Times: 10-12 am (GMT +8) for 6 weeks starting Thursday 2 July 2020 Includes: Live online CPTED training, PDF handbook, practical exercises, personalised CPTED Certificate, access to video recordings. CPTED Training Provider: Design Out Crime and CPTED Centre Cost: $495 inc GST
Domestic violence increases during COVID-19 yet police report less incidents. Why?
At the start of COVID-19 domestic violence support agencies reported a rise in calls. In the UK,calls to DV agencies increased 700% and weekly domestic violence deaths doubled.
Now in Australia during COVID-19, Police report much lower than normal domestic violence incidents and domestic violence support agencies report very reduced call volumes.
During COVID-19 domestic violence victims can no longer safely contact police and support agencies when their abuser is out of the house or at work .
It suggests the need in Australia for more new safe domestic violence protection pathways - such as the safe room in Boots pharmacies in the UK (https://uksaysnomore.org/safespaces/) or the use of the Mask-19 safeword in French pharmacies and stores.
"to fool you into agreeing to high charges without realizing it until it's too late. For instance, it will give you a free trial with a subscription price of $9 a week, hoping you don't notice that it was a week, not a month. Or, they may charge you $200 a month hoping you'll read it as $2.00."
The fleece-ware security problem
Malware protection may be in place, firewalls secure, software up to date - all the usual cyber-security. None of these are a problem for fleece-ware.
Conventional malware protection does not block fleece-ware.
For fleece-ware it is the buyer that is the weak link - the vulnerability
Many software companies have tested buyers' lack of attention in their terms of trading - some humorously.
For example, GameStation apparently included the clause that buyers would be required,
“…to grant Us a non-transferable option to claim, for now and for ever more, your immortal soul. Should We wish to exercise this option, you agree to surrender your immortal soul, and any claim you may have on it, within 5 (five) working days of receiving written notification from gamestation.co.uk or one of its duly authorized minions.”
(Note: Only 12% of purchasers ticked the clause to "nullify soul transfer". However, GameStation has graciously relinquished their rights to the other souls.)
Amazon apparently also once had a clause in their terms that negated a section in their agreement as follows,
“However, this restriction will not apply in the event of the occurrence (certified by the United States Centers for Disease Control or successor body) of a widespread viral infection transmitted via bites or contact with bodily fluids that causes human corpses to reanimate and seek to consume living human flesh, blood, brain or nerve tissue and is likely to result in the fall of organized civilization.”
Protection against fleece-ware
The most obvious protection is you as the buyer increasing their attention and read what you are agreeing to. Hard work maybe, but well worth your while. Other protections include:
Cancel as soon as you have discovered a problem.
Cancel any subscriptions for the product
Use PayPal or a similar service that offers protection against potentially misleading product advertising.
Use consumer protection advice and laws against misleading contracts.
Buy from market places that offer indemnity against misleading transactions, or at least a cooling off period that gives buyers chance to discover the problem
New! Cyber-CPTED - what is it? How to get training?
Many new kinds of crimes such as fleece-ware occur at the overlap of the physical and digital worlds.
It requires a completely new kind of protection that spans between physical CPTED and digital cyber-security - which neither alone do well.
I have called this new area of crime prevention - cyber-CPTED
3 years ago, at the Design Out Crime and CPTED Centre, we started building a new body of cyber-CPTED crime prevention methods for this new digital-physical crime including Smart-Cities and Smart-Homes.
It started with addressing security issues of ultra high-value micro-businesses that operate in part in the digital world.
This revealed security and crime prevention in the digital-physical realm must combine CPTED, security and cyber-security approaches in ways that go beyond each.
In cyber-CPTED situations traditional methods of CPTED do not work
For example, traditional natural surveillance is problematic in the cyber-CPTED realm. Do you really want everyone naturally being able to see all the files in your computer...?
Similarly, many cyber-security approaches are also useless in a digital-physical realm
More detailed and practical cyber-CPTED information is due to be published very soon.
In the meantime, if you are a business, local government or other organisation who would like training in cyber-CPTED, please contact us.
This 1 hour CPTED training focuses on:
Changes in crime dynamics and social activities during COVID-19
Reasons why effective CPTED needs to be done differently during COVID-19
Expected changes and displacements of crime across location, time and crime type
Effective CPTED methods and priorities during COVID-19