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by msecadm4921

Security system users could be jeopardising their ability to receive a timely police response, warns the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), if they fail to secure a Unique Reference Number (URN) for detector-activated CCTV systems.

Only systems compliant with the new British Standard governing this area of CCTV, BS 8418:2003, are now eligible to obtain a Unique Reference Number from the police.
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Detector activated (or remotely monitored) CCTV systems are becoming increasingly popular for large or exposed sites out of hours as an alternative to continual live monitoring of images. They alert a Remote Video Response Centre (RVRC) when an incident occurs (and a detector is activated), at which point images of the site can be viewed and appropriate action taken.
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What they say
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Adam Wiseberg, Chairman of the BSIA CCTV Section, explains why this development is so significant: "Where a premises needs to be secured and high value items protected 24-7, remotely monitored CCTV is undoubtedly an effective and economical solution. Now that URNs are available for these systems, the RVRC personnel can confirm that the activation is genuine by viewing the CCTV images and alerting the Police, gaining a level one response ‘ which is effectively immediate. This contrasts with non-compliant systems, Type B, where no police response is normally forthcoming. Looking ahead, the insistence on only BS 8418-compliant systems being eligible should pay dividends ‘ making a huge reduction in false alarm rates a realistic prospect." For more information about detector-activated CCTV and companies that provide this service on website.

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