Defeating cyber fraud with quantum physics – the future of unbreakable security?

Credit card fraud and identify theft are serious problems for both industries and individual consumers. Although safeguards have improved in the last decade, there is an ongoing battle between corporations and cyber criminals over our personal information and financial details. However, recent developments in technology as reported in Optica suggest that these authentication security issues may soon be a thing […]

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Protect against shoplifters this Christmas

As the Christmas shopping season descends, retailers may be wondering how best to protect their busy, stock laden stores against the threat of shoplifters. Problems include: • Christmas decorations and displays may have an impact on visibility, and surveillance measures • Large volumes of shoppers may mask the activities of thieves • Shop staff that are more busy than usual […]

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What makes an excellent security supplier?

The latest findings from the Security Research Initiative (SRI) revealed that the most highly valued characteristic of a security supplier is a strong focus on customer needs. While it is also important to have innovative and adaptive senior management more emphasis should be placed on achieving excellent management on the frontline. 489 corporate security personnel and security suppliers from around […]

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CRIME BYTES: Traffickers exploiting social media to target victims

Offenders involved in human trafficking are routinely exploiting social media and the internet to target, entrap and control their victims, warns Europol director Rob Wainwright. The head of the European policing agency explained that adverts on social media sites such as Facebook that promised childcare or cleaning jobs were being used by organised crime groups to lure in vulnerable young […]

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CRIME BYTES Tackling Doorstep Crime – Good Neighbours Stop Rogue Traders

In line with the Trading Standard’s ‘Good neighbours stop rogue traders’ campaign for National Consumer’s Week (3-7th November), this month’s article will be looking at the nature and impacts of doorstep crime. Doorstep crime involves offenders cold-calling at the homes of consumers, commonly elderly or vulnerable individuals, and offering to carry out property repairs such as roofing, tarmacking or gardening […]

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Counterfeiters Beware of this Tiny Technology

A new breakthrough in microparticle technology may help to prevent the forging of currency and the sale of counterfeit, sub-standard and unsafe goods to unwary customers. Scientists and engineers at MIT have developed a new microscopic barcode that can be embedded into currency, credit cards and industrial packaging. Although these tiny barcodes are invisible to the naked eye, they reveal […]

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Child Rights: Impact of Legal Aid Changes

This Child Rights Impact Assessment examines the impact on the rights of children and young people within the remit of the Children’s Commissioner of changes to civil and prison law Legal Aid since April 2013. This study is a rapid evidence assessment to systematically review relevant literature and data available. This initial review has helped identify early indicators of impact on […]

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Aspiring to Excellence: The Case of Security Suppliers and Corporate Security

What are the most important characteristics of an excellent corporate security department? What makes an excellent security supplier? Our latest Security Research Initiative report explores the characteristics needed to achieve outstanding performance as rated by both corporate security personnel and security suppliers. Views were also garnered on whether in practice excellence in security is actually being achieved. While overall the […]

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New Handbook of Security – Edited by Martin Gill -Out Now! Exclusive 20% discount!

Extensively updated, expanded and reorganised, this new edition of The Handbook of Security provides the most comprehensive analysis of scholarly security debates and issues to date. Informed by a range of disciplines, including environmental science, criminology, politics and economics, it brings together contributions from some of the world’s leading scholars to explore the most important issues impacting our understanding of […]

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