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BSIA: Businesses offered valuable insight into counter-terrorism

Thames Valley businesses were given a valuable insight into the ways their organisations can protect themselves and assist in countering terrorism during the hugely successful Thames Valley Security 2009 event held on Wednesday at Royal Windsor Racecourse.

The event played host to more than one hundred delegates from local businesses and police forces. It covered subjects such as designing out crime and the role of counter terrorism advisers, as well as offering a taster of Thames Valley Police's Project Griffin initiative, which seeks to coordinate the resources of the police, emergency services, local authorities, business and the private security industry in countering terrorism.

Nick Gilbert, Thames Valley Police Business Crime Reduction & Engagement Manager, says: "I am delighted that the event was such a success. It brought together local businesses to examine the vital issue of counter-terrorism and gave them an overview of how their own organisation can improve security and contribute to safer communities."

Chris Pinder, British Security Industry Association Southern Regional General Manager, comments: "Through informative seminars and a comprehensive exhibition of the latest security products and services, Thames Valley businesses were able to get to grips with complex security issues that affect them in just one day. We have had excellent feedback from the event and I am extremely pleased that we have been able to provide useful information for the local business community."

The event was kindly sponsored by Selectamark and was organised by Thames Valley Police and the British Security Industry Association in partnership with the Milton Keynes & Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Federation of Small Businesses.

To register your interest in either attending or exhibiting at any future Thames Valley Security events, email events@bsia.co.uk

Editor's Notes
The British Security Industry Association is the trade association covering all aspects of the professional security industry in the UK. Its members provide over 70% of UK security products and services and adhere to strict quality standards. For more information see www.bsia.co.uk, email info@bsia.co.uk or telephone 0845 389 3889.

Press contacts: Kiri Gray 0845 389 0755 k.gray@bsia.co.uk
Kate Holland 0845 389 0741 k.holland@bsia.co.uk

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