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.

5 top tips for selecting a Close Protection Officer

Protecting high profile VIPs might feel like a scene from a Hollywood movie, but in reality, expert, highly trained and professional close protection officers are worth their weight in gold!

Offering total protection against planned and unplanned threats, a close protection officer will protect their client against the threat of assault, kidnappings, loss of confidential information, and terrorist attacks.

It can be daunting trying to find the right type of close protection officer that you or your client requires. We’ve put together five top tips for you:

  1. Do I need close protection?

If you or your clients are high value, high profile VIPs, celebrities or dignitaries, then the answer is most definitely, yes! It’s not only royalty or movie stars that have bodyguards or a close protection team but anyone who requires additional protection against outside threats.

Look at it this way, if you have the latest and most expensive smart phone you’re more likely to insure it and buy a snazzy cover to protect it if gets dropped on the floor or gets stolen. If you’re still sporting a Nokia 3310, then the likelihood is that you won’t be spending time protecting it.

  1. What type of close protection should I look for?

We would always advise looking for a close protection officer who has been extensively trained and is SIA licenced. The best type of officer would be someone discreet and professional, who understands what their client needs and is both proactive and reactive when situations arise.

  1. What does a close protection officer do?

In the simplest form, a close protection officer looks after high profile clients, VIP, and dignitaries. Their job can range from typical bodyguard duties to pre-planning security at events, liaising with event management staff, managing security at home or whilst travelling, vehicle, room and venue searches and day to day activities. 

  1. What training for Close Protection Officers go through?

Most close protection officers are selected based on their exemplary military and service backgrounds. Those who look after members of the Royal Family or Heads of States often start their careers in the military and then move into looking after high profile VIPs and dignitaries completing specialist training throughout their working life. They will usually stay working within the same team until they retire or decide to move on.

Close protection officers who look after business figures, high profile clients, VIPs and celebrities will need to undertake extensive training and get their licence from the SIA. An SIA licence lasts for three years and costs £220. The SIA website has some useful information on how to become a close protection officer. 

  1. Where can I find an experienced close protection officer?

The best place to source experienced close protection officers is to look for companies that offer total security services. Larger companies will often pay more attention to train their staff and ensure that they have the correct skills, experience, and licences.

No matter your budget, we would always advise that you seek SIA-licenced close protection officers from a reputable security company that offers the highest level of experience, skills, and discretion.

Find out more about close protection officers.

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!

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.