Unlicensed Security in Wiltshire School gets caught!

November 22, 2018

A Wiltshire security firm boss has pled guilty to providing unlicensed security guards to a school over 12 years.

Steven Renouf, who is the owner of Taghna Security Services, had supplied up to 40 unlicensed staff to the school over the course of a contract dating from 2006. In addition to deceiving his client, Renouf had dishonestly convinced his own employees that they didn’t require a licence. Renouf appeared at Swindon Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 06 November and pled guilty to all 23 charges against him.

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Swindon Magistrates’ Court

Apart from being a criminal offence, the supply of unlicensed operatives has a negative effect on the wider security industry. It allows unscrupulous operations to undercut legitimate businesses. It also takes employment opportunities away from correctly trained operatives who are licensed by the SIA.”

The investigators made a pre-planned inspection visit to the school on 07 February this year and found two unlicensed security operatives at work. The school immediately cancelled Renouf’s contract.

An investigation and made formal requests for information from Taghna Security Services. The company’s responses were incomplete and included falsified invoices and other incorrect information intended to show that Renouf had been operating legally.  As a result, Renouf was charged not only with failing to provide information but also with two counts of providing false information. These charges were in addition to 20 counts of supplying unlicensed security staff. 

Pete Easterbrook, SIA Criminal Investigations Manager, said:

“Steven Renouf ran his security business with a complete disregard for the safeguards provided for by regulation. It’s important to recognise that the offences Renouf committed were not ‘one-off’ or occasional but took place over many years. During that time Renouf sought to profit whilst ignoring the best interests both of his customers and of his employees…It’s appropriate in this case that we not only prosecuted the owner of the security company, but also those employees who worked unlicensed. We recognise that Mr Renouf attempted to convince these operatives that an SIA licence was not required. However, this does not absolve them of responsibility and they have also rightly had to face the consequences of their actions in court.

The court ordered the following sentences:

Five of Renouf’s employees, who had all previously pled guilty to working unlawfully for Taghna Security Services as unlicensed security guards, were sentenced at Swindon Magistrates’ Court on 09 October.

  • Christopher Pittard received a nine-month conditional discharge. He was ordered to pay £150 in costs plus a £20 victim surcharge. Pittard was formerly employed by Stephen Renouf and worked at the school while unlicensed for around five years.
  • Siobhan Renouf received a £250 fine and was ordered to pay £300 in costs plus a £30 victim surcharge. Siobhan Renouf is the step-daughter of Stephen Renouf and had worked at the school unlicensed since November 2017.
  • Bamba Jahateh received a six-month conditional discharge, as well as an order to pay £150 in costs plus a £20 victim surcharge. Jahateh had worked at the school as an unlicensed security guard since September 2016.
  • Momodou Jaiteh received a six-month conditional discharge and is required to pay £150 prosecution costs plus a £20 victim surcharge. Jaiteh worked as an unlicensed security guard at the school from November 2015.

About SIA

The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry. They are an independent body reporting to the Home Secretary, under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. Their remit covers the United Kingdom. One of the main duties of the SIA is to manage the Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS), a voluntary quality assurance scheme that measures private security suppliers against independently assessed operational and performance standards. Organisations that meet these standards are awarded ‘Approved Contractor’ status.

About ARK

Alarm Response and Keyholding is part of the Asset Protection Group and we specialise in providing professional keyholding and alarm response services across the UK. Securing your home or business to ensure the safety of your family and staff. We have been providing keyholding and guarding services since 1982. Because we take the responsibility for responding to out of hours of alarm activations.  As well as securing sites on behalf of owners with fully licensed SIA security officers.