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Conference organisers intend to 'empower firms to tackle crime'

The South East Business Crime Conference is an annual event hosted by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), the trade body representing the UK's private security industry, with support from the Metropolitan Police and neighbouring forces from Thames Valley, City of London, Sussex, Hampshire, Kent and Essex.

This year's run of the event will be hosted at Westminster's Church House Conference Centre in central London on November 27th - and its aim is to make businesses feel empowered to reduce their risk of becoming the victim of criminal activity. 

Stalls and industry professionals will be on hand to offer tips and advice on how to reduce security risks. Meetings with security suppliers will also be offered, as well as live demonstrations of certain security measures and products. 

It will be formally opened by a representative from the Mayor of London's office, with crime reduction specialist Neil Henson among the speakers. He will outline some of the implications for public and community safety presented by the Anti-Social Behaviour and Policing Act 2014.

The Metropolitan Police's Simon Letchford will speak on the business crime strategy being promoted by the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime. Detective sergeant Chris Felton from the City of London Police, is set to discuss cyber crime, while Ken Meanwell from the Association of Chief Police Officers, Crime Prevention Initiatives, elaborates on the topic of community safety accreditation schemes.

Event sponsors Disc are to send a representative to speak on the subject of business crime reporting systems. Advice and guidance from a range of exhibitors is also on offer, regarding the very latest in security services and technology that can help businesses reduce crime. 

The event was previously held in the Midlands city of Coventry, but moved to a central London venue (www.andmeetings.com) from last year so as to facilitate easier access for industry representatives from the south-east. 

Feedback from delegates at the 2013 run of the event was largely positive, with 100 per cent of respondents to a survey carried out on the day stating that they felt much better informed about the security marketplace as a result of the event, as well as being positive that the event had been beneficial to them on a professional level. 

Chief executive officer of the BSIA James Kelly said security considerations are climbing the list of concerns facing enterprises today. 

"With businesses facing a number of emerging threats such as cyber crime and fraud, the issue of business crime remains at the top of the corporate agenda, he commented, adding: "Working together with police forces and other local organisations can help organisations to reduce the risk they face from crime and anti-social behaviour."

"Our event aims to bring together the south-east business community to provide a wealth of expert advice and facilitate useful networking opportunities for business owners looking to source an effective solution to their security challenges," Mr Kelly continued.

Posted by Andrew Miller

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