Why corporate security matters

In an age where everything is accessible at the touch of a button or accessed remotely, something as simple as corporate security can often be overlooked. And as the old adage goes “prevention is better than cure”, and we like to think the same can be said for corporate security services. It’s better to prevent a potential security risk, then it is to try and work through the issues when a problem sets in!

Seen by some businesses as a ‘nice to have’, corporate security is so much more than just fancy security guards patrolling your premises. In fact, corporate security should definitely be a staple for all businesses looking to protect not only their staff and premises but also protect against loss of confidential information.

In recent years, corporate security has seen a resurgence and many businesses across the UK are seeking guidance from total security experts in creating bespoke security packages that fit the needs and requirements of the business or businesses.

Still not sure why corporate security matters? We’ve put together some FAQs below:

 

So why is corporate security so important to businesses?

A similar trope would be, “how long is a piece of string?”, the only way corporate security can truly be quantified is when a potential threat isn’t a risk to a business. For instance, a highly trained and experienced corporate security team would be able to plan for all potential threats and risks to a business and/or people and premises, and, would be able to stop these issues from becoming major problems.

Without a proper security provision, a business would be in immediate threat from loss of confidential information, break-ins or damage to premises etc. As we’ve previously said, “prevention is better than cure”!

What does an effective corporate security team look like?

No, we’re not going into the great detail of the uniforms they might wear, instead, let’s look at what duties a professional corporate security team typically perform. Duties can range from the following:

  • Front of house reception
  • Vehicle searching
  • Patrolling the sites inside and out
  • Access control
  • Dealing with alarms
  • Monitoring of CCTV
  • Plus much more…

And it goes without saying, that a professional security provision will also be in uniform, so they not only offer a visual deterrent but also stand out among the crowd.

What training is required?

To ensure that the best service is achieved, corporate security staff need to be highly skilled and experienced. Most reputable security services companies won’t hire staff unless they are fully SIA Licensed. So the same should go if you’re hiring – always ensure that your security staff is properly licensed.

How should I choose the right corporate security service?

We recommend two main tips for selecting the very best security staff, no matter whether you require 24/7 ongoing security or a short-term security solution:

  1. Check that the company is reputable. One of the best ways is to find out how they vet and train their staff. Are they fully SIA Licensed? Do they pride themselves on continuous professional development? And what types of services do they offer, are they specialists in one area or do they offer a total security service?
  2. Read the client testimonials. We find that this is an effective way of ensuring that people are happy and confident in the service being provided.

Security matters, and in particular, corporate security matters. If you’re serious about business, then this is definitely one element that shouldn’t be overlooked!

Security Guard Training

Security Guard Training

To become a Security Guard you will need proper training.  Before beginning your training it will be wise to understand the job description, tasks and qualifications required to do that role.

A Security Guard’s job description will vary. Some Security Guard companies will have their own training.  However the Security Guard company will usually be looking for:

Manned guard, mobile patrol, or monitor premises to prevent thievery, violence, or infractions of rules.

A Security Guard will be required to work amongst visitors and staff to protect the property in a professional and calm manner. They will need to use skills to apprehend and evict offenders if there are problems within the premises.

A Security Guard may be required to use detecting devices to scan individuals into premises to prevent prohibited items entering into restricted areas. Some Security Guards may be expected to operate motor vehicles to escort individuals.

A Security Guard must be able to work with security systems. They must be able to check these and adjust them, and they can include alarm systems, CCTV and fire and smoke detection and access systems.

A Security Guard must be able to write reports.  These reports may contain daily activities or may contain issues that have arisen from unauthorised entry by persons, property damage, equipment damage or any out of the ordinary occurrences.  Reports will be written in English with suitable grammar and spelling.  Good computer knowledge will be required to allow the use of word processors and spreadsheets.

A Security Guard must contact the police or other emergency services in cases of emergency.  A Security Guard is unable to make an arrest, so good communication and fast response will be required.

A good knowledge of procedures and policies will be required for the local premises and equipment.

Good communications skills are very important, since a security guard will come in contact with diverse people of various ethnic backgrounds, beliefs and understandings.  A good Security Guard will demonstrate professionalism at all times, must give help for customer needs and be able to make assessments of situations.