Surveillance camera system buyers’ toolkit launched by Surveillance Camera Commissioner

Tony Porter QPM LLB: the Surveillance Camera Commissioner

Tony Porter QPM LLB: the Surveillance Camera Commissioner

The Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter QPM LLB has launched an easy-to-follow guide for non-experts who are thinking about buying a surveillance camera system. The toolkit is a key deliverable of the National Surveillance Camera Strategy for England and Wales.

As stated, the toolkit is aimed at non-experts who wish to ensure they procure an effective system that does what they want it to do. Although primarily targeted at small and medium-sized enterprises (of up to 250 staff) and micro-businesses (up to nine members of staff), the toolkit is valuable for any organisation considering the use of surveillance cameras.

Following the guidance in the toolkit will help people make informed decisions about whether surveillance can be justified as a solution to their security issues. If surveillance cameras are necessary, then the toolkit is full of advice and tips on how to realise the best offer from prospective suppliers.

Tony Porter said: “The launch of the toolkit is a significant milestone in the life of the National Surveillance Camera Strategy. I’m very grateful to the British Security Industry Association and everyone who has been involved in developing it. This guidance will be extremely useful for any organisation thinking about installing a surveillance camera system such that businesses can consider if surveillance cameras are needed. We want to afford businesses the knowledge they need to buy, install and maintain an effective system.”

*Download the toolkit from the Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s website

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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