UK Security Blog

  • Home Security – How you can best protect your home
    To understand how best to secure our homes with home security measures, lets first take a look at crime statistics in the UK. Burglary Statistics According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), burglary is an “Unauthorised entry into a victim’s dwelling or non-connected building (for example, a shed or non-connected garage).” Between Sept 2017
  • SIA Door Supervisor Course
    To work in the UK as a Door Supervisor (sometimes referred to as a bouncer from times gone by), you need to obtain a licence from the Security Industry Authority (SIA). The SIA are the regulatory body for the UK Security Industry and it is they who lay down the rules on who should and
  • Retail Theft Prevention Guide
    The UK retail sector makes a tremendously important contribution to the economy: according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC), the sector employs three million people and retail sales add up to £321 billion or 20% of GDP. However, the sector continues to be plagued by retail crime, with the BRC estimating the total value of
  • The Economic Impact of UK Cyber Crime
    Here we have a great info-graphic summing up the economic impact of cyber crime in the UK, provided on behalf of Acumin Consulting. Courtesy of Acumin Consulting.
  • How Do You Keep Your Business Data Safe?
    Most home users will use their safe to keep valuables such as jewellery, watches, certificates, cameras and small amounts of cash secure but for businesses of all sizes it is vital that they have a secure safe for their data. Data, both electronic and physical paper records are the lifeblood for any company. Without their
  • To Err is Human… Unfortunately for the IT Security Industry
    Information security seems, at first sight, to be all about technology. Yet, as all those immersed in IT security jobs know only too well, technology is only ever part of the story. Indeed, in June this year IBM published a report which concluded that:

Security Articles

  • Retail Theft Prevention Guide
    The UK retail sector makes a tremendously important contribution to the economy: according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC), the sector employs three million people and retail sales add up to £321 billion or 20% of GDP. However, the sector continues to be plagued by retail crime, with the BRC estimating the total value of
  • The Economic Impact of UK Cyber Crime
    Here we have a great info-graphic summing up the economic impact of cyber crime in the UK, provided on behalf of Acumin Consulting. Courtesy of Acumin Consulting.
  • How Do You Keep Your Business Data Safe?
    Most home users will use their safe to keep valuables such as jewellery, watches, certificates, cameras and small amounts of cash secure but for businesses of all sizes it is vital that they have a secure safe for their data. Data, both electronic and physical paper records are the lifeblood for any company. Without their

Security News

  • Project Security Lose Approved Contractor Status
    The Security Industry Authority (SIA) have announced, via their website, that Project Security UK Ltd have lost their Approved Contractor Status (ACS) following convictions for ‘security offences’ at a Doncaster, Magistrates’ Court. According to the SIA press release, ‘Project Security and its director, Simon Bran, 46, pleaded guilty to supplying three unlicensed security guards. The
  • Vote of No Confidence in the Security Industry Authority
    A few months ago I reviewed a book written about the Close Protection industry; Close Protection: A Closer Observation of the Protection Equation. In this book the author, Richard Aitch, openly criticises the lack of standards set by the Security Industry Authority within the Close Protection sector which I applauded and still do. He’s now gone
  • SIA Launch New Post Office Aplication Service
    The Security Industry Authority is developing a new and easier way for individual applicants to apply for their SIA licence. An agreement has been signed with the Post Office to launch the new service. The service will be introduced this autumn and will make applying for a new SIA licence easier and cheaper; applicants will

Security Reviews

  • Close Protection Officer App Review
    Today I’m going to be reviewing a smart phone app specifically designed for Close Protection Officers/Operatives (CPO‘s) that has been out for a few months now. The app is simply titled CPO and claims to provide “relevant industry information for those who are working, those between contracts and those looking to move into the security
  • Top 10 Apps for the Modern Close Protection Officer
    Today I’m going to list a few apps that I use on my iPhone to aid me in my work as a Close Protection Officer. As modern technology advances so too does it’s uses, but it’s important to realise that technology should be no substitute for knowledge. The apps I am about to list won’t
  • Close Protection: A Closer Observation Of The Protection Equation Book Review
    Close Protection, or Body-guarding as it is more commonly known, is a complex subject that throws up all sorts of Hollywood images to those outside the industry. It is often imagined that Bodyguards are big burly men with a lack of intelligence, running around with guns and driving fast cars, but the fact of the matter is