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The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) is the trade association for the professional security industry in the UK.

Our members are responsible for more than 70% of privately provided 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 members are industry professionals ranging in size from global companies to small and medium enterprises, offering quality products and services to a vast spectrum of end-users.

Our mission and vision

The BSIA is the voice of the professional security industry, supporting and encouraging excellence; educating the marketplace on the value of quality and professional security; and creating an environment in which to flourish.

BSIA Membership is the symbol of quality and professionalism in the security industry.

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Security UK – booklet promoting members of BSIA Export Council


This best practice document will help businesses and individuals understand the basics of record management in order to prevent identify fraud and corporate identity theft.

Form 122 
Photography and Hostile Reconnaissance (October 2011)


Clear guidance on best practice behaviour when dealing with individuals taking pictures Members only or filming in public places, produced by the Home Office and the BSIA.

Form 123
Construction site security – a guide (January 2012)


This guide is intended to provide a recommended approach to security to be taken by site operators, both before and during construction and during the handover of the construction site to the eventual site operator, landlord or owner

Form 148

Securing a better future – a BSIA guide to careers in the private security industry (2012)
Form 156

Metal theft – a guide to securing your business (2013)
Form 213
Membership List


Up to date listing of all BSIA members 

Form 159

Office Security Poster (A4)
Form 160

Preventing False Alarms Poster (A4)
Form 187

Becoming a Working Group Expert (2016) – Members only
Form 200

Your security is our priority (November 2006)


A5 booklet on the benefits of using a member of the BSIA

Form 225

HR Factsheet – Statutory minimum holidays (October 2007) – Members only
Form 237

Representing BSIA at committee meetings – a code of practice for BSIA members and their employees (September 2014) – Members only
Form 240

HR Factsheet – Prevention of Illegal Working (June 2008) – Members only
Form 241

HR Factsheet – Corporate Manslaughter (June 2008) – Members only
Form 250

A guide to changes between BS EN ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems – Requirements (February 2015) Members only

A guide to the changes in ISO 9001:2015 compared to BS EN ISO 9001:2008

Form 253

Secure your future – a guide for service leavers to careers in the private security industry Members only
Form 254

A minimum compliance checklist for procuring Scottish Security Guarding and Scottish Security Systems services (February 2016)


A guide to aid you in selecting a Scottish security guarding company or a Scottish security systems company

Form 264

CONTEST and the private security industry (July 2009)


A BSIA briefing paper on CONTEST - the government's strategy on counter-terrorism. Members only

Form 266

Why choose a BSIA member 


This document outlines the benefits of using a BSIA member company and has been designed for members to use in their response to tenders

Form 277

E-auctions – a guide for procurers (2009) 

Form 278

E-auctions – a guide for suppliers (2009)

Form 281

Security industry organisations (2009)


A comparison document detailing the various security industry organisations including the BSIA, Security Industry Authority (SIA), Skills for Security, the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) and the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB).

Form 331

A guide to intruder alarms in the education sector (2017)