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LGC and Facewatch provide expert support for businesses to combat crime

29 Jan 2016
Tags:  Forensic
Facewatch, the online crime reporting and intelligence sharing platform, and international science company LGC are delighted to announce a specialist partnership to provide expert support to help businesses combat crime. The proven expert support of LGC’s forensic imagery services combined with the pioneering capability of Facewatch provides businesses with a powerful tool to tackle low-level crime and antisocial behaviour on or around their premises.

Facewatch has been recognised at the highest levels and boasts the prestigious Secured by Design status, the official UK Police flagship initiative, restricted to companies or products that have been successfully tested to the very highest standards. Facewatch has signed protocols in place with 12 UK police forces and it is anticipated that every police force will have agreed in principle to use it during the course of this year.

Simon Gordon, Chairman of Facewatch commented: “Our service is suitable for use in a variety of high footfall areas such as pubs, clubs, shopping centres and other retail environments, sports stadia, concert venues and even locations such as multi-storey car parks and garage forecourts. Crimes such as shoplifting, personal theft and vandalism can be reported instantly online. Facewatch makes crime reporting more efficient and helps improve conviction rates and as well as effectively dealing with repeat offenders. Our joint initiative with LGC will offer our customers enhanced security capabilities and support.”

Following an incident, Facewatch allows CCTV footage and CCTV images to be automatically uploaded directly to the Police, along with a full paperless witness statement. The victim is given a crime reference number at the same time and once the incident has been reported it is dealt with by the Police who also provide feedback through the system. Regular status reports are then forwarded to the business and victim by the system. In order to prevent crime, offender images and intelligence can be shared within an organisation, as well as chosen business networks and communities on the Facewatch platform.

LGC’s specialist forensic imagery analysis team will support the Facewatch business community in instances where CCTV identification of suspects may be difficult to ascertain or evidence may be contested.  LGC has considerable experience in the presentation of evidence to Court and at Tribunals at all levels. Typically LGC’s forensic imagery services include facial and body mapping, vehicle identification and comparison, chronology of events, photogrammetry (measurement) and imagery enhancement, together with associated comparisons of clothing, footwear, weapons or any other item depicted on imagery.

Analogue and digital CCTV systems add a powerful visual dimension to the investigation of crime and the prosecution of criminals. Expert advice and support is vital to make sense of the often vast amount of footage available to identify unusual or suspicious behaviour. Images captured by digital and infrared cameras, mobile phones or recorded on magnetic, optical and digital media also offer up important sources of evidence.

Stephen Jackson, Business Development Manager within the Digital Forensics team at LGC concluded, “The LGC specialist CCTV forensic services team is widely acknowledged as the leading unit of its kind in the UK, and this latest announcement is part of LGC’s on-going commitment to ‘science for a safer world’ in support of private enterprise initiatives and law enforcement to provide customers with the highest quality service.

“We are extremely pleased to be working with Facewatch as part of a collaborative effort to improve standards of crime reporting, intelligence sharing and assisting to secure prosecution. Facewatch clients stand to benefit enormously from the availability of this innovative tool, which can be successfully integrated into businesses of any size or complexity and the quality of the CCTV system is such that the evidence uploaded can greatly assist to create a safer world for everyone.”

To find out more about our digital forensics services, please contact us.