thames Water extends security contract with Zaun to May 2017

The UK’s largest water and waste company has renewed the appointment of security and perimeter fencing systems manufacturer and specialist solutions designer Zaun on a multi-million pound framework agreement for a further year to May 2017.

Thames Water Utilities retains the option to extend the deal for a further two years to 2019 at the end of the current Asset Management Programme (AMP6).

Thames Water originally selected Zaun as one of four appointed contractors on its framework agreement for the supply and installation of security fencing and gates, and one of three for ongoing maintenance. It hoped to save almost £500,000 with the framework agreement, as well as reaping the benefits of dedicated account management, certified and experienced perimeter protection designers, engineers and technicians, access to new and innovative products and robust management reporting linked to an exacting Service Level Agreement.

Thames Water manages more than 4500 sites, the majority of them unmanned, that require security to protect the water supply for over 14 million people. Accidental pollution, the safety hazards of sewage, the potential for theft and even mindless vandalism all mean that site safety and security is paramount.

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Zaun first proved its reputation with Thames Water during its multi-billion pound London Tideway improvements to create a cleaner and healthier River Thames. This entailed work on sites of Critical National Infratructure (CNI) near to the London 2012 Olympic Park at Stratford where Zaun also provided security fencing.

For AMP6, Thames Water set about a “complete transformation” of the way in which it delivers capital investment through a ‘super alliance’ including MWH Global as programme manager that expects to carry out between £2 billion and £3 billion of work, with £200 million set aside for security, in turn bringing its estate up to Defra standards and rendering it fully prepared for any security eventualities.

Thames Water has often turned to Zaun to deliver full turnkey security solutions of integrated perimeter fencing, CCTV and access control systems. Indeed, Zaun has installed its most intruder-resistant product, ArmaWeave, around secure compounds.

Chris Plimley, Zaun’s head of sales, stated: “We’re delighted to have our relationship with Thames Water extended for another year and look forward to continuing to help the client upgrade both its estate and overall security regime with the very best integrated perimeter protection systems available on the market.”

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Home Counties Data Centre perimeter zones secured by Zaun’s bespoke ArmaWeave Plus solution

A significant upscaling in UK data centre capacity is being secured by one of the most intruder-resistant security perimeter solutions on the market. High security fencing expert Zaun is supplying its 3.6 metre-high ArmaWeave Plus fencing system for a new data centre in the Home Counties. Zaun subsidiary Binns Fencing will install almost 650 metres’ worth of the high-specification fencing.

ArmaWeave’s properties add “substantial resistance” to cutting attacks perpetrated by powered and non-contact tools. The tight mesh pattern provides no climbing aids, again limiting the potential for intrusion.

A further development with a differing mesh pattern allows the mesh to be raked, in turn limiting the need for stepping panels across undulations in ground levels. The mesh still conforms to the high standard but reduces installation costs significantly for the end user when compared with standard welded mesh systems.

In addition, Zaun has supplied 250 metres of enhanced 2.4 metre-high ArmaWeave and just under 100 metres of SR1-rated 358 fencing around an internal compound.

Including security gates and bollards, the total order could reach a value of £700,000.

In the UK, the data centre market has sustained double digit growth since 2012, fuelled by strong demand from the technology, media and telecom industries and a growth in hybrid cloud services.

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