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Enigma Security news
We have recently been awarded the contract as the main security provider for the re- development of RAF Uxbridge, which is currently under a major transformation from its original state as a former RAF site. The area is rich in military history with a grade 2 listed mansion house forming the focal point of the site. The proposed re-development is a 110 acre mixed use scheme which will comprise of residential units, commercial office space and retail development, as well as a new primary school, theatre, GP Surgery, hotel, care home and 40 acre public park. The project is likely to be completed in 10 years.
Our client is a large regeneration specialist company. They are experts within the industry and have some large projects currently underway throughout the UK.
The team that have joined Enigma under TUPE from the previous security providers have a wealth of experience and bring with them excellent knowledge of the security issues and risks on the site.
In these hot and sometimes, humid, summer months, Police have asked us to remind security staff and their families to make sure that you close and lock your doors properly and keep windows in unoccupied rooms closed. This applies to the properties you work at, as well as your homes.
Between Monday night and Friday morning, in week ending 28th July, there were 18 reported residential burglaries in one London Borough alone. Most burglars gain access to properties through open doors that have not been properly locked or through unattended windows that have been left open.
Opportunists will remove items that are on show even if the occupant is at home, therefore it is important that all valuables are kept safe and out of sight. Police say that they often find whole rows of homes with tool marks on the doors where a burglar has gone from property to property looking for a door that has not been securely locked. Please make sure that the ‘unlocked’ door does not belong to you.
Making sure that your doors are locked properly is just a small adjustment to your security routine that could mean that a burglar bypasses your home. It is important to remember that just lifting the handle on a UPVC door closes it, it does not lock it.
Open windows are also an attraction for the opportunist burglar. During the summer months, it is tempting to throw open your windows, but if you leave an open window unattended you could be letting in more than just fresh air.
Enigma’s newly acquired CCTV site in Stafford was recently the subject of Channel 5’s television series, ‘Caught on Camera’.
The show focusses on the benefits of CCTV cameras in society and screens incidents in which CCTV has helped catch criminals and secured convictions or assisted the public and authorities in a range of incidents.
Stafford Borough Council was especially chosen by the show’s producers owing to its successful partnerships with businesses, local police and other organisations, which have resulted in cutting crime in the area.
The CCTV operation is based in the town’s Civic Centre and the Operations team consists of Barbara Ashton, Gavin Dippie, Michael Perryman and new recruit, Chad Bloor.
The production team spent many hours reviewing footage and filming on the streets of Stafford both through the day and at weekend nights as well as speaking at length with Barbara, pictured below, who, for once, got to experience life in front of the cameras rather than behind it.
She said: "The film crew was keen to see footage of the day-to-day operations from the CCTV Control Room. I showed them how we responded to calls from businesses and the police to a range of issues where they needed the help of CCTV in successfully catching offenders.
"It is important we get good footage of the incidents so it can be used in future prosecutions if required – and this is something that the film crew were keen to capture. "It was a new and different experience being in front of the camera rather than my usual role of being the one behind the camera, so to speak. But because the job requires a lot of concentration, and you are always focussed on what you are doing, I very soon forgot the TV cameras were there."