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The power of a high-vis jacket

By Abby Petkar, managing director of Magenta Security

  • 13 March 2019
  • Author: Andrew Cooper
  • Number of views: 2987
Most of us grew up learning that if we wanted some directions or needed help we should go and ask a policeman.  Times however have moved on and we now tend to find ourselves looking for someone carrying a clipboard or wearing a high-vis jacket.  It’s incredible the level of confidence a high-vis can instil in your average member of the public.

Security and facilities management: the people element

The modern-day environment is affecting security jobs in a plethora of ways.

  • 29 January 2019
  • Author: Andrew Cooper
  • Number of views: 3317
Steven Moore, MD of security UK, Atalian Servest discusses how the face of security provision is changing, and cost is an ever-important factor that influences customers, meaning they tend to expect more for less.

Why aren’t we more prepared?

The security industry has been quiet on the impact of Brexit so far - it's time we took notice

  • 9 January 2019
  • Author: Andrew Cooper
  • Number of views: 6403

I find it strange just how quiet the security industry is on the subject of Brexit.  Whether you voted to leave or remain, whether you believe in the PM’s plan or think she is wasting valuable time, Brexit is undoubtably the topic of the moment and will remain so for some time to come.  Yet collectively the security industry remains relatively mute on its potential impact – which could be significant.


Fly-tipping is on the rise, with vacant sites being prime targets

The number of incidents has increased for the third year in a row.

  • 9 October 2018
  • Author: Andrew Cooper
  • Number of views: 4926

Many asset owners will already be aware of the devastating effects that vandalism and arson can have on a business, as it is expensive and time-consuming to deal with these. Deterring such crimes is difficult, however, as most vandalism, including graffiti and arson, occurs at night and on weekends when sites or properties are vacant. Fly-tipping is also on the rise, with vacant sites being prime targets. The number of incidents has increased for the third year in a row: councils across England and Wales reported 936,090 cases in 2015–16, up 4% on the previous year.


326 - A minimum compliance checklist for procuring security guarding services

  • 16 March 2017
  • Author: Anonym
  • Number of views: 6678

The BSIA have written this guide to aid you in selecting a security guarding company to help you choose the quality of service you require.

148 Securing a better future

A BSIA guide to careers in the private security industry

  • 21 August 2015
  • Author: Anonym
  • Number of views: 10323
The private security industry is an exciting and growing industry where you can work in a variety of roles throughout your career, or specialise in one area – depending on what suits you. Whether you see yourself working in the electronics sector as an installer or manufacturer, enjoy the idea of a customer-facing role or would like to provide security services at events or for individuals requiring special protection, the private security industry has a role for you.

Download our guide and find out more about the perks of joining our industry, and how bodies and initiatives such as the British Security Industry Association, Skills for Security, Jobcentre Plus, Remploy, Bridging the Gap and the Career Transition Partnership can help you make a smooth transition to a career in security.

231 Code of Practice for Security Searches

This Code of Practice is for the conducting of searches by persons employed to ensure the security of property and persons. It is a voluntary Code that companies can choose to comply with as an indication of their quality of service and conduct.

Top 10 Most Common Problems with Licence Application Forms

This document outlines the top 10 problems that the SIA experience with licence application forms.

The Regulation Journey speech by Dr Adam White

‘The Regulation Journey’ - a speech by Dr Adam White, Research Associate, Department of Politics, University of Sheffield. 

Border and Immigration Agency - Preventing Illegal Migrant Working Presentation

This presentation was given by the Border and Immigration Agency at the joint BSIA/SIA seminar on illegal working given on Monday 21st January 2008.