Here’s a roundup of some security-related news in the UK and beyond.
Changing of the Guard to Change Days
The changing of the guard, a tradition that takes place outside London’s Buckingham Palace, is to move days during the autumn and winter months. The ceremony used to take place on alternate days but will now change to fixed days during this time period. Metropolitan Police increased security at a recent event in December, and additional barriers at Buckingham Palace will remain in place for the time being. The changes are part of an ongoing initiative to boost security at events in London.
A spokesman for the Royal Parks said that from Jan. 16, the changing of the guard will occur on fixed days during the autumn and winter months: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The event will run from 10.15 a.m. to 11.45am. At the moment, the changing of the guard will take place every day during the summer months, just like it did before. However, this could change, too.
Thirteen Arrested in Recent London Police Raids
Thirteen people were arrested after being suspected of moped thefts in London. More of these vehicles have been stolen in recent months in the capital, resulting in Metropolitan Police issuing nighttime raids to try and catch some of the suspects. A recent raid involved 100 officers who made their way to various properties located in the city. Those who were arrested in the operation were aged between 18 and their late 20s.
New Research Reveals Japan’s Low Gun Crime Rates
Japan has one of the lowest gun crime rates in the entire world, according to new research. In fact, there were only six gun-related deaths in the country in 2014, compared to more than 30,000 in the United States. There are various reasons behind this. In Japan, gun owners need to attend a day class, pass a written exam and shooting test and complete a mental health and drug test. Japan also has strict gun control laws, with all gun owners required to undertake background checks, which could extend to their families, too.