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Cash attacks driven down by intelligent partnerships

A unique partnership between G4S, the police and SaferCash is cutting crime and protecting cash couriers.

  • 10 October 2018
  • Author: Andrew Cooper
  • Number of views: 840
Cash transportation is essential to the economy and the vast majority of businesses could not function without it, but as this attack - just one of many - shows; delivering cash can be a very dangerous business. Attacks have reduced considerably over the last decade; in 2009 there were 1060 offences, compared to an average of 200 offences in recent years, however 2017 saw the first increase in offences since 2009.

Fly-tipping is on the rise, with vacant sites being prime targets

The number of incidents has increased for the third year in a row.

  • 9 October 2018
  • Author: Andrew Cooper
  • Number of views: 930

Many asset owners will already be aware of the devastating effects that vandalism and arson can have on a business, as it is expensive and time-consuming to deal with these. Deterring such crimes is difficult, however, as most vandalism, including graffiti and arson, occurs at night and on weekends when sites or properties are vacant. Fly-tipping is also on the rise, with vacant sites being prime targets. The number of incidents has increased for the third year in a row: councils across England and Wales reported 936,090 cases in 2015–16, up 4% on the previous year.


Transforming the UK telephone network into an ALL IP platform

BT has announced its plans to transition to ALL IP and expects to complete the change by 2025.

  • 5 September 2018
  • Author: Andrew Cooper
  • Number of views: 1582

BT has announced its plans to transition to an ALL IP digital platform over the coming years and expects to complete the change by 2025. In particular BT has been seeking a way to identify its consumers who have a ‘special service’ (such as an alarm or telecare service) operating within their premises, as this may be impacted by the change to ALL IP.


Exciting, exclusive events at the BSIA stand at IFSEC 2018

See you next week at stand F630

  • 15 June 2018
  • Author: Andrew Cooper
  • Number of views: 935

IFSEC International 2018 is set to be another impressive event, with an extensive seminar programme and a wide range of security products and services on show. While there is plenty to see across the show floor, we also have some exciting events planned throughout the week.


Data destruction: avoiding that costly mistake

  • 19 April 2018
  • Author: Andrew Cooper
  • Number of views: 1294
james-kelly-bsia-chief-executiveSeeking professional help in disposing of your data is a wise investment, but what exactly does it mean to be ‘GDPR compliant?’ James Kelly, CEO, Chief Executive of the BSIA discusses some of the risks companies may face if they are not keeping abreast of the new changes.

Ian Kerr: Top 5 tips to improving your cyber security

  • 30 August 2017
  • Author: Amanda Caton
  • Number of views: 1391
Ian Kerr, Managing Director of ID Cyber Solutions Ltd, provides five handy tips on quick and easy ways you can improve your security online. Ian will be presenting at the BSIA's Cyber Security Seminar and Exhibition, being held in Solihull on 4th October.

Steve Bell: Mobile solutions delivering greater flexibility and site control

  • 19 July 2017
  • Author: Erin
  • Number of views: 1768
The agility of mobile devices, combined with the aptitude of those using them, is transforming the security landscape and bringing a host of new benefits to the industry. Here, Steve Bell, Chief Technical Officer at Gallagher Security, looks at how mobile security solutions have advanced over time.

Like most industries, the security sector is embracing the benefits mobile technology can offer security personnel, whose role often extends far beyond the control room. For those who need to perform security tasks away from their desk, mobile devices now offer a level of versatility not seen before.

Geoff Firth: The emerging trend of integrated, intelligent buildings

  • 2 June 2017
  • Author: Erin
  • Number of views: 2091
Geoff Firth, Specification Manager at Boon Edam Ltd, a global market leader in entry solutions, discusses how increased security requirements for commercial buildings has impacted the development of access control systems over the past decade; leading to the emerging trend of integrated, intelligent buildings. 

Historically, access control security systems would predominantly be found in banks or government buildings, however over the last decade this has changed dramatically. It’s very rare to now walk into a building that does not have any form of security system installed. There are different drivers for this change, such as the ability to control and monitor personnel entering and exiting the building for fire regulations, to protect valuable equipment or data held inside; along with the increasing demand to protect a building against potential terrorist threats.

Alan Meyrick: Considering the security challenges for event organisers

  • 26 May 2017
  • Author: Erin
  • Number of views: 1800

In light of the ongoing terrorism threat in Western Europe, attention in recent years, especially since the November 2015 attempted attack on the Stade de France stadium in Paris, has focused on how we make our sporting, music, cultural and other large-scale events safer. The Manchester terrorist attack on 22 May involving a suicide bomber that left 22 people dead and 59 others injured has again brought into focus the challenges as to how we protect attendees. The attack seems to have deliberately targeted concertgoers as they left the Manchester Arena following the conclusion of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande. Here, Alan Meyrick, Senior Risk Analyst for G4S Risk Consulting Limited, looks at some of the key considerations when securing large scale events. 

James Brown: The Best Ways To Protect Your Property & Assets

  • 20 April 2017
  • Author: Erin
  • Number of views: 2330
Imagine a thief has broken into your home or business premises. They will target your most valuable items first – PCs, laptops, tablets and smart phones, anything they can sell on quickly. However, if each valuable item they come across is marked with a synthetic DNA solution – a unique formula of DNA, UV tracer and microdots - and is displaying a warning sticker, then the chances of the thief stealing it drops dramatically. James Brown, Managing Director of Selectamark Security Systems Plc and Chairman of the BSIA’s Asset and Property Marking Section discusses the benefits of DNA forensic marking in helping to reduce crime.