The Security Industry Authority (SIA) has undertaken spot checks on all security guards working in Swansea city centre.
Investigators from the security guard licensing authority, accompanied by Swansea Council representative, visited the city centre on Friday, where they visited 11 sites with operational security guards including retail units, job centres, shopping centres, courts and a housing options office.
During the process of their investigation, the 24 security guards who were checked were all found to have a valid Security Industry Authority license. However, two of the security guards examined were issued with warnings for failing to notify the SIA of a change of address and for failing to display the licence whilst on duty – both of which are breaches of the SIA licence conditions.
Security Industry Authority head of investigation Paul Cartlidge said:
“I am pleased with the compliance levels found. This operation was a positive example of partners working together for a safer city.”
The operation was carried out to ensure manned guarding services in the area were operating legally.
The inspection came as a result of information received by the Security Industry Authority which had suggested that there had been unlicensed retail security guards activity taking place in the area.