I read with interest the message from the current CCTV Commissioner Tony Porter based on a BBC Radio 5 interview recently. For those that did not read or hear it Mr Porter pressed for increased regulation to deliver more effective surveillance and end the industry‘s legacy of poorly-specified and maintained systems.
In the interview Mr Porter states he is in favour of well-run surveillance systems that serve a clear purpose. By the same token he has clearly seen far too many poorly-run ones in his brief time in the job.
He is not alone.
I agree with him that it is time to push for tighter and more effective, centralised regulation of the surveillance world to root out poor CCTV deployments and systems management. The fact that today‘s fragmented security market is currently held to account by an equally fragmented and largely toothless collection of trade bodies does not help.
I don‘t agree with him that we need another ‘public debate‘. We now need action to prevent further compounding of the problem and start to put it right.
Read my further comments on the lack of regulation and professionalism in our industry and follow the debate on SecurityNewsDesk.