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Cut Back on CCTV Costly for Crime Levels

A surveillance watchdog has warned that councils cutting back on the use of CCTV cameras due to the continuing austere economic climate could make it harder for police to combat crime.

In a bid to try and cut costs, the Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter, has warned that councils who choose to scrutinise use of CCTV, could have a direct effect on police ability to deal with crime. He added town halls could face greater scrutiny of their use of CCTV, including potential inspections and enforcement.

Mr Porter said: “Because CCTV isn’t a statutory function, it is something a lot of councils are looking at. Most people recognise the utility of CCTV for supporting law enforcement.To degrade the capacity may have an impact on Police. It may well be that they will find it increasingly difficult to acquire the images that will help them investigate crime.”

The British Security Industry Authority estimates that there are up to six million CCTV cameras, with around one in 70 being publicly owned.

Porter is due to give the findings of a review into standards to the Home Secretary this autumn and has written to council chief executives to remind them of the law and code of practice.

Says Paul Rosenthal of Amthal Fire & Security: “There is no doubt that the advances in CCTV and enhanced real-time image availability can help to combat crime and it is something we could certainly endorse to maintain.

“But the system will only work effectively if staff are correctly trained in the equipment use to understand exactly what to look out for; and also the products themselves are properly maintained. We work closely with a number of local authorities to ensure they are maximising the potential and hence investment in use of CCTV for the benefit of citizens and communities.”

Porter is also likely to report on CCTV breaches, citing that cameras were being used by other departments, including traffic, waste management and housing services, while privacy assessments were also not being routinely carried out.

INTRUDER

Back to basic security and alarms are the premise to all good security.  Amthal will ensure a monitored alarm, or wireless security system can be tailored to your property to keep your assets and possessions safe and protected from any opportunist or professional criminal activity.

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FIRE

If you are responsible for business premises, an employer or self-employed with business premises, responsible for a part of a dwelling where that part is solely used for business purposes, a charity or voluntary organisation or a contractor with a degree of control over any premises, you have a responsibility in relation to fire prevention!

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As the world becomes more digital and buildings more intelligent, homeowners and businesses are looking at more efficient ways to secure buildings.  Access control enables you total control on who has access to your building. Locks and keys also allow you to secure your building, but when keys are lost or stolen, the inconvenience and expense of changing locks and re-issuing keys can be considerable.

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CCTV

CCTV Installation can let you know who is at your door, help prevent incidents and criminal activity and help protect people and property.  Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) works around the clock to help detect and deter crime, providing organisations with vital information.  Many existing users of CCTV installation are failing to realise the full potential of their system and the benefits it can provide.

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DESIGN

Amthal's team of surveyors and system designers include individuals with industry experience of over two decades, combined with technology specialists who's purpose it is to keep up with the ever changing industry technology, products and integration.

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INSTALLATION

We are regularly audited by the SSAIB & BAFE to ensure all systems we install meet current BS & EU industry standard requirements, Our experienced and skilled staff will deliver the design, installation and commissioning of the entire system.

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MAINTENANCE

Preventative service visits form part of our industries codes of practice and are essential to ensure your electronic fire & security systems work effectively when most required.  Amthal's service & maintenance contract customers receive priority response for all site and telephone support 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

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MONITORING

Amthal partners with EMCS, the UK's leading independent alarm receiving centre.  EMCS is approved by the security industry governing bodies NACOSS and BSIA to BS5979 and ISO9000. Their monitoring environment is resistant to any possible attack or power failures.  All incoming telephone calls are responded to within 10 seconds!

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