Archives 2017

Eboracum: First in the UK to achieve CCTV accreditation

Eboracum UK Ltd is the first Private Security firm to achieve  surveillance camera code of practice accreditation.

The code of practice, issued by the UK Secretary of state is intended to ensure that individuals and wider communities have confidence that public body surveillance cameras are deployed to protect and support them, rather than spy on them.
Eboracum’s procedures, privacy impact assessment and processes were audited by the SSAIB (Security Systems and Alarms Inspection board) who in turn recommended certification to the Surveillance Camera Commissioner.

The audit was based on the companies use of Body Worn CCTV cameras.  Body Worn CCTV is across the business for a number of reasons. It helps to reduce conflict, demonstrate transparency, prevent false allegations and can be used as evidence in a court of law.

Carl Nickson, Director of Eboracum UK  said 

Although accreditation is voluntary, I feel that it is important to demonstrate a transparent and compliant approach to the use of CCTV. We are leading from the front as the first Security Company to achieve this accolade and I hope that others will follow. Achieving this accreditation outlines that even small-medium businesses can put privacy, compliance and transparency high on the agenda.  

Eboracum UK has taken steps to ensure that their Body worn CCTV systems operate within a legal framework and meet the standards of the Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s code of practice. 

The company has published their policy and privacy impact assessment online. Please use the buttons below to download the relevant documents.   

All queries relating to Ebroacum’s use of Body Worn CCTV should be directed to Carl Nickson – carl@eboracumgroup.com

More information about the Surveillance Camera Commissioner Code of Practice:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/surveillance-camera-code-of-practice

Eboracum Taxi Marshals launched in York

A partnership project…

The York Business Improvement District (BID) is partnering with York Hackney Carriage Association, Guildhall Ward Committee and Dean Court Hotel to launch a taxi marshal service that will operate from the Duncombe Place taxi rank on Friday and Saturday nights, 11pm to 4am.

The new programme, which sees Marshals employed by Eboracum UK Ltd launches this Friday (16th June 2017), aims to curb anti-social behaviour and control noise levels in the neighbourhood by using taxi marshals to manage an efficient, orderly queue service and report any activity that requires local authority attention.

The programme will run for 25 weeks with two marshals on duty, both who will be Security Industry Authority (SIA) and first-aid trained and have radio communication with the police and local partners.

Simon Murphy, General Manager, Dean Court Hotel; ‘Our guests and the quality of their experience is our number one priority. With the ongoing concern of noise control outside the hotel’s rooms during the weekend nights, this programme will enable an effective taxi queue service and help our business and neighbouring businesses deliver the very best visit for our customers.’

The York Hackney Carriage Association proposed the taxi marshal project and have been working with the York BID after hearing concerns from both residents and businesses and reviewing similar schemes used in other cities which successfully reduced incidents of anti-social behaviour. The cost to run the programme at Duncombe Place will be sponsored by the BID, Guildhall Ward Committee, York Hackney Carriage Association and Dean Court Hotel.

‘We feel the taxi rank is appropriately placed and should absolutely continue operating, but after years of low-level complaints from local residents and businesses, the committee agreed that the best course of action would be to better manage the queue with people on the ground, ‘ Cllr Janet Looker, who represents Guildhall Ward Committee.

According to Saf Din, Chairman of York Hackney Carriage Association, the Duncombe Place rank contributes to over 50% of weekend business. As a popular location for many of the city’s residents, the programme is an opportunity to manage the crowds in the queue in a more organised and safer environment.

Andrew Lowson, Executive Director of the York BID says, ‘By working together, we are able to roll out a programme that works in the best interests of all involved. The marshals will address matters raised by local businesses, the residents and taxi association and offer a solution that improves a specific area in the BID which we can eventually offer to other taxi ranks throughout the city if necessary. Overall, this will positively contribute to our commitment, which is shared with the partners, to deliver a vision of a safer York for all who visit, live, work and study here.’

Eboracum Support Lifestyle 2017 – North Yorkshire Police

Eboracum – Safety and Security Challenge

Eboracum is sponsoring a challenge in the North Yorkshire Police Lifestyle 2017 Campaign. Eboracum’s challenge is the Safety and Security Challenge and is based on raising security and safety awareness to vulnerable people in the community.

This summer North Yorkshire Police are again running their popular Lifestyle Challenge competition which is open to all 10 – 17 year olds who are resident in York or North Yorkshire. Challenge results are judged by a panel and the winning teams win fantastic prizes.

Carl Nickson, Director of Eboracum said “Campaigns like this, orgnised by public organisations are highly credible and it was an honour to be asked to have our brand associated with it by sponsoring a challenge. The competition encourages young people to get involved with community projects and demonstrates the importance of partnership working early on in life.”

Vangarde Shopping Park supports local business after appointing York-based firm Eboracum Group.

A busy York-based shopping park has appointed locally-based Eboracum for its security and cleaning services after a competitive tender process.

Vangarde Shopping Park has appointed the firm based in Castlegate, York, which has a proven track record locally in providing security, business support and traffic management services. The appointment comes after the shopping park put its services out to tender nationally.

The firm prides itself in employing local people who are familiar with the local area, as well as supporting local businesses. Starting on 1st April 2017, the provision sees the delivery of a range of services at the shopping park including H&S checks, cleaning, security and maintaining a safe & secure experience for all.

Carl Nickson, Director of Eboracum said: “It is very pleasing to win a local contract for a vibrant retail destination which people hold in high regard. Vangarde Shopping Park is renowned for its high-quality shopping offer and we are delighted to provide our services to further ensure the customers’ shopping experience is safe and enjoyable. After being part of a rigorous tender process, it is great to be able to support another local business and see two York businesses join together for the benefit of the community.”

Vangarde Shopping Park has John Lewis, Next and Marks and Spencer as its three main retailers, with a range of food outlets also on site.

Deborah O’Donnell, Centre Manager for Vangarde Shopping Park, said: “We are always looking to ensure that the Vangarde experience is the best that it can be for all customers. We feel that Eboracum is best placed to ensure that experience remains at the quality that ourselves, and our customers, expect. We are also pleased to support a local business which has a great reputation for the services it provides in York – which in turn will support local jobs for our community.”