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Crimestoppers and SIA reaffirm joint commitment to protect the public

Independent charity Crimestoppers and the Security Industry Authority have cemented their commitment to protecting the public by renewing their partnership again this year.

The two organisations, who joined forces in 2006, have conducted operations alongside the police in areas including Northern Ireland, Bristol and Birmingham to ensure security operatives are correctly SIA licensed.

These Crimestoppers-supported operations were also used to raise awareness of SIA licensing requirements while appealing to the public for information on those breaking the law.

Previous successes include receiving quality intelligence to tackle serious and organised crime, detection of unlicensed activity, breaches of SIA licensing conditions and the arrest of individuals for other offences.

Extension to the existing partnership

As a result of these successes, the two organisations have renewed their partnership for a further year, in turn ensuring that those enjoying the night-time economy will be greeted by door staff they can trust and who have been properly vetted and trained to perform their role.

Since the start of 2014, Crimestoppers has received an average of 54 anonymously submitted pieces of information per month about those committing licensing offences, not only in relation to door supervisors but also in relation to guarding and all other parts of the regulated sector. This information is passed across to the SIA to assist with their investigations and can lead to further action.

Dave Humphries: director of partnerships and interventions at the SIA

Dave Humphries: director of partnerships and interventions at the SIA

At present there are 382,377 licenses held by 339,940 people. Of those, over half are held by door supervisors.

In 2013, the SIA was successful in 17 prosecutions and issued 337 written warnings and 59 improvement notices. In the last six years the SIA has revoked 33,945 licences and refused a further 22,722.

Incredibly positive working partnership

Rodger Holden, director of development for Crimestoppers, said: “This has been an incredibly positive partnership between two organisations whose primary goal is to keep communities safe and clamp down on law breakers. As an organisation, we work closely with a number of partners to tackle various crimes, and our work with the SIA is paramount to tackle those in breach of the law.”

Dave Humphries, director of partnerships and interventions at the SIA, added: “The SIA is committed to tackling all forms of crime associated with the private security industry, including serious and organised crime. With the help of partners such as Crimestoppers, we will work collaboratively to drive these rogue elements from the industry and keep members of the public safe.”

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SIA and NFIB work to raise awareness of online security recruitment scam

The Security Industry Authority is working in conjunction with the City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau to raise awareness of an online recruitment scam.

The scam involves a series of phony online adverts offering training or jobs within the private security industry, using the names of real employees within genuine recruitment agencies.

After submitting a CV, the individual is offered a job and requested to pay an upfront fee of around £50 through an online money transfer to carry out a criminal records check or uniform fitting.

After paying the fee, the ‘recruitment agent’ may then claim that the e-money payment has failed and that the victim must submit a further e-money voucher code to continue with the application. This additional step is purely to maximise the fraudsters gain after establishing the victim’s interest.

The victim is then asked to attend an interview or induction/training session taking place at a multi-purpose business venue such as a conference centre.

The company offering employment is later found not to exist or the genuine recruiter has no knowledge of the contact details used by the suspects.

Don’t be a victim!

There are steps individuals can take to ensure that offers for training or jobs are real. These include the following:

• Research the company offering the service, check their website for contact details and make contact with them
• Be aware of advertisements with free e-mail addresses such as gmail or Hotmail
• Be aware of any advertisement requesting payment upfront, especially through online methods using e-money payments
• Research the training company using the SIA’s training provider search tool on the SIA website.

Also, please note the following:

• The cost of a criminal records check is included in the SIA licence application fee.

For further advice on these issues please visit the NFIB’s website: http://www.cityoflondon.police.uk/advice-and-support/fraud-and-economic-crime/nfib/Pages/default.aspx

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