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Security guard fraud exposed by undercover reporters

Security guard fraud exposed by undercover reporters

Thousands of security guards responsible for protecting Britain s most sensitive sites could have purchased their qualifications

Undercover reporters have fraudulently obtained SIA licences Follow1

Thousands of security guards responsible for protecting Britain s most sensitive sites could have purchased their qualifications, it has been claimed.

Undercover reporters found tutors helping candidates sitting official security-related tests only too willing to give students the answers to exam questions .

Prospective guards must sit mandatory exams to get a Security Industry Authority card.

The BBC reported that one researcher was offered a job at a power station while another was offered an interview to guard Canary Wharf with their fraudulently obtained SIA licence.

One surveillance camera for every 11 people in Britain, says CCTV survey2

Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee Keith Vaz MP called it “a major scandal”.

He said: “It is one of the most shocking things I’ve seen in all the years I’ve chaired the Home Affairs Select Committee”.

Industry insiders have claimed that large numbers of colleges were willing to help students cheat security exams.

One former SIA employee, speaking anonymously, alleged that a high number of colleges were breaking the rules.

He said: “Thousands of people are working in the industry illegally, having obtained accreditation illegally.”

How the security industry is regulated3

An undercover reporter posing as a student was sent to Ashley Commerce College, in Ilford, east London.

The college offered to “fast-track” the researcher s studies which should normally take 140 hours.

Asked about the requirements of the usually stringent qualification, a college manager said: “No, you only have to do the paperwork.”

Around 1,350 illegal workers may have vanished in the UK4

A trainer at the centre told the undercover reporter to turn off his phone before reading out exam answers and instructing the candidate to copy answers from a pre-completed exam script.

The London School of Social Studies in East Ham also allegedly offered the fraudulent service.

A staffer told the undercover journalist: “We’re going to do your exam for you.”

Mr Vaz MP vowed to raise the issue with the home secretary at the next Home Affairs Select Committee.

He said: “I’m horrified.

We’re talking about a major scandal in Britain’s security industry.

“The Home Office needs to act extremely urgently.”

‘British’ man denied right to work5

A spokesman for the SIA, which is accountable to the Home Office, said: “We take allegations of training malpractice seriously.

“We will take immediate action against the licensed individuals concerned in order to protect public safety.”

A Home Office spokesman said: “We take allegations of malpractice very seriously and any criminal behaviour will be addressed.”

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References

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  2. ^ One surveillance camera for every 11 people in Britain, says CCTV survey (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  3. ^ How the security industry is regulated (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  4. ^ Around 1,350 illegal workers may have vanished in the UK (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  5. ^ ‘British’ man denied right to work (www.telegraph.co.uk)
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