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Last month SecuriGroup welcomed Mr Allan Burnett to its Board of Directors. Burnett had a distinguished career in the Scottish Police Service for over 30 years.  After joining the police as a graduate entrant in 1979 and working on the beat in Maryhill, he retired as the Assistant Chief Constable in charge of co-ordinating Counter Terrorism for Scotland.

The recession notwithstanding, the UK security industry appears to be bubbling with a beehive of activities as lots of business deals have been going on of late-acquisition and merger, mouth watery deals being struck, new contracts being sealed, plus, em, em, executive appointments, etc.  But are these deals reflecting on the salaries of the SIA licensed security officers who take the heats at their various duty stations?

The Security Industry Authority recently went to town with its winnowing fork to separate the chaff from the wheat.

At the end of that thorough scrutiny and investigation, the SIA’s hammer fell on organisations listed below and they are no longer approved by the Authority for the activities (sectors) stated.

The Security Industry Authority last week suspended more than 200 licences due to alleged malpractice at a London-based training centre, Tristar.

Vigilance authoritatively gathered that the licence holders all had Door Supervision qualifications from Leyton-based centre Tristar. It is a cardinal requirement that a specified qualification must be passed before the SIA licence can be applied for.

Rapiscan Systems, a leader in advanced security screening solutions has been awarded a $1.6 million contract to provide an Eagle transmission X-ray cargo and vehicle inspection systems to an Eastern European customs agency.

Rapiscan Systems’ Eagle A1000 large pallet cargo screening system has been added to the US Transportation Security Administration's Air Cargo Screening Qualified Technology List. Developed for screening large air cargo containers and pallets, the system employs the Company's proprietary transmission high energy X-ray technology to detect threats in even densely packed containers, thereby reducing the need to break down the container or pallet being inspected. The system is designed to accommodate large pallets that are difficult to inspect using traditional screening technologies.

Recent reports about the global property market, especially the UK property market are mixed under the current recession, but mighty MITIE, the strategic outsourcing company, is not moved in any least way as it recently braved the murky waters of the property market with its entry into the Property Insurance Claims market, with the launch of MITIE Property Solutions.

The corporate world, just like the politicians are concerned about the current threats to the global environment resulting in climate change and they are doing all to minimise the negative impacts of human activities on the environment, even if such efforts cannot totally halt climate change. Vigilance can now authoritatively report that ADT’s efforts in environmentalism have no doubt paid off!

The trio of IMO, shipping industry and seafarers have called on the UN Secretary- General, Mr Ban Ki-Moon in a letter jointly signed by IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos and heads of international shipping and seafarer organizations to lend support in securing the release of hostages - seafarers, in the main - currently being held by pirates in Somalia.