BSIA - the hallmark of quality and professional security
The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) is the professional trade association for the security industry in the UK. Its aim is to help its member companies succeed in an ever-changing and highly competitive business environment. A vitally important element of this is ensuring its members provide the highest possible standard of products and service to their customers.
The BSIA has over 500 members responsible for more than 70% of UK security business, including CCTV, access control, manned security, information destruction, physical security, cash-in-transit and alarm manufacture, distribution and installation.
The BSIA's vision is to create a climate where the BSIA hallmark is a symbol of quality and professionalism for security buyers and industry partners.
As the voice of the British private security industry, the BSIA mission is to support members and encourage excellence; educate the marketplace on the value of quality and professional security; and create an atmosphere in which our members can flourish.
- Dedication - we are committed to serving all our members equally.
- High standards - we promote best practice and excellence to add value.
- Innovation - we push the boundaries, using a positive attitude to lead the industry forward.
- Integrity - we operate ethically to do the right thing.
- Belief - we are passionate about what we do.
Key areas of BSIA activity include:
The BSIA disseminates information to members, potential members, users of security products/services, related organisations and the general public to raise awareness and understanding of issues relating to security and crime prevention.
The BSIA lobbies key organisations/bodies to form valuable working partnerships and achieve desirable changes e.g. Members of Parliament, the Home Office, Association of Chief Police Officers, Association of British Insurers.
The BSIA is extremely active in liaising with Government to ensure that legislation reflects industry and customer needs. The Association lobbied for regulation of the security industry for over 15 years, culminating in the introduction of the Private Security Industry Act 2001 and the launch of the Security Industry Authority.
One of the BSIA's top priorities is the maintenance of high standards within the industry, and it places rigorous requirements on companies wishing to become members. BSIA draws up industry codes of practice and technical documents, often then submitting documents for consideration as British Standards. Our representatives work on European standards committees to ensure these will meet the practical needs of the industry and its customers
In 2006 a skills body for the private security sector was formed. 'Skills for Security' incorporates the Security Industry Training Organisation, the BSIA's training subsidiary, which was divested from the Association to form the new skills body. The BSIA is working with Skills for Security, alongside other key industry stakeholders, to help to establish a stronger skills foundation which will add further benefits for the industry and its people.