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 Jun-12 - AlertBox coming to South Africa.
 Mar-12 - Northern Ireland strategic partner appointed.
 Jan-12 - Success with the Outer London Fund.
 May-11 - Two-thirds of London boroughs networked.
 Sep-10 - Winner of APSE 2010 Award.
 Mar-10 - Surrey CDRPs expand their AlertBox network.
 Dec-09 - New networks in the north of England.
 May-09 - 96% reduction in fear of anti-social behaviour.
 Nov-08 - AlertBox: London-wide evaluation 2008.
 Sep-08 - Police evaluations of AlertBox networks in west London.
 Jul-08 - More than 50% of London boroughs networked.
 Feb-08 - Evaluation results demonstrate dramatic reduction
in fear of crime.
 Jan-08 - Home Office witness the success of AlertBox networks.
 Oct-07 - Figures from the Brent Police Intelligence Unit.
 Jun-07 - Havering Community Safety Partnership Gets Results.
 Mar-07 - AlertBox comes to Bristol.
 Mar-07 - Just press button to summon help.
 Feb-07 - Traders welcome alert boxes.
 Feb-07 - Top cop impressed as retailers box clever.
 Nov-06 - Havering - Scheme improves security for local traders.
 Dec-05 - AlertBox networks spread across the UK.
 Dec-05 - South Staffs CDRP.
 Nov-05 - AlertPartner: Web-based community messaging system and information gathering software.
 Jun-05 - NNWA Newsletter article on AlertBox.
 Apr-05 - New tool gathers vital data from networks.
 Feb-05 - Successful AlertBox evaluation by Southwark Council.
 Nov-04 - Anti-crime digital box trial
 Nov-04 - North American commentary
 Nov-04 - AlertBox network trials successful in south London
 Oct-04 - Traders in north London borough to get AlertBox network
 Sep-04 - 'Electronic Neighbourhood Watch' - tackling fear of crime
 Aug-04 - Inventor's gadget box alerts neighbourhoods to criminals
 Jul-04 - London Borough of Haringey
 Jul-04 - AlertBox appoints chairman
 Jul-04 - South Wales
 Jun-04 - London Borough of Newham

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June
2012
AlertBox coming to South Africa .
AlertBox will be launching into the South African market
See www.alertbox.co.za
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AlertBox Report
Mar
2012
Northern Ireland.
Removal of the Peace Walls opens AlertBox opportunity
AlertBox provides solutions to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
 
AlertBox is ideally suited for helping all communities in Northern Ireland to improve their safety and security and we are seeing people from both sides of the divide responding positively.
 
Local community groups either side of the Peace Walls can get their projects funded. For information please see http://www.alertapps-peaceline.co.uk/.
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AlertBox Report
Jan
2012
Success with the Outer London Fund.
Major projects funded
As part of large scale funding from the Mayor of London to regenerate the capital's high streets three boroughs (Southwark, Lambeth and Barking & Dagenham) each had AlertBox projects approved as part of their strategic improvement plans for their local retail areas.
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AlertBox Report
May
2011
Two-thirds of London boroughs networked.
Newham and Lambeth take-up AlertBox
Newham and Lambeth have each installed their first AlertBox networks making them the 22nd and 23rd (out of 33) London boroughs, respectively, to adopt electronic community watch systems. To read more on these projects please see the Metropolitan Police sites Newham and Lambeth.
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Metropolitan Police
Sep
2010
Winner of APSE 2010 Award.
Category: Public Private Partnership Working
Dubbed as the 'Oscars' of the public sector industry, South Derbyshire District Council and AlertBox won the Association of Public Excellence Awards announced on September 8th 2010 in Northern Ireland.
 
APSE chief executive Paul O'Brien said. "This partnership approach shows that when there is a willingness to work jointly great things can be achieved. This is a well deserved recognition of the achievements of both South Derbyshire District Council and the AlertBox project".
 
Click HERE to see Kam Kanda [in black-tie] collect the award on behalf of AlertBox.
 
For further information, see http://www.derbyshire.police.uk/news/1071.html
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AlertBox Report
Mar
2010
Surrey CDRPs expand their AlertBox network.
Success of two pilot networks
Due to the success of two pilot networks, three hundred retailers in various targeted locations across Surrey will benefit from the AlertBox network expansion programme spearheaded by Surrey Police and funded by various Surrey CDRPs.
 
The AlertBox networks will increase the sense of community amongst local traders, whilst building better relations with the police to help reduce crime and the fear of crime.
 
Click here for a full transcript of this article in PDF.
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AlertBox Report
Dec
2009
New networks in the north of England.
AlertBox in North of England
Funding was successfully applied for by respective police constabularies for new AlertBox networks to be established for small retailers in the north of England.
 
Areas include Castleford, Derby, Grimsby, Huddersfield, Leeds, Sheffield and Stoke-on-Trent.
 
AlertBox, which is commonly known as ‘electronic neighbourhood watch’, will help to reduce anti-social behaviour, crime and the fear of crime in trading areas where the AlertBoxes have been deployed. By nature of the project, whereby retailers support one another, business communities become more confident and economically stronger as the local community no longer feel as threatened.
 
Click here for a full transcript of this article in PDF.
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AlertBox Report
May
2009
96% reduction in fear of anti-social behaviour.
 
BBC
 
A system that allows crime-hit shops in Derbyshire to call other businesses for help is being hailed as a success.
 
Click here to link to the BBC
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/derbyshire/8024260.stm
 
Burton Mail
 
Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling visits several shops using the AlertBoxes to see how it operates and chat to staff about how useful they thought it was.
 
Click here to link to the Burton Mail
http://www.burtonmail.co.uk/burtonmail-news/displayarticle.asp?id=411186
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BBC and Burton Mail
Nov
2008
AlertBox: London-wide evaluation 2008.
One solution: Five key results
AlertBox enables people at work or at home to communicate instantly with their immediate community when personal safety issues or crime is of concern.
 
Click here for a full transcript of this article in PDF.
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AlertBox Report
Sep
2008
Police evaluations of AlertBox networks in west London.
Results from pilot projects in Ealing and Hillingdon
Metropolitan Police from the boroughs of Ealing and Hillingdon report on the effectiveness of AlertBox networks.
 
Click here for a full transcript of this article in PDF.
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Metropolitan Police Report
Jul
2008
More than 50% of London boroughs networked.
Solution to reduce fear of crime and crime itself.
18 out the 33 London boroughs have established networks, defined as 50 premises or over since AlertBox was launched in 2004. Some boroughs are about to exceed 1,000 premises networked. Most networks started small and they grow as the pilot project proved successful.
 
Click here for a full transcript of this article in PDF.
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AlertBox Press Release
Feb
2008
Evaluation results demonstrate dramatic reduction in fear of crime.
FinFuture in Islington recently evaluated one of their AlertBox networks, a project for traders in Stroud Green Road. The results were very encouraging and demonstrated the effect an AlertBox network can have on fear of crime and anti-social behaviour.
 
Click here for a full transcript of this article in PDF.
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FinFuture Safer Towns Press Release
Jan
2008
Home Office witness the success of AlertBox networks.
Havering Community Safety Partnership recently hosted a visit from the Home Office. Both the police and council explained how their AlertBox community networks are contributing to operational and strategic community safety objectives.
 
Click here for a full transcript of this article in PDF.
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Havering Community Safety Partnership Press Release
Oct
2007
Figures from the Brent Police Intelligence Unit.
Figures from the Brent Police Intelligence Unit have shown that there has been a reduction in the number of crime reports received in the area since the introduction of Alert Box.
 
Click here for a full transcript of this article in PDF.
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Metropolitan Police Press Release
Jun
2007
Havering Community Safety Partnership Gets Results.
Havering's latest weapon in the fight against shop-based crime reduces anti-social behaviour by 61%.
 
Click here for a full transcript of this article in PDF.
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AlertBox Press Release
Mar
2007
AlertBox comes to Bristol.
In the south west, it is the first pilot of its type and after a successful trial in Henbury, it is hoped that the scheme maybe extended into other areas in Bristol.
 
The AlertBox system creates a digital network, linking box owners, ensuring speedy communication and greater security in the event of any criminal or other suspicious activity. It has been successfully trialled in London. Crow Lane has been selected for the trial.
 
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www.
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bristol
Mar
2007
Just press button to summon help.
Chislehurst shopkeepers are to get high-tech panic button systems to call for help andwarn their neighbours about shoplifters and gangs.
 
Click here for a full transcript of this article in PDF.
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Bromley Extra
Feb
2007
Traders welcome alert boxes.
Traders on Lordship Lane in Dulwich have welcomed the introduction of 'AlertBoxes', which help them notify each other of potential security alerts on the street.
 
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Southwark News
Feb
2007
Top cop impressed as retailers box clever.
A shopping district in Winchmore Hill received a high profile guest when borough commander Sharon Rowe paid a visit to view a new safety scheme that is taking place amongst retailers.
 
Chief Superintendent Rowe went down to Green Lanes to see how a new device called an AlertBox was helping to improve shopkeepers’ safety at work.
 
Click here for a full transcript of this article in PDF.
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Enfield Independent
Nov
2006
Havering - Scheme improves security for local traders.
The London Borough of Havering deliver their first AlertBox network in the borough. The scheme, funded by Havering Community Safety Partnership and managed by London Borough of Havering Community Team, has employed eletronic neighbourhood watch for the trading area of Collier Road.
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AlertBox Press Release
Dec
2005
AlertBox networks spread across the UK.
AlertBox networks are being established in Scotland, North Midlands following successful projects in the South.
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AlertBox Press Release
Nov
2005
South Staffs CDRP.
In November 2005, South Staffordshire Community Safety Partnership established AlertBox networks in the shopping parades of their borough for the benefit of traders and shoppers.
 
The AlertBox systems enable traders to talk to each other at the touch of a button and are used for the montitoring and warning of potential shoplifters and crooks.
 
Click here for a full transcript of this article in PDF.
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South
Staffs
Council
Nov
2005
AlertPartner: Web-based community messaging system and information gathering software.
Members of community safety partnerships can now communicate with people who are on their AlertBox network via SMS text and email, and vice-versa. This means that members of the community safety partnerships can broadcast – advisory messages, good practice, community news, surveys and requests for information.
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AlertBox Press Release
Jun
2005
Electronic neighbourhood watch tackles fear of crime.
It’s been dubbed the electronic version of Neighbourhood Watch and it’s winning praise from local authorities and community safety groups around the country for successfully tackling crime and the fear of crime.
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Click here for a full transcript of this article in PDF.
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NNWA News Watch
Apr
2005
New tool gathers vital data from networks.
Officials working in crime and disorder reduction can now administer and monitor their AlertBox networks.
 
AlertBox Ltd has developed new software which enables them to analyse activities within each local network.
 
Data can be downloaded from individual AlertBox units and collated to provide key statistics. The data includes:
  • Hot-spot analysis
  • Nature-of-alert analysis
  • Time/frequency analysis
This information will provide a statistical basis for detailed analysis of trends. The result: more effective deployment of crime-reduction resources.
 
Officials can also broadcast non-urgent messages to all members of their network by email, SMS or fax. They can use this facility to send advisory and community-interest messages, and to request information on specific community issues.
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AlertBox
Feb
2005
Successful AlertBox evaluation by Southwark Council.
Following successful evaluation by Southwark Council in London in October (see story below, Oct 04), two AlertBox networks have been set up, one for residents in Caroline Gardens and the other for traders in Peckham Rye.
 
The police have identified crime hotspots and deprived areas in other parts of the Borough of Southwark - East Peckham and Nunhead - in which another 200-300 traders are shortly to be added to the network.
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AlertBox
Nov
2004
Anti-crime digital box trial
Esther Pype, 82, is one of the pensioners piloting the scheme, which aims to reduce fears among the elderly of bogus callers and intruders
 
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BBC News
World edition
Nov
2004
North American commentary
Constructive articles about AlertBox from two leading US technology web sites.
 
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Technovelgy
[US edition]
Gizmodo
[US edition]
Oct
2004
AlertBox network trials successful in south London
Southwark Council in London has completed a successful evaluation of an AlertBox Network in three areas of Peckham town centre. The local traders’ business group, the Peckham Town Centre Management Group (PTCMG), decided unanimously to endorse an AlertBox network project.
 
Peckham’s town centre is home to around 420 traders and three market areas. At a PTCMG meeting the principle of employing an AlertBox network was endorsed by the Metropolitan Police Crime Prevention Officer and welcomed by the traders who took part in the evaluation.
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AlertBox
Oct
2004
Traders in north London borough to get AlertBox network
London’s Enfield Business & Retailers' Association has bought 200 AlertBoxes to network traders in its borough. Notably, the Enfield AlertBox network is the first where the local authority has diagnostic software. This software will enable the authority to analyse statistics, and to identify crime and safety ‘hot-spots’, the nature of alerts and peak alert times.
 
The result will be a more efficient deployment of crime-reduction resources. The initiative is seen as an important step towards developing a BusinessWatch network and assisting urban regeneration.
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AlertBox
Sept
2004
'Electronic Neighbourhood Watch' - tackling fear of crime
A NEW, electronic version of the Neighbourhood Watch concept was praised by local authorities and community safety groups around the country for successfully tackling crime and the fear of crime.
 
The AlertBox, which is about the size of a paperback book, uses a secure network of state-of-the-art radio technology which allows neighbours to contact each other instantly via electronic messages. The whole community can be warned of nuisance callers or suspicious persons at the touch of a single button.
 
The system also allows neighbours to call each other in the event of an emergency, such as fire or accident, while they wait for the emergency services.
 
The system is already being trialled by a number of local authorities, including the London Borough of Barnet, as well as Rhondda Cynon Taf Community Safety Partnership, which has provided AlertBoxes for a local primary school, magistrates' courts and a doctor's surgery.
 
Peter Harris, Managing Director of AlertBox Ltd, said "AlertBox -like Neighbourhood Watch itself - is not an alternative to the emergency services but it does offer a valuable back-up and peace of mind. Knowing that you just have to press one button to alert your neighbours to a nuisance caller or to call for help, is something that vulnerable people, such as the elderly or those who live alone, will really value."
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Article in Local Government Executive
Aug
2004
Inventor's gadget box alerts neighbourhoods to criminals
You can usually tell when an area has suffered a spate of burglaries or car breakins. The local pub is full of people going on about how this could not have happened in the good old days.
 
But instead of getting beerily misty-eyed, one entrepreneur dreamed up a gizmo he hopes will yoke people's community spirit in a way that can cut down both fear of crime and crime itself.
 
Reading-based entrepreneur Peter Harris's AlertBox is a high-tech version of Neighbourhood Watch that allows people instantly to alert those around them to the presence of shady characters or dodgy goings-on...[continued]
 
Click here for a full transcript of this article in PDF.
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Financial Times
July
2004
London Borough of Haringey
London Borough of Haringey has implemented phase one of its AlertBox wireless network for the benefit of Tottenham traders around Northumberland Park, Bruce Grove and West Green Road.
 
The council's forward thinking approach towards regenerating the eastern part of the Borough is paying off as traders can now forewarn others nearby in their workplace of any trouble. Effectively they now have - an early warning system - which is a powerful tool to deter crime and reassure members of the community.
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AlertBox
July
2004
AlertBox appoints chairman
Anthony Jackson CBE has been appointed as chairman of AlertBox Ltd. Mr Jackson was formerly a main board member of Blue Circle Industries and currently holds other various private and public board positions. "He will bring a wealth of experience and valuable advice which a young company like ours values greatly" - comments Peter Harris, founder and chief executive of AlertBox.
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AlertBox
July
2004
South Wales
Rhondda Cynon Taff, in the Welsh Valleys, is evaluating AlertBox around the Pontypridd area. A variety of locations are involved, ranging from communities of small businesses to victim support areas.
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AlertBox
June
2004
London Borough of Newham
The Borough of Newham in London has purchased AlertBoxes with a view to evaluating the effectiveness of a digital wireless network within the borough.
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