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Operation Safer Homes is the anti-burglary campaign of the Metropolitan Police.We are using intelligence-led policing and the latest technology to target burglars and those who receive or handle stolen goods.

Don’t become a victim of burglary. Make your home secure.This booklet gives you practical advice on the security measures that you should take for different parts of your home. 

The purpose of this guidance is to ensure that everyone connected with the events industry is aware of their legal responsibilities under The Private Security Industry Act 2001. The guidance contained within this document is produced by the Security Industry Authority. It is intended to assist event organisers, venue managers and those responsible for the management or deployment of security operatives at venues and sports stadia to determine licence requirements under the Act, and to ensure that all security personnel covered by the legislation are correctly licensed.

It is however, only intended as general guidance. It is not a substitute for the definition of licensable activity within the Private Security Industry Act 2001, and for the avoidance of doubt should be read in conjunction with the Act. It does not remove the need for those concerned to consider the implications of the Act for particular events or premises, and to seek appropriate independent legal advice.

It is not possible to give definitive guidance as to who is licensable in all circumstances because it will always depend on the specific circumstances of the case. Nowhere in the legislation does it say that standing at a nightclub door or by a factory gate is licensable. It doesn’t describe watching a CCTV monitor, sitting at a reception desk, walking in a shopping mall or searching people or bags as licensable. These individuals become licensable if they engage in ‘designated activity’ as described in the legislation. Understanding what makes someone licensable is important and that is why we have published this guidance. Those responsible for events or the deployment of personnel must consider the specific circumstances and ensure that those carrying out licensable activity are appropriately licensed.

We recognise that it is not always easy for event organisers and suppliers of personnel to establish which individuals carry out licensable activity. This guidance has been updated in the light of experience and some common misunderstandings. In considering our response to any given set of circumstances, we always aim to take a proportionate approach. We will expect to see that organisers have acted in good faith and sought to ensure that the right people are licensed by taking a reasoned and open approach including reference to this guidance and, where necessary, seeking authoritative legal advice. Contrivances or misrepresentations to disguise the fact that someone is licensable would not demonstrate good faith. Although we cannot speak for other authorities, it seems likely that a similar approach would be adopted.

The SIA licensing requirement does not include those individuals who do not engage in licensable activity. We do not have the remit or expertise to regulate events – this is the responsibility of other authorities.

The provision of local policing no longer resides solely with the police but has become increasingly fragmented and multi-tiered. Those involved in policing activities now include sworn police officers, special constables, community support officers, neighbourhood wardens, private security guards and active citizens. Adam Crawford and Stuart Lister of the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, University of Leeds, conducted a study of initiatives that seek to provide public reassurance through visible patrols in residential areas. Focused primarily upon Yorkshire and Humberside, the study found that:


Construction sites are easy targets for the opportunist thief; the high value of plant and equipment can lead to quick and easy profit for the successful thief. Depending on locality, each site will have its own issues of concern. Construction sites are subject to a number of threats, against which security should be applied by the site operator. These include theft, vandalism and deliberate damage and terrorism.

Theft is common. The high value of construction plant and materials and the nature of a construction site, with its constant change and movement make this crime tempting for the opportunistic, as well as the carefully planned crime.

Vandalism is also common and may occur as a result of political or commercial concerns on the part of the perpetrators as well of mindless lust for damage and destruction.

Terrorism is potentially an issue as well; not only is there a threat of politically-motivated attacks on construction sites to delay or prevent construction; there is also a risk of terrorist pre-positioning of devices or materiel to allow or perform destructive acts after completion of construction.

Building and construction sites provide a security challenge due to their constant change; both physically in the value and accessibility of the property they contain, and the frequent access needed by a wide variety of outside contractors.

This guide is intended to provide a recommended approach to security to be taken by site operators both before and during construction and during the handover of the construction site to the eventual site operator, landlord or owner.

As every construction site will differ in terms of scale, location, duration of work and the security risks it is not possible for a single guide to cover all possibilities. The approach of this guide is to describe the techniques of threat assessment and risk analysis. The general principles of risk mitigation are then described before some practical examples are given.