New Zealand Locksmiths

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Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Act 2010

Have you caught up with the changes to the law that affect everyone in the Security Industry?
We are no longer Security Guards - - - now we are Private Security Personnel !
Listed here are the various bits of legislation that are relevant at the time of this update.
  Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Act 2010.pdf
  Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Regulations 2011.pdf
  Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Fees Regulations 2011.pdf
  Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Specified Date Order 2011.pdf
  Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Code of ConductSurveillance of Individuals Regulations 2011.pdf
  Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Forms Regulations 2011.pdf

We used to be governed by the Private Investigators and Security Guards Act 1974.
In 2010 this was replaced by the "Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Act 2010"
Here is the link to the official website - Private Security Personnel Licensing Authority where you can get the latest and most accurate information available. This is also where you go to make on-line applications.

In simple terms, this legislation will still affect any locksmiths involved in Safes, Alarms and Cameras. So if you are involved in any of this work, make sure that you read the details.

So a summary of the main things that will affect a locksmith:
Purpose : The purpose of this Act is to ensure that persons offering specified private security and investigation services for hire, and personnel providing those services,—
 (a) are suitably qualified to carry out that work; and
(b) do not behave in ways that are contrary to the public interest.

Meaning of security technician:
In this Act, security technician means a person who for valuable consideration, either by himself or herself or in partner-
ship with any other person, carries on a business—
(a) installing or repairing on, or removing from, any part of any premises that are not owned or occupied by himself or herself or his or her firm or any of his or her partners—
(i) a burglar alarm or similar warning device intended to immediately alert a person or persons to the presence of a person or persons in a particular place; or
(ii) a locking device for a safe or a strongroom; or
(b) installing, operating, causing to be operated, or repairing, on or in, or removing from, any premises or other place not owned or occupied by himself or herself or his
or her firm or any of his or her partners, any camera or similar device for the purpose of detecting the commission of any offence by any person.

Meaning of security consultant:
In this Act, security consultant means a person who for valuable consideration, either by himself or herself or in partnership with any other person, carries on a business—
 (a) entering any premises that are not owned or occupied by himself or herself or his or her firm or any of his or her partners for the purpose of selling or attempting to
sell any device of the kind referred to in paragraph (a) or (b) of section 6(1); or
(b) entering any premises that are not owned or occupied by himself or herself or his or her firm or any of his or her partners for the purpose of advising the owner or
occupier of the premises on the desirability of having installed on the premises any, or any further, such device; or
(c) entering any premises that are not owned or occupied by himself or herself or his or her firm or any of his or her partners for the purpose of advising the owner or
occupier of the premises on the desirability of having guarded the premises or any other property that may from time to time be on the premises or dispatched from
the premises.

Persons who must hold licence:
The following persons must hold a licence under this Act:
(a) a private investigator:
(b) a security technician:
(c) a security consultant:
(d) a confidential document destruction agent:
(e) a property guard:
(f) a personal guard:
(g) a crowd controller.

The "Complaints, Investigation, and Prosecution Unit" has been set up to enforce the law. The penalties are much more severe.

eg. Every person who contravenes this section commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction,—
(a) in the case of an individual, to a fine not exceeding $40,000:
(b) in the case of a body corporate, to a fine not exceeding $60,000.

Duration :
The licence and certificates of approval to work for a licensee now last for 5 years, although there is a requirment to provide update info every year.

So if anything here sounds that it may affect you, then it is your responsibility to check the full legal details.

Remember "Ignorance of the law is NO EXCUSE".


New Zealand Branch of the MLAA

Want to know more about the New Zealand Branch?

Click here, for Membership info and links. Here we have some info that affects us in NZ particularly.


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