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Security Industry Solution To Safer Communities

June 3 2004

Working With Police Is Security Industry Solution To Safer Communities

Identity fraud, international terrorism, industrial spying… all these breaches of security regularly hit the media headlines.

But in fact, the New Zealand Security Association says most crime in New Zealand is at a community level and that level has risen so dramatically in recent years that the public has come to accept that safer communities cannot just be the responsibility of the Police.

“Securing a nation – working together” is the theme of the 2004 New Zealand Security Association conference to be held in Wellington June 10 – 11.

NZSA chairman Scott Carter says for effective security in the community, there is a growing recognition of the need to make smart use of Government resources, that is, the Police, and private enterprise, that is, the security industry.

Mr Carter says it can be more cost effective for private firms to undertake certain tasks such as patrolling streets for residents and businesses than using a Police incident car.

“Often we are the first at a crime scene. The better our co-operation with the Police, the better the outcome will be,” Mr Carter says. “A collaborative working relationship between the NZSA and Police will benefit all New Zealanders through providing a more secure local environment for all.”

A number of international presenters will take part in the NZSA conference including: British criminologist, Professor Martin Gill from the University of Leicester who will speak on the effectiveness of security measures United States closed circuit television systems and security technology specialist Charlie Pierce who will speak on digital video motion detection; and Australian security risk management advisor Mark Golsby who will present a paper on the nature of identity fraud – how easy it is to do and why we need to protect against it and how.

The Hon Rick Barker, Associate Minister of Justice, will speak on industry licensing issues.


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