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Claims council has removed long standing security patrols

Nightly security guard patrols have been removed from Dundee city centre, The Courier understands. Guards have patrolled City Square and the surrounding area on 12 hour shifts for several years. Patrollers were asked to check in at points throughout the centre while attempting to curb anti social behaviour.

Now it s claimed the patrols have been dropped by Dundee City Council. Night shift cover on the council s Dundee House building has also been removed, it s said. Dundee City Council refused to elaborate on the reported changes, citing security reasons for the refusal.

However the administration notes changes to security arrangements at Dundee House and City Square in its annual budget report. The changes, the administration claims, will involve improved risk management and more effective use of technology (which) will enable increased efficiency in this area . But The Courier has been informed by an industry source that a long-standing security arrangement for guards to patrol both the city centre and Dundee House has been withdrawn.

In 2014, figures emerged showing the council spends around 40,000 every year on security guards for City Square. At the time, Councillor Will Dawson, city development convener, said: Costs of vandalism and graffiti have greatly reduced since security was introduced at City Square.

The presence of security helps to protect property, while offering reassurance for staff who work in the square. Earlier this month, figures were published showing the administration has spent 250,000 on maintaining CCTV cameras in Dundee over the last four years.

In the last financial year alone, the council paid 69,371.33 refurbishing some of its 87 cameras. The most recent update from the local authority shows there are currently five with minor faults which are not working. The peak expenditure came in 2013/14 when 74,046.12 was spent maintaining the cameras

Commenting on the figures, Daniel Nesbitt, research director of Big Brother Watch,said: Dundee City Council should be regularly reviewing its CCTV network and if the cameras aren t making a difference then they should be scaled back.

Half of firms hit by cyber security attack last year

Just under half of all British businesses were victim to at least one cyber security breach last year, according to a government report. The 2017 report, commissioned by the Department for Culture Media and Sport, found that 46 per cent of all businesses discovered at least one cyber security breach in 2016, with the average cost to firms ranging between 1,570 and 19,600. It pointed out that larger firms tend to incur much more substantial costs from cyber security attacks, which it said could reflect the increased complexity of the breaches, or because they have more sophisticated systems that are harder to repair. The report, which is part of the government s National Cyber Security Programme, warned that costs could come from the loss of customers, data or assets, handling customer complaints, and dishing out compensation, fines or legal fees. This comes after cyber experts warned1 that improvements to banks cyber systems could displace some of the threats onto other sectors, such as financial advice businesses. The cost can rise into the millions, with the loss often ultimately borne by the financial sector.

Marcus Scott

According to the government survey, only a third of the 1,523 businesses questioned have a formal policy on cyber security in place. However, it found that small businesses were more likely to have installed cyber security systems than they were last year, with almost a quarter now having formal processes in place, up from 15 per cent in 2016. The study, which was conducted in January and February this year, said this aligns with the increasing importance these smaller businesses now attach to cyber security. A positive picture was also painted in terms of the speed with which businesses identify breaches, with 90 per cent of firms recognising an attack within 24 hours.

The report found that 60 per cent of the 350 financial firms questioned outsource their cyber security to specialist providers. Marcus Scott, chief operating officer at think tank the City UK, said cyber security is increasingly becoming one of the biggest challenges facing businesses. While the average cost of a breach is 20,000, this can rise into the millions, with the loss often ultimately borne by the financial sector. Earlier this year, the City UK set up a task force to help boost understanding of cyber risk and encourage firms to take action to tackle the problem, such as working on system recovery issues and sharing best practices across other businesses. It also recommended that cyber security be managed effectively by boards, echoing advice in the report about the need for oversight of security issues at a board level. Other recommendations from the City UK included making sure cyber risk is a part of the entire business strategy. The government report found there were more breaches reported by those firms taking action to protect themselves, which it suggested could indicate that they are better at identifying when their systems have been compromised.


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Celtic launch urgent review of security and liaise with Scots cops …


The Scottish champions are holding urgent talks with police, Foreign Office officials and UEFA following the coach blast

CELTIC are in talks with police forces at home and abroad after they launched an urgent review of security after the Borussia Dortmund team bus blast. The Champions League-bound club is holding urgent talks with police, Foreign Office officials and UEFA in the wake of the terror attack on the German football giant.

Celtic Launch Urgent Review Of Security And Liaise With Scots Cops ...

The bomb blast hit the team bus as it made its way to a Champions League match and the Glasgow club has vowed to keep fans and players safe. They have made the moves amid fears footballers have become a target.

A letter left at the scene of Tuesday s crime scene warned crusader sports idols and celebs are now on a death list. Clubs across Europe are on high alert after the triple bomb attack on Borussia Dortmund s team bus on Tuesday evening.1


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Celtic head of security Ronnie Hawthorn said: The safety and security of our players, staff and fans is our highest priority.

The club is aware of this week s events in Europe and we are liaising closely with Police Scotland on security matters for home fixtures and foreign police forces as well as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for future away fixtures.

We are also closely liaising with UEFA on these matters . UEFA risk assess each match individually and act accordingly. The SPFL has also said it is aware of the need for clubs to remains vigilant and said they will stay in close contact with Police Scotland.

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Police escort Dortmund team coach

A spokesman added: Whilst Scottish football has been free from such incidents, we continue to encourage clubs to give due consideration to reprehensible events like those we saw this week.

Clubs are aware of the need to remain vigilant regarding these activities and to work closely with Police Scotland on player and fan security as a key priority. It has already been revealed Manchester United players will have unprecedented protection for their Eu r opa League quarterfinal clash with Anderlecht in Brussels. Police Scotland Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins also moved to reassure.

He said: Police Scotland is committed to keeping people safe and we regularly review policing plans around major events, including sporting fixtures.

We frequently liaise with the Scottish Football Association and clubs to address concerns on a local or national basis.

There is absolutely no intelligence or assessment to suggest Scotland is going to be the target of a terrorist attack, be that at a sporting event or otherwise.

However, there is also no room for complacency and that is why our plans are under constant review.
I would urge the public to remain alert and report any concerns or suspicious activity to the police. Armed police will shadow Manchester United s team bus on Brussels streets2 supported by snipers and helicopters.

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Cops surround coach

Security services launched the major operation to protect the Red Devils as they flew into the Belgian capital following the bomb attack in Germany on Tuesday. Dortmund s Marc Bartra, 26, was injured by glass and shrapnel in the assault, which saw the game with Monaco rearranged for last night.

Anti-terror investigators were yesterday hunting a car with Belgian registration plates seen near the German team s hotel before the pipe bomb blasts set off by remote control.

Cops have arrested a 25-year-old from Wuppertal not far from Dortmund and the second suspect is a German, 28, from Froenderburg, near Unna, also in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

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