Magenta Security’s managing director Abbey Petkar has called for more progress to be made on business licensing for security companies in the wake of news that a security firm has been under investigation for allegedly supplying cloned Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence cards and unlicensed stewards at UK festivals.
Petkar suggests that this incident must ring alarm bells throughout the industry and is a signal that SIA licences for businesses will protect the future of the guarding sector.
Petkar commented: “It’s obvious that rogue traders, whether individuals or organisations, are still blighting the industry and that more needs to be done. Too many times, I’ve witnessed customers realise they’ve made a costly mistake by working with these companies.”
In conversation with Risk UK, Petkar continued: “Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy to tell the legitimate providers of professional security services from the rogue operators. That’s why I think it’s essential that further regulation is required in the form of business licensing. Tougher regulation would ensure that all legitimate security service providers are licensed at a company level in addition to the individual officers themselves. Not only would this benefit professional security companies, but ultimately the safety of the purchasing clients as well.”
Petkar went on to state: “With such a large number of people operating in the industry, it’s necessary to improve regulation to maintain the legitimacy, standards and reputation of firms and individuals who provide a quality service. Change isn’t going to happen overnight, but it’s something our industry desperately needs. I hope that progress is made on the introduction of business licensing very soon such that we can continue to improve the reputation of the guarding sector.”
Petkar feels that, as Parliament will be focused on Brexit, thus allowing for little time to be spent on other legislation, the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) should become mandatory.
He added: “Legislative time to discuss business licensing will not be available. However, if the current ACS framework was used and made compulsory, it would allow security companies to become accredited and offer a platform on which buyers can be assured that they’re dealing with reputable organisations. This is something which should be considered as a viable alternative until such time that business licensing can be introduced.”