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CCTV Placement: What You Need to Know

Premise security should always be a high priority for every business owner. One of the biggest crime deterrents is the presence of a CCTV system. CCTV placement can be a tricky matter, so here are a few things to consider to ensure it is the most effective it can be.

Placement Tips

1. Research first- contact previous owners or landlords, to find out which areas of the property have proven most vulnerable to break-ins in the past, if applicable.

2. Consider vulnerabilities- figure out which areas are the least secured or most hidden from public, view which potential thieves might consider an easier target.

3. Protection from weather- ensure that your security cameras will be sheltered from the elements and not in the most weather vulnerable spots, so as to prolong their life. Also consider if any vegetation could conceal the view of the camera or if a bright glare from the sun will disturb the images.

4. Extra Features- some cameras may have the option for night vision or weather proofing which enhances the effectiveness of the camera, so be aware of any additional requirements associated with these features.

Cyber Security Training to Be Enhanced for Health-Care Businesses

It appears that Coronavirus is not the only ‘bug’ to be looking out for in 2020 as recently multiple cyber-attack campaigns, were conducted in several countries, all targeting: medical business, academic institutions and government agencies. Due to this, it was announced that £500,000 will be put into additional cyber security training to help these bodies “remain resilient” during their vital role in the pandemic response efforts.

Cyber breaches are an ever-growing concern according to the UK government’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2020. It claims that 46 percent of all business have suffered a cyber breach or attack in the last 12 months, with 32 percent of them having experienced attacks at least once a week. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the U.S. counterpart, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), issued a warning in May about cyber attacks against healthcare research and policy.

According to the NCSC and CISA, hackers “frequently target organisations in order to collect bulk personal information, intellectual property and intelligence that aligns with national priorities.”

What are the Top Home Burglary Deterrents?

Victims of a home burglary face not only financial costs, but substantial psychological costs as well. Research done in the US suggests it takes an average of four months to recover from the stress of a break-in and financially, a UK citizen can face, on average, a bill of £700-3,000 on repairs and £2,300 in replacing stolen property. To help minimize your risk of a burglary, here are the top deterrents to thieves:

• The presence of an alarm system (preferably a monitored one)
• Barking dogs (especially large breeds) are listed as the second highest deterrent
• CCTV also plays an important role in burglary target selection and listed as a top deterrent
• Lighting is another strong deterrent (especially motion sensor)
• Clear presence of window and door locks is one of the simplest ways to deter burglars
• Having a tv or radio on can be a deterrent as some potential thieves will fear someone is home
• Having a car parked in the drive is another thing that can make burglars think twice before breaking into a home

Do security operatives need to wear masks?

With the current nationwide covid-19 pandemic, laws and legislation are changing frequently. One of the most recent rules that have been brought in is the need to wear masks in all retail shops, shopping centres, banks, post offices, and supermarkets. Those who fail to wear one where they should face a £100 fine which is reduced to £50 if paid within 14 days.

Although the general public has to wear masks in the places listed there is a different rule for people working in any of these shops. If you are a security operative working inside a retail shop, supermarket, or bank then it will be case dependant. A lot of employers are not enforcing staff members to wear masks and the UK government has stated that workers do not need to, providing other measures that are in place to lower the risk of spread.

It is advised that you should check with your employer if they require you to wear a mask. If you are a security operative that patrols but frequently goes inside retail shops such as an operative for a mall you will need to wear a mask.

What is a smart video doorbell?

A smart video doorbell is a simple piece of security equipment that you can attach to the outside of your home which alerts you and sends a video stream of whoever is outside your home to your smartphone.

It’s a DIY-friendly modern alarm that can provide you with a little extra added security for your home. They use sensors to alert and monitor any disturbances that come in the area where you place the sensors, usually your porch area or front/back door.

Installation is fairly straight forward and the only thing extra you will require is a smartphone that is able to download an app. You are able to deactivate them when you are home if required and are able to control them remotely via the app. They are all set up via Wi-Fi but you can find options that have 3g built-in, in the event of your Wi-Fi is down.

Video doorbells come in a variety of different price ranges depending on which extra features you desire. You can also purchase battery operated options or ones that you can wire into your existing electric connection although you would need a qualified electrician to do this.

How much security will you need for your event?

When holding an event whether it be small or large you will need to consider the type of security you will need to ensure the smooth running of your event. Unfortunately, things can often spiral out of control at events so you need to ensure that the safety of your staff, guests, and the venue is a number one priority.

It is always a good idea to put together a crowd management plan if your event is large and a basic event safety plan if your event is small. Many security companies can advise you on this and help you create a plan.

it is always advised to have trained security operatives at your event with the general rule of the thumb being one operative to ten guests. Some events pose a higher or lower risk than others and the right amount of security presence you require will be based on that risk.

SIA licence renewal in lockdown

In response the current covid-19 global pandemic, lots of workers have been sent home from work following the advice of our government. Only those who are essential or key workers are allowed to leave their house to work.

Security operatives and any roles in relation to offering security services are essential roles therefore are able to help the nation in the fight to beat the virus.

A statement given to SIA was released late March 2020 states –

“Roles essential to supporting law and order, with the potential to reduce demand on policing, also meet the critical worker definition. This would include, amongst other areas, the guarding of empty or closed commercial, retail or office premises; the monitoring of similar through CCTV or other remote means; and the provision of alarm response centres including mobile units.”

With SIA offices being closed they have made some adjustments in terms of licence renewals to enable us security workers to continue fulfilling our roles in these uncertain times.

SIA released this statement – “Over the last few weeks a number of you have raised concerns about having to go to a Post Office as part of the licence renewal process. In response to this, we have changed our processes so that most people who are renewing their licence will not need to go to the Post Office to have their documents checked. If you are renewing your licence, you will receive instructions through the online account so please log into your account for guidance.”