Security officers protect people and property in a wide variety of environments – factories and warehouses, offices, shopping centres,hospitals, airports, concert and sports venues.
The growing responsibilities of these personnel, and their increasing public interface, intensified calls for government regulation of the sector which have been wholeheartedly supported by the BSIA.
This culminated in the introduction of the Private Security Industry Act 2001, which in turn has led to licensing of security officers by the Security Industry Authority.
A key issue which the section is addressing is the growing interface between security guarding and technology, and how this can be managed for maximum effectiveness.
The BSIA's Crowd Management Section represents security companies which offer the provision of stewarding and safety personnel at indoor and outdoor events.
Securing the UK's large events such as concerts, festivals and sports matches is imperative to ensuring that events run smoothly, spectators remain safe and any incidents are dealt with quickly and effectively.
Cash & Valuables in Transit
Cash and Valuables in Transit (CVIT) companies are involved in transporting, storing and sorting cash and other valuables, typically for retail and financial organisations but also for Local Authorities and other members of the public sector where the availability of cash is essential for day to day business.
They play a vital role in replenishing and protecting cash supplies for the business world and the wider community, keeping the economy running.
CVIT operatives are now licensed under the Private Security Industry Act, adding to their high standards of training and security.
A range of CVIT services are available to suit the different needs of small, medium and large companies.
The Training Providers’ Section offers membership available exclusively for companies providing quality training to security industry personnel.
This move follows the original creation of a Training Providers' working group in April 2011, which brought together several companies that supply training services to the security industry in the UK. Following a successful seven months setting objectives and increasing membership, the Association has recognised the growing importance of this group by creating an official section of membership.
The Training Providers' Section is extremely ambitious in its objectives and is committed to working with fellow training providers, colleges, security companies, trade organisations and the Government to drive standards, increase professionalism and ultimately improve the standard of training offered in the security industry.
Vacant Property Protection
The section consists of companies focusing on security measures and services introduced when a property is at increased risk of criminal attack because of a change of circumstances in its occupancy.
Vacant properties are at heightened risk from fire, deterioration and criminal activity. Without adequate protection, these risks can lead to an increase in insurance premiums, significant financial loss and damage to reputation.
Owners and managers of vacant property also have a ‘duty of care’ to anyone entering the building, whether authorised or not.
Therefore, if property is likely to be vacant for any period of time, property owners or managers should seek the services of professional security companies