Do you buy security?

A regulators guide to buying private security


The security of your staff, premises, equipment and other assets is a serious commitment. Investing time in the procurement process by undertaking some basic checks can reap rewards when it comes to buying security. The Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) provides a recognised hallmark of quality within the private security industry. ACS companies are rigorously assessed against over 80 performance indicators across nine essential criteria; helping you to make decisions that are based on quality and value.


When you choose a security supplier who is a Security Industry Authority (SIA) approved contractor, you can be sure that the business you are working with has been independently checked and is one of the top suppliers in the sector.


The SIA (Security Industry Authority) has recently published a publication entitled ‘Do you buy security? – A regulators guide to buying private security’.¬† This details the advantages of using suppliers who are part of the Approved Contractor Scheme.


It is aimed at buyers and users of private security services, procurement specialists, budget holders, heads of security, security consultants.


The publication can be downloaded here