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Group of insurance fraudsters sentenced in wake of ‘Crash for Cash’ plot

On Monday 2 December, four men were sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court in the wake of a ‘Crash for Cash’ episode. The City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED) began investigating the case back in March 2017 when insurer LV Insurance raised...
Posted On 11 Dec 2019
Diana Fawcett
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Victims’ Law is Needed to End ‘Lottery of Support’

Almost all of us have been affected by crime at some point in our lives, writes Diana Fawcett. Whether through personal experience of a crime or being reminded by terrible acts in the news, crime can have a devastating impact on individuals, making them feel unsafe an...
Posted On 04 Dec 2019
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Christmas Cash-in-Transit safety campaign launched by BSIA and North West ROCU

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has partnered with the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) to launch a short animation video as part of concerted ongoing efforts to educate members of the public about how they can help to keep their communities safe...
Posted On 25 Nov 2019
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SRI examines impact of advanced technologies on physical security solutions

The Security Research Initiative (SRI) has just published its latest report entitled ‘The Evolution of Physical Security Measures: Assessing the Benefits and Implications’. The aim of the work was to develop a better understanding of the ways in which physical security measures...
Posted On 23 Oct 2019
Sue Frith
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Fraud in the NHS: You Need to Find It to Fight It

The hidden nature of fraud means that the first step in tackling it is finding it, as Sue Frith explains in her first article since recently being appointed permanent CEO of the NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA). As the CEO of the NHS Counter Fraud Authority, my focus is very...
Posted On 18 Oct 2019
Nicola Sharp
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EU’s Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive: What It Means for Businesses

Nicola Sharp outlines the main points of the European Union’s (EU) Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive and emphasises how important it is that those organisations operating in the business sector comply with its content. Friday 10 January 2020 is a date that the business...
Posted On 02 Oct 2019
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Home Office launches Safer Streets Fund to combat theft in crime ‘hotspots’

A new £25 million fund set aside to tackle burglary, theft and other offences in crime ‘hotspots’ has been announced by the Home Office. Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) across England and Wales will be able to bid for Safer Streets Fund investment for measures...
Posted On 02 Oct 2019
Neil Williams
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Increased Sentences for Money Laundering: The One Figure That Stands Out

The increasing average length of sentences given to convicted money launderers in the UK over the past decade makes a strong enough story in itself, but looking beyond this may help us learn more about how this increasingly high-profile crime is being tackled by the authorities....
Posted On 23 Sep 2019
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BSIA Briefing

The idea that a vending machine could dispense chocolate bars, but not cash intrigued John Shepherd-Barron. That’s precisely why Shepherd-Barron set out to design and launch the first ATM, which appeared on the streets of London in 1967, writes Sarah Staff. Back then, the...
Posted On 30 Aug 2019
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Department for Transport issues counter-terrorism guidance for goods vehicle operators and drivers

The Department for Transport has just issued brand new guidance specifically designed to prevent terrorists from gaining access to commercial vehicles. In the last five years, changes in attack methodology have placed greater emphasis on simplicity and ease of access, meaning...
Posted On 14 Aug 2019