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A manned guarding firm is warning all small to medium sized companies to protect themselves from the penalties that could be imposed through employing unlicensed security guards.

Although the new security industry licensing came into effect in March, as part of the Private Security Industry Act 2001, according to David Preston, director of ADP Security Systems Ltd, there is still a danger that some end-users may inadvertently be acting illegally and risk receiving a severe fine or invalidating their insurance. SIA-approved guarding contractor ADP, based in Petersfield, covers Hampshire, including Portsmouth, Southampton and Winchester

What they say

He says: “If security officers are working without a licence, the company employing them and the end-user could be liable to a heavy penalty of up to £5,000 or even five years’ imprisonment. End-users of security can be prosecuted for using unlicensed guards even though they are employing them through a guarding company on a sub-contract basis. There is also a maximum penalty of six months’ imprisonment for the guard involved. For their peace of mind, and to avoid legal penalties, we would urge facilities managers and business owners to double-check that all of the guards on site hold an individual licence from the SIA. Licensed guards are provided with a badge that they wear to show they are licensed.”

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