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13/06/16
The success of your business depends on many things but one is providing a safe and secure environment for your customers, employees and visitors. Such an environment will help reduce the incidence and impact of crime. Without good security, and the trust which flows from it, your staff, premises and the space around you will be at a disadvantage compared to your competitors – and could lose you money.

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) in London recognises this imperative. Two strategic aims are to design areas around London to prevent crime and reassure the public. The Safe Spaces Self-Assessment Scheme has been created to help you recognise how you can identify and improve safety, security and resilience. For you to identify and improve safety, security and resilience. London First, police and business security people have produced a self-assessment survey tool:https://www.london.gov.uk/mopac-publications/safer-spaces?source=vanityurl
06/06/16
Professional Security Magazine reports that the Home Office has played a dead bat to a call by the Surveillance Camera Commissioner for enforcement powers. As background, the commissioner Tony Porter carried out a review of the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice in 2015. Reporting in February, he suggested "limited enforcement sanction powers" if public authorities - local government and police users of public space CCTV and surveillance systems - fail to comply with the code.

In a letter, however Home office junior minister Mike Penning said that he "was not yet convinced" that giving the commissioner such powers would improve compliance, claiming that additional regulation "could cause confusion". (The Information Commissioners Office has teeth and has imposed fines of up to £500, 000 breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998 which covers the use of CCTV and Surveillance Systems).

As back ground the Surveillance Commissioners Office was set up under the Coalition government, with only the power of persuasion to make councils abide the Surveillance Camera Commissioners Code of Practice..for more subject coverage visit the Professional Security Magazine web site