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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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Ramraj Sooknanan

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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Securitas to guard major crime scenes for Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Police has signed a contract with Securitas for the security solutions specialist to provide a dedicated service guarding major crime scenes in Wiltshire. The contract is effective immediately.

“Protecting the scene of a major crime is an integral part of an investigation, ensuring that evidence isn’t disrupted, destroyed or contaminated,” said T/DCI Jeremy Carter from the Brunel Crime Investigation Team.

“It’s important for the senior investigating officer in the Major Crime Investigation Team to know that Securitas will respond immediately when called upon, and that its security officers are capable of securing a crime scene very quickly anywhere within Wiltshire.”

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Carter added: “By outsourcing the guarding function, we’re able to release police officers from that work to front line policing and, in turn, reduce costs.”

Contracting out the guarding of major crime scenes has been tried and tested by all other forces in the South West, where such a move has been found to be a highly effective way of securing evidence and preventing contamination or interference at the scenes of crimes. It’s likely that the service will only be used when there’s a need for protracted guarding solutions.

Concentration on primary roles

Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Mike Veale said: “We regularly review our services to make sure that we offer the best value for money for the public. This contract will free officers to concentrate on their primary roles rather than guarding. There are no ongoing costs to Wiltshire Police other than the actual use of the service when attending a crime scene.”

Securitas’ security officers are vetted and appropriately trained to high standards. They can be clearly identified at crime scenes by their Securitas branded uniforms.

“Modern day policing requires a different approach, as the pressure to more effectively manage costs and resources must be balanced against increasing levels of threat and incidents that require police forces to be at their optimum strength,” said Michael Clancy, chief commercial officer and executive lead for UK policing at Securitas UK.

“Adopting a partnership approach with Wiltshire Police, our crime scene guarding service can quickly provide fully and specifically trained, accredited and professional protective services officers to maintain the critical security of a crime scene. Thanks to this solution, Wiltshire Police has been able to release its police officers back to valuable front line policing duties at a significantly reduced cost and while maintaining the high standards expected of the police service.”

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Happy New Year as Securitas goes on parade with the London Fire Brigade

 

Securitas helped the London Fire Brigade (LFB) kick off the latter’s celebrations for its 150th Anniversary by sponsoring the organisation’s appearance at London’s New Year’s Day Parade.

New Year’s Day 2016 represents the start of the LFB’s year-long celebration marking the organisation’s anniversary.

The event saw over 50 members of the LFB join more than 8,500 performers in the annual parade through central London.

SecuritasCityofLondonParade2016Serving officers, fire cadets and retired firefighters walked alongside an array of LFB vehicles, past and present, including a brand new 17-seater minibus used by the Brigade’s young fire cadets. This has been donated by Securitas.

Securitas’ Chief Operating Officer Shaun Kennedy told Risk UK: “The event on Friday 1 January was great fun. It has been an honour to support the Brigade and the fire cadets as they kick off the 150th Anniversary celebrations.”

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson explained: “Friday 1 January marked a very special day in the history of London’s fire service. Londoners have a great affection and trust in the Brigade, and that’s largely down to the huge professionalism exhibited on a continual basis by firefighters past and present.”

Dobson added: “While rescue is at the heart of the service, we have also had incredible success with our preventative work. Fire episodes are now at their lowest levels since 1966, and we will continue to increase awareness of fire safety through our proactive work to keep London safer than ever before.”

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*For more information on the LFB’s forthcoming anniversary celebrations visit: http://www.london-fire.gov.uk/150-events.asp

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Securitas set to showcase growing range of emergency and fire safety solutions at the Emergency Services Show 2015

Securitas is set to showcase its growing range of emergency and fire safety solutions at the Emergency Services Show, which runs at the NEC in Birmingham on 23-24 September.

With over 400 exhibitors and 5,500 visitors attending last year, the Emergency Services Show is one of the UK’s leading events for professionals involved in emergency planning, response and recovery both here in the UK and abroad.

Securitas’ specialists within the sector will be on hand to discuss a range of fire safety and emergency services including emergency fire crew capability, airfield rescue, firefighting contingency, fire risk assessment, fire training, police support, crime scene guarding, major public event support and canine services as well as related technologies.

Paul Rankin of Securitas

Paul Rankin of Securitas

Paul Rankin, director of fire and safety services at Securitas, told Risk UK: “The Emergency Services Show provides a great opportunity for us to showcase our capabilities and competencies designed to support the industry and also highlight our growing range of tailored services. It’s a great opportunity for us to communicate Securitas’ future strategy which will assist in the development of our Emergency and Fire Safety Services Division.”

Securitas boasts an excellent working relationship with the police and other emergency services across the UK, holding contracts with various local police services as well as national agencies including the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

*The Securitas Emergency and Fire Safety Services Team will be available on Stand L38. Further information is available online at: http://www.emergencyuk.com

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Securitas to host inaugural ASIS UK Enterprise Risk Management Northern Seminar

Securitas has been announced as the main sponsor and organiser for the inaugural ASIS UK Enterprise Risk Management Northern Seminar.

The seminar, which will take place at the University of Leeds on Thursday 9 April 2015, will afford delegates an understanding of how organisations can use Enterprise Risk Management to deliver their security and risk-related services.

Speakers on the day will include Neil Gammon (head of physical security at Sky) who will give an insight into managing enterprise risk within a creative media organisation and Dr Kevin Macnish, teaching Fellow at the University of Leeds. Macnish is to deliver a talk on how risk may be managed from an ethical perspective.

Securitas’ Gail Pinkerton, account director on the Workman contract, will present delegates with a Case Study on security risk management within a business environment, duly explaining how Securitas works alongside the property management and building consultancy to minimise and mitigate risk.

Dr Peter Speight CSyP: director of security risk management at Securitas

Dr Peter Speight CSyP: director of security risk management at Securitas

Speaking about the event, Dr Peter Speight CSyP (director of security risk management at Securitas, an ASIS UK member and recently elected UK Chapter Secretary) told Risk UK: “We’re very much looking forward to this event and we’re delighted that nearly 100 delegates have registered. Enterprise risk management is such a focused area for risk and security professionals. Indeed, the interest in this event has given us the confidence to look into hosting even more in the future.”

​ASIS International is one of the leading organisations for security professionals with more than 38,000 members worldwide, all of whom are involved in the protection of people, property and assets.

Founded in 1955, the organisation is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programmes and materials that address broad security interests.

The seminar begins at 1.30 pm and there will be drinks, canapés and networking opportunities from 6.00 pm. Those interested in attending should contact the ASIS UK Office either by telephone (01494 488599) or e-mail: info@asis.org.uk

Securitas awarded ISO 27001:2013 Information Security Management accreditation

Securitas is also pleased to announce it has been awarded the ISO 27001: 2013 Information Security Management standard, demonstrating the company’s firm commitment to providing the highest quality of service to its customers.

ISO 27001 is an internationally-recognised certification developed as a Best Practice standard which enables organisations to formalise and verify that risks are properly identified and managed. It also demonstrates to customers and stakeholders alike that the security of their information is taken seriously.

David Barlow of Securitas

David Barlow of Securitas

David Barlow, business standards and risk manager at Securitas, said: “In 2014, we completed an internal review of the whole of our UK security operations and realised we needed to concentrate on improving our data protection policies if we were to seriously advance in the security solutions aspect of the industry.”

Securitas duly sought the services of UKAS quality and compliance auditing body ALCUMUS, and soon realised that accreditation to ISO 27001:2013 Information Security Management would be required in order to satisfy the needs of both the security services and security solutions sectors.

In June last year, a member of the business standards team was appointed as project manager to concentrate on key areas which included the communications centre, ALCUMUS, environmental Health and Safety, the standards department, screening, finance, the Alarm Response Centre and the Help Desk function.

Following a period of internal and external audits and the creation of the Information Security Management System, all information – either printed or written on paper, stored electronically, transmitted by post or using electronic means, shown on films or spoken in conversation – is now handled and stored in a secure manner.

All assets, either physical or electronic, are also risk assessed and suitable control measures taken to ensure the security of these assets.

Subsequently, the ISO 27001:2013 accreditation has now been awarded in respect of Securitas’ UK operations in Birmingham, Wellingborough, Milton Keynes and Uxbridge.

Barlow concluded: “This accreditation demonstrates to our customers that we take all aspects of IT and data security very seriously indeed. I believe that not only will it be of great benefit in winning new clients but will also help us to retain our existing ones. I’m fully confident Securitas will be reaping the rewards of all this hard work in the months to come. “

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Intrepid Integritas to tackle Three Peaks Challenge for Perennial

Employees from Integritas Landscapes, part of the Securitas group, are to take up the Three Peaks Challenge this spring, conquering the UK’s three highest mountains in just 24 hours.

The 26-strong team, who will begin their journey at the base of Ben Nevis on 22 May, are taking up the challenge to raise a total of £10,000 for Perennial, the UK’s only charity supporting all horticulturists in times of need.

Perennial is a national charity that steps in when the going gets tough for horticulturists facing challenges caused by ill health, accident, financial hardship, redundancy, bereavement or even the challenges of retirement.

Whether currently working in the industry, or retired from it, Perennial provides free, confidential advice, support and financial assistance not only to horticulturists but also to their dependent family.

Members of the Intrepid Integritas Three Peaks Challenge Team

Members of the Intrepid Integritas Three Peaks Challenge Team

David Taylor, regional manager at Integritas, explained: “I was already familiar with the great work Perennial does for those in the industry who need their help and I had been speaking with them to see how Integritas Landscapes could support them. After talking with our employees it was clear that an adventure-based challenge was very popular. Not only is this a great opportunity for us to support our industry’s charity, but it also gives us the chance to bring together managers, supervisors and operatives from all over the UK to work together as a team.”

Taylor added: “Perennial’s work depends entirely on voluntary donations from the horticultural industry and the garden-loving public. I know this is going to be really hard work, but I hope people will get behind us and show their support for this very worthy cause.”

The National Three Peaks Challenge is an event in which participants attempt to climb the highest mountains of Scotland (Ben Nevis), England (Scafell Pike) and Wales (Snowdon) within a 24-hour period and includes travelling to each location. The team will complete the challenge at the base of Snowdon on the 23 May.

Kate O’Shea, development manager at Perennial, said: “We were absolutely delighted when David suggested raising funds for us in this way. It’s a really tough challenge event, but I think those who work in this industry tend to be very tough and resilient. It’s great that Integritas want to raise funds to help their colleagues in the industry.”

O’Shea continued: “We have seen a steady rise in clients over the past few years, and we are also seeing clients presenting with increasingly complex and challenging problems. There’s no doubt that he funds raised by this event will make a big difference. I hope people will dig deep and show their support for this fantastic team and for Perennial.”

*Anyone wishing to support the team can donate by visiting the Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/Integritas-Landscapes/

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Team Securitas fully embraces iconic British 10K London Run set for July

On Sunday 12 July 2015, the British 10k London Run will be staged on the world’s greatest road race route through the heart of central London. The 15th Anniversary run will showcase a new route, taking in even more of London’s iconic and truly world-class landmarks and streets. 

Securitas is delighted to be involved in this fantastic event in more ways than one. Not only will the global security giant be providing over 200 stewards to ensure that the event is a safe and enjoyable one for competitors and spectators alike, but a team of dedicated employees will also be taking part.

This year, the Securitas running team has chosen to raise funding for the national charity Embrace. The charity works tirelessly throughout the UK to support those children affected by serious crime through its range of practical, emotional and specialist services. Its excellent work involves children and young people who have suffered directly from abuse and child cruelty.

Anne Campbell, CEO at Embrace said: “We’re delighted the Securitas team will be donning our colours and running to help young victims of crime. All-too-often we see the devastating effects of crime on our younger members of society and we’re determined to do everything we possibly can to help them on the road to recovery – whatever that may take.”

The Securitas British 10K London Run Team from 2014, who ran in aid of Help for Heroes

The Securitas British 10K London Run Team from 2014, who ran in aid of Help for Heroes

As a company, Securitas’ mission is to ‘protect homes, workplaces and the community’ and it’s through this passion and dedication that the business has committed to paying the application fee for any Securitas employee wishing to join the running team.

Securitas Country President Brian Riis Nielsen explained: “I’m really proud to take part and to support Embrace, one of Securitas’ chosen national charities. It’s through coming together that we will really begin to make an impact on the children of Embrace and the wider communities.”

*To find out more about the brilliant work carried out by Embrace to help children and young people affected by serious crime visit: http://www.embracecvoc.org.uk/

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Securitas wins contract for security and stewarding solutions at TRANSEC 2014

The organisers of Transport Security Expo (TRANSEC) 2014 have awarded Securitas the contract to deliver security and stewarding services throughout the event, which takes place at London’s Olympia on 2-3 December.

Securitas has been appointed to oversee the safe build-up and breakdown of the show and to ensure both exhibitors and visitors have a pleasant and trouble-free experience at the popular annual event.

Over 4,500 visitors are expected to attend the two-day show and Securitas personnel will be on hand to welcome them and help with any queries. Security Industry Authority-licensed security officers will also be placed at strategic locations throughout the venue to provide a physical and reassuring presence.

Transport Security Expo 2014 runs at London's Olympia from 2-3 December

Transport Security Expo 2014 runs at London’s Olympia from 2-3 December

Last year, TRANSEC attracted a record-breaking 3,500 visitors from 88 countries. The organisers are upping the ante in 2014 to attract even more visitors by welcoming over 150 exhibitors from across the globe as well as 75 of the world’s leading conference speakers. On top of that there are workshops, live demonstrations and Innovation Hubs.

Securitas’ UK managing director and Country President Brian Riis Nielsen said: “Following our successful security role at IFSEC International 2014, we are once again delighted to have been chosen to safeguard exhibitors and visitors to this year’s Transport Security Expo. As well as providing 24-hour cover throughout the build-up, during the event itself and its breakdown, we’ll be helping to ensure correct Health and Safety procedures are followed and providing overnight stand security to those exhibitors who request such a service.”

Brian Riis Nielsen: Country President and UK md at Securitas

Brian Riis Nielsen: Country President and UK md at Securitas

During the exhibition, Securitas experts from the aviation and maritime transport sectors will be on hand on Stand G22 to give advice on the company’s wide range of complete security solutions specifically designed to meet the needs of each.

Monika Luis, event director for Transport Security Expo 2014, added: “We’re delighted to work with a global knowledge leader in security such as Securitas and have its support as an exhibitor at Transport Security Expo 2014. The decision to award Securitas the contract to deliver security and stewarding services to the event was an easy one to make based on the quality and reputation of the company. I’m confident that the 22 country delegations, Government officials and all visitors and exhibitors will be in safe hands throughout the show.”

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‘How Safe is Your Business’?: Securitas shares latest solutions at security seminar

Businesses had the opportunity to discover the latest available security technologies and review their existing procedures at a recent seminar hosted by Securitas.

The seminar, entitled: ‘How Safe is Your Business?’, was held at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland on 19 November and enabled local business owners and security managers to gain an insight into current challenges, evaluate present threats and risks and learn how to mitigate them effectively.

Grainne Kelly, area director for Securitas in the North East, Cumbria and Scotland, commented: “The security marketplace has changed dramatically in recent years, with new options open to customers to ensure their premises are secure at all times. The seminar benefited from a line-up of expert speakers who were able to share their knowledge and answer lots of questions from our audience.”

Grainne Kelly speaking at the recent Securitas business seminar

Grainne Kelly speaking at the recent Securitas business seminar

Tackling metal theft

Speakers included Detective Inspector Glen Alderson from the British Transport Police (BTP), whose presentation centred on the constant threat of metal theft and the advances the BTP is making in countering the problem.

Delegates also heard from Securitas’ chief operating officer Shaun Kennedy, technical director Pete Brown and Dr Peter Speight CSyP, director of risk and consulting.

During the seminar, a range of new technology solutions were demonstrated which can be integrated with existing security packages to provide a superior solution while reducing budget.

Security workshops were also carried out which enabled delegates to discuss any potential security challenges they face.

Grainne Kelly added: “Security threats are ever-present and, with the increased terrorist threat level across the UK which now stands at ‘Severe’, we all need to be aware of the challenges our businesses face and how best to mitigate any risk. It has been a really interesting morning, and we hope our delegates have returned to work armed with new knowledge and a renewed focus on ensuring their businesses and employees are kept safe and secure.”

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Dr Peter Speight CSyP wins prestigious CIR Risk Manager of the Year Award 2014

The UK Chapter of ASIS International has congratulated Dr Peter Speight CSyP – director of security risk management and consultancy services at Securitas in the UK – for winning the prestigious CIR Risk Manager of the Year Award 2014.

Now in their fifth year, the CIR magazine Risk Management Awards are specifically designed to recognise those individuals, organisations and teams that have significantly added to the understanding and practice of risk management. Judged by an independent panel of experts, the awards provide an opportunity for organisations and individuals to showcase their best products, projects and people.

The Risk Manager of the Year Award honours outstanding performance by a risk management individual deemed by the Judges to have accomplished most in the past 12 months in terms of reinforcing their organisation’s risk management framework, inspiring their team and offering creative thinking to the risk management community as a whole.

Risk professionals operational in organisations ranging from FTSE 100 blue chip concerns through to small and medium-sized enterprises are invited to enter submissions for this category.

Dr Peter Speight CSyP (centre) receives the Risk Manager of the Award 2014

Dr Peter Speight CSyP (centre) receives the Risk Manager of the Award 2014

The winner in 2014 is Dr Peter Speight CSyP, director of security risk management at Securitas UK (a role which Speight began back in November 2010) and author of the hugely popular book ‘Why Security Fails’ (more of which anon). Speight’s remit at Securitas focuses on strategic, tactical and operational enterprise risk management.

Prior to this, Speight served as director of security risk management with Reliance Security Services and (from February 2008 through until April 2009) as head of security consultancy with Perpetuity Risk and Consultancy International, during which time he concentrated on both strategic and operational security consulting.

In previous times Speight has also held end user roles, including a spell as group security manager for Allied Colloids and head of security operations at the BBC, where he worked from September 1999 to May 2000.

Peter’s a regular contributor to the security world’s leading journals and frequently speaks on risk issues as part of the sector’s many and varied conference programmes, among them that devised for IFSEC International.

Dr Speight is a long-time ASIS International UK member and, subject to election at next month’s AGM, will be joining the ASIS UK Leadership team as Chapter Secretary for 2015.

ASIS UK Chapter vice-chairman Mike Hurst stated: “Peter has been a champion of Enterprise Security Risk Management for many years now, and we’re absolutely delighted that his work has been recognised. ASIS International has produced several guidelines and standards on the subject of risk management so it’s fitting that an ASIS UK member is this year’s award recipient.”

Why Security Fails

Published in July 2012, Dr Peter Speight’s excellent book entitled ‘Why Security Fails’ examines a proposition that it’s possible to determine why security falls down within organisations.

There’s a detailed examination of the matrix containing security manpower, physical security assets, electronic systems and procedures. The operational effectiveness of these four distinct security facets is often not capable of critical assessment by the very organisation that’s paying for these assets and services. Therefore, it has been necessary to both determine and evidence a variety of security failures and, ultimately, contrast these sample conditions with examples of organisational security successfully achieving a range of targeted objectives (to the complete understanding and budgetary capability of the target organisation).

These contrasting situations are illustrated within the book which presents a detailed study of a multinational manufacturing organisation and the re-alignment of its security strategy following a comprehensive risk assessment and security audit.

The book also posits that it’s unlikely such security strategies can be effective unless based on a clear understanding of the threats, hazards and risks to which a given organisation may be subjected.

The issue of risk and security auditing is a key feature of ‘Why Security Fails’, as is the requirement to emphasise that the success of a security strategy (which would follow on from the assessment of risk and vulnerability) is not only underpinned by the accuracy of these processes, but also a clear understanding of the specific corporate culture, organisational security awareness and fiscal imperatives at play.

‘Why Security Fails’ also examines the role of risk management in the planning of crisis, continuity and safety issues, again from the perspective of contrasting the success of such planning when measured against the management of risks and the operationally assessed needs linked to the aforementioned four elements of security.

*To order your copy of ‘Why Security Fails’ contact: Protection Publications, 12B Wellgate Centre, Ossett, Wakefield WF5 8NS (telephone: 01924 266016)

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