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Criminals and fraudsters are operating all around us. Here are some articles on how to protect yourself.

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Criminal activity at school and campus premises

Schools and higher education campuses have found new challenges with the event of Covid 19.  The absence of people on school and campus premises leave a vulnerability the worse one being of course is the danger of arson and other serious criminal offences.  It is not so long ago that a school in my locality …

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SIA Issues update for Private Security Response during the COVID-19 crisis

It’s good news that the Security Industry Authority (SIA) regulator has now taken some positive action by issuing an update on how the private security industry is able to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. The virus pandemic is having a serious effect on the work of security companies and their workers, impacting on them in various …

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The wonder of CCTV and alarm systems

CCTV cameras and alarm system are now a fact of life and surround our daily lives. No one knows the exact number of cameras that surround us but, do we need to? The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) estimated there were nearly 6million CCTV cameras in the UK.  You could have said the same about …

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Is your data security at risk?

As of January 2020, Windows Server 2008 and Microsoft Exchange 2010 have both officially reached the end of support. So, if you’re still using either of them, you’re issuing an open invitation to cybercriminals. Whilst the systems will continue to work, Microsoft will no longer support them through security patches, upgrades or customer support; which …

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Officers under investigation after fatal shooting of an unarmed man in Culcheth

SIX police officers are set to be investigated for misconduct over the fatal shooting of an unarmed man in Culcheth. Anthony Grainger died at the age of 36 after being gunned down by armed units from Greater Manchester Police as he sat behind the wheel of a stolen Audi on a car park on Jackson …

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How to prevent being a victim to fraud or scams

Recently Cheshire Police have seen an increase in scam and fraudulent incidents being reported. One scam which is concerning is what we call ‘courier Fraud’. Courier Fraud is when a scammer makes contact with the victim this can be from reputable organisations like the police or your bank. Bank Fraud There are many variations of …

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Why security guarding is essential for Industry Estates

What issues can occur Property owners across the north west will tell you that security is essential for commercial and industry estates. Security guarding can really help you with problems from travellers living on your land to trespassers disrupting day to day activities of your company. These kind of problems occur regularly when owning or …

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Scam Warning: Amazon will never call through a landline

An Narpo member (National Association of Retired Police Officers recently received a call to their landline purporting to be from Amazon (Amazon later confirmed they will never call a customer via a landline). The caller spoke very poor English. She informed him that my Amazon Prime account (He doesn’t use Prime) was going to be …

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A Reason To Be Careful About Data.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined a London-based pharmacy £275,000 for failing to ensure the security of special category data. Doorstep Dispensaree Ltd, which supplies medicines to customers and care homes, left approximately 500,000 documents in unlocked containers at the back of its premises in Edgware. The documents included names, addresses, dates of birth, …

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Is this the best Eyewitness?

I have got to say, in my long history in policing and security, there is one witness that is very hard to dismiss as irrelevant. That is the image from a good quality CCTV camera. When incidents occur at you premises and you would like to know just what happened, you may be thinking, “if …

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CCTV Remote Monitoring

What is CCTV remote monitoring? When I ask people about CCTV remote monitoring, they mostly seem to have a vague idea of what it is but not really understanding its important advantages. So, I thought it would be a good idea to explain. If you have CCTV installations at strategic locations around your premises, it …

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Protecting your data

These days Data Centres are essential for large enterprises financial institutions, and other corporations to function. Yet, because of the information that data centres house, they often provide the biggest payback for a criminal. Security on the external side of a data center building usually consists of gates, bollards, video surveillance, perimeter detection systems, and …

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