Smoke & Mirrors

Smoke & Mirrors

Due Diligence for a Security Requirement

“smoke and mirrors”
  1. the obscuring or embellishing of the truth of a situation with misleading or irrelevant information.

 

In this ever increasing competitive world in which we live companies constantly strive to look for new innovative angles of approach to gain an upper hand in the market place. New ideas, new sounding names to services and products, and new capabilities.

The Security Industry is home to hundreds of thousands of companies plying their trade on a global scale. In an industry where the subject is at the very forefront of the minds of many, more and more companies are being incorporated to capitalise in a market where price is king. Clients seeking such services are often left to the roll of the dice, subjected to the textual blurb and flashy images on websites. Yet, for those operating at the higher end within industry, we witness time and time again companies misleading clients through launching their net of poor standards, poor ethics and morals, and poor knowledge and experience in the actual delivery of the ‘services’ they provide. These acts, commonly termed as ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ are a form of entrapment. A means to entice, trap and milk.

As I walk around this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, I can’t help but think about the huge void of any oversight within the vast commercial security industry. There is absolutely none, whatsoever. This year, I see Trumps agents doing their thing, government protection officers with their politicians and heads of state and Close Protection for world leading industry CEO’s performing well. There is no oversight required in this domain. They focus on standards and the delivery of the highest performance of them. Commercial contracting companies do not – for the most part.

The shocking examples on display in the security industry of ineptness, fraud, illegal operations and withholding payment to those working on their behalf are the diatribe of race to the bottom.  They threaten those who challenge and remain ignorant of reason. They are the epitaph of what could be a serious security requirement.

Yet, after the passing of the Private Security Industry Act 2001 and the imposition of ‘standards and regulation’ within the market place by the Security Industry Authority, after all that is said and done, it remains possible to incorporate a UK Limited Company with no prior security training or experience.  Unfortunately, the Advertising Standards Authority does not permit the naming of such guilty companies and so it very much rests for the prospective client to conduct due diligence on the chosen companies prior to any instruction.

 

“There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse, and sell a little more cheaply. The person who buys on price alone is this man’s lawful prey.” John Ruskin

 

If you require the highest standards delivery for your security concern then please get in touch with us. We would be delighted to assist you with just that.

 

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