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July 2018 print magazine

Now on desks is the July 2018 print issue of Professional Security magazine.

As ever we aim to cover the spectrum of Uk and Ireland private security, whether manned guarding, security specifiers and consultants, installers and managers, electronic or physical or cyber security. We report from the annual awards lunch of the ACS Pacesetters grouping of ACS-approved guarding firms, and talking of the Approved Contractor Scheme by the regulator the Security Industry Authority, we feature the published outcome of the long-delayed Home Office review of the SIA, which (if acted upon by the Conservative Government) could see a major shift in how the UK private security sector has been licensed by the SIA for the last dozen years.

We watch a demonstration of body-worn armour, and interview Dr Alison Wakefield, the University of Portsmouth criminologist who’s the chairman of the Security Institute.

Our regular contributor Una Riley reports on the latest from the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals (WCoSP). And weapons awareness trainer Steve Collins continues his series of articles on personal safety.

We take a long look at business crime reduction partnerships, after the May re-launch in Stoke-on-Trent of the National Association of Business Crime Partnerships (NABCP), that could see an overhaul of BCRPs, to give retailers and other businesses and the police a more consistent service from the BCRPs in towns and cities across the UK. We suggest that – without much if any public debate – as police in the name of austerity have fallen back on offering a 999 fire-fighting service to business and city centres, a mixed and informal corps of wardens, loss prevention officers and other security guards are doing what police used to, such as enforcing BCRP bans of known offenders, patrolling semi-public and indeed public spaces, and helping other out when detaining shop thieves, for police to arrest (if the police arrive in good time, which retailers cannot rely on).

On the CCTV side, we report on the ‘toolkit‘ for buyers from the Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Tony Porter, ‘for the non-expert who is thinking about buying a surveillance camera system’; and bring our regular four pages of new products and services, and four pages of ‘spending the budget’ case studies.

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