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UK — Reducing mobile phone theft and improving security

October 3, 2014 Comments off

Reducing mobile phone theft and improving security
Source: Home Office

The paper, drawing on results from the Crime Survey for England and Wales and mobile phone theft data in London between 1 August 2012 and 5 January 2014, sets out the most detailed evidence yet on how and when mobile phones were stolen, which types of phone were most likely to be stolen, and who is most at risk. It includes the first ever Mobile Phone Theft Ratio, based on the August 2012 to January 2014 data, which shows how likely the top makes of handsets were to be deliberately targeted.

The paper recognises the work of the police to tackle mobile phone theft, and also the steps taken by mobile phone operators and manufacturers to improve phone security and reduce mobile phone theft. The paper sets out the first analysis undertaken from the available data, and we look forward to conducting further analyses over time, which will provide clearer evidence of the impact that new mobile phone security features are having on levels of theft.

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UK — New measures to tighten up the immigration system

July 31, 2014 Comments off

New measures to tighten up the immigration system
Source: Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and Home Office

A new crackdown on immigration abuses was announced today by the Prime Minister and the Home Secretary as part of the government’s long-term economic plan to secure a better future for Britain.

From November, tougher rules will be imposed on universities and colleges who sponsor international students to study in the UK. Currently, educational institutions cannot enjoy highly trusted sponsor status if 20% or more of the individuals they have offered places to are refused visas. But that figure will be cut to 10% in November after a 3 month transitional period for colleges and universities to re-examine their admissions procedures before offering individuals places.

The Prime Minister also announced plans to halve the period over which European migrants can claim benefits. From November, European jobseekers will only be able to claim Jobseekers Allowance and other key welfare benefits for a maximum period of 3 months. This follows tough changes that were announced earlier this year to introduce a minimum 3 month delay to claiming benefits and to cut off benefits after 6 months unless the individual has very clear job prospects.

UK — Hate crime: Report finds significant progress in reducing hate crime

May 13, 2014 Comments off

Hate crime: Report finds significant progress in reducing hate crime
Source: Home Office

The Hate Crime Action Plan documents the government’s work to tackle hate crime.

A report on the progress made in the past 2 years has been published. Achievements include: better education of secondary school pupils, improved recording by police and work with major internet service providers in the UK and USA to reduce the harm caused by hate material on the internet. The report also discusses the spike in anti-Muslim sentiment following the murder of Lee Rigby.

Shaping the future of the UK space sector

May 9, 2014 Comments off

Shaping the future of the UK space sector
Source: UK Space Agency; Department for Business, Innovation & Skills; Ministry of Defence; Foreign & Commonwealth Office; Home Office

The government has today (30 April 2014) released two new policies that will shape the future of the UK’s growing space industry.

The government response to the space Innovation and Growth Strategy (IGS) action plan 2014 – 2030 and the national space security policy (NSSP) set out plans to achieve a £40 billion UK space industry by 2030 and a coherent approach to protecting the UK’s space assets.

Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts said:

The space sector continues to thrive, and is one of our 8 Great Technologies with the potential to propel UK growth.

Space industries already support 95,000 full time jobs and generate £9.1 billion for the economy each year, and our response to the Growth Action Plan shows our commitment to secure its future growth and realise ambitions to develop a viable UK space port for commercial space flight.”

UK — Crime against businesses: Detailed findings from the 20 12 Commercial Victimisation Survey

November 27, 2013 Comments off

Crime against businesses: Detailed findings from the 2012 Commercial Victimisation Survey (PDF)
Source: Home Office

This is the second release of data from the 2012 Commercial Victimisation Survey (CVS), wh ich further examines the extent of crime against businesses in England and Wales. The CVS was a recommendation from the National Statistician‟s review of crime statistics to address the significant gap in crime statistics that existed for crimes against businesses, not covered by either of the two main sources of da ta on crime: the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) and crimes recorded by the police. While police recorded crime does include crimes against businesses, it does not separate these out from other crimes (other than for offences such as shoplifting which, by its nature, is against businesses). The police recorded crime also only includes those crimes that are reported to, and recorded by, the police. The CSEW is a survey of crime against households and individuals living in those households and so does not cover crime against businesses at all. The CVS was previously run in 1994 and 2002, and is planned to be repeated in 2013 and 2014.

The 2012 CVS was a premises – based survey focused on four industry sectors: manufacturing, wholesale and retail , transportation and storage, and accommodation and food. The results of the survey should not be considered to be representative of crime against businesses as a whole, only of crime against these four sectors.

UK — New firearms guidance on domestic violence published

August 21, 2013 Comments off

New firearms guidance on domestic violence published
Source: Home Office

Individuals with a history of domestic violence should not be permitted to possess a firearm or shotgun, according to new Home Office guidance published today (Wednesday 31 July).

It also says that every incident of domestic violence should prompt a police review of whether a certificate holder should be allowed to hold a firearm without posing a danger to the public.

The new guidance will form part of the Firearms Guide, which police forces use when deciding whether to grant a certificate to an applicant.

Minister for Policing Damian Green said:

  • Domestic violence is unacceptable in any society and perpetrators should be in no doubt that their chances of ever holding a firearms certificate are greatly diminished.
  • This new Home Office guidance clearly sets out a process which police forces should follow when considering an application from someone with a history of domestic violence.
  • It should also ensure the views and experiences of victims of domestic abuse are carefully and sensitively taken into account. I am confident this guidance will continue to protect the public from people who are not suitable to hold firearms.”

UK — Surveillance camera code of practice comes into force

August 20, 2013 Comments off

Surveillance camera code of practice comes into force
Source: Home Office

The code sets out guidelines for CCTV and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) systems to ensure their use is open and proportionate and that they are able to capture quality images that give police a better chance to catch criminals and cut crime.

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