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Fly-tipping costing UK’s security industry “thousands of pounds” in clean-up and insurance claims

According to the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), the illegal dumping of waste by criminal gangs is costing the UK’s security industry thousands of pounds in clean-up costs and insurance claims.

The costs, which might be borne by the landlords of fly-tipping ‘hotspots’ if they’re not covered by insurance, can routinely reach hundreds of thousands of pounds. Indeed, claims have been known to regularly exceed this figure.

Companies who fail to adequately protect their assets, or have been victims of fly-tipping in the past, could find their insurance cost rising. Some of these costs are met by taxpayers. According to the Local Government Association, the cost to taxpayers of clearing up fly-tipping rose to £57 million in the past year. That’s up 13% on the previous 12 months.

Restrictions on the tipping of waste and the inevitable dumping to avoid paying for waste processing are key factors underpinning this unlawful behaviour. In recent times, a far larger and more costly crime is occurring on an almost daily basis. This involves the unlawful occupation of land followed by large-scale collection and disposal of waste. There have also been many cases of industrial units rented on short leases which have then been filled with illegal waste and left for the landlord to clear up.

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The recent surge in fly-tipping is put down to an influx of organised gangs offering cheap disposal services to businesses and then simply fly-tipping the waste to avoid the payment of landfill tax which is currently set at £88.95 per tonne*. More sophisticated fly-tippers have also been setting up dummy companies advertising cheap skip rentals. They take out short term leases on warehouses then fill them from floor to ceiling with waste before moving on ahead of the landlord realising that rent hasn’t been paid.

Focus on serious crime and terrorism

Tony Cockcroft, chair of the Security Guarding Section at the BSIA, said: “This activity is being conducted on an enormous scale and involves the tipping of hundreds of tonnes of waste. The waste is collected from building sites and garden and house clearances. It’s a criminal activity netting large amounts of money for those involved in the process.”

Cockroft continued: “In most cases of land tipping, the perpetrators are evicted from the site only to move on to another close by and repeat the same activity again and again. The police and other agencies seldom make arrests, prosecute individuals or confiscate vehicles largely due to their already overstretched resources having to be focused on serious crime and terrorist threats.”

Gideon Reichental, chair of the Vacant Property Protection Section at the BSIA, told Risk Xtra: “Fly-tipping isn’t just an unnecessarily expensive eyesore. It can also be dangerous. Tipped rubbish has been known to include specialist and clinical waste which may be hazardous. Mixed waste can spontaneously combust. This harms the environment through airborne pollution and contaminated fire-water run-off, which is why it has never been more important to tackle the problem head on.”

Reichental added: “The BSIA’s Vacant Property Protection Section has had a keen interest in this problem as it affects many of our clients in the public and private sectors on a day-to-day basis. They’re working closely with the Association’s lobbying team to see what additional Government support or legislation might be provided in order to help address this issue.”

Protecting large areas of land

Protecting large areas of land can prove difficult, but there are a number of fairly simple and inexpensive measures that should be considered as it’s far better, and ultimately cheaper, to deter a person from entering land rather than having to subsequently evict them and restore the site.

As a minimum, the BSIA recommends the installation of strong metal gates with toughened steel padlocks and anti-lift hinges. If the site is vacant, block all vulnerable access points with concrete barriers. Secure the perimeter with strong fencing, posts, earth mounds or trenches and frequently check the site and the perimeter.

The BSIA also advises landlords of industrial units to put in place robust procedures to identify if the persons looking to rent a property are fit and proper to do so.

It’s also worth contacting the police on 101 if there’s a suspicion that land is being illegally occupied, though police officers harbour only restricted powers to deal with people who breach civil law by trespassing. In certain circumstances, a direction to leave may be made and, in the event of non-compliance, arrests may follow.

However, the powers to remove trespassers are discretionary and will not be used by the police unless considered absolutely necessary. If trespassers don’t leave a site when requested to do so then landowners should go through the normal channels of civil recovery as quickly as possible to mitigate the potential damage and resulting costs.

*All figures quoted in this release have been provided by Dougie Barnett, head of mid-market and customer risk management at AXA Insurance

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Securitas celebrates success in regional stages of BSIA’s Security Personnel Awards 2018

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has announced the regional winners of its Security Personnel Awards for 2018, and Securitas is delighted to have winners in three categories. The awards recognise the talent, dedication, skill and bravery exhibited by security personnel in their roles.

Security personnel are recognised in five categories: Service to the Customer, Outstanding Act, Best Use of Technology, Best Team and Best Newcomer.

Securitas officers Ramraj Sooknanan and Matt Bolger have been successful in the Service to the Customer category. Sooknanan has worked at his client site for 24 years, demonstrating true dedication to his role and responsibilities. Bolger started work on his client site in 2014, and his professionalism has seen him progress quickly and establish himself as a key part of the security team.

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Samantha Golding, service delivery manager, has received the Best Newcomer Award. Starting as a relief officer in 2017, Golding’s integrity and commitment has seen her promoted from officer to service delivery manager in a short space of time.

Alison Ridge and David Prosser have been recognised in the category of Outstanding Act. The pair administered life-saving CPR, including by using a defibrillator, to an individual who had collapsed on-site. Their timely actions proved vital as they waited for the Emergency Services to attend the scene.

James Kelly, CEO of the BSIA, said: “It’s important that we recognise the true value of security personnel. They are often the first responders in times of emergency and play a vital role in keeping the public safe. This year’s Security Personnel Awards regional winners are testament to the truly high calibre of personnel we have working within our industry.”

Grainne Kelly, Human Resources director and also Operations Centre director at Securitas, commented: “At Securitas, people are at the heart of our protective services. Our officers in particular are the backbone of the security we deliver. They face a more challenging security environment than ever before. It’s fantastic to see Ramraj, Matt, Samantha, Alison and David recognised by the BSIA for their vigilance and dedication.”

All regional winners now progress to the national finals stage of the British Security Awards, to be held in London on 11 July in conjunction with the BSIA’s Annual Luncheon.

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Next Generation Networks is focus of Euralarm Task Group Forum

The Europe-wide transition of traditional (ie PSTN) telecom networks towards all-IP communications networks that’s in different stages is having a significant impact on alarm signalling systems across countries. With this in mind, Euralarm’s Task Group on Next Generation Networks is now focusing on that transition.

Euralarm members the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and the Fire Industry Association are hosting a high-profile forum on how changes to the UK telecommunications network may affect the fire and security industry. The event will be held on Thursday 15 March at the offices of UBM in central London and offers the opportunity to hear from the experts about what the impact of the transition will be.

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Euralarm’s Task Group is also running a Workshop prior to the conference. To be held the day before, the Workshop is centred on developing an understanding of progress around Next Generation Networks across Europe. Members of the Task Group will consider what guidance and direction is of value to industry members and their customers going forward.

Euralarm members and other stakeholders and interested parties are invited to participate in the open forum, while the Workshop is for Euralarm members only.

More details about the Workshop can soon be found on the Euralarm website. Further information on the forum is available on the BSIA’s website.

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New date announced for free-to-attend BSIA/FIA-supported cyber security seminar

A free-to-attend, half-day seminar which aims to help security buyers and installers alike to navigate the complex world of cyber security is being held in Solihull on Thursday 2 November.

Organised by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and supported by the Fire Industry Association (FIA), the event will include presentations from a wide range of cyber security experts, with a particular focus on the potential vulnerabilities of ‘connected products’ – meaning any security product that can be accessed or operated remotely via the Internet (eg intruder alarms, video surveillance systems and access control solutions) – and how these vulnerabilities can be combated.

Delegates will be informed about the potential cyber risks facing their business, with presentations from the West Midlands Police’s digital cyber crime team and the Scottish Business Resilience Centre’s team of ‘ethical hackers’.

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Attendees will also find out how the BSIA’s ongoing work in the field of cyber security is helping the security industry to protect itself and its customers.

Finally, delegates will benefit from a summary of the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation, which is set to come into force in May 2018.

The seminar is open to security and fire solutions buyers and installers, or indeed anybody from either industry with an interest in improving their business’ cyber security and data protection policies.

Registration for the event will be open from 9.00 am, with presentations starting at 9.45 am and the event expected to finish at around 1.30 pm.

*A full programme and online booking forms for both delegates and exhibitors are available from the BSIA’s website

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BSIA endorses new NPCC Security Systems Group guide to preventing false Hold-Up Alarms

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has contributed to a guide which aims to help installers of Hold-Up Alarm (HUA) systems to reduce the number of false alarms. Developed by the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s Security Systems Group, the guide provides an overview of the impacts that false alarms have and offers recommendations on how installers can help to reduce them.

These recommendations include:

*take HUA Systems out of service before work starts and remember to return them to full service when work has been completed

*remind users of the proper use of HUAs as advised by the police – they’re for use during an attack or the threat of an attack involving persons at premises protected by the HUA (a brawl outside the premises or petty theft is not proper use)

*recommend the repositioning of HUAs vulnerable to damage following changes to internal layout of premises

*ensure HUA fixings and covers are secure during service visits and remind users to report minor damage

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*remind users of their duty to inform contractors working at the premises that HUAs are installed and active

*discuss the correct use of HUAs with all employees who have direct contact with customers

These simple steps can help to reduce the number of false alarms, thereby reducing the impact on the police service and maintaining the reputation of Alarm Receiving Centres and installers.

David Wilkinson, director of technical services at the BSIA, explained: “The BSIA is fully supportive of initiatives to reduce the number of false alarms generated from security equipment. Preventing false Hold-Up Alarm activations will help to ensure that such alarms remain an effective method for delivering a rapid police response and maintain users’ confidence in security systems.”

Wilkinson continued: “The new guide provides installers with simple recommendations that can help to prevent false alarms during installation, maintenance and use. The BSIA is pleased to endorse the guide, and I’m sure that this document will prove beneficial to installers and service engineers alike.”

The guide can be downloaded from the BSIA’s website: www.bsia.co.uk/publications/publications-search-results/preventing-false-hold-up-alarms

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Free seminar set to help buyers and installers improve cyber security

Helping security buyers and installers to navigate the complex world of cyber security is the aim of a forthcoming event organised by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA). Supported by the Fire Industry Association (FIA), the event takes place in Solihull on Wednesday 4 October.

This free-to-attend, half-day gathering will include presentations from a wide range of cyber security experts and offer a particular focus on the potential vulnerabilities of ‘connected products’ – meaning any security product (ie intruder alarms, video surveillance systems and access control) that could be accessed or operated remotely via the Internet – and how these vulnerabilities can be combated.

Delegates will be informed about the potential cyber risks facing their business, with presentations from the West Midlands Police digital cyber crime team and an engaging and surprising demonstration from the Scottish Business Resilience Centre’s team of ‘ethical hackers’.

Attendees will also find out how they can combat the cyber threats they face, with presentations outlining the benefits of the Government’s Cyber Essentials accreditation and introducing the BSIA’s ongoing work in the field of cyber security.

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Finally, delegates will benefit from a summary of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is set to come into force in early 2018.

The event is open to security and fire solutions buyers and installers, or indeed anybody from either industry with an interest in improving their business’ cyber security and data protection policies.

Registration for the event will be open from 9.00 am, with presentations kicking off at 9.45 am and the event expected to finish at around 1.30 pm. A full programme and online booking forms for both delegates and exhibitors are available on the BSIA’s website at: https://www.bsia.co.uk/events.aspx

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BSIA outlines key points of PD6669 scheme ahead of industry briefings

Ahead of a series of industry briefings on the new PD6669 scheme, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has put together its five key points of the publication.

PD6669 provides guidance for the provision of alarm transmission systems (ATS) in the UK. It has been developed with support from all interested parties within the security industry, including security installers, Alarm Receiving Centres, ATS providers, insurers, the BSIA itself, the British Standards Institution and the police service.

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The Trade Association has outlined five key points of the scheme which will be covered in greater detail during each briefing:

*Alarm transmission providers will supply network availability statistics to identify systems that are highly likely to generate a false confirmed activation and police response to a false alarm. This will help to protect the allocation of Unique Reference Numbers (URNs)

*Alarm transmission providers will suggest alternate telecommunications solutions and networking advice to improve system reliability

*Single path faults are effectively managed, reducing customer disturbance and false alarms

*Installers will be able to clearly identify chargeable installation and post-installation work to the ATS to ensure that it operates reliably and as specified. Using PD6662, installers will be able to upsell their services rather than simply selling on price

*PD6669 ensures that system liability is clearly defined through robust information supply, record keeping and notification

As stated, the BSIA is hosting a series of free-to-attend briefings that will provide industry practitioners with an overview of PD6669, information on how it interfaces to BS EN 50136 and how it will help installers who use the scheme.

The briefings will be taking place at the following locations:

*London: 30 August at UBM, 240 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8BF. Registration opens at 8.30 am with presentations from 9.00 am through until 11.00 am

*Hampshire: 31 August at Southern Monitoring, 212-218 London Road, Waterlooville PO7 7AJ. Registration opens at 8.30 am with presentations from 9.00 am until 11.00 am

*Wigan: 6 September at the North West Fire and Security Exhibition, DW Stadium (South Stand Suite), 15 Loire Drive, Wigan WN5 0UH. Presentations from 10.00 am to 11.00 am as part of the North West Fire and Security Exhibition speaker programme)

*Nottingham: 13 September at EMCS Ltd, Tissington Close, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 6QG. Registration opens at 8.30 am with presentations from 9.00 am until 11.00 am

*To register for any of these PD6669 briefings visit: www.bsia.co.uk/events

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