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18 October 2014
Remembering to lift the door handle and turn the key
Many of our house burglaries happen unnecessarily, because the householder has forgotten to lock the multi-point locking front door properly. For a long time there has been a debate among crime prevention practitioners about whether these multi-point locks should have a solid or split spindle operation on the outside handle. Let me explain........
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16 October 2014
Carcass used to store counterfeit tobacco
A shop owner in Peterborough has been fined for storing counterfeit cigarettes. The products were found stuffed in the carcass of an animal in the walk-in chiller of Sadiqulah Farouq's shop which sells Afghan food. Some of the cigarettes failed "ignition tests" and others had no health warnings, which are required by law. Farouq was made to pay £2,075 after admitting six offences at the city's Magistrates' Court, relating to the sale of illegal tobacco products....
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13 October 2014
Neighbourhood Watch member successfully captures thieves on phone
A man who is part of the Neighbourhood Watch scheme in Bradford has been praised by detectives for bravely filming two burglary conspirators on his mobile phone. The Neighbourhood Watch Volunteer narrowly escaped injury as the criminals reversed at him in their car. The footage showed that the car they were filmed driving in had been stolen during a burglary in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire....
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12 October 2014
Government expands plans to tackle gang-related crime
The Government's Ending Gang and Youth Violence programme will be expanded to cover ten new areas, five of which are London boroughs. The programme, which is currently in place in 33 areas, aims to prevent young people getting involved in gangs, help those caught up in them to leave and to enable the police to take tough action against those who refuse support and continue to offend. Along with London boroughs Barnet, Bromley, Havering, Hillingdon, Kensington and Chelsea, the programme will also be implemented in Luton, Ipswich, Thanet, Stoke-on-Trent and Tendring....
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11 October 2014
The new anti-social behaviour rules explained: Part 5 Public Space Protection Order
We have now arrived in our series at the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) which, I believe, allows councils to deal with problems in our communities that, in the past, we struggled to deal with. The PSPO allows councils to make an order if two conditions are met:...
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10 October 2014
Jaguar modified to smuggle £37m worth of drugs
Two men have been jailed for plotting to import 230 kilos of heroin with a street value of £37.2m in an especially adapted Jaguar car. Noman Qureshi, aged 32, and Israr Khan, aged 35, were sentenced to 21 years and 18 years respectively at Luton Crown Court after being found guilty of conspiracies to import and supply heroin....
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8 October 2014
Convicted nudist strikes again
A former Royal Marine, dubbed The Naked Rambler, has been sent back to jail for walking out of prison wearing nothing but boots and socks. Also known as Steven Gough, The Naked Rambler's actions were found to be in breach of an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) which bans him from being nude in public....
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7 October 2014
One third of "no crime" rape cases reopened
Northumbria Police have revealed they are reinvestigating 54 rape cases, about a third of of the total number of rape cases dismissed in the past three years. Since October 2011, 54 out of 153 reported accounts of rape were classed as "no crime." The move comes after an audit highlighted that some rape cases have been wrongly classified with this label. A similar audit has also prompted Cleveland Police to reopen 14 such cases from recent years....
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6 October 2014
Force to combat organised crime as top ten vulnerable industries revealed
Scotland's Serious Organised Crime Task Force has unveiled plans to prevent Scottish businesses becoming victims as the top ten businesses most vulnerable to organised crime have been revealed. The Serious Organised Crime Task Force, chaired by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, has been set up by the Scottish Government to provide direction and co-ordination for all the organisations involved in tackling serious organised crime in Scotland....
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2 October 2014
The new anti-social behaviour rules explained: Part 4 Community Protection Notice
Our series looking the new tools and powers introduced in the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 now moves to look at the Community Protection Notice (CPN). This tool allows a CPN to be issued to anyone, over the age of 16, whose conduct is having a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality that is persistent and unreasonable....
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1 October 2014
New joint partnership to tackle business crime
A new organisation, The National Association of Business Crime Partnerships (NABCP), has been launched in order to tackle retail and business crime. Formed by joining the two major crime-combatting forces, The Association of Business Crime Partnerships (ABCP) and The Midlands Regional Crime Initiative (MRCI), the NABCP will set a new standard by which business crime can be measured and managed in town centres with the aim of reducing its impact on UK high streets....
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30 September 2014
Adding PEP to police/partnership communications and support
Littoralis, the company behind the DISC system for on-line partnership management, has launched a new system which, the company claims, will revolutionise the way that police forces support and work with voluntary crime reduction groups....
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28 September 2014
The new anti-social behaviour rules explained: Part 3 Criminal Behaviour Orders
The Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) applies when the offender has been convicted of a criminal offence. The application is made by the prosecution - but it is important to remember that it is not only the Crown Prosecution Service who prosecute cases - there will be times when the local authority will bring a prosecution....
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27 September 2014
Tactics to combat rising levels of livestock rustling
According to figures from the rural insurance company NFU Mutual, livestock thefts have increased on British farms during the past few years and jumped again by 24% last year. Sergeant Jim Edmonds of Lancashire police together with the National Farmers' Union have recently implemented a rural crime strategy in order to deter and catch rustling culprits. It is estimated that around 90,000 animals (mostly sheep along with cattle and pigs) were stolen last year costing farmers £6.5m. The consequences of this crime can have terrible consequences if diseases are spread and can even affect the health of the customers who buy illegal meat....
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26 September 2014
Police-led Twitter campaign reveals alcohol leads to not only harm but also stupidity
By posting every alcohol related incident online with the Twitter hashtag #alcoholharm, Northamptonshire Police hoped to reveal the extent of drink related incidents on a typical Saturday night. However, among the tweets depicting the dangerous consequences of alcohol, there were some simply showing its embarrassing side-effects, namely stupidity....
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25 September 2014
Product to fight against rising metal crime
A device designed to deter and trace metal thieves has been launched in North Yorkshire. Trace-in-Metal, created by a former West Yorkshire Police detective, marks metal sheets with a unique identifying code by firing thousands of microdots into it. The dots are almost invisible to the naked eye and will also be painted on each sheet using weather-proof lacquer which shows up under ultra-violet light....
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24 September 2014
Disability hate crime "under-reported" and "neglected by police"
Lord Ken MacDonald has said that police and the Crown Prosecution Service fail to see that crimes against disabled people are motivated by hatred towards disability. He said: "There have been lots and lots of cases involving disabled people who have been terribly abused, terribly injured, murdered. But we don't seem to have latched on to the fact yet, it seems to me, that this has happened to them simply because they're disabled. Police need to recognise that those sorts of stereotypes - which they may be guilty of as well - can lead to crime, and can lead to enormous distress, and can ruin people's lives."...
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23 September 2014
The new anti-social behaviour rules explained: Part 2 Civil Injunctions
A Civil Injunction is a civil order that aims to prevent or stop individuals over the age of ten from engaging in anti-social behaviour quickly. An application is made to the County Court (adults) or Youth Court (under 18s) by a range of agencies including local authorities, police and registered social landlords. The court will grant an injunction if, on the balance of probabilities, they consider the person has caused or was likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to any person....
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22 September 2014
Plymouth breathalyse offenders in alcohol clamp down
In an attempt to tackle the drain on health and police resources caused by alcohol problems, Plymouth has launched a new campaign. Those who are arrested for alcohol-related offences will be breathalysed by Plymouth Police in order to find out more about the role drink plays in causing crime. It is hoped breathalysing will help ascertain the offender's level of intoxication, which will help frontline police identify individuals demonstrating repeat alcohol related offending....
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17 September 2014
Microphones detecting gunshots help curb crime
The think-tank, Urban Institute, has recently produced a report based on data from Washington DC's police "ShotSpotter" system, a network of microphones that covers around a quarter of the city and can accurately distinguish the sound of a gunshot from other noises....
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Events
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10-11 November 2014

Global MSC Security Conference
Global MSC Security is holding its latest Security Industry Conference & Exhibition; Shaping the Future of CCTV: Technology, Operations & Revenue. The event is held at The Bristol Hotel, a 4 star venue located in the centre of Bristol.... More
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20 November 2014
YHFF 9th Annual Fraud Conference
The aim of the Yorkshire & Humber Fraud Forum is to bring together the public and private sectors to reduce fraud by:... 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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