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SECURITY FROM REACTIVE Intelligence-led security is setting new standards in protection, A


In a climate of political uncertainties, budget cuts and high crime rates in many areas, one thing that is increasingly important for businesses of all types is the need to pay greater attention to the security of their premises, systems and staff.


With police resources stretched, business owners, facilities managers and other staff have to shoulder a growing share of responsibility for crime prevention.


In the same way as they are (or should be) taking steps to protect their assets against cyber crime, they should be ensuring they have invested adequately in steps to minimise the risk of physical attack on both their people and property.


“The advent of high-definition CCTV brought the possibility of relatively low-cost, high-quality video feeds from multiple sites.”


“Investment in security should be under constant review in any organisation,” said Alan Blake, Commercial Director at Secom plc. “This is because rapid advances in security technology are facilitating greater protection efficiencies – in some cases with spinoffs that help managers run their businesses more profitably.”


Secom is a provider of electronic security solutions ranging from basic intruder alarms to state-of-the-art real-time monitoring – even facial recognition technology that helps to bring repeat offenders to book.


Its systems contribute to security best practice across a wide range of commercial, industrial, retail and leisure organisations. It also helps secure public sector operations in healthcare, education, transport and infrastructure.


The company has for many years provided monitored security systems that enabled it to respond rapidly to incidents and alert police, with the result that perpetrators were often apprehended on the spot.


“We have come a long way from that basic service,” said Alan. “The advent of high-definition CCTV brought the possibility of relatively low-cost, high-quality video feeds from multiple sites. At the same time, specialist trained operators in our Control and Command Centre could broadcast live announcements to remote sites where criminal activity was either in progress or suspected.


“Electronic components, systems and software are being improved all the time, enabling us to offer an increasingly


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