BSIA was instrumental in development of standard and several VPP section members contributed their expertise The British Security Industry Association’s Vacant Property Protection section has welcomed the publication of British Standard BS 8584: 2015 Vacant Property Protection Services – Code of Practice. The BSIA was instrumental in the development of the standard and several members of its Vacant Property Protection (VPP) Section contributed their expertise throughout the process. The Code of Practice is for companies providing protection to vacant (also known as void or empty) properties. The economic downturn of recent years, combined with changes in retail patterns and a move away from the high street, has resulted in an increase of the number of buildings that are not in use. In turn, this has led to a rise in the number of companies providing services to protect these buildings. Largely based on existing BSIA Vacant Property Protection Code of Practice The BSIA’s VPP section wished to create a code of practice for companies to follow to enable customers to differentiate principled companies with good quality practices from those companies who are solely interested in making money. To this end, the section lent their expertise to the drafting of BS 8584, alongside representatives of inspectorates, insurance providers and industry authorities. The standard was also largely based on the BSIA’s existing Vacant Property Protection Code of Practice, Form 154. Gideon Reichental, Chairman of the BSIA’s Vacant Property Protection Section, explains: “The Code of Practice is a welcome addition to the existing standards applicable to the Vacant Property Protection sector and will help companies providing such services to follow good quality practices. Importantly, the Code of Practice reflects the wide variety of products and services available on the market and the increasingly sophisticated range of technology that is being used. Ultimately, the Code of Practice will help to ensure that end-users are receiving the best possible service from a reputable security company.” Covers approaches to protect vacant property Many people may think that protecting vacant property is a simple matter of boarding up windows, but the sector is an increasingly sophisticated business with a variety of security solutions now widely available. Many reputable vacant property protection companies now employ a variety of techniques to protect empty buildings including intruder alarm systems, manned security patrols, CCTV surveillance, fire and risk assessments, amongst a number of other measures. There has also been an increase in the number of companies using an alternative approach to protecting vacant property, whereby carefully vetted guardians provide protection by living in the property. BS 8584 covers both approaches to protecting vacant property. Paul Phillips, Technical Services Manager at the BSIA, adds: “The Code of Practice has come at a really important time, as more properties become vacant, more customers will be looking for reputable companies to protect their properties. A company that complies with BS 8584 will be of good repute and will follow best practice guidelines.”
BSIA has produced new guidance to assist installers of CCTV to understand how a choice of grade should be made New guidance has been published by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) to help users understand the system of security grading introduced by the BS EN 62676 series of international standards, the first standards for CCTV video surveillance that will be used to any significant extent in the UK. Grading is a way of giving a variation in requirements so that systems that do not require sophisticated features are allowed to be simpler. The BSIA has produced this new guidance to assist installers of CCTV – along with any other interested parties – to understand how a choice of grade should be made and then used to determine the design requirements of a CCTV system. Graded Requirements Under BS EN 62676 Standards for CCTV The first guide, entitled Graded Requirements Under BS EN 62676 Standards for CCTV – a Technical Guide for Installers and Specifiers (BSIA Form 218), has resulted from work undertaken by a team of BSIA members alongside the Home Office, security industry inspectorates, insurance companies and security consultants to develop a method of applying grades that allow for both simplicity and, when required, flexibility. BS EN 62676 Series – Guidance for Customers About Grading and Other Important Matters The second guide is entitled BS EN 62676 Series – Guidance for Customers About Grading and Other Important Matters (BSIA Form 217) and complements the first guide by providing a summary for customers who might be seeking a more concise and less technical explanation of the new grading system. Both guides relate to the BS EN 62676 standards, which have been developed using best practice guidelines from a number of organisations including the BSIA, as well as the Government’s Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST), while also incorporating ideas from British Standards. "The use of grading can give a simplified method of specifying a system and these two BSIA guides should help the industry and customers gain a clear and common understanding of how grading works for CCTV", said Paul Phillips, Technical Manager, BSIA Mark Wherrett, Chairman of the BSIA CCTV Section’s Technical Group states: “These guidance documents were written with the input of experts from the BSIA CCTV Section’s Technical Group as well as Inspectorates, Insurers, Security Consultants and CAST. I believe this enabled us to provide guidance with broad consensus from all the main stakeholders. “As Chairman of the CCTV Technical Group, I would like to personally thank all those who contributed to writing this guidance for taking the time to give their valuable input to these guides.” Grading of a security system While grading of a system does not specifically determine the quality of the images captured by the system, implementation of a higher grade may coincidentally result in an improvement. BS EN 62676-4 includes recommendations that will determine the quality of image recording. The use of different grades will, however, affect the robustness and integrity of the system and its ability to continue to serve its purpose in the face of a criminal attack or likely fault conditions. Paul Phillips, Technical Manager at the BSIA, comments: “For the first time, a single set of standards includes a wide range of best practice ideas to improve the quality of CCTV systems. The standards have been embraced within the standards framework developed by the Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s team. “The new standards help to define best practice and use of the standards will ensure the needs of the customer are properly specified and understood, that the system is designed, installed, operated and maintained to meet the needs of the customer, and enable comparison between suppliers’ proposals while enabling consistent application of features. “The use of grading can give a simplified method of specifying a system and these two BSIA guides should help the industry and customers gain a clear and common understanding of how grading works for CCTV.”
The Code aims to assist businesses in developing their own security procedures & guidelines related to "frequent" searches A new Code of Practice to help companies carry out safe and legal security searches has been published by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), the trade body representing the UK’s private security industry. Aims to assist businesses Intended for use on a voluntary basis, the Code aims to assist businesses in developing their own security procedures and guidelines relating to ‘frequent’ searches, including, for example, searching property and persons, preventing entry into a restricted area, or locating prohibited or dangerous items. It is also applicable to companies offering search services to customers, or businesses that directly employ ‘in-house’ searchers. The Code was developed by the Police and Public Services Section of the BSIA, which includes member companies dedicated to providing support and back-office functions to police and public sector organisations across the UK. Impact on safety and confidence Chairman of the Police and Public Services Section, Dirk Wilson of Sector Security Services Ltd, presented the Code of Practice in a seminar at leading security show, IFSEC International, in June. Commenting on the launch of the Code, Wilson said: “The idea behind having a standard to reduce risk to personnel who search, and to ensure those who search have a real idea that the task is being carried out well and under a set of guidelines both promotes professionalism and confidence. This code is a positive step forward and it is hoped that with further refinement it will be one of the most used standards within the industry which has a direct impact on safety and confidence for us all.” Paul Phillips, Technical Manager at the BSIA, adds: “This Code of Practice will prove invaluable to all individuals and companies responsible for the execution of searches. A major consideration of the publication was to make sure that the searcher and their company avoid situations that could potentially compromise the integrity of their search, while ensuring that respect for the person being searched is maintained throughout. Of course, every search is different, although following the advice in the Code will help to ensure that the search methods used are proportionate to each situation.”
The new section will consist of companies involved in manufacture, supply & installation of solutions The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has announced the creation of two new sections of membership, which aim to better align BSIA activity with recent developments within the wider security marketplace. Resulting from the merger of the Access Control and Property and Asset Protection Sections, the new Access and Asset Protection Section will consist of companies involved in the manufacture, supply and installation of solutions that restrict, control and monitor the movement of people, assets or vehicles in, out and around a building or site. This will now include physical protection methods such as security doors, fencing, locks, barriers, safes and strong rooms as well as electronic access control systems. Focus on security measures and services Meanwhile, the creation of a new Vacant Property Protection Section will see an existing working group formally recognised as a section of BSIA membership, focusing on security measures and services introduced when a property is at increased risk of criminal attack because of a change of circumstances in its occupancy. Commenting on the Access and Asset Protection Section, BSIA Technical Manager, Paul Phillips, said: “We have often seen that common issues arise when looking at the physical protection and the associated electronic systems, and by merging the two sections, member companies involved can benefit from getting involved in activity relating to both aspects.” “We have often seen that common issues arise when looking at the physical protection and the associated electronic systems" New technical committee to handle physical protection matters The former Access Control Section included a dedicated Technical Committee, which drafted technical guides and provided input into British and European Standards relating to the sector. The technical committee will continue to operate under the auspices of the new section, with proposals also including the creation of a new technical committee for the Access and Asset Protection Section, to handle matters requiring detailed work specific to the area of physical protection. Chairing the new Access and Asset Protection Section is Mike Sussman of TDSi, previously Chair of the Access Control Section. Commenting on the section’s merge, Mike says: “The merger between Access Control and Asset Protection further strengthens the strengths of the two original sections. The merger will strengthen the section and technical meetings such that all areas of access control are now covered for all end-user markets. I look forward to the continued growth of this section throughout the year as we continue to educate the market.” The initial focus of the Vacant Property Protection Section will be to see the completion of work at the British Standards Institute (BSI) on BS8584, the standard for Vacant Property Protection. This will provide a benchmark against which customers can compare providers to ensure they receive a high quality service. This British Standard will build upon the BSIA’s own Code of Practice for vacant property protection (Form 154).
Paul joined in 2009 and has contributed to BSIA’s growing presence on British and European standards development committees The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has appointed Paul Phillips to the position of Technical Manager, following six successful years as the Association’s Technical Officer. With 20 years’ experience in the security industry, Paul’s previous appointments include technical positions within Cooper Security and Elmdene. Paul joined the BSIA in 2009 as Technical Officer and has since contributed to the Association’s growing presence on British and European standards development committees. Paul’s professional experience is underpinned by a solid academic background, having completed a Master’s Degree in Security and Risk Management at Leicester University. Paul has been promoted to the position of Technical Manager following the appointment of David Wilkinson as Director of Technical Services, which was announced in January. Commenting on his appointment, Paul says: “I am pleased to be promoted to the position of Technical Manager, and look forward to making a further contribution to delivering a quality service to BSIA members, while meeting the numerous technical challenges that continue to be faced by the security industry in general.” David Wilkinson, Director of Technical Services, adds: “I am delighted to be able to appoint Paul as Technical Manager for BSIA. Paul has made valuable contributions to the technical services we provide to members over the last six years and this appointment is well deserved. I am confident Paul will excel in his new position and look forward to working with him on the many challenges that lie ahead in the security industry.” As a result of Paul’s promotion, the BSIA is now actively recruiting for a new Technical Officer, which represents an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, self-motivated technical professional to work as part of a dedicated team providing a wide range of advice and guidance to BSIA members on a number of technical issues relating to electronic alarm systems, physical security and manned guarding services
The guide provides an overview of the security measures which are necessary for heritage sites The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has published a new Guide to Security of Heritage Properties (Form 188) designed to provide owners, managers and guardians of all kinds of heritage and property with an overview of the common considerations of risk assessments and security measures to be taken in to account on heritage sites. What is the aim of the Heritage Security Guide? The guide aims to describe the security threats faced by historic properties (as well as those with a shared community value) and explain the techniques, products and services available to protect them. Paul Phillips, Technical Officer at the BSIA and author of the guide comments: “Caring for a heritage property is by no means a cheap exercise and putting right damage after a crime could cripple owners financially so providing good security is essential. Protecting unique properties often means using unique and costly solutions but with the help of this guide owners should be able to make the most of limited resources and help save our history and culture for the future.” Who would benefit from reading the Heritage Security Guide? The guide is primarily intended for owners of private houses, smaller businesses in listed properties, custodians of individual properties open to the public and groups of volunteers caring for heritage in their community. What’s unique about heritage security? Heritage security is unique in that alterations can devalue sites considerably. Often the listed nature of heritage properties means that modern security measures that are usually commonplace are not permitted. Even where security measures are permitted, they often prove more costly for listed buildings. The new Heritage Security Guide offers helpful, independent advice on this free of charge to BSIA members and non-members alike. Heritage security is an important aspect of heritage property maintenance. For example, it is often the case that heritage properties have been built without consideration for modern criminal behaviour. Any modernising security measures must therefore be weighed carefully against the ‘devaluing effect’ significant alterations can incur. That is, security measures need to be as unobtrusive as possible - a Georgian shop front with external roller shutters becomes a bland modern building. Similarly, fitting CCTV cameras to the front of a historic house can be unappealing and - in some instances - may breach regulations. Heritage properties are often located in open areas, remote from neighbours. This level of isolation makes them more difficult to protect. Similarly, (as is often the case) the need to allow authorised public access can inadvertently facilitate criminal access. Simon Alderson, Development Director of BSIA member company Vacant Property Specialists (VPS) and Chairman of the BSIA’s Vacant Property Protection group, comments on the potential security risks involved in heritage sites: "With the help of this guide owners should be able to make the most of limited resources and help save our history and culture for the future” “Heritage sites are often remote and packed with materials that can attract crime - lead roofs, copper piping, old libraries. It sounds like something from a Cluedo set, but for the few pounds thieves may obtain from selling stolen metals, they can cause tens of thousands of pounds of damage. Plus vacant sites are also targets for illegal raves and squats.” The Heritage Security Guide explains ways in which security measures can be employed and installed in what can appear to be complicated circumstances. It also details ways to achieve effective security within the boundaries of available resources. What’s in the Heritage Security Guide? Alongside informed suggestions, the guide contains case-studies detailing how BSIA member companies have provided security and protection for heritage properties. It also describes a unique way of approaching security that should help end-users facing difficult decisions relating to the allocation of resources. Why is it worth reading compared to other publications? This guide provides a huge benefit to those seeking expert, independent advice. Given the often unique nature of heritage sites and the security issues surrounding them, it is especially important to draw on the expertise of those with experience in this particular field. Where else can individuals go for advice beyond the Heritage Security Guide? For larger or more complex problems the employment of a security consultant can often provide cost-effective advice for a combination of practices and equipment. It is always advisable to talk to your insurers as insurance companies can provide valuable advice. Further, if you fail to follow their recommendations this could be a problem in the event of a claim.
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