Security licence exemption for ID scanning

According to a recent release from the Queensland Office of Fair Trading, Mandatory ID scanning for most liquor licensed venues in safe night precincts commences on 1 July 2017. These venues will be required to operate networked ID scanners from 10pm onwards. As a general principle, anyone involved in screening the entry of a person into a place must be licensed as a crowd controller. However, the Commissioner for … [Read more...]

Don’t be misled by United’s crisis survival

By Dr Tony Jaques It could be very easy to draw the wrong lessons from the United Airlines “customer re-accommodation” crisis. United will survive the forced removal of a law-abiding passenger being dragged off their plane and, within a very short time, the “scream heard around the world” will probably be forgotten . . . if not forgiven. That’s the sad reality. Public memory is short and boycotts rarely last. In the … [Read more...]

Security industry trainees urged to stick to reputable trainers

The Queensland OFT (Office OF Fair Trading) is reminding those training to work in the security industry to ensure they complete their training through a reputable provider. The warning comes as the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) cancelled the registration of a further three Registered Training Organisations (RTO) that were delivering security training in states across Australia, including New South Wales … [Read more...]

The Refinement Of Smart Homes: Opportunities For Installers And Locksmiths In 2017

It is a well-established fact in the marketing and business worlds that it costs as much as five times as much to attract new customers than it does to retain an existing customer. However, in service-based industries such as locksmiths or domestic alarm installation where a customer has a very specific need that, once fulfilled, is unlikely to generate much in the way of repeat business, the question becomes, how do you … [Read more...]

Dahua Appoints LSC as a Distributor

During the recent Total Facilities Expo in Sydney last week, Damien White, Dahua Marketing Director for the Oceania region announced that Locksmith Supply Company, one of Australia most trusted and respected names in the security market, had been appointed as a Dahua distributor along side the likes of Sedan Security. According to White, the appointment of LSC was a mutually beneficial agreement that would benefit both … [Read more...]

AISC approves training package review

According to a recent report by ASIAL, the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has approved the case for change for the Security Operations training package Cert II and III. The next phase will start when the Skills Service Organisation (which in the case of security is Artibus Innovation) receives the work activity order from AISC, which will enable them to proceed with finalising the Technical Advisory … [Read more...]

Security should be the antidote to fear

An elderly couple posed this question to me yesterday: “What do you think? Should we be letting Muslims into the country?” This is an otherwise good, you could say warmhearted, couple, who have worked all their life, raised families, built successful businesses, contributed to society and donated generously to charities; in other words, model citizens, the sort of people you would hope to grow to be yourself and for … [Read more...]

Nominations For The 2017 Australian Security Medals Are Now Open!

As you are all no doubt aware, The Australian Security Medals Foundation Inc. (ASMF) has grown to become a credible force in change for the good not just in the security industry, but across the community as a whole. In order to continue the good work being done, the Foundation requires your support. We need you help to identify the outstanding men and women in our industry who are worthy of recognition. As many of … [Read more...]

The Value Of ‘What If’ Tests

My father was involved in mechanical engineering all his life and he used to say that a good boss would often ignore one of his people staring into the distance because many times that person was considering the ‘what ifs’ of a design. It may have been that it was my dad’s excuse for just wool gathering. So, what has that to do with aviation security? Well, I have always been a fan of conducting something similar that … [Read more...]

The Key Considerations For Implementing A Crisis And Recovery Management Plan Across Borders

A corporate crisis can strike at any moment, in any location. Indeed, a crisis relates to an incident, human or natural, that requires urgent attention or action to protect life, property, environment or reputation. In the age of digital media, it can be business as usual one day and, without prior warning, the following day an international corporate crisis can be in full swing. With an almost immediate news cycle … [Read more...]

Can The Police Force Me To Turn Off My Dash Cam?

I was recently pulled over by the police. When they went to question me, they noticed my dash cam and told me to turn it off. When I asked them on what basis they could require me to do so, they would not answer. In the end, I thought I had better not rock the boat and turned it off. My question is whether or not the police have the power to force me to turn it off? Dale Griffith, Victoria.   As you would be … [Read more...]

VIVOTEK Join Forces with Neural Labs and Vialseg for Revolutionary Red-Light Enforcement System in Argentina

With a population of 45 million people, Argentina has grown since its beginnings as a colony and trading center for the Spanish empire in the Americas to become a thriving nation and center of trade and commerce for the region. In fact, beyond its clear regional importance, the country has increasingly become the focal point for several global events.   The Challenge: To develop a traffic light enforcement system … [Read more...]

Building Risk Culture Is Easier Than Making Hot Dogs

Yes, building risk culture is that easy! Before I explain, let me first clear some misconceptions about risk culture that have been floating around in the non-financial companies. Making decisions under uncertainty is not natural for humans Back in the 1970s, scientists had a breakthrough in understanding how the human brain works, what influences people’s decisions, how cognitive biases impact on their perception … [Read more...]

Presenting CCTV Evidence In Court: A Case Study

By Gary Palmer With Internet Protocol (IP) and high-definition (HD) CCTV now a part of everyday life for residential, retail and corporate business, it is more important than ever that the fundamentals of basic operation and system objectives are met. If not, the likely outcome will be a very expensive set of electronics that now provides little or no useful information to prosecute an offender. As an example, and … [Read more...]

The Growing Threat Of Terrorism In Australia

By Dr David Wright-Neville The recent release of the respected 2016 Global Terrorism Index carries some worrying implications for Western nations such as Australia. Of particular concern is the increasingly migratory nature of the kind of fury that inspires terrorism in other parts of the world. The report drives home the point that in the 21st century, anger does not need a passport. It travels quickly and efficiently … [Read more...]

Growing number of Australians accessing Dark Web

By Natalie O’Brien More Australians than ever are secretly accessing the notorious Dark Web as cyber experts warn the explosion in use of the anonymous internet platform could have serious ramifications for crime. Data collected by The Tor Project shows a spike in users in the past two months using “bridges” an intermediary internet access point which goes one step further in hiding internet browsing activity by … [Read more...]