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10 September 2014
Global leaders say "war on drugs" has failed
Former international leaders have convened in New York City to discuss their new report which condemns current drug policies and calls for global change. The Global Commission on Drug Policy said traditional measures in the "war on drugs" such as eradicating acres of illicit crops, seizing large quantities of illegal drugs and arresting and jailing violators of drug laws have failed....
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8 September 2014
Empty police car used to "deter and disrupt" crime
Scottish police have begun leaving empty police cars in crime hotspots in the hope it will deter criminals. A marked police car was found parked on double yellow lines near Dundee city centre for nearly 24 hours. When a news source called the police to ask why the car had been seemingly abandoned, they were told that the vehicle had been left there in aid of crime prevention....
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6 September 2014
"Mental illness sufferers are more likely to be raped"
A recent study has shown that women with severe mental illness are five times more likely to be raped and three times more at risk of domestic violence. Researchers at the University of Central London and King's College London found a "staggering" 40% of women with serious mental health issues to have been victims of rape or attempted rape....
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5 September 2014
DIY policing causes crimes to be "decriminalised"
The official police watchdog, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), has warned that police have given up investigating high volume offences, such as car crime, criminal damage and non-residential burglaries putting the responsibility for investigation on the victim instead. Police forces are increasingly advising victims to speak to neighbours, check CCTV images and see if their stolen property has been put up for sale on secondhand websites themselves. This "emerging trend" of DIY policing is causing these offences to be "on the verge of being decriminalised."...
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2 September 2014
Mobile CCTV to tackle anti-social behaviour
Dyfed-Powys Police are looking to invest in mobile CCTV devices in favour of fixed surveillance cameras in order to quickly combat anti-social behaviour in troubled areas. The new portable cameras would be able to send footage back to police stations via Wi-Fi....
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1 September 2014
Poverty is the parent of crime?
A new study suggests that the link between poverty and crime, and hence the famous quote by Aristotle "poverty is the parent of crime," is not necessarily true. The Research, which has just been published in the British Journal of Psychiatry by Amir Sariaslan of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, casts doubt on this chain of causation with regards to violent crime and the misuse of drugs. While lack of income is a plausible cause for crime, it is not the only determining factor, the study shows....
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31 August 2014
Why petty criminals should re-offend
A new set of Home Office statistics published in July 2014 revealed how little crimes investigated by the police actually identify a suspect. The figures show that the chance of being detected and prosecuted are less than likely....
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30 August 2014
Government launches UK's first cyber-security partnership
The UK's first regional cyber-security scheme has been launched in the East Midlands. The Cyber-security Information Sharing Partnership (CiSP) will bring together police, the government as well as businesses and academia in order to share and report cyber-security information. CiSP, created in partnership with law enforcement, will be an online platform solely for East Midlands based companies....
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27 August 2014
"Unsafe for human consumption": pub sells counterfeit alcohol
A pub in St Helens, called White House, has been found to be selling hundreds of bottles of counterfeit alcohol. Trading Standards and police have determined that over a third of the 950 bottles of counterfeit whisky and vodka found were "unsafe for human consumption." The pub's Landlady and her partner have been subsequently sentenced....
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26 August 2014
Restorative Justice Hub to put "victim in control"
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, John Dwyer, has awarded £93,500 from his Capability and Capacity Building fund to a charity called Victim Support. The charity, which provides support for victims and witnesses of crime, are developing a Restorative Justice Hub where witnesses will have the opportunity to confront their offenders....
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25 August 2014
Labour calls West Midlands crime commissioner by-election 'a shambles'
Following the death of the previous West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), veteran Labour politician Bob Jones, Labour's David Jamieson has been elected as the new PCC with 50.8% of the vote. The turnout for the by-election was, however, only 10.3% of the almost 2 million people eligible to vote. This follows from the original PCC election in November 2012, where the turnout averaged just 15.1%....
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25 August 2014
"Dispersal Zone" order granted after 45 complaints
A Section 30 dispersal order has been granted in the The Hyde area in Stevenage after 45 complaints of 'intimidating youths' and antisocial behaviour in the area. The order will be enforced until the 22nd February next year....
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25 August 2014
Eric Pickles expands "Troubled Families" programme
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has announced details of an expansion to the government's Troubled Families programme to help vulnerable younger children from struggling homes to get a better chance in life....
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25 August 2014
Domestic abuse not just physical: psychological harm to be considered as a criminal offence
A new criminal offence of domestic abuse could be introduced to include emotional and psychological harm inflicted by a partner within a relationship. The government has launched a consultation to look at strengthening the law by explicitly stating that domestic abuse covers coercive and controlling behaviour as well as physical harm....
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25 August 2014
"Legal Highs" crackdown causes 58 raids
Raids have taken place at 58 premises across Scotland in a multi-agency operation against premises suspected of selling legal highs. Hundreds of serious crime squad officers took part in the operation last week as police launch a campaign against New Psychoactive Substances (NPS)....
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25 August 2014
Bluetooth and Wi-Fi messaging help police reduce crime
Sussex police are trialling a device with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi messaging to communicate about crime, missing people and other incidents. They are sending messages to phones and tablets, in the Adur and Worthing neighbourhood to keep people informed about the latest crimes as well as offer security advice....
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21 August 2014
Youth with "CRASBO" banned from Sunderland city centre
A 16 year-old teenage boy has been banned from Sunderland city centre after having been given a Criminal Anti-Social Behaviour Order (CRASBO) in a crackdown on anti-social behaviour....
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21 August 2014
PCCs call for an end to means-testing domestic abuse victims
Three police and crime commissioners (PCC) from the North East have backed an online petition calling on government officials to stop the means testing of women who are trying to seek help after suffering domestic abuse....
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21 August 2014
Town Shop Watch plan gets £20,000 funding boost
The Business Improvement District of Nottinghamshire's market town, Mansfield, has been awarded £20,000 in order to launch a new project to tackle retail crime. The aim of the Retail Crime Project is to create a central hub of information so that staff know what they are dealing with and in order to deter thieves in the first instance....
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21 August 2014
Course for youths to tackle anti-social behaviour
Young residents of South Tyneside have been praised for taking part in a pioneering project tackling crime and disorder in the borough....
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24 September 2014
ABCP Business Crime Conference 2014
Venue: Jury's Hotel, Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 2HP. The conference will focus on business crime reduction partnerships and their work and will provide essential information and networking opportunity for everyone whose work encompasses business crime.... More
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2 October 2014
Retail Crime & Loss Prevention Conference
This year's BRC Retail Crime Survey has revealed that UK retailers are fighting a rising tide of organised theft in store. Combined with the dramatic increase in fraud and ecrime, and the commonly perceived threat to businesses posed by cyber-attacks, this means that retailers are facing an increasingly sophisticated criminal.... More
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8-9th October 2014
Cyber Security Expo
Brand new for 2014, Cyber Security EXPO is the new place for everybody wanting to protect their organisation from the increasing commercial threat of cyber attacks.... More
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21 October 2014
Association of Convenience Stores Heart of the Community conference
The seventh annual ACS Heart of the Community conference will be taking place on Tuesday 21st October from 12.00pm - 3.30pm. The conference, held in Westminster, brings retailers from across the country together with MPs and Ministers to discuss important issues facing local shops.... 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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