If you’re considering switching security companies, it’s important to know that you’re getting a quality service. Accreditations are about allowing consumers to feel confident that their business is in safe hands. In an industry that’s all about trust, checking the accreditation of prospective security services should be one of the first things to consider when choosing a Leeds based security firm. To really understand the value of different accreditation schemes, you first have to know how firms gain accreditation. Here’s Acclaimed Security’s quick guide to accreditation, showing you just what it takes to be one of the best security services in Leeds and beyond.
The Security Industry Authority is an independent body formed in 2001. It’s the SIA’s role to regulate the UK’s private security industry, and accreditations have a key part to play in this process. The Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) is currently a voluntary accreditation system that aims to raise standards in the security industry.
How are businesses assessed?
There are a series of 89 different measures that are assessed during the ACS accreditation process, covering everything from business strategy, corporate social responsibility, financial management and, most importantly, the delivery of high-quality service to customers and clients. Security firms initially carry out self-assessments of these criteria, which are then assessed by one of the SIA’s UKAS accredited assessing bodies. Companies are scored based on the degree to which they exceed or fall beneath the SIA’s requirements. SIA-accredited companies score between 1 and 174 (as of January 2014), although a higher score doesn’t always mean that a company performs strongly in all areas. Only 25% of UK security companies have achieved SIA accreditation. Acclaimed Security is proud to be a part of this group.
The evolution of the ACS
The SIA is gradually introducing tougher standards as part of the ACS. Every year, each company’s accreditation score is assessed again. Therefore, there is always the continued motivation for businesses to improve their practices and services. However, some commentators say that the ACS needs to become simpler – the range of scores is wide and may be interpreted incorrectly, unless read alongside the full assessment report, for which the contractor needs to give permission to the SIA.
SIA accreditation should not be used as the sole way of assessing the competency of a security service, however. Customers should also look at other factors such as local reputation, experience, local accreditation schemes, awards and client testimonials.
What about Acclaimed Security?
We’re SIA accredited in Key Holding and Security Guarding. In addition, we hold ISO 9001 and Safecontractor accreditations, meaning that we follow good business practices and ensure the health and safety of our employees. We’ve also won Company of the Year and Best Practice awards, in addition to being a member of several Leeds-based partnerships and business groups. We passionately believe that we’re one of the most experienced, trustworthy Leeds security companies out there, able to bring our local knowledge and years of expertise to bear in order to better protect your property. If you’d like to know more about our key holding and manned guarding services, contact us now, or read about our range of accreditations in more detail.