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Securitas Electronic Security Renews Protection Under DHS SAFETY Act

After an extensive review by the Department of Homeland Security of the service standards adopted and followed by Securitas Electronic Security, the DHS has awarded SES protection under the SAFETY Act.

The legislation is reference to the DHS’s Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act of 2002. The U.S. Congress created the SAFETY Act in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks to encourage the creation and use of Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technologies (QATTs) and provide sellers of these products and services liability protections.

SES-approved anti-terror technology or services protected under the SAFETY Act are designed to deter, detect and delay the threat of terrorist activity, and include installation and integration services for electronic security, perimeter intrusion detection, access control and video surveillance systems.

The technology includes:

engineering, design, implementation, management and ongoing maintenance services
installation and integration of access control, video surveillance systems, intrusion detection, fire alarm and communication systems
central station monitoring services
manuals, training, and support services

SAFETY Act Background

As part of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, Congress enacted several liability protections for providers of anti-terrorism technologies. The legislation provides incentives for the development and deployment of anti-terrorism technologies by creating a system of “risk management” and a system of “litigation management.”

The purpose of the Act is to ensure that the threat of liability does not deter potential manufacturers or sellers of anti-terrorism technologies from developing and commercializing technologies that could save lives. The Act created certain liability limitations for “claims arising out of, relating to, or resulting from an act of terrorism” where qualified anti-terrorism technologies have been deployed.

When applicable, the SAFETY Act should extend the protection to all parties in the supply chain, including SES’s government and private sector customers and subcontractors, according to an announcement.

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