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Carl Meason

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blog-0646918001361551064.jpgIs an unregulated industry the future?

Companies that operate outside the parameters of the BS & EN standards but attempt to offer services within its scope are on the increase...nothing new you say....

...yes thats true, what is new though is that growing sympathy is swelling for the unregulated and possibly these companies are even seen as forward thinking by some rightly or wrongly, although this debate will certainly cause conflict it does raise an important issue of how and why these companies can offten operate and offer the same services as the regulated?

ACPO are currently discussing the growing number of calls for LWD attendance without URNs. At the same time there are companies claiming ACPO support and guaranteed police response without demonstrating accreditation.

Unregulated security companies are falsely advertising as "Police approved", "secured by design approved" and claiming adherance to BS and EN standards, interesting, what is to stop these companies from operating in this manner?

I have spoken with various people within the industry and it is apparent that there is a lack of faith in the current mechanism to ensure that only accredited companies achieve a police response.

This could potentialy erode the legitamacy of our trade.

Has has there been a lack of collaboration between trade bodies and inspectorates?

Is there a risk that more companies will move to this unregulated, less costly approach?

Are industry trade bodies approaching this issue robustly enough?

Has your business been affected by unregulated trade?

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This could potentialy erode the legitamacy of our trade.
Agreed, and is already doing so.

Has has there been a lack of collaboration between trade bodies and inspectorates?

From my position, it is insurers accepting it that is the big issue as that is the main reason people bought our products in the first place, because their insurance company told them to. If they no longer are insisting on our services as a condition of cover, why would the end user be keen to not save asĀ  much as they possibly can?

Is there a risk that more companies will move to this unregulated, less costly approach?

Guaranteed, otherwise they will go bust if all their work is taken by non regulated offerings such as ADT's Le Secure

Are industry trade bodies approaching this issue robustly enough?

From my discussions with them, they couldn't give a toss and don't really see it as a problem, which is a big problem.

Has your business been affected by unregulated trade?

Yes, hence why we started offering alternative solutions.

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