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saftex is a new information service for ur mobile, giving u all you need to know to make sure u have an enjoyable and safe night out in Bournemouth.

How do I get this information?

Simply tex a keyword to 80210 or sign-up now:

- tex BAR 4 info on bars and pubs
- tex CLUB 4 info on nightclubs
- tex STREET 4 street safety info
Posted Wednesday, March 17, 2004 Permalink

NNPD: CityWatch: "ityWatch%uFFFD is a computerized community notification system that allows the Newport News Police Department to deliver important information to hundreds of residents and businesses within minutes. Missing persons alerts, and suspect and criminal information that may pertain to your neighborhood are just a few examples of the information capable of being delivered. You can call the Police Department and get information on various topics, from a recorded message or it can be faxed upon request. "
Posted Wednesday, March 17, 2004 Permalink

Havering Borough Police | Ringmaster
Posted Wednesday, March 17, 2004 Permalink

Redbridge Ringmaster Project

Redbridge Ringmaster is a computerised system that transmits messages from the police directly to homes, businesses and neighbourhood watch groups, via telephone, fax or email The free service sends out up to the minute warnings about local crime and witness appeals

Aiming to cut burglary in hot spots and reduce the fear of crime across the borough, the scheme follows the example of a system set up in Lewisham in 1997, where it now reaches 23,000 residence. In Redbridge more than 1,000 households signed up for the free messages in the first eight weeks, after door-to-door visits from police officers, publicity at community events, and local press coverage. Project staff expect to be in touch with 10,000 people after the first year.

The system is based in the borough intelligence unit at Ilford police station, where access to the most recent crime information should help the scheme reduce robberies and burglaries by 10% over its initial two-year life span."

From The Thames Gateway Community Safety Dimension

Posted Wednesday, March 17, 2004 Permalink

Microsoft gadget keeps record of your life

SenseCam, touted as a visual diary of sorts by Microsoft Corp., is designed to be worn around the neck and take up to 2,000 images a 12-hour day automatically.

The prototype responds to changes such as bright lights and sudden movements and might one day even respond to other stimuli such as heart rate or skin temperature to track medical problems as easily as to record a Hawaiian vacation. And it could eventually link with other technology, such as face recognition to remind wearers when they've seen someone before.

Posted Wednesday, March 10, 2004 Permalink

Future Visions
From the Voda phone r&D lab - including an emergency service which sounds an alarm or calls the authorities based on understanding of your emotional state
Posted Thursday, February 19, 2004 Permalink

On the Spot:
From tigers leap...Last night, I was walking through Piccadilly Circus after having been to the cinema. The night was cold (good build up here!), so a black cab was in order. I thought it best to keep walking in the general direction towards my flat, and called Zingo to order a black cab. Using GPRS, the service locates the nearest Zingo registered black cab and pinpoints your position. Within five minutes, a black cab is guaranteed to stop and pick you up. Nice! But, as I walked along, listening to the instructions of the recorded service, the call was interrupted by a service representative. She instructed me to stop walking along the road, as one does when hailing cabs, as they were having difficulty locating my precise position. So I did. But it spooked me a littlethey were tracking me!, even though I wanted them to...

A similar ability to track movements of people through mobile phones has been launched. Mapminder and 192.com both pinpoint and reveal the location of others using mobile phones. Via a street map on their web sites, subscribers, who pay 5 a month and a fee every time, can see where their consenting peers are, and even access information over the phone.

Oh big brother, where art though!!"
Posted Monday, February 16, 2004 Permalink

Of the 100,000 most persistent offenders:

Half are under 21
Nearly three-quarters start offending between the ages of 13 & 15
Nearly two-thirds are hard drug users
More than one-third were in care as children
Half have no qualifications
Nearly half have been excluded from school
Three-quarters have no work or little or no legal income
Posted Thursday, December 04, 2003 Permalink

Posted Thursday, December 04, 2003 Permalink

SPIDER :: Community safety
Posted Thursday, December 04, 2003 Permalink

Orbis Monitoring Systems Limited

Posted Thursday, December 04, 2003 Permalink

Cybertrack: "

Each Benefon Track phone is equipped with an SOS button. On activation, the phone's revolutionary global positioning system (GPS) receiver obtains the user's exact location which is transmitted, together with the person's unique identity, direct to the Orbis Monitoring response centre in Cheshire. During an alarm situation, the phone's microphone is automatically activated, enabling Orbis to record and confirm an emergency situation is in progress. There is also the facility to interrogate the phone to obtain the user's latest position. "
Posted Thursday, December 04, 2003 Permalink

Local Initiatives in community Cohesion: "

Local Initiatives

The Community Cohesion Unit is currently funding 14 pathfinder areas to promote community cohesion with both statutory and voluntary sectors, harnessing existing Government funded programmes such as Community Chest, Community Empowerment Fund and the DfES Community Champions programme."
Posted Thursday, December 04, 2003 Permalink

Guidance on Community Cohesion: "

The United Kingdom is a changing society. Socio-economic changes are reflected in our growing ethnic and cultural diversity. These changes bring many gains but sometimes there are tensions and divisions that may lead to fracturing within and across local areas and local communities. Against this background, the enormous importance of working for social cohesion becomes evident.

Posted Thursday, December 04, 2003 Permalink

Guidance on Community Cohesion:

Note %u2013 future intentions This guidance is designed to assist all local authorities (from the largest counties to the smallest districts) and their partners in strengthening and building community cohesion. Further joint guidance is being developed to assist authorities and local strategic partnerships to assess (and measure) cohesion. In addition, examples of existing and emerging good practice in policy development and service provision will be posted on the LGA and community cohesion websites: www.lga.gov.uk and www.communitycohesion.gov.uk

Posted Thursday, December 04, 2003 Permalink

National policing plan: what Blunkett wants: "National policing plan: what Blunkett wants"
Posted Thursday, December 04, 2003 Permalink

Wired News: Korea: Beeping Prevents Peeping A 65 decibel beep on taking a picture becomes a requirement on camera phones in Korea.
Posted Saturday, November 15, 2003 Permalink

Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science - Home Page: "Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science

The Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science is the first in the world devoted specifically to reducing crime. It does this through teaching, research, public policy analysis and by the dissemination of evidence-based information on crime reduction.

Our mission is to change crime policy and practice. The Institute plays a pivotal role in bringing together politicians, scientists, designers and those in the front line of fighting crime to examine patterns in crime, and to find practical methods to disrupt these patterns.

The Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science is supported by the Jill Dando Fund as a permanent memorial to one of Britain's best-known television journalists."
Posted Thursday, October 30, 2003 Permalink

Tracking Junior With a Microchip
Developments in Mexico on VeriChip, the person tracking implant
Posted Sunday, October 12, 2003 Permalink

Big Brother's in the House: "Big Brother technology that already allows people to be tracked through their mobile phones could soon be installed in household objects, tipping off police if they are stolen.

Televisions, DVD players and computers could be fitted with microchips identifying their location and their normal proximity to each other, automatically alerting police if they change unexpectedly, according to a scientist on Wednesday."
Posted Thursday, September 11, 2003 Permalink

SCOTTeVEST A jacket with 24 concealed pockets designed to carry electronic gadgets, PDa's walkman etc. The jacket features a weight distribution system and an extendable keyholder that seems to fit inside the sleve of the jacket.
Posted Friday, August 29, 2003 Permalink

Wired 11.09: View
Posted Friday, August 29, 2003 Permalink

Orange has expanded its customer base into the emergency services with the
launch of a six-month trial using mobile phones with built in digital

The mobile company has donated 14 handsets equipped with picture messaging
to the Fife fire and rescue service and the accident and emergency unit at
Dunfermline's Queen Margaret Hospital. The aim is for officers attending
accident scenes to take photographs of victims' injuries and to show if or
how they are trapped, then to send the images over the phone network to A&E
staff. The trial is designed to demonstrate that by using this visual aid,
doctors can better assess the type and extent of a victim's injuries. With
photo messaging staff can evaluate whether it is necessary to send medical
teams to the accident scene or, if not, to mobilise the appropriate staff
and equipment to be ready for the casualty on arrival at the hospital.
Orange hope to show that mobile data applications have a valuable role to
play in both the public and commercial sectors where speed and reliability
of service is critical.

From Sense Bullitin
Posted Wednesday, August 27, 2003 Permalink

Trendsetting is dead
With the growth of collaboration online, the death of the trendsetting profession may be near. With search engines tracking popular searches and weblogs giving everyone a voice, it's not too hard to figure out what's in and what's out.

All of this may be the demise of cool.

A big ingredient to something being cool is its under the radar factor. Once everyone knows about it, it's not cool anymore and the length of time between cool and uncool is fast decreasing. Very soon we will reach the point where nothing (and everything) will be cool (or not) at the same time.

From Protein
Posted Monday, August 04, 2003 Permalink

Offenders to face their victims

The Guardian (London), July 23, 2003, Guardian Home Pages, Pg. 6

Thousands of offenders are to be brought face to face with their victims and the consequences of their crimes under "restorative justice" proposals announced by the home secretary, David Blunkett, yesterday.

The innovative scheme could mean offenders avoiding a court prosecution if they are prepared to admit their crime and apologise and make reparation to their victim. The new sanction is to form part of a police cautioning scheme contained in the criminal justice bill working its way through parliament.

The decision to include restorative justice measures within the bill marks a victory for liberal criminal justice campaigners who have fought for more than 10 years to secure their adoption.

Restorative justice schemes have been pioneered in Britain by the Thames Valley police and so far have mainly been used for young offenders.

The Home Office intends to launch a pilot scheme this year involving adult offenders, school bullies and those involved in anti-social behaviour.

Mr Blunkett described restorative justice yesterday as an "innovative and constructive community-based response to crime" and said more than 75% of victims who had chosen to take part in pilot schemes had said they were glad they had.

"Restorative justice means victims can get an apology from their offender, but it is more than 'saying sorry' - it provides the victim with an explanation as to why the crime was committed.

"That is something a prison sentence on its own can never do."

The Home Office admits that the research evidence so far is mixed on the ability of restorative justice schemes to cut reoffending rates, and results suggest it meets victims' needs more than those of the offender.

Only offences in which there is an identifiable personal victim can be covered by the scheme, which requires the consent of victim and offender. The crown prosecution service will decide whether an offender should be prosecuted in court or cautioned and allowed to take part in a restorative justice scheme.

Paul Cavadino of Nacro, the crime reduction charity, backed the scheme and said restorative justice could have a powerful effect on many offenders, making them face up to the damage and distress that their actions had caused.

The restorative justice scheme was published yesterday alongside a Home Office strategy statement for victims and witnesses, which reaffirmed Mr Blunkett's intention to introduce legislation to set up a victims' commissioner and a new way of funding victim and witness groups.

Victim Support welcomed the new strategy, saying it would make it easier for intimidated witnesses and victims to get help moving house when needed. It also promised improvements to mental health services for child and adolescent victims and witnesses.

Posted Wednesday, July 30, 2003 Permalink

BT Home monitoring
Posted Monday, July 28, 2003 Permalink


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