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Edition No. 190

Date:- 6 March 2005

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THE CLOCK counts down to mandatory licensing of the private security industry. The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is warning all businesses in Liverpool that they must act now to ensure they have reputable security personnel in place by next year. The advice refers to mandatory licensing for all private security providers that becomes law in March 2006. 

In order to continue working in the Private security industry, security guarding personnel will need to reach a certain level of competency and pass a criminality & ID check before they are considered eligible to receive an SIA licence. It will be a criminal offence to operate or supply private security personnel without an SIA licence from March 2006.

"Businesses are the largest buyers of security services in the country,"
according to John Saunders, Chief Executive of the SIA. "The introduction of licensing for those in the private security industry will standardise and raise the level of service provided to all business customers. To directors and managers make an informed decision about security provision, we are developing an approved contractor scheme for security companies." 

The legislation will lead to the individual licensing of up to 500,000 people in security roles and the introduction of a process of accreditation of up to 2,000 businesses supplying private security services. 

John Saunders continued:- "In light of these major changes, businesses need to speak to their security provider now to ensure compliance. Unfortunately, many businesses just don't take their security seriously enough and, as a result, make  a wrong and often costly decision when choosing a security service. We are working closely with all business sectors across England and Wales to raise standards of professionalism and training in the security industry, which will help us all in the fight against crime." 


DOUGAL the star dog of the new "The Magic Roundabout" film just out is being voiced by superstar Robbie Williams, but a recent survey by Argos Pet Insurance has found that many ordinary pet dogs have a wide "vocabulary". In a recent survey of 10,000 customers, amongst dog owners, 17% reported their dogs understood up to 3 words, 30% up to 10 words, 27% up to 20 words, 10% up to 30 words
and 11% in excess of 30 words!

When asked which words their dogs understood the top 10 league table looks like this:-

At number one:-  "Walkies"
At number two:-  "Stay"
At number three:- "Fetch"
At Number four:- "No"
It Is "Get Down" at Number five.
At six is has to be:- "Dinner"
At number seven:- "Bed time"
At number eight:- "Squirrels"
At nine:- "Paw"
and last at number ten, ok then... "Roll over"

Other more unusual, but popular words included "Swimming", "Ham", "Mummy", "Daddy" and "Love".

The Argos survey about pets and their habits asked owners whether they thought pet insurance was important. 88% responded that pet insurance was a good thing to have, yet nationally less than 20% of pets are protected by insurance, with half of all pet owners making unplanned visits to the vet in the last 24 months and 40% of them experiencing difficulties affording the vets fees.

Sarah Harper, General Manager, Argos Pet Insurance comments:- "Dogs seem to work very hard to understand us, but if they could talk I wonder how long it would be before they learnt to ask for insurance. Vets bills can be enormous and the simplest procedure costs much more than an average annual policy. Clever owners know this and protect themselves against financial risk without their dogs having to ask!"

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