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A Wiltshire security company has hit the headlines after pleading guilty to providing unlicensed security guards to a school. The Security Industry Authority (SIA) reports that around 40 unlicensed staff were assigned to the school over a period of 12 years, with an investigation revealing a catalogue of falsifications and deceptions.
With many independent schools calling on the services of external security providers, the news is likely to come as a shock. And according to Paul Howe, MD of Venture Security, it is sadly a situation that is all too common.
Paul explains: “For independent schools, who are trusted with the care and wellbeing of minors, knowing that any persons who are onsite have been thoroughly vetted and have all the licenses and checks they need, is of paramount importance.
“What we are advising schools is that they take this as an opportunity to review their own procedures and processes – and to check up on current providers if they haven’t done so recently - to ensure they never find themselves facing a similar situation.”
Paul continued: “While there are some fantastic security companies out there, there are also some unscrupulous ones. The best way to protect yourself - whether you’re a school, business or individual enlisting professional security services - is to not only ask the right questions in the beginning and put a tick in the box, but to proactively perform checks. You need to ensure that you’re getting what you pay for, with guards who are trained and fully licensed.
“The better the quality of the security company you are using, the more benefit they will ultimately offer you.”
Here are Paul’s top tips for schools on protecting themselves from unscrupulous providers.
For a comprehensive list of the questions you need to be asking an external security provider, covering everything from their operations to contracts and account management, you can request a copy of our free Security Provider Checklist here or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
And for an informal chat about your current security requirements, please call the Venture team on 01264 391538.
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