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Hidden Dangers in the Security Contract Tendering Process

Since 2010, local authorities have had their budgets cut by an average of 26%. In the same period, Government spending on the police service has gone down by 30% in real terms, resulting in 20,000 fewer police officers on our streets. These police cuts have made local authorities...
Posted On 26 Sep 2019
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Fire Management and Building Regulations: What Lies Ahead?

According to a recent survey conducted by the Business Sprinkler Alliance (BSA), although two-thirds of participants were fully aware of Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, it’s thought that the review process itself has...
Posted On 24 Sep 2019
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Free online counter-terrorism training now available for security industry

Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence holders can now receive free online counter-terrorism training from the National Counter-Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO). NaCTSO has created special password-protected access for the security industry to its Action Counters Terrorism...
Posted On 23 Sep 2019
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Security Industry Authority to reduce cost of individual licence fee from October

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is reducing its charges to individuals from next month as part of its commitment to drive down costs. From 1 October 2019, individual licences for all sectors will be reduced from £220 to £210. The reduction applies to both new applicants and...
Posted On 11 Sep 2019
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Staffordshire door supervisor convicted for working after SIA licence revoked

A Staffordshire door supervisor was fined at North Staffordshire Magistrates’ Court on 2 September after he was caught working at Moorville Hall Hotel in Werrington despite his licence having been revoked by the Security Industry Authority (SIA). Kevin Warburton, 50, of Stoke,...
Posted On 10 Sep 2019
Abbey Petkar
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Magenta Security and SIA leaders meet to discuss future of security industry

Magenta Security’s managing director Abbey Petkar has met with the Security Industry Authority’s (SIA) CEO Ian Todd and Tony Holyland (head of quality and standards for the SIA) at the security company’s headquarters to discuss concerns about the lack of...
Posted On 04 Sep 2019
Syedur Rahman
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Free Ports and Brexit: Examining the Money Laundering Risk

New Prime Minister Boris Johnson has talked of the possible value of free ports to a post-Brexit UK, but Syedur Rahman warns that concerns about money laundering and other financial crime must be considered. Boris Johnson’s “do or die’’ approach towards taking Britain out of the...
Posted On 28 Aug 2019
Laganside Magistrates Court
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Belfast man handed suspended sentence for ID theft and use of fake security licence

Lee Brown, 29, of Belfast has pleaded guilty at Laganside Magistrates Court to five offences of fraud, forgery and counterfeiting licences belonging to other people following a prosecution brought by the Security Industry Authority (SIA). Brown was sentenced to four months’...
Posted On 26 Aug 2019
Ian Todd
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SIA CEO responds to Magenta Security leader’s observations on ACS proposals

On 22 July, Abbey Petkar (managing director of Magenta Security) expressed “deep concerns and disappointment” in relation to recent decisions taken by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) on the Regulator’s Approved Contractor Scheme. Now, SIA CEO Ian Todd has chosen Risk Xtra...
Posted On 06 Aug 2019
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Security Industry Authority on hunt for additional duo of non-executive directors

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) – the Regulator for the private security industry which provides a critical public service by helping to reduce criminality while raising standards and recognising quality service delivered across the sector – is now seeking to...
Posted On 29 Jul 2019