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SSAIB Seek Survey Answers to Help Shape the Future of Manned Services Certification

SSAIB Seek Survey Answers to Help Shape the Future of Manned Services Certification

Are you a security company with ambitions to grow your business? Do you want to take advantage of the increase in demand for security services in these challenging times?

Perhaps you have been contacted by bigger companies looking to use you to supply additional staff to them and they have asked whether you are certificated to industry standards such as the SIA’s Approved Contractor Scheme, ISO9001, British Standards codes of practice etc.

SSAIB wants to know your views on the role of security and quality standards in helping you get where you want to be. Have your customers asked whether you are certificated? Is not having certain certifications holding you back from competing or winning specific contracts?

Are you interested in gaining certification for ACS or ISO9001, but you are unsure what the process involves? Or maybe you are concerned about the cost or effort of doing so?

Posted: 15/05/2020 more >

Worcestershire-Based SSAIB-Registered Firm Donates CCTV to Nurse After Burglary

Worcestershire-Based SSAIB-Registered Firm Donates CCTV to Nurse After Burglary

Kind-hearted SSAIB-registered firm D&G Security Systems Ltd have been commended for donating CCTV cameras to a frontline nurse whose home was the target of cold-hearted thieves.

Stourport-based husband and wife duo Darren and Beverley Griffiths felt compelled to help intensive care nurse Sarah Banks, after hearing that she had been the victim of an overnight break-in last month.

They heard about how thieves had taken off with the 32-year-old’s car, handbag and glasses while she slept in her Bromsgrove home last month.

To make matters worse, the burglary – which Police chiefs have branded “disgraceful and selfish” – prevented Sarah from treated those in need during the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, due to being unable to work without her glasses.

Speaking to the Kidderminster Shuttle, D&G Security Systems’ Beverley said: “When we heard about what happened, we were really shocked and wanted to offer our help. It's really upsetting that, during this hard time, somebody would do a thing like that.

"Sarah said she hadn't been able to sleep since the robbery, so we wanted to help give her back her peace of mind.”

After being put in touch with Sarah following their response to a TV report, the Worcestershire firm – who have been SSAIB certified for Security Systems since April 2015 - fitted more than £1000 worth of security equipment free of charge. Director Darren (pictured) installed CCTV cameras in Sarah’s home and also got in touch with Pyronix, who donated a home alarm system for free.

In an interview with the Bromsgrove Advertiser following the burglary, Sarah revealed how she had been heartened by the actions of strangers and their offers to help her.

Beverley added: “She is absolutely overwhelmed and can't believe people's generosity.

"It's nice to do something good for somebody who is doing so much good for us.”

Posted: 14/05/2020 more >

SSAIB Chief Executive Alex Carmichael Features in Inaugural Security Matters Podcast

SSAIB Chief Executive Alex Carmichael Features in Inaugural Security Matters Podcast

SSAIB chief executive Alex Carmichael has been unveiled as the first guest on Security Matters magazine’s brand-new industry podcast.

Talking with Security Matters editor Brian Sims, the SSAIB CEO discusses how the SSAIB is managing its ongoing business projects while operating under the Government-imposed COVID-19 lockdown scenario.

Alex also highlights the importance of third party certification and touches on the hugely important drive for 'key worker' status for security personnel orchestrated by SSAIB and other sector bodies.

Anyone wanting to listen to the Security Matters Podcast online can do so at https://securitymatters.podbean.com.

Posted: 22/04/2020 more >

SSAIB Saddened by Passing of Crosby Intruder Alarms' Roy Williams

SSAIB Saddened by Passing of Crosby Intruder Alarms' Roy Williams

SSAIB are saddened to hear of the untimely passing of SSAIB-registered Crosby Intruder Alarms owner Roy Williams – after he sadly lost his fight against COVID-19 on Friday April 17.

Roy had been instrumental in the setting up of Crosby Intruder Alarms in 1984, with the project initially running alongside his full-time employment until he decided to grow the business up alongside wife Ann. The pair continued to develop the company – which has enjoyed nearly three decades of third-party certification – until 2009, when son Gareth was brought in tell help them get to where they are today.

A real asset to the security industry, the 63-year-old also taught at North West Training Council for over 20 years – in addition to passing on his knowledge at both Skills for Security and Tavcom Training as well.

SSAIB chief executive Alex Carmichael said: “Everyone at SSAIB is saddened to hear that Roy Williams has passed away, unfortunately taken by the vile coronavirus.

“Roy was a strong advocate of standards and quality within the alarms industry and worked tirelessly with other likeminded SMEs, to ensure that the security alarm standards provided a common playing field for all.

“Roy was passionate about training and the upskilling of the security alarms industry and, through this passion, he trained many engineers over his lifetime. Many of these engineers now hold senior positions within the industry, which is a fantastic legacy for Roy to leave behind.”

SSAIB chairman Geoff Tate added: “Roy was one of the original firms from Merseyside to become approved by AISC and - subsequently - SSAIB, when the two bodies merged. Roy strongly believed in third-party certification for all security alarm firms, to set a level for any firm who wished to work in the security sector.

“Roy believed the security industry and its clients would be best served if installers were certificated, by UKAS-accredited certification bodies, and systems installed to British/European standards by trained and qualified engineers.

“Everyone at SSAIB will miss Roy and his drive to improve the security alarms industry we all work in.”

With Crosby Intruder Alarms being based in Liverpool, both field operations manager David Roscoe and security systems scheme manager Frank Smith audited the company during their stints as North West auditor for SSAIB and the pair – who have audited 11 of the last 12 audits that Crosby have had between them – couldn’t hide how much of a pleasure it was to deal with Roy and his family.

Dave revealed: “I commenced my time in the security industry in 1984, which I believe is the same year that Roy started Crosby Intruder Alarms.

“I joined the SSAIB back in 2008 and one of the first audits I undertook was at Crosby. It’s fair to say that not all companies welcome our audit, but Roy and his family always have and I can honestly say it was a pleasure to go to work whenever I visited Crosby Intruder Alarms.”

Security Systems scheme manager Frank Smith added: “I was so shocked and saddened to hear that Roy had sadly passed away.

“During my time at SSAIB, I have conducted several audits at the company and always looked forward to meeting Roy, who was a well-known and respected figure in the industry. This was especially the case in Liverpool and the surrounding areas, where you’d frequently meet someone who had been one of his students.”

Everyone at SSAIB would like to send our thoughts and condolences to all of Roy's family, friends and his colleagues at Crosby Intruder Alarms.

Posted: 21/04/2020 more >

SSAIB Shares FIA's Key Worker Response from Government for Registered Firms' Benefit

SSAIB Shares FIA's Key Worker Response from Government for Registered Firms' Benefit

SSAIB have been informed by the Fire Industry Association (FIA) of a response they have had from Government regarding key worker status for the fire and security industries.

In a letter addressed to Chair of the FIA - Derek Gotts - the Minister for State for Security, the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, notes his support for the fire safety industry during this challenging COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and states that “The Government is grateful for the sector’s continuing efforts at this time.”

The letter also includes important information for those that are currently providing vital and essential support to the fire and security industries and those that are helping to relieve the pressure on the emergency services, which is why we implore all SSAIB registered firms to click here to download the letter from the FIA’s website and have a read through it – as the basis of this information is providing essential safety to people as they go about their daily lives.

Posted: 17/04/2020 more >