Anybody who wishes to be considered for registration as a firearms dealer must have in place security provisions that fulfil the criteria as stipulated by the Home Office. Firearms security: a brief guide

Installation of a security system.

A properly installed security system will help to protect your premises. As you are required to install a remote signalling security system you should be aware that the police have safeguards to reduce levels of false calls which divert us away from other tasks in your community.

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Information on security companies

To obtain information on companies who supply and install security systems such as Intruder Alarms/Personal Attack Alarms/CCTV Systems etc, within the Devon & Cornwall Constabulary area, we advise you to contact the following Independent Inspectorate Bodies who will furnish you with the relevant details (The police are not able to provide this)

NSI (National Security Inspectorate).

Sentinel House, 5 Reform Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 8BY

Tel: 0870 205 0000.
Fax: 01628 773367.
email: NSI.

SSAIB (Security Systems & Alarm Inspection Board).

Suite 3, 131 Bedford Street, North Shields Tyne & Wear NE29 6LA.

Tel: 0191 296 3242.

Fax: 0191 296 2667.

email: SSAIB.

website: SSAIB

The two independent Inspectorates are not-for-profit approval bodies who carry out inspection services for the security industry and protect customer interests. They themselves are governed by UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service), the sole accreditation service recognised by the Government.

Please note: If you are also planning to invest in the type of security system that would receive automatic police response to its alarm activations, then only security companies who are registered with the Police in its force area are permitted to offer this service.

Once you have obtained details from an Independent Inspectorate Body of security companies. These must install security systems in the Devon & Cornwall Police area to the required European/British Standards, compliant with the NPCC (National Police Chiefs' Council) Security System Policy, we advise:

  • Before disclosing personal security details, have I checked the address and credentials of the company and seen proof of identity from their representative
  • You obtain written quotations from at least two security companies.
  • Ask if the security company representative can provide you with a list of police rules for occupiers of onfirmation that they are currently registered with the police force in your area,
  • d) You ensure that the quotation specifies that the installation will be to European/British standards for that security system, in addition, does it include the terms of maintenance and monitoring contracts?
  • Does the company operate a 24-hour call-out service and emergency attendance within 4 hours?
  • Is the installer of a security system a requirement of my insurance company and if so, is the Security Company acceptable to my insurer?

Please note: When investing in a Security System for your home or business it is not advisable to deal with Cold Callers or telesales enquiries you should avoid doing doorstep or telephone business. If members of the public have serious doubts about the legality or sales techniques being employed by this type of security company, they should contact the Police or local government Trading Standards officers for advice.

This advice from the NPCC (National Police Chiefs' Council) Security Systems Committee is thoroughly endorsed and recommended by the Devon & Cornwall Police.


Firearms Licensing Officer
Devon & Cornwall Police, Firearms & Explosives Licensing Department
Police Headquarters
Middlemoor, Exeter

Tel: 01392 225650

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