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Cougar Monitoring and BT Redcare to run joint Roadshow for fire and security installers in Midlands region

Led by Cougar Monitoring, the Roadshow will be hosted on Friday 6 October at one of BT’s key buildings in Birmingham city centre near to Birmingham New Street Station. In addition to presentations from representatives of Cougar and BT Redcare, there will also be representatives from the technical departments of both companies available for advice, guidance and training.

Eric Roberts, CEO of Cougar Monitoring, said: “BT Redcare has been in the alarm signalling market for over 30 years. The company is tried and tested and the majority of its products are third party certified. Having met with the new BT Redcare management team recently, it’s abundantly clear that they have a renewed focus and intention to work closer with both ourselves and installers. We’re delighted to join them to reinforce that message to our installers.”

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BT Redcare sits at the heart of home and business security, bridging the gap between customers, installers and Alarm Receiving Centres (ARCs). Backed by BT’s trusted technology and the largest R&D budget in the UK, the business has been leading the way in reliable alarm signalling. Having recently undertaken a refresh of its brand and approach to the market, the company has now pledged to work closer with ARCs and installers to help grow their businesses.

Cougar Monitoring was established in 1996 and holds a number of nationally-recognised accreditations. The business is registered by the Security Industry Authority as an Approved Contractor for key holding, security guarding and Public Space (CCTV) Surveillance and has also received the National Security Inspectorate’s Gold standard EMS and Health and Safety accreditations.

Cougar Monitoring is part of the Prime Interaction Group that also includes Securenett and Kings Security, making it one of the largest independent security groups in the UK. The company invests heavily in cutting-edge technology to provide clients with an “innovative and inclusive” security service. Its high specification alarm receiving and monitoring set-up enables the company to keep response times enviably sharp and to provide reliable and professional assistance.

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Going forward, Securenett will be recommending BT Redcare alarm signalling products to its customers.

Commenting on the Cougar initiative, John Ware (general manager of BT Redcare) said: “I met personally with the senior leaders of Cougar Monitoring recently and it’s clear that they, like us, are looking to the future and wish to expand their operation. We’re perfectly placed to help them do this. The combination of our expertise in the market and Cougar’s reach to installers means attendees at the Roadshow will receive the best advice, value and support from both companies.”

*Details of the Roadshow will be issued soon. In the meantime, installers wishing to register an interest in attending can do so online at www.formwize.com/cougarroadshow

 

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BSIA looks forward to impending publication of BS 8593 on body-worn video cameras

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) is pleased to have played a pivotal role in the development of BS 8593 Code of Practice for the Deployment and Use of Body-Worn Video and is looking forward to its expected publication later this month.

The standard provides technical and operational recommendations for the deployment and use of body-worn video used for the purposes of recording interactions between the wearer and other parties, or the environments in which wearers finds themselves.

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David Wilkinson, director of technical services at the BSIA and chairman of the British Standards Institution’s GW1/10 Sub-Committee, commented: “The need for a standard in this area was born from discussions held with the Surveillance Camera Commissioner with regards to guidance for body-worn video in relation to the Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s Code of Practice. The standard’s development committee was chaired by myself and involved a wide variety of stakeholders, including manufacturers, inspectorates, the Information Commissioner’s Office, the Security Industry Authority and the Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s office.”

Wilkinson continued: “There are clear advantages for the use of body-worn video in a number of applications. However, its usage also brings about challenges in terms of privacy and data security. It’s hoped that this standard will support the work of organisations such as the ICO as well as the Surveillance Camera Commissioner in ensuring that surveillance remains appropriate and proportionate and that there’s a balance struck between safety, security and the privacy of those being surveilled.”

BS 8593 will be publicly launched by the BSI on 14 June at UBM’s offices in Blackfriars, London, with briefings from both the Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter QPM LLB and the ICO, representatives of the Metropolitan Police Service, industry practitioners and the BSIA’s David Wilkinson.

*For further information about the launch event, or to register for your free place, please visit: www.bsia.co.uk/events

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Ward Security attains Recognised Service Provider status from Living Wage Foundation

Ward Security is pleased to announce that it has become a Recognised Service Provider working alongside the Living Wage Foundation. The achievement means that Ward Security and all its subsidiaries are putting a Living Wage pathway in place that meets the standards set by the Living Wage Foundation for good practice by providers of personnel under contract.

The Living Wage commitment sees Ward Security propose a Living Wage option within applicable tender submissions. This gives the client an option of paying all contracted staff a wage that meets the current cost of living.

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“We’re very proud of this achievement,” explained managing director Kevin Ward. “We are one of only a few service providers in the security industry to have been recognised for our ongoing commitment to the Living Wage.”

Ward continued: “Ward Security’s growth since the business was founded in 2000 has been as a result of the levels of service we provide and the quality of people working for us. We pride ourselves on providing a supporting work environment which puts our staff first, and our commitment to our staff was again recognised in 2016 by Investors in People.”

Ward Security remains one of the few Investors in People (Gold) employers in the sector with a score of 167 out of 174 in an independent audit conducted on behalf of the Security Industry Authority. This places the business within the top 2% of all security companies.”

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Axis Security selected to provide range of services for Lambert Smith Hampton

Axis Security, a leading deliverer of bespoke security services, has won a contract with commercial property consultant Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) to provide a range of security services for eight of its properties in the North East of England.

The contract incorporates security guarding, concierge services, mobile patrols and key holding – including night and weekend cover.

Marcus Cain, regional facilities manager for the North at LSH, informed Risk UK that the company previously used a number of different security providers, with the new contract forming part of a rationalisation process.

“Axis Security boasts a strong presence in the North East region,” observed Cain. “The company’s clients include the UK’s leading property management consultancies, which gives us confidence that the business can deliver the range of services we require across our own diverse portfolio of properties.”

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Lambert Smith Hampton’s Grey Street offices

Cain added that Axis’ reputation as a good employer is also important. “We have peace of mind that Axis Security looks after its employees and that all officers are licensed with the Security Industry Authority.”

Many LSH properties are multi-tenanted and require flexible, responsive value-add services (for example, providing meter readings of vacant properties). Axis Security completes this particular task using Fast Field technology, giving LSH instant and reliable information to check against utility bills.

“On one occasion,” outlined Cain, “we briefed Axis in the morning regarding a new instruction in the North East region. The mobile patrol service was fully-mobilised that same day, including a meter readings collection for the Estate.”

Other technology employed in the contract includes TrackTik, which provides officer location tracking and enables officers to capture live footage of incidents. Cain believes this is a must-have compliance solution. “Lone worker welfare is an important Health and Safety issue, but the technology also means we can prove to relevant stakeholders that patrols have actually been completed.”

In conclusion, Cain stated: “Overall, Axis is a good fit for our business. They are genuinely responsive and understand that a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work.”

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Top level security without a performance delivered by Trigion

Trigion Security Services is working with managers at a number of prestigious theatres across London to provide electronic security solutions designed to keep staff, patrons and property alike safe in an unobtrusive manner that doesn’t deflect from the enjoyment of the performance.

With large crowds and high profile buildings to protect, the theatre owners were looking for a security company that could offer top level support. Trigion Security Services fitted the bill.

Neil Ricketts, technical services director at Trigion, informed Risk UK: “Theatres offer a number of rare security and safety challenges with large groups of people arriving and leaving at the same time, numerous staircases and corridors present as well as main auditoriums to protect. There are also a number of bars and concession stands, so we need to be able to keep an eye on the cash being handled.”

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Ricketts continued: “Using a variety of electronic security equipment operated remotely from our Security Operations Centre, we can ensure there’s always a high level of security in place, even when the curtain has come down and everyone’s gone home.”

Trigion operates to the very highest standards in the industry and has gained Security Industry Authority Approved Contractor status in addition to ISO 9001. All Trigion Security officers are vetted and trained to BS 7858 and verified as such by the National Security Inspectorate.

Trigion is the UK security division of the Facilicom Group. Facilicom UK is the UK company of the Dutch facility services organisations Facilicom Services Group. Facilicom employs over 28,000 people and operates in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and the UK.

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Baroness Ruth Henig and Sue Fish join speaker line-up for The Security Institute’s Annual Conference

The Security Institute’s new president Baroness Ruth Henig CBE DL and Sue Fish (deputy chief constable for Nottinghamshire Police and national policing lead for business crime reduction) have been announced as speakers for this year’s Annual Conference.

Baroness Henig and Fish join previously announced speakers Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI (director of PRCI), Sir David Veness CBE QPM, Major General Chip Chapman CB, Brett Lovegrove MSyI (CEO of CSARN) and Sean Cunningham (operations manager for the Inkerman Group) at the event, which takes place on 22 September at the Amba Hotel, Marble Arch in central London.

Baroness Henig is former chair of the Security Industry Authority (SIA). While at the SIA, the Baroness was instrumental in overseeing a regulatory overhaul and the introduction of a new and modern, fit-for-purpose regulatory regime.

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Baroness Ruth Henig CBE DL

Previous high profile roles Baroness Henig has held within the security sector include chair of the Association of Police Authorities (from 1997 to 2005), after which she became the Association’s president. The Baroness was also a member of the National Criminal Justice Board from 2003 to 2005, having been awarded a CBE in 2000 for her tremendous services to policing.

Garry Evanson CSyP, The Security Institute’s chairman, said: “It’s a real pleasure for me to be able to announce that our new president is taking an active role in the life of The Security institute. With her vast insight and considerable experience of the regulatory regime within the UK, Baroness Henig will be a significant addition to this new-style conference for 2016.”

During her career with the Nottinghamshire Police, Sue Fish has had specific responsibilities for the force’s Crime Directorate, the Intelligence Directorate, scientific support, operational support and serious and organised crime. Fish is also a Gold Firearms, Public Order and CBRN commander.

“Sue is one of the most senior police officers in the country,” outlined Evanson, “and has amassed fantastic experience of all aspects of policing. We’re delighted that she will be able to join us at our conference and for the insights Sue will be able to offer us all into initiatives for reducing business crime.”

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Skills for Security Accreditation endorses quality training

Skills for Security Accreditation is endorsing quality training provision across the security industry both here in the UK and on the international stage, allowing employers to make informed decisions regarding their training. 

Accreditation is the formal recognition that ensures training is meeting the appropriate criteria for Best Practice and that it either meets or exceeds nationally recognised training standards.

Accreditation promotes accountability. It’s the ultimate measure of quality: a professional ‘Seal of Approval’ that assures clients and employees alike that the training they’re undertaking has met rigorous standards and is a genuine quality assured programme.

Skills for Security’s Accreditation endorses quality courses, training providers and trainers themselves as well as in-house training schemes for the security business sector, giving employers and individuals confidence that the training they’re considering has been approved by the skills body.

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Terri Jones, director general at Skills for Security (pictured), explained: “Our accreditation scheme was developed in response to requests from employers and providers who were concerned about the quality of delivery of training within the private security industry. It’s our ambition to recognise excellent training and endorse it with the aim of increasing the availability and quality of training available to everyone who works in the security business sector both internationally and within the UK.”

Three-step process

Skills for Security’s Accreditation is a three-step process. Training is matched to National Occupational Standards which specify UK standards of performance that people are expected to achieve and the knowledge and skills they need to perform effectively (thus providing the evidence to providers, trainers, employers and learners that training is being delivered to the highest possible standards).

With accredited training, learners have the assurance of receiving a quality education as well as gaining recognition from employers.

Karimah Pedro from the Security Industry Authority has endorsed the programme. “We remain committed to improving standards in the private security business sector. That’s why we support Skills for Security’s Accreditation scheme to set a benchmark for security training.”

As a developer of National Occupational Standards for the security industry, Skills for Security is best placed to help identify any gaps in skills and knowledge. Whether it’s in-house training schemes or the development of trainers, Skills for Security will help provide sustainable solutions in order to certify that quality is being maintained.

Accreditation from Skills for Security not only endorses quality, but also actively boosts the reputation of training and sets a benchmark for it.

*Contact Skills for Security on (tel) 01905 744000 or at: accreditation@skillsforsecurity.org.uk for further information

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