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BSIA Briefing

Recently, a story appeared in the national media about how a robbery was thwarted due to the in situ security measures which scared the criminals away. Situations like this make us reflect on the fundamental roots of security and the reasons why it exists in the first place. With...
Posted On 23 Apr 2019
Malcolm Cheshire
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Knife Crime: A Medical Emergency Perspective

The psychosocial causes of knife crime remain a matter of ongoing debate, with no clear prospect of an early resolution. However, the consequences arising from stabbings, which are often fatal due to severe blood loss (ie haemorrhaging), are very much a matter of immediate...
Posted On 27 Mar 2019
Dr Gillian Tully
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Forensic Science Regulator calls on Home Office to issue statutory enforcement powers

The Forensic Science Regulator (FSR) has reiterated calls for statutory enforcement powers to ensure forensic providers and police forces in England and Wales meet quality standards. In her Annual Report, Dr Gillian Tully has again urged the Home Office to put forward legislation...
Posted On 27 Mar 2019
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Total cost of crime and crime prevention for retailers rises by 12% in latest BRC Survey

The British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) annual Retail Crime Survey has revealed the vast cost of crime to people and businesses up and down the country. The total cost of crime and crime prevention for retailers was £1.9 billion last year, up 12% from the previous year (£1.7...
Posted On 27 Mar 2019
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Tavcom launches online information and training course focused on body-worn video

Tavcom Training has launched an online course providing essential training and information for all individuals involved in managing and using body-worn video equipment. The course takes approximately ten hours to complete and provides an introduction to body-worn video and the...
Posted On 20 Mar 2019
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Cifas members report 27% rise in false insurance claims across past 12 months

Cifas, the UK’s fraud prevention service, has released new figures showing a marked increase in the number of individuals committing insurance fraud with false claims. Between 2017 and 2018, there has been a nationwide increase of 27% in fraudulent insurance claims. The new...
Posted On 19 Mar 2019
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BSIA Briefing

Understandably, there’s presently much talk within the mainstream media concerning Brexit, writes Mike Reddington. With less than a month to go now until the politicians’ decision in terms of which road to travel is made, there’s still a good deal of speculation...
Posted On 14 Mar 2019
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Government provides additional £100 million funding for police to tackle violent crime

A further £100 million funding will be made available by central Government to police forces in the worst affected areas in England and Wales for tackling violent criminality (including knife crime). Chancellor Philip Hammond announced in the Spring Statement that this funding...
Posted On 13 Mar 2019
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Co-conspirators in fake raid on security van convicted of £320,000 theft

Two accomplices who falsely reported a hold-up on a security van have been sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court to a total of nine-and-a-half years in prison after being convicted of conspiracy to steal almost £320,000. Cash-in-Transit driver Jimmy Kursley Doolly, 35, used his...
Posted On 01 Mar 2019
Derek Maltby
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CCTV in Austerity: What Price Public Space Surveillance?

Law enforcement regimes across the UK typically involve a mixture of the human presence meshed with the use of technology. This is certainly true at the local authority level, where policing and CCTV have operated in tandem for many years. However, as Derek Maltby suggests, it...
Posted On 28 Feb 2019