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17 December 2014
London-wide and national network for business crime data-sharing: 'ready to switch on right now'
DISC, the online management system for business crime reduction partnerships, has announced new functionality which effectively creates a national infrastructure for sharing low level crime and ASB intelligence....
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17 December 2014
First police anti-scam scheme with national bank introduced in Wales
Trading Standards officers, Dyfed-Powys Police and Barclays bank have joined forces to become the first safeguarding scheme which includes a national bank in Wales. The aim of the initiative is to protect vulnerable people by identifying potential scams before people fall victim to financial exploitation and part with their cash. The unique partnership forms part of Carmarthenshire Trading Standards' broader campaign which includes no cold-calling zones, intelligence-led home visits, and call-blocking....
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16 December 2014
Dover warns public of pickpockets with 'Putpockets'
The Dover Partnership Against Crime (DPAC) has recently warned shoppers to keep their valuables safe by using 'Putpockets' - a team, headed by professional magician Rob James, who put items in people's pockets and bags, to show just how easily it would be to take purses and phones out. The crime reduction partnership, which covers Dover, Deal and Sandwich in East Kent, filmed James as he placed cards into people's pockets and bags and then their reaction when they discovered them....
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15 December 2014
Sussex Police announce new business crime reduction strategy
Sussex Police has launched a business crime strategy which puts business crime reduction partnerships at the centre of its plans. Sussex police are committed to supporting existing partnerships in the county as well as to helping develop new ones....
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14 December 2014
Christmas shopping! In fact shopping all year round!
Each Christmas police forces up and down the country will issue seasonal crime prevention messages about the risks associated with shopping in very busy places. They do it for 'good reason in the season,' because the High Streets are rammed and the opportunities for pickpocketing and snatch theft are at their highest. I know what you're thinking....isn't there anything he can't write an advice list about? No! When I was in the police, each year I'd find myself on duty in London's West End helping the local police keep the shoppers safe and it was a nightmare....
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11 December 2014
Scotland publishes social media prosecution rules
The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) in Scotland have officially set out new guidelines on social media communications clarifying when they will amount to criminal conduct. The new rules makes clear that the offences will be taken as seriously as if the crimes were committed in person. What is being emphasised is that the new regulations pose no threat to freedom of speech: online users publishing satirical comments, offensive humour or provocative statements will not be prosecuted....
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10 December 2014
Community groups in Nottingham to receive £250,000 from police
Nottinghamshire police have set aside a quarter of a million pounds to support local projects which aim to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour as well as those which protect victims, witnesses and vulnerable people from harm. This initiative, called The Community Safety Fund, is an annual grant scheme and encourages local community-based organisations in reducing public crime. Third sector community groups can apply for individual grants of up to £25,000 to help towards the delivery of crime reduction initiatives which support the Commissioner's Police and Crime Plan....
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9 December 2014
Crime prevention event held in Tonbridge following spat of stolen purses
Several elderly people have reported their purses being stolen whilst shopping in Tonbridge. In an effort to curb number of pickpockets, which is thought to increase during the Christmas period, Police Community and Support Officers and staff from the local community safety partnership have hosted a crime prevention event....
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8 December 2014
'Funny' things told to a Crime Prevention Officer
Back in the day when the Metropolitan police operated an articulated crime prevention display lorry, I would book the thing for a few days during the Ealing festival or maybe for a Neighbourhood Watch event and invite people to come on board to view the various displays and ask their crime prevention questions. Sometimes the questions and stories were quite funny and here's a selection I collected over the years.....and they're all true!...
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6 December 2014
The new anti-social behaviour rules explained: Part 10 Sharing good practice
You will now, over this series, have read about the different tools and powers that are available under the new Act and they will have come into force. What is very clear is that the tools are very flexible in order to allow practitioners to respond positively to anti-social behaviour experienced by individuals and communities....
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4 December 2014
Skipton intoroduces new crime reduction partnership
Skipton's ShopWatch, pubs network STAND, the town partnership and the police have joined forces to create a new Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP) with the aim of reducing thefts from shops and tackling other anti-social behaviour....
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3 December 2014
New group aims to improve interworking between police and security industry across London
A new group has been launched to provide a forum through which police and commercial security organisations can work closer together in London. The Police & Security (PaS) Working Group has been formed to deliver an important part of the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) Business Crime Strategy, announced in June....
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26 November 2014
One fifth of crimes unrecorded by police
A study by police watchdog Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) found that one in five crimes were not officially recorded and that the most affected area of crime is sexual abuse. A fifth of rape records were removed or cancelled without sufficient reason with 26% of sexual offences overall not being recorded....
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24 November 2014
Joint operation results in 16% decrease in burglaries
The south east has seen a 16% decrease in reported burglaries after Sussex, Surrey, Kent and Thames Valley Police launched their first joint campaign, Operation Magpie, to tackle the issue. The campaign lasted for three weeks and involved operations by detectives from across the forces, crime prevention roadshows and officers from different departments and divisions working together to hunt for burglary suspects....
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24 November 2014
Snorting USA: Heroin abuse is on the rise in America
The 1960s and 1970s saw the heyday of heroin usage in America and this was followed by a decline in the 1990s where it was taken less widely than crack cocaine. In Europe its use has continued to decline, with the number of addicts falling by about one third in the past decade. In America, by contrast, it is resurgent. Last year nearly 700,000 Americans took the drug, twice as many as a decade ago. The question is, why?...
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23 November 2014
The new anti-social behaviour rules explained: Part 9 Community Remedy
In the ninth part of our series, we will look at the Community Remedy which provides an opportunity for victims to have a say in the out-of-court punishment of perpetrators for low level crime and anti-social behaviour. The Community Remedy document, to be published by the Police and Crime Commissioner, will set out the actions that will be used. They will include a punitive, restorative and rehabilitative element. It will be used when a perpetrator admits to the offence or to the count of anti-social behaviour and the officer believes that, whilst the evidence is sufficient for court proceedings such as a Civil Injunction or to impose a caution, a Community Remedy would be more appropriate....
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21 November 2014
"Closure of police counters reflects changing world"
There have been 27 closures of police counters across the West Midlands following a year-long analysis which showed that there was little public demand for them. The closures, set to take place over the next 12 months, will save £3m. Ten front office counters in the region will remain open, nine from 8am to 10pm and one for 24 hours a day....
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19 November 2014
Scotland's drink-drive limit set to become stricter
Members of the Scottish Parliament have approved of a lower drink-drive limit to come into force in December. The move comes after Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill announced the plans to lower the limit in October. The alcohol limit will change from 80mg in every 100ml of blood (England's current limit) to 50mg in every 100ml of blood....
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14 November 2014
"Anti-social behaviour is just a part of growing up"
Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, Jacqui Cheer, has called for more tolerance towards youngsters arguing that as a society we are too quick to label their behaviour as 'anti-social' or 'yobbish'. The Home Secretary's new anti-social behaviour bill means that children as young as ten could receive injunctions for 'causing nuisance', and older children can be jailed for breaching such injunctions. Cheer calls for a mature debate which will discuss the relationship between young people and the police....
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11 November 2014
Memorial plaque thief has been jailed
A 72 year-old man, Joseph Collier, has been jailed for stealing scrap metal from cemeteries around the south-east London area. Police raided Collier's Scrap Metal Yard in Croydon in May 2012 after a tip-off from Croydon Trading Standards officers. They found several bags and boxes containing hundreds of memorial plaques that had been stolen and cut up. Some were marked with SmartWater - a liquid that has a unique forensic 'code' that allows police to trace their origin....
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Events
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Midlands - 3 February 2015, Nottingham
South - 15 April 2015, Bristol
North - 9 July 2015, Newcastle
London - 28 October 2015, Heathrow

Professional Security TWENTY 15
Security TWENTY Conferences are aimed at end users, purchasers and those who specify security products and will update attendees on the latest developments in the security industry. The aim is to get the key people into the room and share knowledge that would take you hours to read up and work out for yourselves.... More
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24 February 2015

Time: 11:30-15:00 

Place: 72 Boston Road, Beaumont Leys, Leicester

Neighbourhood & Home Watch Regional Representatives Group Meeting
Neighbourhood & Home Watch Regional Representatives from across England & Wales will be attending a meeting with NHWN staff and trustees in Leicester.... More
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16th-17th March 2015
Total Security Summit
The Total Security Summit brings together security professionals and key industry solution providers to discuss the latest technologies and innovations in focused face to face meetings and networking opportunities over the course of two days.... More
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14 - 15 April 2015
Interpol World
Interpol World is a new biennial international security event owned by Interpol and supported by the Singapore Ministry of Home Affairs that will showcase innovation, potential and joint achievements among the public and private sectors in the security arena.... More
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