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12/09/18
Televigil Associates are pleased to have advised and assisted ManorWalks Shopping Centre and Retail Park, Cramlington, gain their Certification as an approved CCTV scheme operator under the Surveillance Camera Commissioners Scheme and they can now realise the benefit of the scheme that provides reassurance to customers and visitors that they are operating surveillance in accordance with the SCC code of practice.
Our commission, included a full system performance assessment and audit of Operation, Management, Review of Policy and Procedures, Data Protection and Privacy Impact Assessments (DPIA's) and we also supplied them with a DPA/GDPR Compliant Digital Evidence System and Data Subject Access Request (DSAR) media and management documentation.
Some kind and wise words from the client "With your help, we have set a bar on what we want to achieve, and we really need to maintain and develop this culture".
22/03/18
The British Parking Association has announced that it is expecting that when Operators are using cameras and ANPR to manage parking, they will sign up to the Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s Code of Practice and adopt the Guiding Principles. As author of the Parking Practice Notes PPN12 - CCTV in Parking Facilities for the BPA, this is a great initiative that members should consider seriously. If BPA members require guidance with working towards certification and the Surveillance System Commissioners "Passport to Compliance" , please do not hesitate to contact me.
26/01/18
I am looking forward to getting back on the road again next week by starting a UK business tour after having had a successful knee replacement last November.
The last two months being home office based has given me the opportunity to learn and focus on the GDPR by distance learning, attending some excellent webinars hosted by BSI, ICO and other organisations.
GDPR is certainly going to have an impact on the security industry, and that is reflected by the increase in enquiries and our business projected over the next period.
All Televigil System Performance Assessment Data Spreadsheets and supporting documentation have been now been updated to include BS EN 62676 Minimum standards for CCTV/VSS and our Operational Audit Documentation, Policies, Procedures, Management and Processing Documentation are GDPR ready.
I would like to thank all my personal customers for bearing with me for my time at home and allowing me to work remotely when possible.
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13/07/17
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.
03/11/16
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.

For more information go to www.televigil.co.uk/associates
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
08/02/16
In 2009 TeleVigil Associates were appointed by Total as security consultants for their new gas production facility in Shetland. The contract included the development the Operational Requirements and design the physical integrated security system for the new site, to meet with the Centre for Protection of National Infrastructures (CPNI) site security classification.

To overcome the extreme weather and environmental problems experienced on site, the security systems specified and installed include the long range thermal imaging technology and Perimeter Intruder Detection Systems (PIDS) originally developed for the defence industry installed by
Nessco Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) by Avon Barrier Company and security fencing installed by Allens Total Perimeter Security.
The hazardous terrain and ground conditions coupled with the serve weather conditions over a long period of time proved to be extremely challenging for all involved. The legacy of this complete security solution is there for all to see, and is recognised and accredited by leaders in the industry.


Andy Brooks and TeleVigil Associates have worked alongside the Laggan Tormore Project team from the initial appointment by Total Exploration and Production and with Petrofac during the procurement, construction and delivery phases to completion of the project. The project is without doubt, one of the most technically difficult and environmentally challenging projects and largest in the UK since the Olympics. The new facility went live this month and will provide enough gas to supply more than 2 million homes. See BBC report today

10/12/15
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.