Violence in the security industry By Michael O’Sullivan

Anyone who does any reading around the subject will know that security staff experience extraordinary levels of violence, threats and intimidation.

So why is no-one talking about it?

It might seem that way but plenty of people are. However it is not getting the priority that it deserves in the halls of power!

We need to raise awareness and force the issue to the forefront of relevant peoples attention.

All too often perpetrators who assault security staff in the UK are dealt with very leniently. Security staff are NOT second class citizens and are deserving of the levels of protection that are merited by our front-line roles.

This is becoming more important with decreasing police numbers. Security officers are increasingly stepping up to fill the void. Security officers are often first on scene. This is not a slight on the police, they do their best, but it is a fact!

This SIA commissioned report uncovered levels of violence against security staff that are nothing short of a national scandal.

Before we can start taking steps we first need to begin to quantify the problem. Can we ask you to send us details of any stories you find where details of violence against security staff are reported, including details of sentencing where a court case has been held or where police cautions being accepted are reported? Stories are often reported in the press but also appear on police websites etc.

To build as comprehensive a picture as possible TPSO is in the process of collating and publishing a database of media reports detailing reports of assaults on security staff. Far from perfect, but, its a start and will eventually provide researchers with a central listing of such reports.

When you find a report of violence against UK based security staff can you please forward details, including links if online via our form:

or to

GDPR notification – your details will not be added to a database. We will only reply to confirm receipt of any information received. Once that has been completed we will delete your details as we would have no legitimate reason to keep them. Details of the information gathered will be shared via this site and our various social media platforms.

If you are a security company or employer of security services who would like to report incidents of violence against your teams please get in touch!

Thank you in advance for your help! Click the link to view the growing violence against security staff database:

Mike O’Sullivan