Bomb scare leads to rise in demand for sniffer dogs

Thu, 18 Nov 2010

Fears over an increase in terrorism have led to plans by a Derby security company to increase the number of sniffer dogs it trains.

The recent security scare at East Midlands Airport, when a bomb was discovered on a UPS cargo plane, underlined the need for more detection dogs, according to Octavian Security. The firm has been supplying dogs to clients in the Middle East since 2007 and presently trains 20 a year.

Octavian employs over 35 staff and said its anti-terror sniffer dog service would now be expanding internationally, with particular emphasis on the UK, US and the wider Middle East region.

Octavian's commercial director, Tony Mellor, said: "The recent terrorism scare at East Midlands Airport shows how important the security of cargo is to freight and logistics companies . Companies are increasingly recognising their corporate responsibility for the safety and security of their personnel, customers and property and are now utilising sniffer dogs, as well as guard dogs as extra safety measures."

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