On 18 August, at Leeds Magistrates Court, Aaron Mohammed was fined for working without an SIA licence. His company, Twenty Four 7 Security & CCTV Ltd, was also prosecuted for supplying unlicensed guards. Aaron Mohammed pleaded guilty to all the offences, on 21 August. The court fined him 100 and ordered him to pay costs of 2,251 and a victim surcharge of 30. The company itself was also fined 100 and ordered to pay costs of 2,251 and a victim surcharge of 30.
The court stated that all the fines must be paid in full by August 2018 when Aaron Mohammed is released from the custodial sentence he is currently serving for unrelated matters. Our Head of Criminal Investigations, Nathan Salmon, said:
Aaron Mohammed was not licensed to manage or supervise those engaged in licensable activity. He supplied unlicensed security operatives to his customers and ignored numerous attempts by us to engage with him. Throughout 2017, we have been investigating a number of security businesses in West Yorkshire, all appear to be closely linked to each other. We will continue to pursue and take action against those businesses that flout the regulation and are determined to root out poor business practices.
We began investigating Twenty Four 7 Security & CCTV Ltd as part of a crackdown on security companies who were suspected of deploying unlicensed guards. We established that Aaron Mohammed had secured a contract to guard at seven sites across the Leeds and Bradford area of West Yorkshire.
On several occasions, from December 2016 to January 2017, we requested information relating to contracts. All the attempts we made to engage with Aaron Mohammed and his company were ignored. To investigate further, in December 2016, our investigators inspected several sites and found two security guards working without a licence at two sites. Deploying unlicensed security operatives constitutes an offence under the Private Security Industry Act 2001.
The security guards stated that they were employed by Twenty Four 7 Security & CCTV Ltd and explained that Aaron Mohammed was their boss. This led our investigators to check whether Aaron Mohammed was licensed as director of the company; he was not and this is also an offence. Aaron Mohammed was formally interviewed in June and admitted to being unlicensed as a director, supplying unlicensed guards and ignoring our requests for information.
- The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom, reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001.
The SIA’s main duties are: the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities; and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.
- For further information about the Security Industry Authority or to sign up for email updates visit www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk.
AUGUST is a good month for break-ins, because many of us leave our homes unoccupied while we hightail it to Tuscany or Torremolinos . But a remotely controlled security camera back home can be as good as – or better than – a house sitter. The current fad for home automation products has spawned a raft of cameras that record what is going on and allow you to access the footage from wherever you are . They don t actively deter intruders but they do arm you with the evidence if you need it . More importantly, perhaps, they provide some peace of mind when home is far away. All of them work in more or less the same way, connecting to the internet and uploading footage to a cloud, from where it can be accessed by PC or phone . Most have sensors that can start recording when movement is detected, and some can be panned and swivelled remotely.
But while the technology is similar, the business models of the manufacturers vary greatly . In particular, some require you to pay a monthly fee to record and play video; others include everything in the purchase price. Recording and playing back your footage is a must for practical use . Any camera will let you watch live, and many will alert you when they detect something, but unless you can search and see events retrospectively, your evidence will vanish into the breeze. Less essential but still useful features on some models include the ability to store footage on an SD card in the camera itself, and two-way audio to communicate with someone back home. All security cameras have companion apps that let you watch footage on your phone, but the design and functionality of these varies enormously . The market has matured greatly in recent years, and the interface of my BT Smart HomeCam from 2014 seems rudimentary now. The Evo range from Y-Cam is among the newer entrants to the market, offering seven days rolling cloud storage of video clips for the first three years, as part of the upfront 129 . The range includes indoor and outdoor models, and can he had as bundles at a slight cost saving.
It is by selling you more than one camera that manufacturers try to lock you into whatever subscription model they are offering . The outlay is too great for you to replace them all and go elsewhere, they figure . But there are also advantages to you, since you can view and control all your cameras from a single app, like a security officer in a shopping mall. Security cameras typically record video in high definition, though not necessarily the highest available, and HD recording tends to be used as a sales incentive . In fact, for security use the definition hardly matters – the ability to compensate for bright sunlight and to shoot clearly at night is far more useful . A lens with a wide field of vision is also worth having, so you can position it without blind spots. Where to place these cameras is an art in itself . Nearly all need mains power, and it s a challenge to run cables discreetly along walls without compromising the view . It s also worth bearing in mind that if the power to your home is cut, so is the video feed.
Your intended use for a security camera – child minder, pet monitor, web cam – will dictate the functions you need, but even from those few examples, it s plain to see how easily they could become part of your life.
We require security officers who hold a valid SIA licence card to secure our construction site in the Barnsely area. Successful applicants will be responsible for Patrolling, carrying out Searches, Report Writing, Adhering to Health and Safety rules and Deterring access of unauthorised individuals. Applicants must:
- Be eligible to work in the UK (documentation is required)
- Be able to provide a 5 year checkable history
- Have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
- Have a valid SIA licence
- Have a valid CSCS card
- Previous construction security experience desirable
- 12 hour shifts
- Monday – Sunday
- 07:00 – 19:00
- 19:00 – 07:00
- 9.50ph(payments made by umbrella company)
- Flexibility required
- Start end of August
To apply, please forward your CV ensuring you include your SIA and CSCS card numbers.
Andrews International Ltd is an Equal opportunities employer.
Job Type: Temporary
- Barnsley S71
- security: 3 years
Required licence or certification:
- Valid DS or SG
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