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Brazilian GP: Security tightened after gunmen threaten Mercedes

Last Updated: 12/11/17 7:18am

Security at the Brazilian GP has been tightened in the wake of the armed robbery of Mercedes team members leaving the circuit on Friday night. Gunmen held up a minibus carrying Mercedes personnel and stole valuables, while a car carrying FIA officials was also threatened . No one was harmed in either incident. Mercedes bus robbed at gunpoint1

The FIA issued a statement on Saturday night confirming an increased security presence from local police and have advised people to take all necessary precautions when travelling to and from the circuit on race day.

“The circuit has informed all of the event stakeholders that the Sao Paulo police force has taken additional measures after these regrettable incident,” read a statement. “Heavy police reinforcements will be on duty for the remainder of the event.” While Brazil is one of the sport’s most popular and vibrant races, incidents of F1 personnel being targeted on the roads outside the circuit are not uncommon.

Ted Kravitz gives his thoughts on Saturday’s qualifying session at the Brazilian Grand Prix

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, who was not travelling in the vehicle that was targeted, said F1 collectively needed to do more to ensure all members of the paddock were able to travel safely.

“I was horrified to hear what had happened,” he said. “I’m very close with all the guys that got pulled aside and you can’t imagine what they were feeling or going through at the time.

“After that, the most frustrating thing is I’ve been in Formula 1 for 10 years and every single year that has happened to somebody in the paddock . And it continues to happen.

“I’m sure that’s an issue that the government here are fighting, but maybe on this weekend there are protocols that are put in place that help. “It should be for the whole paddock . That’s partly Formula 1’s responsibility but generally people at the top need to take action to keep everyone safe . It’s not good just the bosses having security and myself having security, everyone needs to be looked after.” The 2017 title race may be over, but the racing definitely isn’t ! Get set for Mercedes v Ferrari v Red Bull in the Brazilian GP LIVE ONLY on Sky Sports F1 .

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References

  1. ^ Mercedes bus robbed at gunpoint (www.skysports.com)
  2. ^ Want to watch but not got Sky F1 ?

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Nest’s new home security system aims to combine power with ease of use

Nest is taking home security to the next level with Nest Secure, a new alarm system that protects your abode with a hands-off approach that’s just as effective at protecting against intruders. There are multiple components to the system – making it modular, if you will – which Nest unveiled at an event in San Francisco, starting with Nest Guard. This is the brains of the operation, and acts as the alarm and keypad as well as a motion sensor . Shaped like a hockey puck and smaller than the Amazon Echo Dot1, you tap your Nest Tag (which we’ll get to in a bit) to arm and disarm the system. Guard will also utter a countdown clock of how much time you have to leave the house once you’ve armed it. Nest's New Home Security System Aims To Combine Power With Ease Of Use

Nest Tag and Nest Guard Then there’s Nest Detect . This battery-powered motion detector is placed on the wall and will sense when doors or windows are open, and picks up movement in rooms (both when it’s on a door). You can tap a button on Detect to disarm a door with a featured called Quiet Open if, say, it’s the middle of the night and Fido needs to go outside. The aforementioned Nest Tag is a little tile that can attach to your key chain . It allows you to arm and disarm your security system without needing to input a passcode .

Just walk in the front door and touch your Tag to the Nest Guard. Nest's New Home Security System Aims To Combine Power With Ease Of Use Nest Detect

You can control the entire system from the Nest app, arming and disarming your alarm wherever you are and receiving alerts if something is detected. It’s all designed so you actually use it, rather than be turned off by complicated and intrusive systems that don’t fit with the average person’s lifestyle . There’s a battery backup and optional $5/month ($50 per year) cell backup service so your system is always primed should Wi-Fi cut out or your power is off. As for price, a Nest Secure starter pack costs $499 (about 370 / AU$620) . This includes one Nest Guard, two Nest Detects and two Nest Tags. You can add on additional components as well, with each Nest Detect costing $59 (about 45/ AU$75) and additional Tags priced at $25 (about 20 / AU$30) . Best Buy will also sell a package with a Nest Cam Outdoor for $598. The Nest Secure system is available for pre-order from Nest today . It will ship to the US this November, with availability in Europe and Canada coming next year.

New Nest IQ

Nest also introduced a new Nest IQ outdoor camera at its event today. The camera is weatherproof, Nest says, and uses facial recognition as well as motion detection to sense who’s there. Nest's New Home Security System Aims To Combine Power With Ease Of Use It will launch in the US, Canada and European markets where Nest products are available in November . Pre-orders open today . The Nest Cam IQ outdoor price is $349 (about 260 / AU$435), or two for $598 (about 440 / AU$740). Nest also unveiled a smart doorbell, called Nest Hello2 .

It, too, uses facial recognition to tell who’s come a’knockin’, can record in HDR, and has a night-vision mode.

References

  1. ^ Amazon Echo Dot (www.techradar.com)
  2. ^ Nest Hello (www.techradar.com)

Highland Show appoints new security firm

IT HAS been confirmed that a new contractor will be taking over the 2017’s Royal Highland Show security operation. SHOWSEC has been named as the new organisation a company that claims to be an “award winning event and venue security specialist dedicated to achieving excellence in crowd management”. In business for more than 30 years, SHOWSEC has serviced thousands of events at over 450 venues, managing the safety of over 25 million people at sports, concerts, festivals and public events each year. Following last year’s Highland Show, claims were made on social media that a number of items of properly were stolen from the Young Farmers campsite, and it was alleged that it was the security team, Streamline Security, that had taken them. Some of these allegations included: One young farmer had her phone charging in the cabin next to the security booth . When she returned, her phone and charger had gone . She was told nothing had been handed in and that the lost property box was empty . A guard then rang her phone and she could hear it ringing .

She then saw her phone flash under piles of paper on a desk . Only then, reportedly, was she told that it had been handed in. Laura Cochrane, from central Scotland, dropped her purse on Saturday night at the paint party dance . She checked at the security booth . Five minutes later, a friend got the purse from a guard . It had no cash in it, and when she asked who handed it in, was told it was confidential information . A Lanarkshire young farmer s wallet went missing . It was handed back by a security guard, minus the cash. It was reported on Facebook that while a young farmer was lying in a room within a caravan, a security guard let himself into the caravan and, when challenged, left immediately .

This was reported to the head security guard. At the time, Streamline s managing director, William Hunter, said: I can confirm that a mobile phone was found in the possession of one of Streamline s bar staff . Following an investigation, the staff member was fired and the phone is being returned to the owner . We have passed details of the incident to the police . This is the only incident reported to either ourselves or Police Scotland.” Royal Highland Show manager, David Jackson, also commented in the 2016 show aftermath: These are concerning allegations and we will work with Police Scotland and Streamline Leisure to investigate and take appropriate action. This week, The Scottish Farmer asked the Royal Highland Show’s public relations spokesman if last year’s row was the reason for the change of security provider, but had received no reply at time of going to press.