Kings Security selected to manage and host dedicated SaferCash Intelligence Portal

Left to Right: Rob King (head of strategic engagement, Kings Security), Steve Hurst (head of SaferCash) and Anthony King, CEO at Kings Security

Left to Right: Rob King (head of strategic engagement, Kings Security), Steve Hurst (head of SaferCash) and Anthony King, CEO at Kings Security

Kings Security has been selected to manage and host the intelligence database for SaferCash, the intelligence sharing initiative aimed at reducing the number of attacks on Cash-in-Transit couriers, banking establishments and ATMs.

This prestigious contract, effective as of this month, will see Kings take responsibility for the management of a highly sensitive and complex database on behalf of SaferCash, a unique nationwide security initiative which records and disseminates information on the activity of organised crime groups in order to facilitate the effective sharing of intelligence between couriers themselves, the wider Cash-in-Transit industry and police services nationwide.

Established back in 2005 and operated by the British Security Industry Association, SaferCash offers couriers intelligence on any offences where organised crime groups are active across force and regional boundaries. Pulling together all of this intelligence, SaferCash can help to facilitate early police intervention and, ultimately, give rise to a reduction in crime and losses. As the sole security initiative of its type, the cohort for SaferCash currently consists of 17 Cash-in-Transit companies, five major banks and building societies and the two largest ATM providers in the UK.

Rob King, head of strategic engagement at Kings Security, explained: “Winning the SaferCash business is significant for Kings and brings great kudos. It’s a well-respected and effective security mechanism for Cash-in-Transit operations as well as major financial institutions right across the UK. Kings Security will now use its considerable industry expertise, gleaned at least in part from the development of the Kings Intelligence System, to host SaferCash intelligence and incident management.”

King added: “The multi-faceted web-based portal has a broad range of functionality which allows users to collate, analyse and disseminate intelligence in quick time and boasts risk management and remote crime reporting ability.”

Steve Hurst, head of SaferCash, responded: “Kings Security has demonstrated that it’s a key player in the collation and use of intelligence to drive down crime. The business has a real synergy with SaferCash. This collaboration will enable SaferCash to build on an already excellent service with enhanced service delivery both to members and the police service. This will help to prevent and reduce criminality.”

*For more information about the SaferCash service and to view a full list of its current members visit: https://www.bsia.co.uk/sections/cash-and-valuables-in-transit/safercash.aspx

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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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