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Manchester Security conference celebrates 20th year

An annual event in north-west England has updated local businesses on everything they should be doing to ensure they are adequately equipped in the battle against crime.

The Manchester Security conference was held last week (March 11th), attracting over 200 delegates to what was the 20th incarnation of the exhibition.

Among the visitors were representatives from retailers based in the city centre, local public sector groups and banks.

For the last two decades, the event has been organised by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), along with the support of Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and the Manchester City Centre Crime Prevention Panel.

One of the reasons behind the conference being held is to allow GMP to inform business leaders on what the force is doing to tackle crime in the area and how entrepreneurs and office managers can protect themselves and their businesses from falling victim to offenders.

As well as defending against possible break-ins, other topics covered include what work is being done to attempt to reduce anti-social behaviour.

Delegates also had the opportunity to learn about the latest security services available, with a record number of exhibitors attending the event. Representatives from the various groups were able to have hands-on experiences of the various solutions, which ranged from people-based guarding measures to electronic devices designed to protect commercial property.

An opportunity to learn

BSIA chief executive James Kelly said: "The Manchester Security event provides a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to learn about the latest security products and services, whilst hearing about the great work that GMP do for the city.

"Now celebrating its twentieth year, the event continues to promote partnership working between local businesses, police and the UK’s private security sector, and the BSIA is proud to contribute to the event's continued success."

Mr Kelly also noted it was "essential" for all businesses to be able to prepare themselves for any security challenges they are likely to face in the future, adding this could be achieved by working together and sharing best practice tips.

"We can secure a positive and safe future for local businesses throughout 2014 and beyond,” he concluded.

A panel of experts was assembled to offer delegates the opportunity to support one another with advice, as part of a comprehensive seminar.

Among the group was Greater Manchester's police and crime commissioner Tony Lloyd, GMP's chief superintendent Nick Adderley and national operations director for Retailers Against Crime Maxine Fraser.

Mr Lloyd addressed how businesses can effectively work alongside the police to build safer communities, while Ms Fraser spoke specifically about the work being done to bring down crime levels in the retail sector.

The BSIA aims to maintain standards throughout the security industry and also lobbies influential groups to bring about legislative changes to the sector. It also hopes to raise awareness among members of the public about crime prevention and the important role security plays in society.

Posted by Andrew Miller

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