Monthly Archives: April 2012

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Policing activity is really beginning to ramp up ahead of the Olympics, with the Met arresting “hundreds” as part of its Big Wing enforcement operation.

On the corporate stage, meanwhile, it’s great to see MITIE rewarded for the responsible manner in which the company conducts its business, so too Sodexo and ISS.

In the regulation space, the Security Industry Authority has just launched a telephone renewals service for licence holders.

Focusing on legislation, Bibby Consulting explains why the TUPE laws must change and, maintaining an employee-centric theme, screening specialist The Security Watchdog has become part of the Capita organisation.

Moving towards the systems world, there’s a new guide to access control for logistics, forecasted growth in the biometrics arena and feedback on the future for intruder alarm signalling.

In terms of education and training, check out what’s in store at IFSEC International 2012, the latest on physical intervention tactics and a pivotal agreement between Industry Qualifications and EM Skills.

Also, crime at heritage sites has now reached alarming levels. The $64,000 question is: ‘How best to halt the metal thieves’?

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IFSEC International 2012 is but a few weeks away so we’re continuing to interview key speakers who’ll be putting forward their opinions at Birmingham’s NEC between 14 and 17 May.

There’s plenty of new video content in among last month’s best read stories. New videos of late also include our discussion with TDSi’s John Davies on exporting UK security expertise.

Our regular bloggers remain prolific in their output, too. Make sure you read the latest comments on training, PSIM and the policing landscape (courtesy of ACPO) and view the SIA’s regulation update.

Worryingly, fraudulent activity is on the rise, and around bank accounts CIFAS is calling for urgent security reviews. Staying with the monetary theme, on a more positive note Government support has realised a nigh on 40% drop in attacks on Cash-in-Transit couriers. That’s great news.

MITIE Total Security Management has just launched a specialist team to protect vacant properties while key crime reduction skills managed to secure prestigious accolades for the OCS Group.

It’s also well worth your time scanning all the latest news from the British Security Industry Association, developments in the CCTV arena and the launch of an information security association.

Until next time

Brian Sims
SMT Online

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To say it has been busy of late in policing and Government circles would be something of an understatement. The ongoing desire to tackle gangs tops the Met’s agenda, while National Apprenticeships Week and illegal firearms have occupied the minds of those in Parliament. 

‘Safety first’ is the mantra for online just now. Safer Internet Day took place, and a guide to avoiding cyber stalkers was released

Digital also happens to be the environment wherein Showsec is boosting its pioneering credentials still further with the launch of new e-learning facilities

PSIM continues to dominate the security solutions debate in both the public and private sectors while those practitioners involved in the lone worker arena would do well to heed Patrick Dealtry’s wise words

Check out the ICO’s ‘plain English’ guide to Freedom of Information and keep abreast of the latest financial news published by global security giant Securitas

Cost control leading the agenda 

Not surprisingly, cost control remains the top priority for CEOs just now. Using the right technology, of course, is a proven method for assisting in that very endeavour. 

Amid the clamour to save money, though, the necessary and continual focus on training must never be lost. 

In the guarding space, MITIE has signed a major contract with BT and the Security Industry Authority is expanding its Board. Meantime, ADP’s celebrating an excellent ACS audit score while Corps Security regains a magnificent piece of history

At the Government level, tests are underway to refine security planning for the Olympics, illegal workers are under the microscope and there’s something of a fishy tale to be told by SOCA

It’s well worth assessing the all-new Security Management Education Theatre at IFSEC International 2012 as well as the latest news on October’s end user-focused Global Security Summit

Well done to the BSIA on the Trade Association’s decision to honour the work of close protection personnel

Regulator addresses the 2012 Olympics 

The Security Industry Authority has introduced a dedicated Olympic Games section on its website aimed at both frontline security staff and the buyers of security services.

Further to this move, the Regulator has also enjoyed much success on the enforcement front, with Operation Baltic in particular realising high compliance levels. 

Meantime, National Doorwatch has outlined the case for universal physical intervention training at the same time G4S celebrates its 2,000th employee to gain an NVQ

At the British Security Industry Association, a new product marking Code of Ethics sees the light of day. 

The Police Federation’s latest report on working conditions for serving inspectors is well worth a read, as is the stark warning issued by organisers of the excellent Gate Safe campaign

Ahead of IFSEC International 2012, Corps Security and Connexion2 are partnering on lone worker safety

Until next time

Brian Sims
SMT Online

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