Security talks are planned

Security talks are planned
The British Security Industry Association is planning to hold a series of regional seminars in the spring aimed at insurers. The seminars will take place in London, Birmingham, Manchester, and Glasgow. Among the key security issues to be discusses include the new European standard for intruder alarms.

ServiceMaster service norms
Property restoration company ServiceMaster has introduced new service standards for its 157-strong network of franchised dealers. Called, the ServiceMaster Accredited Services, it is intended to guarantee uniform high standards. The wide-ranging criteria include time limits, quality of work, training programmes, an auditing "Accredited franchise centres that fail to reach the standards will not be allocated work from our central office," said national account manager Scott Robinson. ServiceMaster generated £40 million of revenue last year, which was mainly from the insurance industry. It lists insurers CGU, RSA and Prudential, and loss adjusters Mclarens Toplis, Crawfords and GAB Robins among its clients.

BRE issues termite booklet
A pamphlet on the dangers of termites eating away properties has been published by BRE after two recent outbreaks of termite infestation in Staunton and Devon. These proved that at least one termite genus can survive in the UK climate and underlines that the pest presents a risk to buildings. The culprit has been identified as the Reticulitermes lucifugus. Digest 443, Termites and UK buildings, describes termite biology and gives guidance on diagnosing infestation, recognition and the key principles of termite detection and management. BRE is sponsored by the Department of the Environment, Transport and Regions (DETR). The two-part digest can be obtained by phoning 0171 505 6622.