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Security is stepped up at Kensington Palace’s public areas amid fears of terror attacks

Security has been stepped up at Kensington Palace1 amid fears of terror attacks.2

Visitors to the west London palace, once home to Princess Diana3 , must now have their bags checked every time they enter the cafe and gift shop in measures introduced after the UK threat level was briefly raised to critical.

The palace is home to William and Kate and their children as well as Prince Harry4 .

However, the recent changes concern the public areas of the building where an estimated 400,000 visitors flock every year.

The new measures come after the UK threat level temporarily increased Tourists must now have their bags checked every time they go into the cafe or gift shop

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The palace is currently home to the exhibition Diana: Her Fashion Story which is attracting high volumes of visitors as people remember the princess on the 20th anniversary of her death. It also hosts an exhibition on Queen Victoria and offers the chance to view Royal Collection artwork in The King s Gallery. A sign outside the cafe and shop now reads: Please wait here for mandatory bag searches and security checks.

Please note that bags will be searched upon every re-entry of the palace cafe.

A source said the measures were introduced in May after the threat level was briefly raised to critical following the Manchester bombing5 and remain in place despite the threat level since being lowered.

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Princess Diana once called Kensington Palace her home Kensington Palace is currently showing the exhibition Diana: Her Fashion Story

It currently remains at the second highest level of severe meaning at attack is highly likely . It is not known if security surrounding the royals has also been stepped up as this information is never made public by royal officials or the MET Police. Bag searches are also in place at other sites managed by Historic Royal Palaces including the Tower of London.

A Historic Royal Palaces spokesperson said: The safety and security of our visitors is our highest priority.

We have a range of security measures in place across our sites, which are subject to constant review based on the information available to us.

We continue to review our existing security arrangements and, where appropriate, put in place additional measures.

References

  1. ^ Kensington Palace (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ terror attacks. (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ Princess Diana (www.mirror.co.uk)
  4. ^ Prince Harry (www.mirror.co.uk)
  5. ^ Manchester bombing (www.mirror.co.uk)

Dozens of cyclists queue for bike security marking kits

Dozens of cyclists queued up this morning to receive free security marking kits for their bikes. The initiative was launched by The States of Jersey Police to help reduce theft in the island. Officers were seen tagging pedal bikes with a unique ID number at Victoria Avenue in Jersey this morning.

The security marking kits, funded by the Channel Islands Co-operative Society, will make it easier for islanders to recover their bike if it is stolen. So far Jersey Police have marked more than 2,000 pedal bikes in the island. The States of Jersey Police tweeted a video this morning of one cyclist owner sharing her thoughts on the importance of bike security marking.

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The States of Jersey Police will be holding more security marking events on the following days:

How to choose the right security cam for your summer hols

AUGUST is a good month for break-ins, because many of us leave our homes unoccupied while we hightail it to Tuscany or Torremolinos . But a remotely controlled security camera back home can be as good as – or better than – a house sitter. The current fad for home automation products has spawned a raft of cameras that record what is going on and allow you to access the footage from wherever you are . They don t actively deter intruders but they do arm you with the evidence if you need it . More importantly, perhaps, they provide some peace of mind when home is far away. All of them work in more or less the same way, connecting to the internet and uploading footage to a cloud, from where it can be accessed by PC or phone . Most have sensors that can start recording when movement is detected, and some can be panned and swivelled remotely.

But while the technology is similar, the business models of the manufacturers vary greatly . In particular, some require you to pay a monthly fee to record and play video; others include everything in the purchase price. Recording and playing back your footage is a must for practical use . Any camera will let you watch live, and many will alert you when they detect something, but unless you can search and see events retrospectively, your evidence will vanish into the breeze. Less essential but still useful features on some models include the ability to store footage on an SD card in the camera itself, and two-way audio to communicate with someone back home. All security cameras have companion apps that let you watch footage on your phone, but the design and functionality of these varies enormously . The market has matured greatly in recent years, and the interface of my BT Smart HomeCam from 2014 seems rudimentary now. The Evo range from Y-Cam is among the newer entrants to the market, offering seven days rolling cloud storage of video clips for the first three years, as part of the upfront 129 . The range includes indoor and outdoor models, and can he had as bundles at a slight cost saving.

It is by selling you more than one camera that manufacturers try to lock you into whatever subscription model they are offering . The outlay is too great for you to replace them all and go elsewhere, they figure . But there are also advantages to you, since you can view and control all your cameras from a single app, like a security officer in a shopping mall. Security cameras typically record video in high definition, though not necessarily the highest available, and HD recording tends to be used as a sales incentive . In fact, for security use the definition hardly matters – the ability to compensate for bright sunlight and to shoot clearly at night is far more useful . A lens with a wide field of vision is also worth having, so you can position it without blind spots. Where to place these cameras is an art in itself . Nearly all need mains power, and it s a challenge to run cables discreetly along walls without compromising the view . It s also worth bearing in mind that if the power to your home is cut, so is the video feed.

Your intended use for a security camera – child minder, pet monitor, web cam – will dictate the functions you need, but even from those few examples, it s plain to see how easily they could become part of your life.