Former security company boss ordered to pay £70,000 from proceeds of crime

Antrim Crown Court

Antrim Crown Court

On Friday 18 October, a former security company boss was ordered to pay £70,800 from the proceeds of crime by the presiding Judge at Antrim Crown Court. Steven Nixon of Portadown recently served a four-month prison service for ignoring a community service order following a conviction for fraud. This new order, given under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, relates to the value of assets currently available to Nixon.

The confiscation of Nixon’s assets was sought by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) following his conviction for a range of offences against the Private Security Industry Act 2001. The Judge at Antrim Crown Court agreed that the full benefit to Nixon of his criminal behaviour was £237,756.14. This means that, should Nixon’s wealth increase, the SIA will have a call on his assets up to the full benefit figure.

Pete Easterbrook of the SIA’s criminal investigations team said: “This confiscation order stands as a warning to others who may choose to engage in criminality within the private security industry. Our powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act are far reaching and, although Nixon initially believed he could hide some of his assets from our investigators, we were able to trace them and present them to the court. Those who believe that they can commit criminal offences and then hide the proceeds of their crime in this way are very much mistaken.”

Easterbrook continued:The security industry plays a vital part in ensuring public safety and the expectations placed upon those who operate within it are high. The majority of the private security industry in Northern Ireland is professional, with services delivered to a very high standard. The number of those who persist in committing offences and who show a complete disregard for regulation is small, but it’s these individuals, and those supplying them, who present a risk to the public. We will pursue these individuals vigorously and, where a conviction is obtained, we will use our powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act to recover the benefit of any criminality and ensure that committing crime within the security industry doesn’t pay.”

This Proceeds of Crime Act order follows a successful prosecution by the SIA in December last year. Nixon, who was the owner of Eventsafe Security Ltd, was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment for fraud and three months for supplying unlicensed security operatives. Both jail sentences were suspended for three years. Nixon was also required to complete 100 hours of unpaid work in the community.

Nixon’s failure to comply with the community service order led to his imprisonment.

In January 2017, the SIA received intelligence that Nixon was still operating as a sole trader via his company Eventsafe Security Ltd, despite having his licence revoked in May 2016 due to his criminality. Nixon sought to ignore – and then to mislead – the inquiry prior to being charged and convicted of two counts of fraud and two offences against the Private Security Industry Act 2001.

Antrim Crown Court also heard that Nixon had 39 previous convictions against his name.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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