BSIA responds to cash courier shooting in London

Walthamstow shooting The trade body representing the private security industry in the UK has issued the following statement relating to the recent shooting of a cash-in-transit courier in Walthamstow, north-east London. The cash-in-transit courier was injured from the shooting ambush. James Kelly, chief executive of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) said in a statement: Every day, cash-in-transit couriers perform a vital public service, transporting cash around the country and supporting banks, retailers and businesses by facilitating millions of financial transactions across the UK.

However, in doing so, they place themselves at risk of extreme violence, as today s incident sadly reminds us. Kelly goes on to point out that the number of attacks on cash-in-transit couriers remains at an all-time low. There were 76 injuries to cash-in-transit crew members, police and the wider public in 2016. However, the risk of violence and injury remains a very real threat to couriers. This is something that the private security industry together with its partners in police and government is continually working to reduce through initiatives like SaferCash, which shares intelligence about attacks and suspicious incidents between couriers and the police, continued Kelly. Our thoughts are with the injured courier and his family who have made a very personal sacrifice for the sake of our nation s economic security and we wish him a full and speedy recovery. The BSIA is a longstanding and valued partner of, and exhibitor at, IFSEC International, Europe s biggest fire and security trade show taking place 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. Get your free badge now. Take your security knowledge to the next level at IFSEC International 2017 Experts from across all areas of the industry will attend to share their expertise on critical topics on 20 22 June 2017.

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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. Security guarding has tended to be viewed as a grudge purchase , with many customers looking to purchase at the lowest cost and not necessarily considering how this will affect the calibre and retention of personnel, working conditions and a security company s ability to provide a consistent quality of service.

The BSIA promotes best value over low cost , stressing the importance of satisfactory pay levels and suitable training, as well as the benefits of recruiting and retaining quality personnel. It promotes the work of the modern-day professional security officer, for example through its Annual Security Officer Awards, and also highlights the many career development opportunities that are now available. Another 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.

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The BSIA’s successful Security Guarding Section HR Forum plays a key function in addressing employment and careers issues in the industry.

The group meets regularly to discuss changes in employment law, share best practice and debate topical issues. To find out more about Security Guarding Section’s HR Forum, email the BSIA’s 1


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To help visitors locate a reputable supplier, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has launched a dedicated Close Protection co-ordination unit, which puts visiting dignitaries in touch with suppliers that work to the relevant British Standards for quality.

This service will be in operation throughout the Games period and thereafter, providing a single point of contact for visitors to the UK requiring professional suppliers for close protection services.

David Evans, Project Director 2012 at the BSIA, comments: As many thousands of individuals prepare for their arrival in London, the BSIA is expecting a significant increase in demand for close protection services.

There is a commonly-held perception that the Metropolitan Police will provide Close Protection services to all the visiting dignitaries, but with police close protection resources already allocated many visitors will need to appoint a private company to provide this service during the summer s celebrations.

The BSIA has written to over 150 consulates, Ambassadors and High Commissioners, recommending that they choose a close protection supplier from within the Association because they have a good working knowledge of London s geography, its culture and the impact of the events taking place. Also, they are required to meet the ISO 9001:2008 quality standard and operate to the British Standard 8507 for Close Protection Services.

The Close Protection Co-ordination Unit operates from 9am 5pm (BST) Monday Friday and can be reached by telephone or email as follows: +44 (0) 207 516 1258 E-mail: [email protected]1


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Guarding companies vow to protect staff during Olympic Games time …

Jun 15th, 2012 at 2:08 pm

With the imminent arrival of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, members of the BSIA’s Security Guarding Section have vowed to protect their employees from the increased Health and Safety risks brought about by longer working hours.

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