Dartford Security Director Ordered to Pay £25,000

A security director has been ordered to pay almost £25,000 after being found guilty of working unlicensed and failing to provide the Security Industry Authority with information. Celestine Okogwu, 52, had his licence revoked by the SIA, but continued to work as director of Dartford-based Absolute Guards UK Limited, supplying security guards to a site… Continue Reading

Security Supplier Subject to Curfew

Found Guilty of Supplying Unlicensed Guards A security supplier has been electronically tagged after being found guilty of supplying unlicensed security guards and failing to provide material to the Security Industry Authority. Duncan Thorburn, 54, who traded as Thor Security, based in Bolsover, Derbyshire, was found guilty of 17 offences of supplying unlicensed security operatives,… Continue Reading

SIA Launches New Enforcement Page

The SIA has launched a new page highlighting enforcement activities led or assisted by investigators from the Compliance and Investigation team. The ‘Enforcement Operations’ page contains details of locations where operations took place, the number of sites inspected, details of partners involved and the total number of offences found. Director of Compliance and Enforcement Dave… Continue Reading

Operation Nevada Reveals Major Training Malpractice

Four London-based training providers can no longer provide SIA licence-linked training and 300 qualifications have been withdrawn following a wide-scale investigation into training malpractice. After the SIA received intelligence about the centres, Operation Nevada was launched involving SIA investigators, the Metropolitan Police, awarding bodies (HABC, EDI, Edexcel), the qualifications regulator OfQual, and the UK Border… Continue Reading

Local Street Crime Information

A new national website has launched to give you more local information about crime and anti-social behaviour at a street level. The online map will allow you to view figures for all crime as well as burglary, robbery, violence, vehicle crime, other crime and anti-social behaviour in your area, at the touch of a button.… Continue Reading

Police Welcome Conviction Over Unlicensed Door Staff

Police have secured a conviction for two people in relation to providing unlicensed door supervisors at a Penzance nightclub. On Thursday 13 January 2011 Christopher Nicholas, who runs a company called Maximum Security, pleaded guilty to providing unlicensed door staff to Matts Bar, Penzance, during the summer of 2009. At West Cornwall Magistrates Court, in… Continue Reading

BSIA Advises Homeowners to Protect their Properties this Winter

As the days are getting shorter and the cold starts settling in, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) is reminding homeowners of the importance of ensuring that their homes and possessions are protected this winter. Past events have proven that the risk of falling victim of crimes such as burglary increases during the cold season,… Continue Reading

The Future of the Security Industry Authority (SIA)

Bonfire of the Quangos At 9.35 am Thursday 14 October 2010, the Security Industry Authority (SIA) fell under the Coalition Government’s axe as part of the much-debated Austerity 2010 public spending cuts. As expected, Francis Maude – Minister for the Cabinet Office – summarised plans to substantially reform a large number of public bodies across Government… Continue Reading