Forensic Data Stolen in Burglary
Forensic data stolen in burglary
A company that provides police with telephone evidence in connection with their investigations has had computer equipment stolen in a burglary.
Police said they were pursuing a number of leads after the incident at Forensic Telecommunications Services (FTS).
Assistant Chief Constable Adrian Leppard said on Sunday that FTS kept back-ups and no evidence was lost.
He said almost all information on the equipment had already been disclosed to defence solicitors.
'Other forces informed'
The burglary happened overnight between 6 and 7 August at one of FTS' Kent premises, Mr Leppard said.
Items found at the scene have been sent for forensic testing.
Mr Leppard said "We are keeping an open mind at this stage as to the motive behind the burglary.
"However, we and the company have informed other police forces."
FTS is undertaking a full and comprehensive review of security
A statement from the company said IT equipment, including a server, had been taken.
It said "The server, which is security protected, contained administrative data and details of some case files in relation to FTS's forensic work.
"In the unlikely event that the server was accessed, none of the data stored on the server in any way compromises ongoing police operations."
The company said all data was restored within 24 hours in line with the firm's "business continuity measures".
"FTS is undertaking a full and comprehensive review of security across the whole company," it added.
Source BBC News (http//news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/kent/6943104.stm)
I was under the impression FTS dont disclose their address, so makes you wonder how this happened (if a suspect was behind the incident).
don't disclose their address … to the general public. maybe they were investigating something or someone that other people higher up in the food chain were interested in …….
It seems pretty odd that a company that acquires and stores such sensitive information didn't have armed security personel on site to protect such critical data. Are folks in the UK allowed to defend themselves and property with justifiable force? If not, surely the highly vaunted video cameras were deterent enough roll
Interesting reading I think this shouldbe treated as a lesson to us all !!!.
Implimented cover someone is now on site 24/7 365.
server also backed up remotely
It seems pretty odd that a company that acquires and stores such sensitive information didn't have armed security personel on site to protect such critical data.
Not in the UK Old Dawg. Burglar alarms and unarmed security wandering around sometimes is about the limit for a private firm. Even most Police Forces headquarters now adays are covered by private sector security firms and none are armed. Only High level security types such as governemnt and military have armed guards and they are few and far between.
Are folks in the UK allowed to defend themselves and property with justifiable force?
Theoretically yes but in reality the answer is NO. Burglar breaks into your house, you catch him, fight ensues or you try to detain him and he gets injured then YOU get arrested for assault by the Cops and he/she sues you while he is in prison - I jest you not.
… and he/she sues you while he is in prison
In the unlikely event that he actually goes to prison.
case in point
Burglar sues farmer
The farmer jailed for the manslaughter of a 16-year-old burglar is being sued for up to Â£15,000 by one of the people who broke in to his home.
(http/ / news.bbc.co.uk/1/low/england/2600303.stm)
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