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May 2020 print edition

On desks at the end of April, the May 2019 print edition of Professional Security magazine takes a first look at the lockdown and social distancing due to coronavirus.

You can read each monthly issue of the magazine on the ‘magazine‘ part of the website.

The security and risk management implications of the outbreak cover security businesses like any others; criminals are still around, whether looking to steal from shuttered premises and building sites, or seeking to take advantage of home working and schooling through online and physical scams; even against the World Health Organization (WHO). Security contractors were among the many that set to work on the Nightingale Hospital at Excel Centre in London Docklands.

But life goes on as it has to; we detail the skills agenda, as laid out at a well-attended and enthusiastic Security Industry Authority event in London just before the lockdown. We look at communications – returning to the reporting app Krowdthink; and hearing about the countdown to the switching off by BT of the Public Switch Telephone Network (PSTN) by 2025, which will require change in good time by security and other users, whether PTSN is in use for lifts, or land-line telephones.

As that suggests, other issues are not going away, although an early sign of the lockdown forcing at least a delay in public policy was the announcement that ECHO – the electronic transfer of alarm activations from receiving centre to police dispatch, to cut out the conversation with the aim of speeding up response, and cutting down on human error – is being put back from April to July 2020.

While the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) suspended audits until May 31, Margaret Durr of the NSI writes in the May issue about the inspectorate’s Code of Practice, NCP 119, for the provision of labour in the security and events sector – in other words, about sub-contracting of guarding services. NSI-certified guard firms will have until next year to comply.

Plus a digest of the Home Office’s consultation on protection for places of worship, which closes on May 10. It suggests the physical safety of worshippers on the threshold or outside is as much an issue as inside the mosque, synagogue or church; and that each faith group and physical congregation has a dilemma – between wanting to fulfil their religious belief, by welcoming people; and protecting people, including the elderly, from hate crime besides vandalism and robbery.

Plus the regular gossip by magazine MD Roy Cooper, four pages of spending the budget, four pages of new products and services, and a book review page.

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