Abbey Petkar

“Rogue traders continuing to blight guarding sector” warns Magenta Security’s leader

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...
Posted On 24 Aug 2017

SIA calls for end user responses to “fundamental” Approved Contractor Scheme Review

As reported in Risk UK’s July edition and on the journal’s website, the Security Industry Authority (SIA) is currently in the process of undertaking a ‘fundamental’ review of its Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) to ensure the ACS remains relevant and reflects both new...
Posted On 14 Jul 2017
Peter Webster

SIA Regulation: A Meeting of Minds

As the key driver behind regulation in the private security sector, and with its new licensing system now up-and-running, the Security Industry Authority is presently under the spotlight like never before. Peter Webster recently met with Alan Clamp, the SIA’s CEO, to discuss in...
Posted On 20 Feb 2017

Security Industry Authority warns of fake security companies asking for advanced fees

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is warning that there has been a recent increase in adverts for fictitious security companies who advertise security jobs, and then ask for training or licensing fees to be paid in advance. The fraudsters ask for payment to an anonymous money...
Posted On 28 Nov 2016

‘Go live’ date for SIA licensing system changes announced as Wednesday 6 July

Following on from several weeks of testing, the Security Industry Authority (SIA) has announced that it will introduce its new licensing system on Wednesday 6 July. From that date, individuals will be able to register for online accounts and either apply for or renew SIA licences...
Posted On 24 Jun 2016

Data sharing initiative enables positive action on 30,000 cyber crime threats

The details of more than 30,000 individual cyber crime threats have been shared with Internet hosting companies as part of a programme of industry engagement carried out by the National Crime Agency (NCA) and CERT-UK, the UK’s Computer Emergency Response Team. Customised threat...
Posted On 13 Nov 2015
The Old Bailey in central London

Company directors ordered to pay six-figure confiscation sum under Proceeds of Crime Act

On Tuesday 1 September, two security company directors appeared before the Central Criminal Court at the Old Bailey in London. John Anah and Tony O’Gonna, co-directors of ANCO UK Ltd, AA Guarding Ltd and Metro Guards UK Ltd were ordered to pay a confiscation totalling £666,697...
Posted On 08 Sep 2015
Tina Chittenden

Reasons to be Wary of Waste

Security contractors can face expensive claims when and if they underestimate the dangers associated with waste materials. Tina Chittenden outlines the risks when working for clients in other sectors as well as the waste management industry You don’t have to be from Yorkshire to...
Posted On 20 Aug 2015
Security companies operating north of the border are invited to attend a free BSIA seminar focusing on current legal issues

BSIA offers “essential” legal advice to security companies operating in Scotland

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has joined forces with Moorepay Legal Services to deliver a forthcoming employment law seminar specifically designed to provide “essential” legal advice for those security companies presently operating in Scotland. The...
Posted On 11 Aug 2015
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne

Chancellor George Osborne’s Summer Budget proves positive for the private security sector

In a hugely beneficial move that’s likely to improve the lives of at least 75% of the 385,000 Security Industry Authority-licensed personnel operating within the regulated private security sector, Chancellor George Osborne is set to introduce the National Living Wage for workers...
Posted On 09 Jul 2015