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Vehicle Security Standards Latest Of Series


Media release
6 October 2003

Vehicle Security Standards Latest Of Series

Vehicle security standards launched at Parliament today are the latest addition to a series being introduced by the New Zealand Security Association.

Association Chairman Scott Carter says introducing standards to target at-risk vehicles and standardise the quality and alarms is an example of the direction in which the security industry is moving.

“There’s an increased awareness of the need for security in New Zealand , and with the growth of our industry, we are very conscious of the importance of ensuring the level of professionalism we deliver to our clients is high.”

Mr Carter says the security industry is setting itself objectives to ensure standards required in today’s environment are met by working in partnership with other organisations such as the Police.

“We need to be able to regulate our members’ behaviour and conform to a code of ethics that defines acceptable behaviour. We need to have clearly stated codes of conduct and be visibly regulated. ”

He says in many countries, poorly trained, unregulated security guards protect millions of lives and billions of dollars in real estate but in fact offer a false sense of security.

“In the United States, for example, most of the nation’s million-plus guards are unlicensed, untrained and not subject to background checks. Their burgeoning $12 billion a year industry is marked by high turnover, low pay, few benefits and scant oversight.”

Here in New Zealand, Mr Carter says, the NZSA has established certified training programmes and is taking advantage of every opportunity to be widely acknowledged as being accountable, responsible and transparent.

“By working with organisations such as the Police, industry training providers and the New Zealand Insurance Council as we have done with vehicle security we are building a security industry in which the New Zealand public can have justified confidence,” Mr Carter says.


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