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February 2017 print issue

It’s now on desks, and you can read online the February 2017 print issue of Professional Security magazine.

On the ‘magazine‘ section of the website, you can read the monthly issues, and supplements, going back years. February 2017 has the latest instalment in our report on the second annual conference on fraud against charities, held recently in London by the regulator the Charity Commission and the charity the Fraud Advisory Panel. A charity talked delegates through how it had suffered a data breach through a hack of its website, and was given a six-figure fine by the data protection regulator, the ICO. The speaker offered some advice on how to avoid either of those fates.

Also in the magazine are the regular contributors Jim Gannon; and Una Riley, who features Yasmeen Stratton of the recruitment consultancy SSR Personnel, one of last year’s Women in Security (WiS) award winners. Also the book review page, four pages of new products and services, four pages of ‘spending the budget’ and pages for and about installers and installations.

The main article takes you to the Kassam Stadium, the home of League One football club Oxford United, to see from start to finish, from 9am to 5.30pm, the shift that goes in to make a Football League match safe and secure for the thousands of spectators. We saw that keeping the peace at the match, when tempers can get raised at the best of times, takes a mix of planning, CCTV from the control room, and uniformed police and stewarding. We happened to be there to see the trial use of an app, for stewards to see on mobile devices, during their work, images of fans that were wanted for past offences; and the trial of a temporary metal ‘wall’, deployable in minutes, as a means of keeping rival fans physically apart when leaving the ground, and not able to see one another, in the hope of snuffing out potential trouble.

We also feature two councils in the west of England, for differing approaches by local government to public space CCTV. Despite continued pressure on funding, we see how one council is rationalising its CCTV according to the Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s principles; and another has come up with a new idea for monitoring several small towns’ systems.



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