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The hallmark of quality and professional security

The British Security Industry Association is the trade association for the professional security industry in the UK. Our members are responsible for more than 70% of UK security products and services (by turnover) including the manufacture, distribution and installation of electronic and physical security equipment and the provision of security guarding and consultancy services.

Our values

  • Dedication – we are committed to serving all our members equally.
  • High standards – we promote best practice and excellence to add value.
  • Innovation – we push the boundaries, using a positive attitude to lead the industry forward.
  • Integrity – we operate ethically to do the right thing.
  • Belief – we are passionate about what we do.

Key areas of BSIA activity include:

Our vision

Our vision is to create a climate where BSIA membership is the symbol of quality and professionalism in the security industry.

Our mission

BSIA membership shall be recognised by industry stakeholders as the most relevant indicator of quality and professionalism in the provision of security products and services; and shall be seen by security providers as an essential requirement, and benefit, for active industry participants.


The BSIA lobbies key organisations/bodies to form valuable working partnerships and achieve desirable changes e.g. Members of Parliament, the Home Office, Association of Chief Police Officers, Association of British Insurers.

The BSIA is extremely active in liaising with Government to ensure that legislation reflects industry and customer needs. The Association lobbied for regulation of the security industry for over 15 years, culminating in the introduction of the Private Security Industry Act 2001 and the launch of the Security Industry Authority.

Information dissemination

The BSIA disseminates information to members, potential members, users of security products/services, related organisations and the general public to raise awareness and understanding of issues relating to security and crime prevention.


One of the BSIA’s top priorities is the maintenance of high standards within the industry, and it places rigorous requirements on companies wishing to become members. BSIA draws up industry codes of practice and technical documents, often then submitting documents for consideration as British Standards. Our representatives work on European standards committees to ensure these will meet the practical needs of the industry and its customers


In 2006 a skills body for the private security sector was formed. 'Skills for Security' incorporates the Security Industry Training Organisation, the BSIA's training subsidiary, which was divested from the Association to form the new skills body. The BSIA is working with Skills for Security, alongside other key industry stakeholders, to help to establish a stronger skills foundation which will add further benefits for the industry and its people.

The BSIA operates an information line during normal working hours on 0845 3893889. Alternatively, contact us via email.

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