What is NACOSS?

When looking to trust a company to install a security alarm at your home or business premises, you may be confronted with a range of security jargon.  NACOSS, NSI, ISA are some abbreviations that you’ll come across – but what does it all mean?!

To put it simply, they all refer to an accreditation from an independent body in the industry.  We’ll break it down for you:

  • NACOSS – National Approval Council for Security Systems

The council was set up in 1991 to improve standards of the national alarms policy and increase requirements of the insurance industry.

  • ISI – Inspectorate of the Security Industry

Formed in 1992 to offer an inspection service of the security guard industry.

  • NSI – National Security Inspectorate

In 2001 ISI and NACOSS merged to create a unified inspectorate, resulting in one certification body for the benefit of customers and suppliers in the security industry.

What does this mean for you, the customer? The NSI helps protect business and home owners by ensuring high quality standards of security and fire safety service providers.  NSI is accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) which operates with the Government through the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.  UKAS approval demonstrates the competence of the inspections, testing and certifications of accrediting bodies against international standards.

There are many advantages of choosing an NSI approved company to install your security system.  Customers can be assured that a provider examined by the NSI has been properly insured and is rigorously inspected twice a year to ensure they are maintaining business standards.  The benefits of using an NSI approved company are:

  • All staff in the company are security screened so you can trust them in your home or commercial property
  • They must offer a 24 hour call out service for intruder alarms
  • You will receive a Certificate of Compliance on installation
  • You will receive a maintenance contract for a monitored alarm
  • Choosing an NSI approved company can even save you money on your house insurance – many companies and policies offer a discount for alarms installed by NSI approved companies.

Mint Security have silver medal approval from the NSI.  For more information about the accreditation or our services follow us on Facebook and Twitter.