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We major this month on security at UK universities, ahead of the annual AUCSO conference of UK uni heads of security, in Belgium. Editor Mark Rowe takes a look around the University of East Anglia on the outskirts of Norwich. Every uni is different and has its own security challenges – UEA’s includes Henry Moore statuary in the grounds, and one of the most important art galleries in the region, besides the upcoming installation of work by Sir Antony Gormley.
What UEA has in common with many other unis is its sheer size – tens of thousands of students, thousands of staff and contractors on site; and the place may be busier in some ways at midnight than at midday.
We also visit a ‘smart cities’ conference in London to hear about that theme, and a case study from the University of Swansea, which like other institutions has taken on an app to send out mass notifications to student mobile devices in an emergency, whether man-made or natural.
We also bring you words and pictures from the first Security TWENTY event of 2017, at Nottingham in February; see also the gallery of pictures on the ‘gallery‘ section of the website. And the regular contributors Mike Gillespie, Una Riley and Jim Gannon (who asks where have the detectives gone), and the regular features – book review page, four pages of new products and services, four pages of ‘spending the budget’, and pages by and about installers and installations, and about cyber and networked security systems.
We complete our report on last year’s second annual conference by the Charity Commission and the Fraud Advisory Panel on a relatively little-appreciated and under-reported crime; fraud against charities. One charity, we hear, is going down the civil route to recover funds that have been promised to it but have not materialised.
Also featured are manned guarding; events security; social engineering, ahead of a workshop; and counter-terrorism (more next issue).