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Basil Hamouiah is the 2016 hotel security officer of the year, in the Institute of Hotel Security Management’s third annual awards.

Carden Moulds, the head of security at The Berkeley who nominated Bas, paid tribute to him after the award ceremony after the IHSM’s annual general meeting at The Ritz on Piccadilly. Craden described Bas, his superviser, as tireless: “Without his support I couldn’t do my job, and I don’t think the team would work the way it does. He’s a stalwart for me.” Bas won a glass trophy and £250.


The Institute of Hotel Security Management works closely with the Metropolitan Police Service on Operations Sterling and Podium. The Hotel Industry Fraud Forum is chaired by Bill Fairweather and its members are Chris Atack, Specialist Crime Directorate, Paul Keates, Bob Stanbridge, Darren Carter, Peter Fraser & Ian Williamson.

The Forum liaises and shares information with other fraud forums such as the Travel, Recruitment, Banking, Property Letting, Motor and Building Industries. They work together under the PHRISM.
The Committee are actively engaged in producing a Hotel Industry Fraud Prevention Manual which will become available to be purchased at this site

Useful advice and videos on preventing fraud within your hotel.

Fraud loss figures released (19 March 2009 by APACS, the UK payments association, show that card fraud losses totalled stg£609.9m in 2008. The two main areas of fraud were on transactions not protected by chip and PIN: specifically internet, phone and mail order fraud; and fraud abroad - committed by criminals using stolen UK card details in countries yet to upgrade to chip and PIN - which has nearly doubled in two years.

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Although card fraud losses have increased, losses as a percentage of plastic card turnover amounted to 0.12% in 2008 equating to around a tenth of a penny lost to fraud in every £1 spent on cards less than the 0.14% figure in 2004. This reflects the positive effect of chip and PIN as well as the fact that we continue to use our cards more and more each year.

Card-not-present fraud losses have increased by 13 per cent over the last year and account for 54 per cent of all card fraud losses. Tackling this fraud is a priority and the industry continues to encourage cardholder and retailer take-up of MasterCard SecureCode and Verified by Visa - secure online payment systems that help prevent online shopping fraud¹. Furthermore, the increase in fraud through online and phone transactions should be seen alongside growing use of these shopping channels, as well as increasing numbers of businesses accepting cards remotely. From 2001 to 2008 card-not-present fraud losses rose by 243 per cent; over the same time period, the total value of online shopping transactions alone increased by 524 per cent (up from £6.6 billion in 2001 to £41.2 billion in 2008).

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This is an annual award, bestowed upon the Security Officer who has demonstrated the passion, innovation and consistent high standards to improve their department and hotel as a whole.

Prize:
A trophy will be presented to the winner as well as a shield engraved with the winner’s name, (the trophy will be returned to the Institute by the 1st December each year). A prize of £250 (cheque) as well as a photo and write up published on the Institute’s website.

Eligibility:
Any person who performs the role of a Hotel Security Officer (including Supervisors/Team Leaders, Agency) who has been employed by the Hotel for a period greater than 12 months.
Each Member can nominate only one individual, per property, should an employee work in more than one hotel the person being nominated can only be nominated once.

Judging:
In Novembers meeting those members present will review and decide on three contenders. The three nominated officers will attend the AGM where after the conclusion of the meeting the award will be presented to the winner. Afterwards all three will be allowed to attend the after event.

An independent judging panel will be created (Chairman, Hotel GM, and a Security Institute Members) to ensure impartiality on the final winner.


Notes
Forms need to be submitted by the 1st October 2017 and completed by the Institute member, any forms not in by midnight on the 1st October 2017 will not be entered.
Page one is the cover page, page two (and three if needed) will be used in November for the members to judge. The application number will be completed by the Chairman on return of the form. When the members have decided on the three officers going forward the reference number will be used to match up the nominees, the members will be informed as to who the three contenders are via email. It is the responsibility of the member who proposed the final three be advised to attend the AGM and of the award.

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Previous Accolades:

Read more about the previous winners of the Hotel Security Officer of the Year Award.

 

 Darren Nourse, assistant security manager at the Metropolitan by Como

Basil Hamouiah is the 2016 hotel security officer of the year,

 
 Darren Nourse, assistant security manager at the Metropolitan by Como, 2014
http://www.professionalsecurity.co.uk/news/interviews/hotel-accolades/

 

 Basil Hamouiah is the 2016 hotel security officer of the year,
http://www.professionalsecurity.co.uk/news/interviews/hotel-security-officer-of-the-year/
   

 

 

 

 

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 The Institute of Hotel Security Management works closely with the Metropolitan Police Service on Operations Sterling and Podium. The Hotel Industry Fraud Forum is chaired by Bill Fairweather and its members are Chris Atack, Specialist Crime Directorate, Paul Keates, Bob Stanbridge, Darren Carter, Peter Fraser & Ian Williamson.