SIA Leads Multi-Agency Crackdown

A Security Industry Authority-led multi-agency operation checking security licensing and tax evasion took place over two weekends in May [2 and 30]. With the support of HM Revenue and Customs and the Metropolitan Police, investigators from the SIA conducted checks on door supervisors and security guards working in London and Manchester. The team was assembled […]

Business Licensing – Revised Timetable


Just when you thought licensing for the private investigation industry was imminent, something happens to delay the process. As a result, we still seem to be no nearer implementing a system of regulation. The SIA released the following information on their website, which although refers to business rather than individual licensing, it shows the slow […]

SIA Stakeholder Conference 2013


The SIA is holding a stakeholder conference on Wednesday 20 November in central London. The conference Partners in Protecting Society will be held at the Cavendish Conference Centre, Duchess Mews, London, W1G 9DT. The agenda will include presentations on serious and organised crime, physical intervention, the private investigations sector and planned service improvements. The delegate […]

SIA Criminal Record Indicator Updated

The SIA has updated its on-line Criminal Record Indicator to make the on-line tool easier to use for new applicants and those renewing their licence. The SIA will always carry out a criminal record check on anyone who applies for a licence. If an applicant has a criminal record, it does not necessarily mean that they will not get […]

SIA Chairman Honoured at Security Excellence Awards


SIA Chairman, Baroness Ruth Henig, was honoured with a special Building the Future award for her significant contribution to the regulated security sector at last Wednesday’s Security Excellence Awards. Ruth was praised for her tireless efforts to build trust and confidence between the SIA and those operating within the private security industry. The award was […]

SIA’s Approved Contractor Scheme continues to raise standards

Members of the SIA’s Approved Contractor Scheme are continuing to raise standards, according to results published yesterday. Statistics for the past 12 months show that there is an average improvement of 11 points across all approved contractors. Every year all approved contractors, except for those on certain Passport schemes, must assess their performance against 89 individual indicators […]

18 June – Next Date For Close Protection Network Meeting


The next Close Protection Network meeting will be held on Monday 18 June in central London. The meeting is being organised and facilitated by CSARN (City Security and Resilience Networks) with the support of the SIA, forming part of the SIA’s stakeholder engagement strategy. The agenda will cover the latest arrangements and practices around training, […]

Unlicensed Security Guard Fined

An unlicensed security guard was found guilty of working without an SIA licence during a hearing at Newcastle Magistrates Court yesterday [23 April]. Sorin Popa, 32, was employed by Romaguard Security (UK) as a security guard but did not hold the necessary SIA licence to work legally, enquiries by the Security Industry Authority had revealed. […]

SIA Launches Telephone Licence Renewal Service

A telephone renewals service that allows SIA licence holders to renew without having to complete an application form was launched on 26th March. The improved licence renewal service has been introduced in response to customer feedback, and is available for anyone renewing a licence, or applying for an additional licence in another sector, who: Is […]

Unlicensed Security Director Found During CCTV Inspections

An unlicensed Huddersfield security director was found working illegally on 15th March when SIA investigators carried out a series of visits to CCTV suites in the North of England. SIA investigators visited a security company’s office in Huddersfield and after being refused entry to the premises, investigators invoked their powers of entry under the Private […]