What are the benefits of CCTV?

shutterstock_246556984It’s the New Year and for most of us, this means improving the way we do things. The same also goes for business owners too. Keeping ahead with your security means that you’ll be keeping ahead of any potential threats to your business, your people, and your premises. Feeling safe and secure in your own home is one thing, however, feeling safe and secure in the workplace is equally important.

And, if you’re keen to make sure that your business is safe and secure, then you’ve probably thought about installing CCTV.

So what are the benefits of CCTV?

  1. CCTV or Closed Circuit TV is used to both act as a visual deterrent and to monitor activity that takes place within your business or your home. Its rise in popularity over the past 50 years has meant that more and more businesses are using it as a form of security both internally and externally, to monitor staff and to monitor intruders.
  2. It’s a great way to secure your business if you’re on a budget. If you need to secure your business but don’t have the budget to afford a manned guard resource, CCTV can ensure that your business stays ahead. Camera technology has improved over the past few years and is now sharper and records in HD. Clearer images mean that you can easily identify intruders, staff or even trespassers. Some CCTV can connect to your smart phone so you can watch live feeds, no matter where you are!
  3. Security, on call, 24/7. Unlike manned guards or mobile patrols, CCTV records activity at your premises, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so it’s essentially the perfect employee. But to get the best out of CCTV, you need to pair it with a security provision that offers you a full service. A reputable total security services company will provide your business with a 24 hour monitored surveillance control rooms, guards, and alarms.
  4. Protect your employees, guests, and premises with CCTV. When people enter your business premises, they become your responsibility. CCTV cameras can give you, your business and employees and guests added protection and peace of mind from the threat of intruders, trespassers, and disgruntled customers or suppliers. Serious incidents, health and safety issues and dangerous situations can all be captured on camera and reviewed to ensure that they are not repeated in the future. If you or your business falls into a dispute or is a target for criminal activity, any recordings can be used to provide evidence.
  5. Lower your insurance premiums and your financial risks. One of the benefits of CCTV is that it can greatly reduce your premiums, making it a great way to ensure that your suppliers and investors keep an interest in your business. Installing CCTV demonstrates the levels that you go to ensure that your business and assets are protected, making it a financially viable option.

On its own, CCTV is a great method of prevention, however, it really benefits business owners when it is teamed with additional security services that form part of a wider security focus. For more details about the benefits of CCTV, read our CCTV article or find out more about it can be the ideal addition to your security provision.

Getting the best out of your security service provider

Throughout this blog, we’ve looked at Why Corporate Security Matters, the Rise of CCTV, How to Get an SIA Licence and Tips for Choosing Event Security Management Staff, so in this article, we’re going to find out how you can ensure

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When you choose a total security service provider, you’re putting your business and your people in their hands.

Here’s our top four tips on getting the best out of your security service provider:

1/ Choose a reputable security service provider

It seems like an obvious one, but it’s the key to ensuring that your business receives the best security support. Choose a security service provider that has a proven track record and knows their area of expertise. Some providers will specialise in multinational companies, whilst others will focus on working with smaller, independent businesses or domestic clientele. Speak to provider and find out first hand their experience and the types of businesses and clients they work with. A good and reputable company will often have client testimonials on the website, so check out what their clients say about them. You can even speak to their clients directly and ask for an unbiased review if you want to delve further.

2/ Only SIA Licenced and highly experienced and trained professionals need apply

This tip goes hand in hand with the first. It goes without saying, that you should ensure that when you select a security service provider, all personnel are trained to the highest levels. So this means that all security officers hold a valid SIA Licence and the business itself conforms to legal requirements and accreditations, such ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 18001. You’ll usually find details of the types of accreditations that the security service provider holds on their website.

3/ Think about the three Bs: Budgets, Business and Best Practice

When it comes to choosing which security service provider to work with, your budget, your business and best practice should be front of mind.

Budget – Only you will know how much your business is worth protecting. Having said that, there’s no point contracting a security team without knowing how much you can afford to spend. Do you need 24/7 guards in place, or would CCTV installation be best placed for your business. A good security service provider will be able to guide you.

Business – Think about what type of support your business needs. A good provider will be able to create a bespoke package for you based on the type of business or businesses you own, and how you operate.

Best Practice – If you’re new to security services, then a good provider will be able to talk to you about security best practice for your business. For instance, if you own a number of retail stores, they may talk to you about hiring a team of retail security guards who can monitor each of your stores or rotation, depending on size or footfall.

4/ It’s good to talk

To really get the best out of your security service provider, you need to talk to them regularly. They’ll be able to help redesign your bespoke package as and when you require it to ensure that you, your business and your people and premises are fully secured. As professionals in their field, they will be able to guide you on the best course of action to deliver a high quality service to you. Regularly reviewing your security provision will ensure that you’re one step ahead of not only risk of criminal activity, but also your competitors.

Not sure what type of security service you need? Find out more about total security services.

The Benefits of Mobile Patrol Services

Mobile Patrol Services versus Manned Static Guards

As far as comparisons between the type of security provision your business should invest in, this one is definitely up there with CCTV and guard dogs!

Depending on the size of your business will depend on the type of security provision that you require. It also depends on the type of business that you operate. If for instance, you operate a warehouse or logistics depot, you may prefer to have an onsite, manned static guard provision – a dedicated security operative or team who will look after your business and premises 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

But what if your business is smaller? Is it worth hiring a manned static guard? Well, probably not and that’s where the benefit of a mobile patrol services comes into play.

For businesses that require a security operative to check on their premises out of hours, or to be on call to check on any signs of disturbance, a mobile patrol security operative is the best option. And for those looking after their budgets, but who still require a dedicated security service, this provision can give you total peace of mind.

 

What do mobile patrol services do?

This is a slightly loaded question and should probably be ‘what don’t mobile patrol services do?’, as the role is incredibly varied, depending on the business in question. In a nutshell, mobile patrol services usually include the following tasks:

  • Locking and unlocking premises
  • Setting alarms
  • Checking access points
  • Ensuring the building and premises are secure
  • Liaising with maintenance staff and contractors
  • Out of hours checks on all business premises
  • Random patrols to avoid detection by intruders
  • Monitoring activity and reporting any potential security issues or health and safety issues

When selecting a mobile patrol service, you should always choose a professional and reputable business that specialises in total security services and who can provide you with fully SIA licensed and highly experienced team who can plan, implement and manage your security needs. Don’t forget to check their customer testimonials to give you an insight into how they look after their customers!

Regardless of the size of your business, a mobile patrol service offers you peace of mind, ensuring that your people, product and premises are safe and sound.

The Importance of Retail Security Guards

Over the last few years, there has been a rise in thefts within the retail sector. For many businesses, not utilising retail security guards puts you at a much higher risk, than businesses that have a regular retail security provision.

Threatening behaviour, in-store theft and loss in revenue mean that businesses and staff can suffer greatly. The addition of expert retail security guards within your business or businesses can help to safeguard not only your premises, stock but also your employees and your customers.

 

Do I need a retail security guard?

The simple answer is yes. It might sound like an obvious answer, but the truth is that you’re probably putting your business and your people at risk without having a regular retail security guard on site within your retail store.

Recently we witnessed an unnerving event at a local supermarket, when two men entered the store and started to disrupt and distract two of the young shop assistants, by asking them both inappropriate questions and constantly looking around at the security cameras. Luckily, the in-store retail security guard and the store’s manager managed to diffuse the situation, by asking the men to leave. A few days’ later, the local news reported another local store had been targeted by theft, however, unfortunately, the store in question did not have the proper security provision in place and subsequently had money from the tills stolen.

 

How do I select the right retail security guards?

You’ll need to find out exactly what you and your business needs from the service that retail security provides. Do you need a team of guards, or just one? Do you require a permanent guard on site or a guard that only works during busy periods, such as weekends? Once you’ve ascertained these questions, you should look for a reputable security management company who can work with you to create a bespoke, cost-effective service that suits your business needs.

A good security company will also ensure that your needs are met and will work with you closely to ensure that your retail security guards are fully SIA licensed and highly trained. They will also be able to provide you with regular reports about their tasks. A reputable firm will also be able to advise on how best to ensure that their retail security guard team is providing you the best service and will work with you to try plan, manage and implement their strategy to make sure that your business doesn’t lose revenue or customers.

In this day and age, don’t let the risk of petty theft, fraud and crime ruin your retail business. Choosing the right retail security guard provision can help to safeguard and futureproof your business.