| 03 February 2013
Securicorp Surveillance Social Impact: what are the key issues for crime that need to be identified and how can the technology we have be used to be effective?
LONDON, UK: Vigilance authoritatively gathered that this year Securicorp Components would be progressing with its policy of looking at social issues and the implementation of monitoring, data capture and data mining technology to serve the wider community.
A source at Securicorp said the company had dealt with surveillance for many years and focused on cameras only, adding during 2012 the company had worked with partners who were involved in other data capture through manual entry, RFID and, soon to be included, NFC (Near Field Communications).
The source said Technology had proved to improve business, through supply chain logistics and customer management, but surveillance he argued had been a deficit preventing tool which mainly had acted as a deterrent to prevent the crime from taking place or capturing the crime and using it for evidence. He said this had been effective and the general consensus was proven due to the increasing demand for CCTV.
However, he conceded the use of the technology is not to measure the ills of the world, but should be to work out why an individual would do something and risk capture and sometimes injury (or worse) to perpetrate a crime. By observation he stressed we learn and then can act to make the improvements and to assist people.
According to the source at the giant security company convicted criminals provide the best information on the behaviour of this mindset and a simple background profile of each person will identify a pattern and perhaps a reason. He said drug users in prisons are usually on class A drugs which are more addictive and un-inhibiting. Upon release this will be a driving force for criminal behaviour and without rehab (during the sentence and / or after) there is little chance that this will stop.
Conclusively he said they would examine the upfront cost and the cost of the criminal behaviour to assess the actual impact, whilst observing social media from the police twitter accounts, neighbourhood watch websites, MIND and other drug rehabilitation related websites they had found trends and patterns which expert observers also had written about. According to him this examination will also include valuable asset tracking to assess vehicle theft, home robberies and other fraud related crime which perhaps is not so prominent or in such how volume but still adds to inefficiencies and wastage, noting technology needs to follow social requirements rather than the other way around.