CQC To Unveil Guidance on Spy Cameras in Nursing Homes

The Telegraph yesterday reported that the Care Qaulity Commission is set to release official guidelines advising loved ones on how to appropriately use Spy Cameras in nursing homes in order to monitor the quality of care given to residents or patients. The CQC- the government’s official watchdog tasked with regulating the quality of care in hospitals and nursing homes- had been publicly mulling over whether to endorse such drastic actions by relatives since last year. The agency was effectively pressured into the decision by steady stream of horrific cases in which relatives and journalists had covertly recorded patients being abused and neglected by staff in instiutions across the country. In every case the failings were completely missed by inspectors, and only came to light after recordings were made using hidden cameras.

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Winterbourne view hospital, site of a notorious abuse investigation starting in 2011. Image via BBC

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6 Essential student security tips for Freshers

It’s that time of year again! The stuffed suitacases have been dropped off, emotional parents have said goodbye, and leery teenagers are getting to know each other in debaucherous ways. Yes, it’s Freshers week at Universities all across the UK. But with all of the excitement of meeting new people and getting to know a new town, it can sometimes hit hard that you’ve abandoned the protective bubble of home. For parents expecially, the prospect of leaving their children to fend for themselves in a different town can be a daunting one. Luckily, keeping a few student security tips in mind can help keep you and your property safe.

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A great tip for helping set up your Wifi IP cameras

This week, we revisit our semi-regular “ask a CCTV expert” series, looking into simple answers for those irritating questions that you can’t seem to find an answer to. This time, Simon from our tech support department has suggested this great tip for helping ease the occasionally stressful process of setting up Wifi IP cameras

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 “I am completely at my wits end. I have been trying to install a series of wireless IP cameras throughout my office building using a Wifi network, but am getting very frustrated by signal issues. Naturally, I want to make sure that the cameras will have signal where they are being installed, so I have been checking the wifi reception at each location using the bars on my phone. Naturally in some there wasnt quite full signal, but still pretty good. Low and behold, once I have gone through the rigmarole of installing the cameras and setting them up on my network, I log in to see….a patchy stream which keeps cutting out! How can this happen when I checked the signal beforehand?!?”
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Breaking Bad Bristol? Spy cameras help nab drug gang

10 men have gone on trial this week, accused of attempting to flood the South West with Methamphetamine, in a failed scheme many in the media are gleefully dubbing “Breaking Bad Bristol”, after the popular US TV show. The trial follows an in depth, months long surveillance operation by police, who then stepped in to make the arrests before the gang could produce any of the drug. The drug- also known as Crystal Meth- has gained an element of notoriety in the public after the success of the TV show, which depicts a hard-up school chemistry teacher turning to drug production in order to fund his Cancer treatment. Though a ubiquitous blight on communities in many areas of America, the highly addictive stimulant has thankfully not gained much of a foothold in the UK- a fact that the accused in the case were presumably all too aware of.

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Spy Cam Scenarios – Protecting your Car from being Vandalized

This popular post was originally published in 2012. We have republished it here with some information on new products and options available…


I have just bought a new car and I’m worried it might be vandalized when I leave it to go to work. Previously my car has been scratched and the side mirror was broken off when left for a prolonged period of time. Is there anything I can do to stop this or something that can help me find evidence to convict the people doing it?

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CCTV Case Study- Helping catch credit card fraudsters

These days everyone knows how CCTV is a vital tool in fighting crime, with recordings of incidents being used as evidence in countless cases. Whilst it is often thought of as the first thing to look at for crimes such as theft and assault, what many business owners don’t realise is how it can help protect them against countless other types of crime, that you wouldn’t necessarily expect it could be used for. As an example, we were recently contacted by one of our customers who used their CCTV system to help catch credit card fraudsters. It’s a fantastic example of how footage of seemingly innocuous things can be key to pinning down people committing a whole host of crimes. After all- as a wise TV cop once said- all the pieces matter

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6 Reasons why now is the ideal time to switch to IP CCTV

Regular readers of our blog- we know you’re out there- may have noticed a recurring theme over the last few weeks, with quite a few posts extolling the virtues of IP CCTV cameras. These advanced devices record digital video and send it down a network cable, as opposed to traditional analogue cameras that use a composite AV cable. Really, this is because they have some distinct advantages of standard security systems, making them an ideal future-proofed option for business and commercial security, or even more demanding home systems. But if your business already has a CCTV system, is the upgrade cost worth the extra money? Or is it worth holding off until the IP camera market has matured a bit? Well here are some reasons why right now is the ideal time to make that upgrade:

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  •  Massively improved video quality.
    IP Cameras use an all-digital imaging system, so they do not lose any quality due to being encoded from an analogue format. This means that the resulting images they can record have notably improved resolution and detail. It also means you can record in true High Definition, with cameras available in both 1280x720p and 1920x1080p. This in turn makes it much easier to take usable details from the video such as faces or even vehicle licence plates in certain situations.

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Close calls, Licensing, and Sharks – This week’s CCTV Stories

Every week we scour the news to find the most pressing (or surreal) video, surveillance and CCTV stories, so you don’t have to.

Baby and pushchair in terrifying tube plunge

This video (courtesy of Reuters) captures the terrifying moment a baby in a pushchair rolled straight onto the tracks at Goodge street tube station, apparently shifted from a stairway by a freak gust of air. The mother immediately leaps to the child’s aid, climbing down onto the tracks to hoist the bairn to safety, seemingly moments before another train arrived. Both were incredibly lucky to make it away unscathed and avoiding electrocution.

Portsmouth Pub’s licence revoked pending proper CCTV coverage

In a stark reminder of the importance of proper CCTV installation for licenced businesses, a pub in Portsmouth has had it’s alcohol licence taken away until it’s CCTV system is improved. Pressure had been placed on the council by local police, who had received numerous complaints about antisocial noise, as well as the venue staying open after hours. When threatened with closure, local residents raised their voices in support of the pub, and it’s important place in the community. The council relented, and agreed it could get it’s licence back once the police were satisfied that their new CCTV system was fit to record any incidents that happened on the property.

Japanese researchers pioneer shark fin-cam to help biologists

Wired have a fascinating report on a team of Japanese scientists, who have put together a unique camera system that can be attached to the fin of a shark. The device is designed to record both video and positioning data while “on-board”, before automatically detaching after 2 weeks, and sending a radio signal so scientists can locate it for a pick-up. The researchers claim to have already used it to snag unique footage of different shark species congregating together and searching for mates. Whilst we are proud of how our trail cameras can be used to record wildlife in the field, this might be a bit beyond their capabilities!

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5 Reasons to keep an eye on your dog while you’re out

Whilst they may be loyal and affectionate to your face, there is always a nagging suspicion that your canine companions get up to all manner of mischief when you leave them alone in the house. Whether it’s demolishing cherished possessions, enacting elaborate schemes to reach food, or more….sordid….acts, an empty house can be like a playground to an energetic dog. Once upon a time owners had to deduce what happened from the remaining debris, but thankfully IP cameras now allow you to keep an eye on your dog even when you’re out of the house. As to whether or not you’ll want to see what they get up to? Well, we’ll let you be the judge of that…

1) This dog with a taste for upholstery

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