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Just how worried should we be about the threat from the New IRA?

The unexploded car bomb found on the 1st June
A recent car bomb incident in east Belfast underscores the continued threat from the New IRA. The republic dissident group claimed responsibility for a failed car bomb on the 1st June, found planted under a police officer’s car at the Shandon Park Golf Club. Police described the explosive device as “viable” and “sophisticated", noting it had a motion-activated mercury tilt switch and contained about 680g of TNT. Bomb disposal experts were able to defuse the device without casualties.
This recent incident illustrates the New IRAs determination to commit terrorist acts and comes on the heels of the letter / parcel bombs sent to Waterloo station, London City Airport, Heathrow and the University of Glasgow back in March and the shooting of journalist Lyra McKee in April.
The group has hinted at further acts “which should not be underestimated”, and some focus has been placed around the potential for further police officers in Belfast to be targeted.
The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) continues to report the threat level for Northern-Ireland related terrorism attacks as ‘Moderate’ which means an attack is possible but not likely. However, we cannot be complacent and must remember that it is communities that defeat terrorism and if you see anything suspicious then report it to your local police or the Anti-Terrorism hotline on 0800 789321.
Remember to ACT, Action Counters Terrorism.

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90 Second Read - Security Update


Fake Apple Telephone Support Warning

Apple users are being warned about a telephone phishing scam (known as ‘Vishing’) that involves users being falsely alerted to a possible data breach by an ‘Apple Support Agent’. If a call is answered and the victim follows an automated instruction to press ‘1’ to talk to support staff, the scammers hope that the victim will then divulge sensitive Apple ID account information.

The scam is made to appear realistic on Apple devices by using a spoofing technique that identifies the caller as ‘Apple Customer Service’ or ‘AppleCare’. On other devices the caller appears as either ‘1 (800) MYAPPLE’ or 800-275-2273. The actual origin of the call is a malicious number that advises victims to call an 866 number for assistance. Whichever call method is used, the victim will be encouraged to provide account details.

Apple is advising users to be particularly vigilant, but they are also planning to include an update to iOS 13 that detects unknown calls and directs them straight to voicemail. If any users have experienced this scam and accidently engaged with a call, it is recommended that they reset their Apple ID and iCloud passwords at the earliest opportunity.

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Ten top tips to prevent cargo crime

Written by Andy Ellis, Business Development Manager

History books and popular fiction tell glamorous tales of bandits robbing stagecoaches and merchants being attacked on the road, while pirates have made their presence felt on the sea. And as children we’ve all played our own versions of Jack Sparrow or Robin Hood – it’s all harmless fun, right? Now put yourself in the shoes of the truck driver who has just been held at gunpoint for his cargo of sportswear. Still fun? 

In truth it’s not just the truck drivers themselves that suffer as a result of cargo crime. TAPA (the Transported Asset Protection Association) report that “the repercussions of cargo theft can be devastating. Loss of sales... liability, product contamination and recall, as well as brand equity damage may result from a single incident of cargo tampering or loss”. These repercussions apply to both the manufacturer and the logistics firms tasked with transporting goods across the country and ultimately, it affects the prices we all pay on the high street. 

It’s not just on the road that the transportation sector feels the pinch. Vulnerabilities exist across the sector including shipping and warehousing where targets include ports, borders and transportation hubs. So what steps can you take to mitigate the risk of losses? 

Loss prevention tactics 
  1. Check that lighting, backup generators, alarm systems, surveillance equipment and perimeter fencing are all in good working order. 
  2. Operate strict key control of all equipment including trucks, motorised pallet jacks and forklifts. 
  3. Ensure that every single alarm activation is responded to (see our previous blog for more about this) as criminals will often activate alarms multiple times to imitate malfunctioning systems. 
  4. Document all suspicious activity, no matter how small or insignificant it seems and ensure that it’s reported to management and whoever has responsibility for loss prevention in your business. 
  5. Request extra security patrols during times when facilities may be unoccupied, such as weekends and bank holidays. 
  6. Keep an accurate log of registration plate details along with VINs and descriptions of all vehicles including tractors, trailers, containers and container chassis. Make this available to management, security and drivers so that the information can be readily shared in the event of a robbery. 
  7. Secure all vehicles with high-quality locking devices and steering column locks.  
  8. For soft-sided trailers use slash-resistant tarpaulins, secure tarpaulins with cables and padlocks. 
  9. Install light sensors inside trailers to alert drivers to potential thefts. 
  10. Agree on secure stopping locations en-route, and check cargo when stopping and before setting off again. 
For more tips on maintaining the security of your supply chain, email andy.ellis@kingdom.co.uk to request your free security audit. 

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Kingdom Services Group Champions Women’s Safety in the City

Kingdom Services Group Champions Women’s Safety in the City 
Business is one of first to support the London Mayor’s Women’s Night Safety Charter 

Kingdom Services Group has pledged their support for the London Mayor’s Women’s Night Safety Charter. 

Launched by the Mayor’s Night Czar, Amy Lamé, it aims to make London a City where all women feel confident and welcome at night. 

It is asking businesses who operate during the night to sign-up to some simple pledges including; 
  • Nominate a champion to actively promote women’s night safety 
  • Demonstrate to staff and customers that we take women’s safety at night seriously 
  • Remind customers and staff that London is safe, but tell them what to do if they experience harassment when working, going out or travelling 
  • Encourage reporting by victims and bystanders 
  • Train staff to ensure that all women who report are believed 
  • Train staff to ensure that all reports are recorded and responded to 
  • Design public and work places to make them safer for women at night. 

Andrew Howe, Head of Risk and Mitigation at Kingdom Services Group says "Personal safety for all is a key area of concern for Kingdom Services Group so we're delighted to be signing up to this initiative ahead of it's formal launch. We are in the process of developing training and communications programmes to share with all employees across the Group promoting personal safety, and in particular for women during the night. At the heart of our recommendations will be the obvious, but often forgotten, tips on keeping safe including; 
  • Maintaining spatial awareness, not listening to music or calls with earphones 
  • Where possible, staying in well-lit and populated areas 
  • Only use accredited transport 
  • Let people know your plans 
  • Remain drink aware 
  • Allow friends/family to access your ‘find your phone’ app 

The initiative is to be formally launched on 19th July at City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London, SE1 2AA. 

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How to ensure your personal safety when your business alarm is activated out of hours

Written by Sean Pennington, National Mobile Manager

How often do you get to the end of the day (or week), lock up and head home without giving the security of your business a second thought? After all, you’ve checked all the windows were shut, set the alarm and locked the door so it’s safe as houses right? Unfortunately not. Even the most securely locked premises are at risk when they’re unmanned. 

If you’re the person responsible for security and your alarms are activated out of hours, have you really considered your responsibilities? Will you have to visit your premises to determine exactly why the alarms are sounding?  And if so, what will you find when you get there?  In this blog we look at several possibilities for alarms being activated out of hours.  While it could be something as minor and trivial as a sudden gust of wind activating a sensor, it could also easily be something sinister and potentially dangerous.  You’ll need to have a plan in place for both.

Adverse weather conditions and flooding 

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The importance of Corporate Social Responsibility in business

Corporate social responsibility, often known as CSR, describes the approach and policies a business adopts to address and improve social, cultural and environmental issues.  It’s a concept which has risen in prominence during recent years – CSR models promote innovation, change and progress, whilst benefiting those who are less privileged and fortunate than ourselves.

From a personnel perspective, corporate social responsibility gives employees opportunities to contribute towards local initiatives or environmental issues, creating a sense of purpose, developing bonds, strengthening relationships and an overall sense of wellbeing.   

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