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Security industry backs NBCC’s national Safe Spaces Scheme

The National Business Crime Centre (NBCC), is delighted to announce that 12 of the largest private security companies have pledged their support for the NBCC Safe Spaces scheme otherwise known as Operation Portum.

 The Safe Spaces scheme is an overarching scheme that businesses can sign up to and support to create safer spaces in cities, town centres and retail parks for employees, customers and people in the community that feel vulnerable.

A large number of national retailers have already signed up, but the NBCC recognised that private security also operates within this space and play a significant role in keeping customers safe and secure.

NBCC lead Supt Patrick Holdaway said: “The response we have had from the private security industry to the scheme has been tremendous. With so many of the large security companies joining the scheme, there will be thousands of security staff up and down the country given training on the scheme and know what to do if someone is feeling unsafe and asks for their help. By working together we can help people feel safer in their communities.”

Assistant Chief Constable Samantha Millar, National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for violence against women and girls added: “There are many reasons why someone may feel vulnerable or unsafe when they are out. Private security staff can provide a reassuring presence as someone in a uniform that can be trusted to help someone in need of help. I am pleased that so many private security companies have signed up the NBCC’s Safe Spaces scheme working collaboratively to protect any individual who requires support.”

By signing up for the scheme, the private security companies have made a commitment to raise awareness amongst security officers of Operation Portum and its principles and provide guidance on how private security officers can use the principles to support and assist those who feel vulnerable.

The Safe Spaces scheme has received backing from the Security Industry Authority (SIA), who are responsible regulating the private security industry.

Paul Fullwood, SIA Director of Inspections and Enforcement commented: “The NBCC Safe Spaces scheme provides the security industry the opportunity to further contribute to public protection and community safety. Security companies provide services to the business sector across the UK’s towns, cities and local communities and are a reassuring presence to staff and members of the public as well as those who may be vulnerable or need assistance.  It is great to see the support from the security industry for the NBCC Safe Spaces Scheme. I encourage them explore with their clients how they can implement the Safe Spaces scheme to increase the network of support across the UK.”

Photo by Obi – @pixel8propix on Unsplash

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