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SSAIB celebrates 20th Anniversary at IFSEC International 2014

The Security Systems and Alarms Certification Board (SSAIB) celebrates its 20th Anniversary in 2014, and will be returning to IFSEC International at its new London ExCeL home to exhibit on Stand F1375.

The number of SSAIB-registered firms now stands at a record 1,500-plus and includes companies providing electronic security, intruder alarms, security guarding and fire detection systems as well as new services such as telecare monitoring systems for the social alarms sector.

Throughout IFSEC International 2014 (which runs from 17-19 June), representatives including SSAIB’s new compliance and scheme manager, Malcolm Craighead and Stephen Grieve (the SSAIB’s manned services scheme manager) will be available to answer queries and discuss specific issues that concern registered firms.

The SSAIB is celebrating its 20th Anniversary

The SSAIB is celebrating its 20th Anniversary

Meanwhile, technical and operations manager Dave Profit, CEO Geoff Tate and other members of staff including sales and marketing manager Andrew Brown will be on-hand to explain the benefits of SSAIB’s accreditation services.

Those benefits include the SSAIB’s latest accreditation for both environmental management systems and occupational Health and Safety management systems.

Supporting the Engineers of Tomorrow

Also, the SSAIB recently introduced a Code of Practice for scaffolding alarm systems and completed a pilot scheme company assessment against the newly-published British Standard 102000 for investigative services.

“These new schemes show that the SSAIB is pressing ahead in all of the sectors in which we operate. They run alongside other initiatives including our BAFE SP 205 UKAS-accredited scheme, dealing with companies or individuals carrying out a fire risk assessment of any premises,” explained Andrew Brown.

“During IFSEC International 2014, the SSAIB is once again proudly supporting the Engineers of Tomorrow challenge, a national competition testing the skills of apprentice systems installers against European standards, offering them an industry-wide opportunity to publicly demonstrate their achievements.”

Brown added: “The Engineers of Tomorrow chimes with SSAIB’s steadfast support for industry standards in the security, fire and other sectors. That’s why we will again be providing assessors to mark candidates, as well as one of the cash prizes, to help ensure that the 2014 challenge is successful again in what is now its 14th year.”

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National Business Crime Solution publishes progress report for Q1 2014

The National Business Crime Solution (NBCS) brings businesses together to share crime data and information for further analysis in order to provide an intelligence-led approach for tackling cross-border, serious and organised crime.

The National Business Crime Solution (NBCS) provides a collaborative partnership across the public and private sectors in conjunction with law enforcement. Supported by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), it offers a central repository where business crime data is submitted, shared and analysed to determine key threats, linked series and national targets that can be investigated.

The organisation has just issued its inaugural progress report (which is focused on Q1 2014) and progress has been excellent.

NBCS Q1 Report

“The NBCS has continued to gather momentum in the first quarter of 2014,” said policy and stakeholder director Catherine Bowen, “attracting membership from a variety of sectors, including energy, freight and retail. A key area of focus for this year is to increase both membership and the data held within the central data repository of the NBCS so that businesses can be better informed about crime trends and possible risks to their operations.”

Catherine Bowen: policy and stakeholder director at the NBCS

Catherine Bowen: policy and stakeholder director at the NBCS

On 6 March, the NBCS re-launched TruckPol (the joint industry partnership with the police and the road, freight and haulage industry). By collating information from across the business sector, the NBCS is now in an even stronger position to identify trends that are impacting on the wider UK business community.


“As part of the re-launch,” explained Bowen, “a letter was sent to all chief constables requesting that they share the data they hold on freight crime for comparisons with that supplied by the industry. Feedback from the police service has been extremely positive. Over 40 forces are now liaising with TruckPol on freight crime issues.”

Fraud: key area of focus

Another key area of focus for the NBCS over the past few months has been fraud. The organisation has established a Fraud Scoping Group and has been working with a range of businesses to understand how the NBCS can assist in harnessing the law enforcement response necessary to tackle the growing threat from fraud and online crime.

“The NBCS has taken a sample of data from a number of retailers,” stated Bowen, “and, at the last meeting on 12 March, was able to evidence a number of incidents affecting several businesses. One of these incidents was a live investigation where the extent of the offending had been previously unknown. The trial will now be extended to many more businesses to provide further evidence of the value of sharing fraud data and participation with the NBCS.”

Managed Service from the Private Sector Intelligence ‘Hub’

Since the start of the year, investigations being raised by the National Business Crime Intelligence Bureau (NBCIB) have doubled when compared to last year’s average.

Between January and March, the NBCIB raised 45 investigations. These have involved over 20 businesses and 15 police forces.

Just under half of the investigations raised were as a result of alerts being issued following information coming in from the businesses and police network which indentified wider offending.

In the first three months of the year, there have been eight cross-force investigations, with a lead force appointed in three of these cross-force investigations. Of the investigations raised, the large majority of offences related to theft, with a significant number also being as a result of fraud.

“In around 15 investigations, a vehicle was involved and notified to the NBCIB,” outlined Bowen. “In 12 of these investigations, NBCIB activity led to the vehicle being flagged to police as being involved in crime and subsequently led to the arrests of ten offenders.”

Presentation at IFSEC International 2014

Catherine Bowen will be delivering a presentation on the work of the National Business Crime Solution at this year’s IFSEC International Exhibition and Conference Programme.

The details are as follows:

Venue: IFSECGlobal.com Centre Stage Theatre, ExCeL London
Date: Thursday 19 June
Time: 3.00 pm-3.30 pm
Title: ‘The National Business Crime Solution: activities and success stories’

To register for attendance visit: https://registration.n200.com/survey/19f4az88277lu?check=1

NBCS End of Year Report 2013

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Tavcom Training to provide security systems instruction for SSAIB members

Tavcom Training has been chosen by leading certification body the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB) as its preferred supplier of security systems training.

As part of an agreement between the SSAIB and Tavcom, the 1,500-plus installation companies certificated by SSAIB will now have access (via the organisation’s website) to Tavcom’s online courses covering a wide range of access control, intruder alarms, CCTV and IP network issues.

The website also highlights an option available via Tavcom to achieve the City & Guilds Security Systems NVQ and underpinning knowledge qualifications.

Paul Tennent: md at Tavcom

Paul Tennent: md at Tavcom

SSAIB members will also receive a 20% discount on all Tavcom classroom and workshop-based training courses conducted at its Training Centre in Bishops Waltham, Hampshire.

SSAIB is the UK’s leading fire, security and telecare certification body, offering a wide range of schemes for providers of electronic security systems with the objective of promoting high standards and providing recognition for those companies which achieve them.

“SSAIB passionately believes that it’s imperative for all companies operating in the professional security arena to provide access to training for all staff, and particularly those responsible for the design, installation and maintenance of security and safety systems,” said Geoff Tate, the SSAIB’s CEO. “Professionally developed and delivered training is essential to any business wishing to succeed in today’s world, and the SSAIB has no hesitation in fully supporting the professional training courses developed and delivered by Tavcom.”

Practical and cost-effective alternative to classroom-style education

The Tavcom online ‘distance learning’ training courses approved by SSAIB offer a practical and cost-effective alternative to traditional classroom-style courses, allowing students to acquire new skill sets without having to come ‘off the road’ and being able to learn at their own pace and in their own time.

“We’re naturally delighted that, following an evaluation process, SSAIB has decided to approve our training programmes and provide an opportunity for us to promote them to SSAIB members,” explained Paul Tennent, managing director of Tavcom. “It’s a very welcome vote of confidence in our ability to provide first class education for anyone involved in the electronic security industry.”

Tennent added: “The 20% discount in relation to our classroom courses is a significant incentive for SSAIB members, although we anticipate that the online distance learning courses will particularly attract their attention as they enable security professionals to acquire career enhancing bespoke qualifications without any disruption to their day-to-day working life.”

Tavcom is a leading supplier of security systems training courses for installers, operators, managers and designers of CCTV, network IP, intruder alarm, access control, fire alarm and all other types of electronic security systems.

A wide range of technical and non-technical courses cover all security systems related fields including security management, Control Room operations, system planning and project management, structured cabling, disaster recovery, counter eavesdropping, PAT testing, solar panel installation and covert CCTV.

Tavcom Training's Prospectus for 2014

Tavcom Training’s Prospectus for 2014

Dedicated Workshops and The Tavcom Academy

Tavcom’s workshops provide unrivalled ‘hands-on’ facilities which offer immediate opportunities to put theory into practice – a Tavcom tradition of blended learning that has refined the knowledge and skills of thousands of delegates over 20 years.

Courses are available to meet the training requirements of security personnel at all levels, from Foundation courses for those with little or no previous experience through to highly advanced programmes for Control Room supervisors, security managers and company executives.

In total, Tavcom currently offers over 50 regularly scheduled training courses ranging from one day seminars to five-day, fully residential programmes.

The Tavcom Academy specialises in the development, promotion and provision of accredited online ‘e-learning’ courses to students from around the globe. A subscription-based arm of the Academy offers online education, technical tips, industry news and generous discounts on Tavcom products and services to its members.

Tavcom’s Technical Services division offers a wide diversity of expertise including product and system testing, security audits, risk assessment and training needs analysis. The company has assembled ‘under one roof’ a highly qualified team of experts who can collectively provide professional advice on all aspects of electronic security.

All members of this hand-picked team are recognised as leading authorities in their respective fields, with unrivalled technical knowledge underpinned by a thorough understanding of ‘real world’ security issues.

For further detail telephone Tavcom on +44 (0)1489 895099, e-mail: sales@tavcom.com or visit: http://www.tavcom.com

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