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My aim on this page is to provide my visitors with the latest security news UK and reports on new technology, in home security solutions, alarms and camera systems, as well as current UK crime reports and statistics.

The page/s will be updated regularly, so do come back often for security updates.

Home Security News UK
9th January 2010.The New EyeSpy247 IP Surveillance System

EyeSpy 247, a leading provider of cost-effective IP network cameras and monitoring solutions for home and business security, has announced the launch of its brand new and unique EyeSpy247F+ and EyeSpy247ptz cameras.

They also come ready equipped with an exclusive online monitoring, recording and alerts platform that includes video recording, email/SMS intruder alerts, and more free of charge.

The cameras have been designed specifically as ‘plug-n-play’ products; they can quickly turn an ordinary broadband router into a remote video monitoring and alarm security solution with ease.

Whether it’s for watching over a home or business, checking in on elderly or sick friends and relatives, or looking in on pets, the camera can be set up in minutes.

Visit this page for more information:http://www.home-security-action.co.uk/ip-surveillance-system.html

Home Security News UK
4th November 2009.Burglars Now Targeting Identity Theft

A recent survey by home insurers LV revealed that one in seven burglaries that took place last year, was carried out solely to steal the homeowner’s personal details, costing the UK an estimated £150 million in the past year alone.

LV claimed the trend is set to rise sharply over the next five years with a quarter of all burglary victims now falling victim to ID fraud as a result of a break-in.

The survey claimed ‘bundles’ of personal identity documents can fetch £150 on the black market.

74% of all break-ins now result in the theft of personal and financial documents such as credit cards, driving licences and bank statements, with 15% of victims being purposely targeted for documents containing their personal details.

The report revealed a credit card, coupled with a form of ID such as a bank statement, utility bill or National Insurance number, are valued items on the black market as they enable fraudsters to steal an identity with ease.Individual identity documents can change hands for around £15.

Document security:Keep your personal and financial documents in a safe place; a home safe or a lockable drawer or cabinet are ideal for storage.

Shred bills, receipts, credit and debit card slips, or bank statements in your name. Always destroy these documents before throwing them away.

Be careful with your unwanted post and make sure you destroy anything that might have this information.

Check your bank statements thoroughly, and contact the relevant company or your bank if something looks unfamiliar.

If your passport or driving licence is stolen, you should report it to the issuing authority without delay.

Visit this page for more information:http://www.home-security-action.co.uk/home-security-safes.html

Home Security News UK
26th October 2009.

New Camera Monitoring Solutions from Swann Security

Swann Security a leader in security and camera monitoring solutions, has announced the latest additions to its security camera range.

All of the new security camera systems feature 480 TV lines and a 1/3″ Sony SuperHAD CCD sensor to give amazing video quality. The Home Security Camera Systems are extremely robust, with durable metal casing.

For further information see our article here:


Home Security News UK
23rd October 2009

New Online National Map launched with details, on crime and neighbourhood policing.

Home Office Minister David Hanson and National Policing Improvement Agency have launched a new interactive national map, giving the public access to local statistics and today. (20/10/09)

The online map will allow residents to view figures for all crime as well as burglary, robbery, violence, vehicle crime and anti-social behaviour in their area at the touch of a button.

For the first time people can compare one police area with another, compare figures over a three-month period, against the same period for the previous year and see annual crime rates.

They will also be able to see details of their neighbourhood police team, local policing priorities and information about forthcoming local events, such as crime prevention meetings and local surgeries.

The website was developed by the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) and police forces across England and Wales, on behalf of the Home Office.

Crime mapping is a key part of the national Policing Pledge, which for the first time sets out for the public, the service that they can expect to receive from the police.

To view the new Online Map please visit: http://maps.police.uk

For Scottish Recorded crimes and offences by Police Force visit:


Home Security News UK
5th December 2008

Chain Reaction Is A Unique New Home Access Control System.

StranDNA (UK) Limited has launched a totally new and innovative access control system called “Chain Reaction”; this unique security product is designed for the home security market, but other applications include caravans, mobile homes and marine vehicles.

Thieves are now using more extreme methods to invade property, known as aggravated burglaries, or forced entries e.g. when a home-owner answers the door and opens it, the caller applies brute force to gain access.

The “Chain Reaction” door security system has been designed to alleviate the fear of such crimes and when activated, to assist the Police in the apprehension of the criminals responsible, using the latest DNA trace technology and also to provide irrefutable evidence in the trial of such offences.
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 Home Security News UK
14th Apr 2008

Lloyds TSB Insurance: UK Gardens A Potential “Goldmine”.

New research from Lloyds TSB Insurance has revealed that Britain’s gardens could prove a potential goldmine for burglars.

The results show that one in ten gardens are filled with items worth over £3,000, while the most expensive item in a typical garden is worth £426.

Luxury furniture, exotic plants and expensive equipment are now commonplace in the UK’s gardens, with a quarter of Brits spending more than six hours a week in their outside space, during the spring and summer months.

Surprisingly, half of those surveyed by the insurer had never checked to see if their garden contents were included in their home insurance.

Phil Loney, managing director of Lloyds TSB Insurance, said: “With all the gadgets and goodies that are available, they can quickly add up and gardeners run the risk of being under-insured.”

 Home Security News UK
10th April 2008

Legal & General Warns About Allowing Staff Into Homes
Allowing home help such as cleaners, gardeners and odd job men, into your house can pose a significant risk to security, a home insurance company has warned.

Legal & General’s survey of UK spending habits found that among the 41 per cent UK households which employ help, some 17 per cent use a cleaner.

Meanwhile, seven per cent pay someone to help with their ironing, while 17 per cent delegate their gardening to a professional.

The potential security risk of this arises when these employees are given keys allowing them access to homes, according to Ruth Wilkins, head of communications at Legal & General’s general insurance business.

She said: “Having people in our home to help with the household chores may mean a higher security risk. For example, extra keys may need to be cut to allow a cleaner or gardener entry when nobody else is around.

“So it’s a good idea to do a few checks on anyone that we let into our homes, particularly those who we are going to trust with a set of house keys.”

Home Security News UK
09 Apr 2008

Phishers Target MasterCard Users

Cyber Fraudsters are Becoming More Subtle.

According to SophosLabs, a phishing campaign has been uncovered that attempts to make MasterCard users divulge account details by promising money off future purchases.

The content of this phishing email is unusual since it attempts to lure users to sign up to SecureCode and receive extra security protection for their MasterCard accounts, by offering a 16 per cent discount on future purchases made with the card.

However when users click on the link contained within the email they are redirected to a phishing site, set up to look almost identical to the genuine MasterCard website.

Visitors are then asked to supply confidential information including credit card expiration date, date of birth and the three digit security code located on the back of the card – ample information for the cybercriminals to access and use the account in question to steal money.

“MasterCard has been very successful in positioning SecureCode as the answer to online fraud, and with so many computer users growing increasingly worried about the risks of shopping online, the prospect of greater security and money off can be too much to resist,” said Carole Theriault, senior security consultant, Sophos.

“What’s more, phishers are putting a lot more effort into their scams these days and to the undiscerning eye, it’s almost impossible to tell this isn’t the real MasterCard site.”

Home Security News UK
27th March 2008

One Stop Solution For Smart Homes From Morban Intelligent Living

A neat, easy to use, one-stop route to a smart home is demonstrated on the Morban and Cytech stand at The Smart Home Show at the National Exhibition Centre, from 10th-13th April, 2008.

Cytech Europe, UK distributor of Comfort Intelligent Home System and its system integrator Morban Intelligent Living, combine to provide demonstrations for householders and developers that explain how an integrated home control system links voice prompted security, with all aspects of smart home technology in one simple system.

Intelligent control of equipment within the home helps cut the amount of energy used by heating, lighting TV and audio and domestic appliances and may help reduce escalating energy bills.

Web: http://www.morban.co.uk
Also – http://www.home-security-action.co.uk/home-control.html

Home Security News UK
25th March 2008

The Most Burgled Cities In The UK

New figures disclose that Nottingham is the most burgled city in Britain.

Endsleigh Home Insurer shows that residents of Nottingham are some 63% more likely to be burgled than the national average; research from that city finished well ahead of the rest of the UK in their study – with London and Bristol coming in as the second and third most-burgled places respectively.

Londoners are 50.8% more likely to lodge an insurance claim for burglary, only just ahead of Bristol (50.7% above national average).

The top 10 most-burgled cites are:

  • 1 – Nottingham (63.3% above average)
  • 2 – London (50.8% above average)
  • 3 – Bristol (50.7% above average)
  • 4 – Stockport (49.8% above average)
  • 5 – Leeds (46.3% above average)
  • 6 – Manchester (46.0% above average),
  • 7 – Hull (39.4% above average)
  • 8 – Cambridge (35.6% above average)
  • 9 – Sheffield (27.6% above average)
  • 10 – Reading (25.9% above average)

 Home Security News UK
18th March 2008

Home & Personal Security Products From Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch, which exists to promote and support the voluntary work of 170,000 Neighbourhood Watch groups, has launched an online shop offering discounts on a range of household security products.

The aim is to provide affordable home security solutions, bringing peace of mind and protection to UK property-owners.

The number of break-ins in Britain is nowhere as high as it was a decade ago; even so, a home is burgled every two minutes, according to the latest recorded crime statistics and burglaries can cost a home around £1000 in stolen goods and damages.

Neighbourhood Watch has teamed up with Scottish and Southern Energy to offer a £120 saving on the very latest monitored wireless alarm system, to registered Neighbourhood Watch members.

The home security system is connected to an advanced monitoring service to alert you the moment there is a problem at home.

If an intruder, panic alert, or fire activates the alarm, your nominated contacts will be notified within seconds by phone, text and email.

The hardware for this home security system is supplied free of charge and available on a two-year plan, at a special discounted monthly charge of £14.99 (that’s just 49p a day).

Also on offer online are discounted home personal security products from Helix, including personal attack alarms, security boxes and DIY household security devices.

Web: http://www.neighbourhoodwatch.net/

Tel: (0800) 1979720 quoting NW1

Home Security News UK
18th February 2008

Global Security One (GSEC1) Launches XGate, A Secure Wireless Network

Global Security One (GSEC1) has launched XGate, a security device, which creates a secure wireless network, straight out of the box. XGate provides a range of benefits to both home and business users, including identity protection, secure banking and safe internet use for children through chatroom monitoring.

The new device comes with a built-in firewall, anti-virus and anti-spyware to protect against banking fraud and parental controls, such as web filters and remote PC shutdown through SMS. By identifying and blocking threats before they reach the computer, XGate provides a defence to ensure that personal information and sensitive data is kept secure.

GSEC1 provides homes and businesses with freedom to surf safely online. The XGate creates a business-strength wireless network for your home, straight out of the box.

The key features include auto-configuration for simple setup, anti-spam, anti-malware, anti-virus protection, identity protection and anti-spyware, secure banking, parental controls and web filtering, chatroom monitoring, desktop live view, secure remote office access, ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) and cable compatibility, secure gaming and built-in firewall.

For more information see:http://www.home-security-action.co.uk/best-internet-security.html

Home Security News UK
28th January 2008

New system lowers cost of home security and provides peace of mind

AlertMe.com, the provider of people-friendly home security, today announced the launch of AlertMe, an intelligent home security and monitoring system that offers positive reassurance for homeowners wishing to protect their homes and possessions, by mobile phone and the Internet.

AlertMe allows people to take proactive steps to secure their homes – often their greatest asset and investment – and an aspect of home protection that is often overlooked. It can eliminate the risk of having to make an unnecessary claim on home insurance that often leads to an expensive increase in premiums.

For more information visit: http://www.home-security-action.co.uk/burglar-alarm-monitored-system-alertme.html

Home Security News UK
24th January 2008

Latest Crime Statistics England & Wales

Crime in England and Wales remains stable according to the British Crime Survey (BCS) and has fallen by nine per cent according to the police recorded crime statistics, published in the quarterly update today.For the crime types it covers, the BCS provides a more reliable measure of trends in crime as it has a consistent methodology and is unaffected by changes in levels of reporting to the police, recording practice or police activity.

Whilst the BCS interviews in the year to September 2007 showed violent crime as stable, there were nearly 23,000 fewer violence against the person crimes recorded by police in the quarter July to September 2007 compared with the same quarter in 2006. The greatest fall occurred in ‘other violence against the person with injury’ (down 14,000 offences).

In the year to September 2007 there was a four per cent increase in firearms offences according to provisional statistics. Firearms offences resulting in fatalities decreased from 55 to 49. Serious injuries from firearms offences fell by 16 per cent.

 Home Security News UK

BT And Intamac Launch Homesafe Broadband Wireless Alarm System 9th January 2008

BT, the UK’s largest supplier of Broadband, has been working with Northampton-based internet monitoring and control specialist Intamac Systems, to show the wider benefits of broadband. Together they have been developing and piloting a revolutionary new IP security system with CCTV capability that customers can easily install in their homes.

Called BT Homesafe, it provides people and their property with new levels of protection using broadband connectivity and at much lower cost than with conventional alarm systems.

Using Intamac technology, the BT Homesafe system can be managed over the web, or a mobile phone and is able to send personal alerts by text, email and phone messages when activated.

See Our Page – BT Homesafe Broadband Alarm – Protects And Monitors Your Home for more information.

The system is now available through BT’s website at:www.bthomesafe.com

Home Security News UK
Christmas Getaway Warning From Halifax Home Insurance 14/12/07

One-in-five people are set to travel over Christmas, leaving empty homes vulnerable to break-ins, yet 20% have no plans to improve home security.

A third of people (34%) in the region worry about a break-in this Christmas and 16% plan to fit security cameras to their home.

More than four million * UK households risk being exposed to burglaries over Christmas according to a report released today (December 13th).

The study, carried out for Halifax Home Insurance as part of its ongoing campaign for more home security, reveals that almost a fifth (19%) intend to travel this Christmas. One-in-ten plan to be away for up to two weeks and longer, leaving their homes unoccupied and vulnerable to a break-in.

Of those intending to travel over Christmas a further fifth (19%) said they had no plans to improve home security before setting off.

Despite a third (34%) being worried about a break-in, people said they would rely on the goodwill of neighbours to be vigilant on their behalf. Others would ask friends or relatives to house-sit. Only 8% of people said they would take steps to secure their home by fitting an alarm system or timers fixed to lights and radios.

Halifax Home Insurance, which offers unlimited contents cover, warns that empty homes over Christmas could prove very tempting for burglars if home security is inadequate.

Marty Foulds, Senior Claims Manager at Halifax Home Insurance, said:

“At Christmas it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the season and forget about home security. However, we all know there are criminals who see this time of the year as providing them with rich pickings. We are urging householders, especially those who plan to go away on holiday, to take measures to safeguard their home. This will go some way to avoiding an unpleasant return and of course a ruined Christmas.

“People can take practical measures to deter burglars and protect their homes while they are away by keeping expensive Christmas presents out of view, installing an alarm or even fitting timers to lights and radios which will create doubt in the burglar’s mind,” he added.

Halifax Home Insurance is offering free tips and advice on beating burglars. Further details can be found online at: http://www.halifax.co.uk/homesecurity.

For further information on Halifax Home Insurance products call 0800 032 2611.

* 24.7million UK households (source: www.statistics.gov.uk) X 19.23% who intend to go away this Christmas = 4.74million.

 Security News UK Get Safe Online Week 2007: 12 to 16 November

Latest research from GetSafeOnline.org,suggests that while people have become more vigilant when it comes to installing internet security software on their PCs, what they actually do online is putting them at increased risk of internet-based crime.

According to the research, 88% of internet users now have some form of internet security software protection, on their PC or laptop; however, as new trends and technologies become more popular, many internet users are unwittingly exposing themselves to new areas of risk:

Social Networking The way in which people use social networking websites is one of the areas highlighted by Get Safe Online:

Over 10.8 million people across the UK are registered to a social networking site. Of these, one in four have posted confidential or personal information such as their phone number, address or email, on their online profile, making them vulnerable to identity fraud.

The research also found that 13% of social networkers have posted information or photos of other people online without their consent; this trend is strongest amongst younger users, with 27% of 18-24 year-olds admitting that they done this.

Tony Neate, managing director of GetSafeOnline.org, advises: “We are much more open about ourselves online and although some of these details may seem harmless, they actually provide rich pickings for criminals.

Your date of birth and where you live is enough for someone to set up a credit card in your name – so whilst most people wouldn’t give this information to a stranger in real life, they will happily post it online where anyone can see it.”

Wi-Fi The increasing popularity of wireless networks, if not properly secured, can also open up new avenues for criminals. Over 7.8 million people in the UK have left their personal Internet access unsecured and open for anyone to use.

A representative from the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) warns how criminals manipulate the internet to commit offences, such as identity theft. “Most internet users are not aware of the risks involved in using Wi-Fi if your network is unsecured. Criminals can use your network to hijack your PC or laptop, meaning that they can see, steal, delete or even add files on your machine. They can do all of these things while you are using your PC without you even realising something is wrong.

People simply need to take a few basic steps and simple precautions, to prevent these problems and stop online criminals in their tracks, which they can find at: http://www.getsafeonline.org to help keep themselves, their families and their businesses safe online.

The Get Safe Online campaign, which is now in its third year, is the UK’s national internet security awareness campaign.

 Security News UK 23rd October 2007

Stay Safe Online -Visit The Cafe – UK Dedicated Centre For Tackling Child Sex Abuse, Launches Online Safety Programme For 8 to 11 Year Olds

Children as young as 8 years old are for the first time the focus of an online safety programme being launched by the UK police organisation dedicated to tackling child sex abuse – the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.

The programme – developed and launched with BECTA – focuses on a state of the art CYBERCAFE, where children between the ages of 8-11 years will meet Gryff and his friends, while learning about different aspects of online safety at their own pace.

Through a series of games, the children can help the characters use the internet to complete their homework, send emails and text messages, post online forums and a host of other activities safely.

There is also a glossary for children to use should they need help in understanding online “language”.

The emphasis around the whole programme – thinkuknow.co.uk/cybercafe – is one all important message. Have fun, know what to do and go to a trusted adult to seek help if you need it, or feel threatened in any way.

It is intended that the programme can be delivered either as a stand-alone online service for children and parents at home, or through teachers in schools who can download lesson plans and other resources – all of which have been designed by teachers for teachers and are free.

All materials have been designed and road tested by children, to ensure it engages this most discerning of audiences.

Parents can also find help by visiting thinkuknow.co.uk/parents, where easy to follow programmes have been designed to gently guide visitors through the technology.

It explains all the different ways in which children are using the internet, as well as giving practical advice on how to protect them and provides useful first-warning signs in how the behaviour of young people may change, if they are being targeted by offenders.

Source: Child Exploitation And Online Protection Centre (CEOP): http://www.gnn.gov.uk/Content/Detail.asp?ReleaseID=324610&NewsAreaID=2

Security News UK

Bumper Crop For Criminals – 16/11/07

Thieves can now break into your home without leaving any trace of a forced entry, due to a new criminal trend called lock bumping.

There are 22 million homes and four million commercial premises in the UK. On average, each has three locks; of those, 65% are Yale type rim locks, which are at risk from ‘cylinder bumping’ or ‘lock bumping’.

Police sources estimate that in some areas lock bumping is used in over 50% of burglaries; just nine easily obtained bump keys will open almost any cylinder lock in the UK and they are available legally as locksmiths use them.

There are hundreds of ‘how to’ videos about lock bumping available on the Internet.

Lock bumping is a means of gaining access to a property easily, and with no sign of a break in; you come home to find your door open and valuable possessions missing:

When the police arrive they are unable to help, as there is no evidence of forced entry – you may have left your door open/unlocked.

Your insurers are unlikely to approve a claim, again because there is no sign of forced entry.

If your doors are fitted with mortise locks, there is no problem, just ensure you use it. If you have PVC doors, garage and other doors secured only by cylinder locks, then you need to take action.

A unique product is now available called Pickbuster ™. The solution is squirted into your cylinder locks and secures them against lock bumping. Available online or at retailers.

For further information visit the page on this site at:


Security News UK 

British Crime Survey – 18th October 2007 – Crime Stable, While Total Recorded Crime Continues To Fall.

Crime in England and Wales remains stable according to the British Crime Survey (BCS) and has fallen by seven per cent according to the police recorded crime statistics, published in the quarterly update today.

For the crime types it covers, the BCS provides a more reliable measure of trends in crime as it has a consistent methodology and is unaffected by changes in levels of reporting to the police, recording practice or police activity.

Whilst the BCS interviews in the year to June 2007 showed violent crime as stable, there were nearly 21,000 fewer violent crimes recorded by police in the quarter April to June 2007 compared with the same quarter in 2006. The greatest fall occurred in ‘other violence against the person with injury’ (down 15,500 offences).

In the year to June 2007 there was a six per cent decrease in firearms offences according to provisional statistics. That equates to 639 fewer offences bringing the annual total down to 9,712. Serious and slight injuries from firearms fell by 11 and seven per cent, respectively. Firearms offences resulting in fatalities increased from 53 to 56.

The BCS in the year to June 2007 showed overall levels of anti-social behaviour and worry of crime to be stable compared with the previous year, but confidence in the criminal justice system (CJS) fell in five of the seven different aspects of the CJS.

Statistics from the BCS interviews for the year ending June 2007 show: * Levels of all BCS crime stable at 11 million crimes * Violent crime stable * Domestic burglary stable * Vehicle-related thefts stable * Theft from the person stable * Vandalism stable * Personal acquisitive crime decreased by 10 per cent * Household acquisitive crime stable * Risk of crime stable at 24 per cent

The recorded crime quarterly update to June 2007 shows: * Total recorded crime down seven per cent * Domestic burglary down three per cent * Offences against vehicles down 12 per cent * Violence against the person down eight per cent * Robbery down nine per cent * Drug offences up 14 per cent

Source: Home Office http://www.gnn.gov.uk/Content/Detail.asp?ReleaseID=323682&NewsAreaID=2

Security News UK

The IRISTM Surveillance Video Camera…Sends Live Colour Video To A Mobile Phone. – 31.07.06

Fonetechnology has announced the launch of the IRISTM camera, a network-independent, wireless stand-alone colour camera that sends live video to a mobile phone. It is the first wireless remote video surveillance camera that is not web based.

It enables users to connect live to the IRIS colour camera from their mobile phone without the requirement for broadband, a PC, an Internet account, routers or any technical knowledge!

In addition, this remote monitoring system does not require a 3G phone, making it available to regular 2.5G GPRS handsets users.

The IRIS surveillance video camera uses an integrated standard GPRS sim card, making easy to set up and use. The system is very powerful and since it is separate to a broadband or IP network link, it will continue to operate even in the event of these going down.

For further information visit my page on this site at:


Security News UK

Caravanners’ Food Stops are Now Being Targeted by Caravan Thieves.- 21.04.06

Autolok is warning caravanners that a short break for food or comfort may be all the time a thief needs to unhitch and steal their caravan.

When caravans are at home, in storage, or on caravan sites they are increasingly secured with a range of security devices. However, few owners take any precautions at all when they make brief stops en route. As a result, motorway service stations are fast becoming attractive for caravan thieves.

It appears that part of the problem is the heavy-duty wheel clamps used to secure caravans at home dramatically increase the travelling weight, causing many families to leave them behind.

Autolok suggest a double solution – both of them lightweight options ideal for touring caravans:-

  •  Their first layer of defence against the caravan thieves is the affordable Klamp-It Hitch lock, which is designed with two plates – one for use in storage or on site and the second to enable the caravan to be locked to the vehicle when hitched. This hitch lock is suitable for most popular types of pressed steel hitch.
    “The hitch lock can be removed for travelling then quickly and simply locked onto hitched caravans or trailers during comfort or overnight stops” said Dave Brearley, Autolok’s managing director.
  • Autolok’s second layer of security for caravanners is the Klamp-It KWC wheel clamp which folds for easy storage. Simple to fit with an integral push-lock, it is available in four sizes to fit most caravans and cars, from small trailers to large cars and smaller 4×4 vehicles.

Klamp-It Hitch lock and wheel clamps are part of a wide range of security products that can be bought direct from Autolok, including: security posts, garage security and car steering wheel locks.

Visit their web site for further information here:- http://www.autolok.co.uk

Security News UK

Phishers Are Now Targeting World Cup fans – Beware of e-mails offering you gifts. – 31.03.06 Mar 2006

Security experts have warned Internet users to be wary of a new phishing and spyware scam, which is targeting 2006 Fifa World Cup enthusiasts.

The fraud is performed using phoney e-mails claiming to be from MasterCard and offering free travel and tickets to the World Cup finals in Germany.

Recipients are invited to click on a link to claim the prize and in doing so, a key-logger is then downloaded to the user’s desktop.

Then when the users access their legitimate online banking sites, the key-logger impersonates the bank’s website and captures personal banking details, with intent to use them fraudulently.

Security News UK

A Serious New Threat. Millions of homes in the UK are at risk because of a design weakness in the Euro Profile Cylinder locks commonly used on UPVC doors. – 30th March 2006

Burglar’s are increasingly employing a simple tool to smash the Euro Profile cylinder in the last two years. The cylinder controls sophisticated multi-point locking systems on double glazed doors.

Burglars are able to smash the cylinder and then remove it.The lock cylinder has now been identified by burglars as the ‘weak spot’ in modern doors and once this weakness has been overcome, it doesn’t matter how many locking points the door has (3, 5, 7 or 10), the burglar can open the door by simply pulling down the handle.

A huge proportion of homes in the UK have at least one Euro Profile cylinder lock.

Lock manufacturers are racing to produce alternative or upgraded systems to beat the burglars. One leading manufacturer has developed a replacement cylinder which is now available.

The Association of Chief Police Officers is actively involved in the process of trying to overcome this weakness in the lock design.

Security News UK

Your Garage Contains a Wealth of Goods Attractive to Opportunistic Thieves – 31st January 2006

In the UK garages at home are now used by homeowners to store thousands of pounds worth of contents, making them easy targets for opportunistic thieves. According to research from Saga Home Insurance, one in five homeowners don’t even lock their garage at night.

The research revealed that around half of people questioned (48%) valued the contents of their garage at over £500, one third (30%) said they were worth over £1000, and surprisingly one in seven (14%), thought their garage contained more than £3,000 worth of goods. Given that most householders under-estimate the cost of replacing their goods, the true value is likely to be much higher.

The poll showed that as many as 60% of respondents keep power tools in their garages, 50% store bicycles and lawn mowers; 36% keep sports equipment including golf clubs, surfboards and gym kits and 33% use their garage to store patio furniture, BBQs and patio heaters over the winter months. Since these are all costly items, it is estimated that the cost of replacing them could easily exceed £1,000.

When asked what security measures were in place, one in five (21%) admitted that their garage was not secured, thus making them easy prey for thieves.

Andrew Goodsell, Chief Executive of the Saga Group, said “Anyone using their garage as extra storage space, should consider the value of its contents – opportunistic thieves could find a wealth of goods just waiting for them. It is well worth checking to see if your insurance cover has any limits on theft from outbuildings.”

Many insurance providers place a limit on their cover for items stored in garages, sheds and outbuildings – unlike Saga Home Contents Insurance, which covers up to the sum insured.

Saga Home Insurance has also been working closely with the Home Office, in support of its ‘Let’s Keep Crime Down’ campaign, They have produced an excellent Home Security Guide, aimed at helping people safeguard their property within the home and garden and reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime.

The Guide also gives advice on the security marking of valuable items, how to deal with bogus callers and protect yourself against identity theft.

Click here for The Saga Home Security Guide

Quality Garage Door Locks Can Deter the Opportunist Thief.

Security News UK

Use your Home Contents Insurance to cover the risk of loss, due to increased street crime. – 27th January 2006

British people are increasingly carrying valuable devices on their person, so they are being reminded that home contents insurance can be used to cover portable property.

More Than Insurance warns that a rise in the number of gadgets being carried on a daily basis has seen a corresponding rise in street muggings. The company also feels that more sophisticated home security has led thieves to target the streets instead.

Recent government crime statistics show that street muggings in the UK are up by 40 per cent compared with a year ago.

People now routinely carry devices such as iPods, mobile phones, cameras, and even expensive laptops, and for an annual fee of £20, a home contents insurance policy will cover portable goods up to a value of £1,500.

Over 20 per cent of people aged 16-to-24 now carry an iPod, making them more at risk of an attack.

David Pitt, head of insurance, said “There is a proliferation of small but high value gadgets not only in the home now, but also on our person as we go about our daily life.”

“It is important to ensure you have enough insurance cover for these items, both in the home and when you are carrying them about on your person.”

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Visonic a UK Company now supply PowerLink – a new product to help strengthen the bonds of families living apart- 14th January 2006.

The Visonic Powerlink System, provides an impressive level of home security and control for the homeowner. It is an Internet based system, which extends the capabilities of PowerMax+ to create a fully integrated, highly secure, and easy-to-use, remote video surveillance and control system.

PowerLink Home Video surveillance provides security and peace of mind. Not only can it give users remote control over their home environment e.g. security, air-conditioning, appliances and lighting, but also enables them keep an eye on their property and family, mobile on the road, the office, or on vacation- via the Internet from anywhere in the world.

Keith Donovan of Bedford manufacturers Visonic said, “PowerLink is ideal for watching loved ones from a distance, so you can see for yourself that everyone is happy and well,” he explained, “Grandparents can view their grandchildren playing and watch their development on a daily basis.

With an increasing number of families living in different geographical areas, this is a fantastic way of keeping in touch – although phones and emails are good, nothing beats real-time images of what is actually happening.” More Information here:-

Powerlink Is a Highly Secure, Easy-to-use, Remote Visual Control System.

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The Linksys Compact Wireless-G Internet Video Camera Launched – 4th January 2006.

Linksys, a Division of Cisco Systems, the leading manufacturer of voice, wireless and networking equipment, announced its latest monitoring device, the new Compact Wireless-G Internet Video Camera (WVC54GC-UK), at the 2006 International Consumer Electronics Show on 4th January 2006.

This home Internet security camera enables users to monitor their home or office via a web browser, from anywhere in the world. The self contained Internet Video Camera, sends a high-quality live video stream over the Internet and unlike standard “web cams” the camera does not need connection to a PC, since it contains its own IP address, so that users can easily connect to an existing Ethernet or Wireless network.

Includes automated monitoring from Intamac Home Manager via a remote server-based platform. When the camera detects motion, Intamac is activated to record the video feed and stores up to 2 minutes of images.

At the same time, automated alerts can be sent to you and a Contacts list of up to 5 other people, via text message, a telephone call, or by e-mail, informing the customer that motion was detected by the camera at their home or place of business, thus allowing you and your Contacts to make an informed decision on the action to take.

Once connected to a home network and the Internet, the user can monitor the clear camera view from any Windows-based PC, in the house or office. The audio/video stream can be secured from the outside world when the user is at home, yet easily accessible for remote viewing via the Internet while away. The ability to switch off the Home Manager monitoring at any time is also provided.

The camera’s unique compact form and wireless connectivity, means it can easily be mounted on a wall, or slipped into the supplied stand for desktop use.

More Information here:-

The Compact Wireless-G Internet Video Camera UK…Linksys Latest Home Monitoring Device.

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Phishers Turning To More Sophisticated Strategies – 3rd January 2006

Netcraft the UK Web monitoring and anti-phishing company, reported that web fraudsters stayed a step ahead of gullible Internet users in 2005 by turning to more sophisticated strategies.

Open redirects were one of the phishers favorite tactics in 2005 and a good example of fraudsters’ increasing skills.

Redirects, which are scripts on the Web server, are used by legitimate domains to redirect users to other parts of a large site from, for example, the home page.

Phishers frequently exploit these scripts to send users to a fraudulent site when they click on a link in a real site – the user may not even notice that he has been redirected to a phishing site instead of say, a valid log-in page.

Netcraft pointed to several examples of redirection attacks in 2005, including one that used an incorrectly configured government site, to fool users into giving up Social Security and credit card numbers. Users were enticed to the real site by an e-mail that promised them a tax refund by the IRS.

Other phishing trends included the appearance of pharming attacks and fraudulent e-mails that contained HTML-based forms, which eliminated the need for phishers to create phoney Web sites to trick users.

Also attacks using the spammer technique of replacing text with image-based e-mails, to avoid detection by keyword-sniffing spam and phishing filters.

A Netcraft spokesman said, “Phishing attacks are continually evolving, as fraudsters develop new strategies and quickly refine them, in an effort to stay a step ahead of banking customers and the security community”.

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The UK Home Secretary has Announced the Introduction of £30 Biometric ID Card – 7th November 2005.

The UK, which is part of the US visa waiver scheme, must start to issue biometric passports containing a facial image, by October 2006 to remain in the scheme.

21 of the 25 countries in the EU already have ID cards. Only the UK, Ireland, Denmark and Latvia do not. ID fraud continues to grow costing the UK more than £1.3 billion per year. False identities are also used in terrorist activity and in organised crime and money laundering.

The UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke has announced that a £30 stand-alone ID card is to be introduced. This figure takes into account the overall finances of the scheme, including revenues from passports as well as ID cards, and what organisations will pay for identity verification services.
It also reflects the fact that Government and society as a whole benefit from the scheme – whether by providing the police with an extra tool to fight crime, or protecting children through improved Criminal Records Bureau checks.

Mr Clarke said: “Following work over the summer by the Home Office, in full consultation with the Treasury and other Government departments, I can confirm today, that within current financial estimates of the ID cards scheme and Home Office spending plans, the charge to the individual for a stand-alone ID card valid for 10 years will be £30.

“Being able to prove who we are is a fundamental requirement in modern societies. For example when we travel, apply for a job, open a bank account or apply for benefits. In future, the recording of biometrics, such as fingerprints, iris patterns or a facial image means, that we will have a much stronger way of linking identity to the person. A national ID card will be a robust, secure way to establish that identities are real, not fabricated.”

The UK Passport Service will start to issue biometric passports in early 2006. From 2008, those renewing their passport will be issued with a combined passport and ID card.

The Identity Cards Scheme will be delivered by a new agency which will incorporate the functions of the UK Passport Service. It will work very closely with the Home Office Immigration and Nationality Directorate, to ensure that the scheme has universal coverage for both British citizens and foreign nationals.

For more information go to:- www.identitycards.gov.uk/

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National Campaign Launched To Help UK Internet Users ‘Get Safe Online’ – 27th October 2005

‘Get Safe Online’ Report highlights UK public confusion about online safety.

Millions of UK Internet users are putting themselves at risk of attack from Internet criminals because they don’t understand threats to their computer, or the ways to protect themselves against them. These are the findings of a new campaign called ‘Get Safe Online’ launched today in London to tackle this serious problem.

As threats from organised Internet criminals grow, new research from www.getsafeonline.org has found that over three quarters of the UK’s population (83%) don’t know enough about protecting themselves online. In fact 42% of the population just rely on friends and family, for online safety advice rather than finding expert information for themselves.

The “Get Safe Online Report”, which supports the launch reveals the extent of public uncertainty in the UK, where the online retail economy is worth £10 billion a year and 14 million use online banking.

To help the public educate themselves, the Get Safe Online campaign will raise public awareness of the issues and provide solutions through a new website: www.getsafeonline.org. The website is a one-stop-shop for reliable, up-to-date information about online safety, to give home users and small businesses the advice they need to use the Internet safely.

The campaign is a joint initiative between HM Government, the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit, part of the National Crime Squad and private sector sponsors from the worlds of technology, retail and finance, including: BT, Dell, eBay, HSBC, Lloyds TSB, Microsoft, MessageLabs, securetrading.com and Yell.com.

Launching the fleet of 10 Get Safe Online Campaign Minis that will carry campaign ambassadors on a public advice tour of major UK cities, TV presenter Richard Hammond explained the simple steps everyone should learn:

“We wouldn’t leave our front door open or our cars unlocked, but we regularly use the net without taking basic precautions. It’s not difficult to use the Internet safely; it comes down to some basic rules we should all remember:-

Firstly, Protect your PC. Ensure your PC is secure by doing a ‘SAFE’ check:- 

  • S = Spyware – run an anti-spyware programme.
  • A = Anti-virus – get anti-virus protection.
  • F = Firewall – have a firewall and make sure it’s switched on.
  • E = Ensure your operating system is regularly updated.

Secondly, Protect Yourself. Take time to educate yourself and your family, so that you understand the risks and apply reasonable judgement when you’re online.

Thirdly, Keep Monitoring and stay alert. The threats are always changing so it’s important to ensure your spyware and anti-virus programmes are up to date.
For more information go to:- www.getsafeonline.org.

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New Intruder Alarm Solution from Bosch meets EN50131 standards.- Thursday 17th November 2005

With the new Abacus Evolution intruder alarm panel, Bosch Security Systems have simplified the task of meeting the latest intruder alarm standards – which all installers and users must meet from 1st October, 2005. The Abacus Evolution can be configured to meet virtually any residential and commercial requirement to EN50131, PD6662 and DD243 specifications. It also meets or exceeds BSIA and ACPO false alarm requirements.

The Abacus Evolution comprises just 2 models – the ICP G2 model for 8 to 64 zones in Grade 2 applications and the ICP G3 model for 8 to 256 zones to Grade 3 – and features a wide range of snap-in modules for easy configuration and expansion. It also features optional communications for remote servicing and maintenance.

More information here:-

The Bosch Abacus Evolution Burglar Alarm Control Panel…Is Easy to Install and Use, Simple to Expand.

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Latest Card Fraud Figures Show Internet Fraud Accounts for a Quarter of All Losses – Tuesday 8th November 2005.

  • Internet, phone and mail order (Card Not Present) fraud rises by 29%.
  • Internet part of Card Not Present fraud grows to £58m in the same period.
  • Research shows consumers can do more to protect themselves.
  • Consumers can make their cards safer with Verified by Visa and MasterCard SecureCode.

Fraud Security Week – 7th – 13th November.

To coincide with the release today (8 November) of the annual mid-year card fraud figures APACS is launching a fraud awareness campaign using its Card Watch and Bank Safe Online websites, to make consumers aware of the simple steps they can take to protect their cards and online bank accounts.

Whilst total card fraud losses decreased by 13 per cent in the six months to the end of June 2005 (from £252.6m to £219.4m) compared with the same period in 2004 – mainly thanks to the impact of chip and PIN – Internet, phone and mail order (CNP) fraud was the one card fraud area that continued to grow.

The majority of Internet card fraud involves a criminal obtaining genuine card details in the real world that are then used to shop online. Consumers can minimise the chances of becoming a victim by simply keeping cards and card details as secure as possible and not letting their cards out of their sight.
Also, whenever they are given the option whilst shopping online, they should sign up to Verified by Visa and MasterCard SecureCode, both of which then make it more difficult for a fraudster to use their card details.

New research commissioned by APACS shows that millions of Britons are not even aware of some the basic online pitfalls from which they can easily protect themselves:-

  • 1 in 8 online shoppers have failed to log out when shopping online, leaving their financial details available to others
  • 1 in 4 online shoppers do not check whether a website is safe and secure.
  • Almost half of women and half of 16-24 year olds in the UK do not know what ‘phishing’ is.
  • More than half of the population is not yet aware of the extra protection that they can get when shopping online by signing up, when given the option, for a secure online password system offered by Verified by Visa and MasterCard SecureCode.


Now APACS, the UK payments association, through its Card Watch and Bank Safe Online initiative, is launching its ‘Top Ten Tips’ to help customers protect themselves against online card and banking fraud by urging them to take personal responsibility when using their cards, published today at: –


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Fraudsters Turn to Online Crime – Tuesday 8th November 2005. Recent statistics reveal that Online and mail order card crime in Scotland has jumped to more than double the rest of the UK. It is thought that the use of chip and pin technology has seen Card Not Present fraud rise by 64% in the first six months of 2005. The UK increase was only 29%.

The Association for Payment Clearing Services (Apacs) said that while 53% of people in Scotland shopped online, few were aware of the dangers.

Apacs spokesman Mark Bowerman said: “The figures are showing that fraud on the internet, fraud on telephone and mail order transactions has gone up form £2.2m to £3.6m in the first six months of the year in Scotland, so there’s obviously quite a few people there that need to make sure they are taking the necessary precautions.”

Other areas of card fraud saw a major reduction over the same period and Detective Chief Inspector Derek Robertson, of Strathclyde Police’s fraud squad, said: “Chip and pin cards have helped to reduce fraud dramatically, however the fraudster has now migrated to the card-not-present fraud.”

Common Errors 

  • 25% have inputted their personal financial details but not checked the website’s security standards.
  • 21% have left their computer unsupervised for time and then come back to continue shopping.
  • 15% have not logged out at the end of a transaction.
  • 42% admit to letting their credit/debit card out of their sight when paying for a meal or running a tab at a bar.
  • 37% are not aware of online fraud scams such as ‘phishing’.

Apacs has urged people to be more vigilant about keeping account details safe, as the majority of internet fraud involved criminals, who obtained card details through other means and then used them to shop online.

They also said online shoppers should make sure a website was secure before entering their card details, by looking for a locked padlock or unbroken key symbols at the bottom of their screen.

For more information visit: – http://www.apacs.org.uk/

 Security News UK

Crime Statistics Scotland 2004-2005 Monday 31st October 2005

Main Points

Trends in the recorded crime figures between 2003/04 and 2004/05 have been affected by the introduction of the Scottish Crime Recording Standard (SCRS), which as anticipated, has increased the numbers of minor crimes recorded by the police, such as minor crimes of vandalism and minor thefts.

Unfortunately it was not possible to estimate the exact impact of the new SCRS on the recorded crime figures because, around the time that the new standard was implemented, the police also introduced centralised call centres, which encouraged the reporting of incidents to them.

The total number of crimes recorded by the police increased by 6 per cent between 2003/04 and 2004/05. In 2004/05, the Scottish police recorded 438,093 crimes. The figures reflected increases in the numbers of recorded crimes of fire-raising and vandalism, and some other low level crimes of dishonesty.

Summary All 8 forces showed an increase in the number of crimes recorded in 2004/05 compared to 2003/04, ranging from less than half a per cent to 8 per cent. In all forces, the increases in the total number of crimes recorded reflected increases in the numbers of recorded crimes of vandalism and other low level crimes such as shoplifting and other theft.

  • In spite of the impact of the SCRS in increasing the numbers of petty thefts recorded, the number of crimes of dishonesty decreased for the sixth consecutive year, to stand at 210,365 cases in 2004/05.
  • Three categories of crimes of dishonesty showed decreases. These were housebreaking, theft of a motor vehicle and theft from a motor vehicle.
  • The number of non-sexual crimes of violence recorded by the police decreased by 3 per cent between 2003/04 and 2004/05, to total 14,700. The number of crimes in the indecency group increased by 8 per cent, from 6,786 in 2003/04 to 7,324 in 2004/05 but numbers are still below the levels observed in 1997/98 and 1998/99.
  • Within the indecency group, recorded cases of rape & attempted rape increased by 7 per cent to reach 1,109, the highest number ever recorded. This reflects continued pro-active efforts by police to encourage the reporting of such crimes and the increase is more than accounted for by reporting of almost 100 historical crimes in Lothian and Borders, some dating back over 40 years.
  • Recorded cases of Vandalism (including fire-raising and malicious mischief) increased by 24 per cent to total 128,566 in 2004/05.

The crime clear-up rate decreased slightly from 47 per cent to 45 per cent. Despite this decrease however, clear up rates remain high and the levels have generally been increasing steadily over the past quarter century, from a 30 per cent clear up rate in 1982.

Offences In 2004/05 the police recorded 632,982 offences, the highest number ever recorded and an increase of 4 per cent from the number in 2003/04. This was largely due to two factors; the increases in offences such as petty assault and breach of the peace,are a direct result of the introduction of the SCRS and an increase in speeding offences, reflecting the continued impact of Camera Safety Partnerships.

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Crime in England & Wales: October 2005 Update.

Crime in England & Wales is a document that combines both Recorded Crime Statistics (crime recorded by the police) and the British Crime Survey (crime as experienced by people – gathered from surveys) into a single document.

A supplementary update to Crime in England & Wales is published every three months. This update covers the 12 months to June 2005.

Main Points

  • The risk of being a victim of crime remains at 24%, the lowest level recorded by the British Crime Survey (BCS) since the survey began in 1981.
  • The BCS showed significant falls in domestic burglary and vehicle thefts compared with the year to June 2004.
  • The number of crimes recorded by the police fell by 2% in April to June 2005 compared with the previous year.
  • There was a 6% increase in violence against the person, but increases in recorded violence continue to reflect the improved police recording of crime and more proactive policing of violence problems.
  • The number of domestic burglaries and vehicle thefts recorded by the police fell by 11% and 8% respectively.
  • There were a provisional 11,160 firearm offences, an increase of 5% compared with the previous year. This increase is mainly due to offences involving imitation weapons.
  • The BCS shows the level of perceived anti-social behaviour has increased slightly compared with the previous year.
  • The level of worry about violent crime has also increased, whereas worry about car crime has remained stable.
  • Levels of confidence in aspects of the criminal justice system (CJS) have improved, compared with the previous year.

Further detailed information is available here:-


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Vista Lite Quantum 4-Channel DVR Series Launched – 10/10/2005

Vista, the UK’s leading brand of electronic security equipment, has launched Vista Quantum, a new series of ‘Lite’ Digital Video Recorders (DVRs), for smaller installations seeking a high quality, but cost effective digital surveillance solution.

Vista Lite Quantum features a combination of many of the characteristics of high-end DVR solutions, whilst retaining a clear view of the needs and priorities of smaller installations.

Andrew Pigram, Vista Brand Director said, “With the launch of the Vista Lite Quantum range, the digital revolution is finally accessible to every user of CCTV surveillance however small”. More information here:-

Digital Storage…For Smaller Installations Requiring A High Quality, Cost Effective Solution. 

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Identity Theft – 3/10/05

The Home Office have published a leaflet to advise the public on how to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft – aimed at individuals.

Identity theft occurs when personal information is obtained by someone else without the owner’s knowledge. It may support criminal activity including fraud, deception, or obtaining benefits and services in the victim’s name. More than 100,000 people are affected in the UK every year.

A new leaflet to advise the public on how to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft and what to do if you think you have been a victim has been produced by the Home Office.

The leaflets will be available in main police stations, libraries, Citizen’s Advice Bu/strongrstrongeaux, UK Passport Service regional offices and local DVLA offices. You can also download a copy of the leaflet here:-


Further guidance to prevent identity theft is available at:-

www.identity-theft.org.uk. The website was launched in July 2004.

Link to the Relevant Article on this site here:-

Identity Theft… How to Deal with this New Crime. 

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Credit Card Fraud-CNP…Is Increasing Rapidly in 2005 – 22/09/05.

“Britain is fast becoming the Nigeria of Europe”-says Early Warning, the anti fraud company. This is due to the use of credit cards for Internet and mail order transactions becoming increasingly popular in the UK.

These transactions are now described as Cardholder Not Present (CNP) and are proving to be the fastest growing form of credit card fraud in Britain, as criminals obtain card details, then make fraudulent remote purchases by phone, mail order and the Internet.

Early Warning reported that CNP fraud had increased by a third between January and August in 2005 and the latest statistics from the Association for Payment Clearing Services (APACS), which acts for banks and credit providers, showed that this type of fraud had accounted for losses of £150.8 million in the UK in 2004. APACS explained that criminals are now concentrating on CNP since the advent of chip and pin technology, which makes it much more difficult for them to commit fraud in shops.

However, the good news is that new technology is now being tested to make CNP secure and both Visa and MasterCard are improving online security, by checking questions and answers as arranged with their card-holders. Sadly card users have become complacent as the banks and retailers usually cover fraud losses. As a result prices are bound to rise because of the losses suffered by retailers.

How To Avoid Credit Card Fraud UK 

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Intelligent Central Locking For Homes – One Press of a Button Can Secure Your Entire House.-31/08/05

This new product is taking the convenience and peace of mind of remote central locking out of the car and into the home.

These days most car owners are used to pressing a button on their key fob as they walk away from their vehicle, and hearing the comforting clunk that confirms all the doors are locked.

No longer do you have to anxiously walk around your house when leaving, to ensure all the doors and windows are locked. You can now secure your entire house with remote central locking. For example:-

Centralock This remote central locking system, uses wireless technology to link all the locks for doors and windows in your home together. Using your key fob, similar to the one used for your car, you send a signal to the nearest door/window, which is equipped with a wireless lock. This then sends a prompt to the next nearest lock, which in turn transmits a signal to the next until all the locks are secured.

More Information here:-

Central Locking…How One Press Of a Button Can Secure Your Entire House. 

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CCTV Does act as a Deterrent – According to 29 Per Cent of Burglars Who Have a System.- 31/08/05

According to statistics from a National Home Security Week survey, which runs from 27 August to 2 September 2005:-

29 per cent of burglars install CCTV in their own homes, compared to just 4 per cent of the rest of of us.

Similarly, 43% of burglars have a home intruder alarm system, compared to just 34% of all households.

What they do make clear is that CCTV does work as a deterrent – as more than two-thirds of burglars questioned, rated CCTV as an effective security measure; they said that they would probably or definitely not, break in to a house that had CCTV installed. Burglars also feared Intruder alarms and security lighting.

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European Intruder Alarms Standards are to Change on 1 October 2005 – 31/08/05

On the 1st October 2005, the United Kingdom adopts the latest Intruder Alarm Standards from Europe, as specified in the General Requirements for Intruder Alarm Systems EN 50131-1. This document introduces new concepts, new terminology and new methods of system installation for the alarm systems industry.

For the past 30 years, intruder alarm installers have been using BS 4737 as their installation standard, as both the ACPO Security Systems Policy and the Systems Inspection regimes, adhered to BS 4737 to set the standard, for alarm design, installation, commissioning and maintenance.

For further information consult the websites below:-

ACPO Security Systems Policy The Association of Chief Police Officers’ security systems policy was published in April 2004 and covers intruder alarms, CCTV systems, and stolen vehicle tracking systems.


BSIA website British Security Industry Association.


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Visor The New Offenders Database-to Cut Crime – 19/08/05 The Home Office have announced a new computer system, which will allow police to share details of dangerous offenders. The £10million Violent and Sex Offenders Register named Visor, is intended to help reduce re-offending and already contains information on 47,000 people including 25,000 registered sex offenders and they will now be able to access offenders’ details more quickly.

The database is still being updated and could eventually contain details on 200,000 people. It controversially holds details on people who have not been convicted, but who are still considered to be dangerous to the public.

Minister Fiona Mactaggart said that Visor could help in the reduction of crime and was “a step change in public protection”.

The new national database has been made accessible to all police forces and is expected to be available to the Probation Service next year. It is also being tested in the Prison Service.

The lack of a central database for violent and sex offenders has plainly hampered inquiries in the past, as up till now police and probation officers had to enter offenders’ details into local databases, making it difficult to keep track of them as they moved around the UK.

The launch of the new system is a result of the Bichard Inquiry as to how two police forces failed to properly vet Ian Huntley the Soham killer. Huntley was able to obtain employment as a school caretaker, despite several accusations of sex-related crimes in Humberside.

The Bichard inquiry’s report called for a national intelligence IT system, to enable all police forces to share information. Visor provides for better assessment as it also contains photographs of offenders, as well as tattoos and distinguishing marks.
Terry Grange of ACPO said “Now we have an IT system, backed up by well-trained staff, that can pass information from the very tip of Scotland to South Wales.”

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A Window of Opportunity Opens for Thieves Caused by Summer Weather – 10/08/05

Homeowners are warned to be extra careful with their home security over the summer.

If you leave any windows or doors open to cool the house in summer, you could invalidate your home insurance, but more importantly you are offering an open invitation for opportunistic thieves.

One insurer has reported a 21% increase in claims for unforced burglary during the summer blaming the warmer weather for the increase, as more doors and windows are left open to help keep us cool.

This creates an ideal opportunity for sneak in thieves. Small items such as car keys, wallets, mobile phones watches and jewellery are some of the valuables most commonly stolen.

All home insurance companies specify that policyholders have to demonstrate ‘reasonable care’ in securing their possessions, so make sure that you take sensible precautions, to prevent loss or damage to your home. For example:-

If you are leaving the house even if only for a few minutes, never leave windows or doors open or unlocked and don’t leave items which attract thieves on display near windows. If you have an intruder alarm make sure you turn it on, even if you are just sitting out in the garden.

Fit the new security window locks now available, which allow for secure restricted opening of windows.

Have a look at one here:-

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Axis Communications have launched the AXIS 207 Network Camera, the smallest MPEG-4 network camera for indoor surveillance and remote monitoring. – 5.08.05

The AXIS 207 is the world’s smallest MPEG-4 network camera, measuring only approximately 2 x 1 x 3 inches and easily attachable anywhere using only a small G clamp.

It is tailor made for indoor surveillance and remote monitoring applications, which is ideal for protecting homes, small business and offices. Axis is trying to meet this market’s needs by offering a high quality camera at an affordable price.

It offers the best bandwidth efficiency and image quality in its class. The high quality, progressive scan CMOS image sensor, provides excellent performance in low light conditions down to 1 lux.

The AXIS 207 incorporates a built-in Web server and operates independently of a PC, which enables users to access live images from anywhere in the world via the Internet.

The camera provides full-motion video (up to 30 frames a second) using MPEG-4 compression or Motion JPEG video streaming.

The camera also has a built-in microphone for audio detection, which enables users to view motion and hear synchronised sound at up to 30 frames per second.

An Input/Output port at the back of the camera also provides for remote control of locks, doors and alarms.

Position the AXIS 207 where you want it, connect the power, and enjoy full frame rate video on your computer. More Information here:-

A Network Camera…Is a Camera and Computer Integrated Into One Module.

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UK Consumers Unconcerned About Identity Theft Fraud – 4/08/05

A recent Unisys Corporation survey indicated that UK consumers’ lack of concern about identity fraud, could be helping to sustain the rapidly growing crime of identity theft.

The survey divulged that this type of fraud has now affected more than 1 in 10 UK consumers. Surprisingly, 61 percent of respondents stated that they weren’t worried about the security of their money in their bank or building society accounts.

The research in U.K. households surveyed, revealed that up to 30 percent of consumers are now banking online and using the Internet to confirm their balances and manage various transactions.

The research also indicated that although the threat of fraud by identity theft continues to grow, most consumers are not interested in helping to overcome the risk of fraud, also 58 percent of those surveyed, said that they did not want to be made aware of the need for banking security or fraud protection.

Fifty percent of consumers stated they would not consider changing their bank or building society to another, which provided better security or protection for their funds.

Identity theft fraud is currently estimated to be costing UK businesses £1.3 billion per year.

For more information check out:-

Identity Theft… How to Deal with this New Crime.

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