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Why has our industry become a target? We’re ready to uphold security’s reputation
Recently, it feels like we’ve been bombarded with negative stories about the security industry. Channel 4’s CCTV: Caught on Camera has triggered a lot of thought-provoking questions about privacy and security. But it simultaneously stereotypes security operators as voyeuristic, creepy and invasive all whilst perpetuating the ‘big brother’ image.
When we take a look at the trial of Ciaran McCleave in Northern Ireland, we see the same claims of unprofessionalism and voyeurism amongst operators crop up again. The BBC states that McCleave faces one count of misconduct in a public office, one count of voyeurism and six counts of attempted voyeurism. Regardless of McCleave’s guilt or innocence the case highlights the pervasive concern over CCTV intruding the public’s private space. Without a doubt, those concerns are justifiable but again I return to my point of making the difference between public and private CCTV clear.
In the private sector, such an incident could never have occurred.
Here at Farsight, and for many other remote monitoring stations in the UK, we work hard to comply with the standards set out for us – and we often exceed them. We know that the service we provide offers peace of mind to our clients, but part of that peace of mind is achieved by reassuring our clients that we take their privacy and the privacy of others very seriously. Beyond that, CCTV offers our clients benefits that extend beyond simply keeping intruders off their property: it improves their health and safety, reduces their insurance and provides wellbeing via peace of mind for their staff. It can even improve their business efficiency with the likes of access and systems control.
We’re standing up for the reputation we know the UK’s security industry has worked hard to build. We regularly write about the arrests that are made possible because of our services, here, to show what CCTV actually achieves. And in writing this blog post we hope we’ve set out what makes security services important, and entirely different from the negative images we keep seeing in the media. After all, we know that we make a positive difference.
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