Magenta Security’s leader highlights need for industry to support public services

Abbey Petkar

Abbey Petkar

A combination of uncertainty over Brexit negotiations and recent cutbacks in other areas of police funding has highlighted an opportunity for the private security industry to support public services. That’s the firm belief of Abbey Petkar, managing director of Magenta Security.

“Brexit is putting an incredible strain on resources of all types across the UK, including the police service, which is preparing contingencies for a host of challenges ahead of 29 March,” commented Petkar. “When combined with the selling-off of police assets and the reduction in officers on the streets, this makes life very difficult when it comes to the prevention of criminal activity. I have incredible respect for the police service, which is doing a tough job under difficult circumstances and deserves our support.”

Petkar feels that, via current contracts and private initiatives, private security sector companies across the UK can deliver for clients while partnering the police to highlight and, where possible, stop criminal activity.

“The security industry is incredibly diverse and already working across a host of services to prevent crime,” continued Petkar. “We already support public services by filling gaps and spotting vulnerabilities that opportunists could exploit. A partnership-based relationship with the police service will do nothing but improve this. For those of us carrying the proper certification, there’ even the opportunity to directly support public services, supplementing their workforce where needed.”

Ultimately, Petkar suggests that there’s a significant opportunity for the private sector to support public services and give back to the wider community. This is even more true as the Security Industry Authority works to professionalise and improve upon the quality of output from across the security business sector.

Public safety should, in Petkar’s opinion, be the responsibility of all, not just hard-working police officers.

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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