The UK faces a real threat from terrorism and crowded places remain an attractive target to terrorists as we have seen from recent attacks in our country and Europe. The Home Office National Counter Terrorism Security Office NaCTSO
have revised and released the Crowded Places Guidance
publication which has been written to enable those responsible for security in specific sectors where crowds may gather to carry out Risk Assessments, gather information about their specific location and how best to plan to deter terrorist or criminal acts, or at least to minimise their impact.
There is the potential of criminal prosecution and penalties under health and safety legislation for companies and individuals particularly when statutory duties have been met. Where sectors are regulated it is important to liaise with the respective bodies.
Reputation and goodwill are valuable, but prone to serious and permanent damage, if it turns out that an organisation has a less than robust, responsible, professional priority to protecting people from attack. Being security minded and better prepared reassures your customers and staff that you are taking security issues seriously.
Televigil Security and Compliance consultants
can provide and assist organisations with specialist consultancy services to help and enable them to address and mitigate these risks.
Aidan Gibson has joined the team of Televigil associates, advising clients who require protective security of personnel, property, assets and event coordination. Aidan has been entrusted in the past with Counter Terrorism (CT) Protective security planning and co-ordination around a number of high profile and sensitive events, which include: Trooping the Colour, Cenotaph, State Visits, General Elections and multiple Government Conferences as well as a number of national and international events, for example, London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, Rugby World Cup 2015 and Euro 2016.
Aidan is a retired Chief Inspector with 30 years’ experience of working in London, the last 10 spent as a senior manager, with portfolio responsibilities for Criminal Justice, Operations and Partnership. Aidan is recognised and respected nationally as one of the foremost Counter Terrorism Security Co-ordinators, is highly accomplished in the fields of protective security, the management of threat and vulnerability, risk mitigation, crisis management, major operations, investigations and strengthens the portfolio of consultancy services that Televigil Security and Compliance Consultants are able to offer clients.
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The Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter, has today launched a consultation on a draft national surveillance camera strategy for England and Wales.
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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
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
An individual has the right to protect their property and this can be done by installing Video surveillance where necessary, such as a security measure. However, the Surveillance Camera Commissioner recommends that users of such systems should operate them in a responsible way.
The home office has published guidelines and a document listing the considerations to guide users through the steps for ensuring that your surveillance system reduces the risk of intruding on the privacy of members of the public and neighbours. View document here.
TeleVigil Associates have updated and amended the Compliance-Plus service to include the advice given in BS 7958 which gives recommendations for the operation and management of Video Surveillance Systems (VSS) and Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) within a controlled environment. It applies where data that might be offered as evidence is received, stored, reviewed or analysed. It also applies to the monitoring of traffic regulations.
BS 7958 applies to VSS and CCTV schemes used in public places such as the following:
a) Areas where the public are encouraged to enter or have a right to visit, such as town centres, shopping malls, public transport, health establishments, etc.
b) Schemes that overlook a public place, such as traffic monitoring schemes
c) Private schemes where a camera view includes a partial view of a public place.
BS 7958 also provides good practice for all other VSS & CCTV schemes. For control rooms whose operation falls within the scope of BS 7499 or BS 5979, all of the security requirements, both physical and procedural, of the relevant British Standard remain applicable.
VSS & CCTV schemes that process data about a known person are obliged to conform to certain legislation, most importantly the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), Protection of Freedom Act 2012 (POFA),the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA) and the Freedom of Information Act 2000. BS 7958 is designed to supplement that legislation in a model code that ensures fairness, purpose and responsibility. Attention is drawn to the Private Security Industry Act 2001, which contains provisions for regulating the private security industry. A person falling within the definition of providing security industry services under the Private Security Industry Act 2001 is required to be licensed in accordance with that Act.
BS 7958 provides recommendations on best practice to assist users in obtaining reliable information that can be used as evidence. Whilst some schemes might not need to meet the DPA criteria, compliance with the code of practice is strongly recommended, particularly where schemes include an element of observation of the public.
Who should use BS 7958?
Security inspection companies
Managing directors of manned guarding/security or close protection services
Operations managers of manned guarding/security services
Close protection services
Security vetting and screening consultants
Integrated security system providers
Contents of BS 7958:
Terms and definitions
Principles and management of the CCTV scheme
CCTV Image Receiving Centre
Privacy and disclosure issues
Recorded material management
Annex A (normative) Contractor responsibilities within BS 7958
Annex B (normative) Management and operation of CCTV traffic enforcement cameras
List of figures
Figure B.1 – Example of CCTV Image Receiving Centre Log Sheet
Figure B.2 – Example of Occurrence log sheet
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BSI, the business standards company, has revised BS EN 62676-4:2015 Video surveillance systems for use in security applications – Part 4:Application guidelines. The standard which saw input from the Home Office, the Metropolitan Police and Transport for London, provides guidance on how to ensure that video surveillance systems (VSS), which are referred to as closed circuit television (CCTV), meet their functional and performance requirements.
VSS is a means of providing images from security cameras and recorders for viewing on a display via a transmission system. There is no theoretical limit to the number of cameras and displays which may be used in a VSS installation but in practice will be limited by the efficient combination of control and display equipment, and the operator's ability to manage the system. The successful operation of a VSS requires the active co-operation of the user in carrying out recommended procedures.
The aim is to achieve worldwide interoperability for CCTV, and as such the BS EN 62676 series of standards for video surveillance systems for use in security applications, are the joint European/international adoptions of the BS EN 50132 series. This recent revision has an added national annex for security grading application for video surveillance systems providing a shorthand way to simplify the specification of system requirements.
BS EN 62676-4 will prove useful to those responsible for establishing operational requirements, writing specifications, selecting, installing, commissioning, using and maintaining a VSS.
Anne Hayes, Head of Market Development for Governance at BSI said: “The Surveillance Camera Commissioner has already endorsed the use of this suite of CCTV standards for systems that need to follow the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice. This type of unity can only provide the best reassurance and peace of mind for the public, who rely on video surveillance systems to be operating optimally, to ensure their safety.”
The BS EN 62676 series of standards on video surveillance system is divided into 4 independent parts. Part 4 gives recommendations and requirements for the selection, planning, installation, commissioning, maintaining and testing video surveillance systems comprising of image capture device(s), interconnection(s) and image handling device(s), for use in security applications.
BS EN 62676-4 aims to:
• Provide a framework to assist customers, installers and users in establishing their requirements
• Assist specifiers and users in determining the appropriate equipment required for a given application
• Provide means of evaluating objectively the performance of the VSS
The development of BS EN 62676-4 followed the international and European procedures, comprising international and European expertise contributing to the technical development of the documents. These were advised at a national level, including in the UK, by a broad range of stakeholder communities and individual expertise. The collaborative consensus-based process also saw input from such organizations as: NPCC (National Police Chief’s Council), Association of Security Consultants, British Security Industry Association, CCTV National Standards Forum, Electrical Contractors Association, Fire Protection Association, Fire and Security Association, National Security Inspectorate and SSAIB.
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The National Police Chiefs’ Council Security Systems Policy (formerly ACPO policy) has just been published and can be found and downloaded from the Secured by design Website. Link here.