So why should you outsource your security services? Some companies believe they should be in charge of their own human resources and hiring. We disagree. Although this lets you choose your own candidates, it doesn’t always mean you get the best in the business. This is because it will be very costly and time consuming to train separate security guards and requires significant expertise. On the other hand, outsourcing security services will save you time, money and unnecessary stress. Passing this responsibility on to trained professionals gives you true peace of mind. And this is how you truly gain advantage.
Let’s look at 3 reasons to outsource your security services that will be more beneficial to your business.
Trying to assemble your own security team can lead to oversights and costly mistakes. Will the time and costs involved in hiring and training your own security be worth it? Probably not, as further costs might also occur if this doesn’t work out. A lack of in depth security knowledge results in weak security assessments and potential risks being missed.
This knowledge gap will likely put your business in danger. However, this can be avoided if you outsource your security needs to experts. In the long run this saves you time and money by removing room for error. At PA Security we tailor plans to the requirements of each client meaning you pay for exactly what you need.
Your in-house security team might be capable of implementing the simple security measures for your business, but what if you host a big event or face a serious threat? Having professionals and experts doing the job for you gives you peace of mind and reassurance. Dedicated security companies, such as PA Security, are able to provide you with guards at a moment’s notice. Our security guards also carry out on the job risk assessments and foresee any potential threats before they become a reality.
We provide trained security guards for all locations, such as car parks, door supervision, retail security and construction site security to name just a few. At PA Security we also know unexpected things happen and you may need last minute security service. Thats why we offer emergency security as well as prearranged services.
Most importantly, is the industry specific experience a dedicated security firm provides. PA Security’s main priority is protecting your business and we possess the knowledge and resources to do so. Therefore, outsourcing your security gives you the assurance you need to focus on running your business. PA Security has been in business for over 15 years and provides outstanding, highly trained and experienced professionals to meet all of your security needs. This makes us the most reliable choice for your business.
Outsourcing your security not only saves you time and money, it also gets the job done with industry experts and gives you confidence that your business is being protected by professionally trained and experienced security guards. To find out more on how PA Security can help your business, click on the link to find out more and request a free quote.
Is your store really secure? In 2019 the cost of retail crime was an estimated £4,821 million. This figure is reason enough for implementing a thorough security system to protect your business. Here are the main 5 benefits of Retail Security and how it will protect you. Retail businesses encounter a lot of security problems such as theft and violence, not just to the business, but also to the staff and customers. Review your security now. Ensure you have active monitored CCTV and hire professionally trained security guards to minimise theft risks and protect your staff and customers.
The main purpose of retail security is to provide safety and security for the whole premises. Firstly, all retail premises must have an alarm system and physical security such as locks and shutters in place. We consider these to be basic measures in ensuring the security of your business. Secondly, you must install active monitored CCTV cameras and door security. All incidents are caught on camera with active CCTV meaning they can be reviewed by law enforcement if necessary. To provide your store with extra security, you should hire guards. This is extremely beneficial as security guards act a a physical deterrent and puts your mind at ease as a store owner, as they monitor customers and assess potential risks.
As mentioned in the previous section, the presence of security cameras provides continuous monitoring. Therefore guards watching the cameras will anticipate incidents before they develop and will warn guards on the shop floor. Security guards observe and scan the environment for potential threats meaning less incidents will occur. This not only increases awareness about the business’s external and internal environment, but also reduces any potential dangers. As a result your business is a safer place for staff and customers alike.
Following on from the second point, another important benefit of retail security is ensuring safety for staff and customers. 41,000 incidents of violence were reported in 2019; it is your responsibility to protect your employees and customers from threats and violence. The presence of CCTV and security guards creates a safer environment and deters criminal activity. Your security guards will focus on keeping everyone safe and preventing any incidents. This includes antisocial behaviour, theft, robbery and vandalism for example. It is important to create a positive environment for the smooth running of your store.
Items are stolen from shops everyday and many thieves get away with it due to poor security measures. How much money have you lost from product theft? Having good security measures in place, not only prevents losses, but also provides a safe environment for customers and encourages safe shopping. Therefore, investing in thorough security measures should result in improved return on investment in the long term.
With the current COVID-19 pandemic, you must implement extra security measures by law. In effort to minimise the risks, businesses are required to monitor the wearing of masks and the number of people entering and exiting stores. Hiring trained professional security guards, not only enables effective queue control, but allows monitoring of PPE such as mask wearing. This reduces risk of virus transmission for both the staff and the customers.
There is far more than just 5 retail security benefits and many more reasons why you should not risk leaving security to chance. The importance of a professionally implemented security system is unquestionable. Protect your business and take the necessary steps to make your store a safe and secure place for your staff and customers.
Find out more on how PA Security can help your retail business, and click on the link to request a free quote.
Have you carried out a thorough Construction Site security check? There are many steps you can take to ensure that your site remains protected. Some of these cost absolutely nothing and any investment you do make will be less than the potential losses if you don’t. By implementing these 5 Construction Site Security Methods, you will protect your site from costly theft and vandalism.
With so much equipment and material on site, it’s possible that criminals may be taking advantage of you without you even realising it. To ensure you know exactly what is and what isn’t on site, you should maintain an up-to-date inventory of all the tools and materials you have. Lock all tools in out of sight when not in use and never leave keys in vehicles.
As well as this, have a sign in/out protocol in place for all tools and equipment. Therefore at the end of each day it will be apparent if something is missing. After all, the police have a far greater chance of returning any lost belongings if they are reported as missing quickly.
By marking equipment, you make it much harder for thieves to sell on anything they’re able to take from you. Since many of your tools will be metal, the easiest way is to engrave them. Engraving machines are relatively cheap and easy to use; but the amount of money they may save you could be substantial. Make sure that you engrave each tool in multiple places – in particular, create a new mark on any pieces which can be removed – for maximum protection. Record all Vehicle Identification Numbers so that items can be easily identified if the worst happens. You may also want to consider spray painting tools a distinctive colour. This further decreases the value of the tools without impacting their functionality and alerts potential buyers that they are stolen.
Surround your construction site with secure perimeter fencing. The function of this is to prevent intruders accessing your site. As such, it should be robust and impenetrable. Of course, workers and any other people with a legitimate requirement to access your site still need to be able to enter. We know that there is constant movement on a busy site which can make it easy for unauthorised people to slip in unnoticed. For this reason, it advisable to only have one access point or separate designated in and out gates.
Although – particularly on large sites – it may be tempting to create multiple access points in order to allow workers and vehicles to flow in and out of your site with ease, it’s crucial that you keep access points to a minimum. From a security point of view, every access point you create is a potential vulnerability. This is especially true when it comes to secondary access points where security may be lacking.
To make illegal entry as difficult as possible, reduce the number of access points you have to a minimum – ideally, just one. The National Business Crime Centre advise that you position manned security guards, CCTV cameras and security lighting at this point. Strong lighting acts as a deterrent to criminals.
Thieves are always looking to minimise risk. As such, thieves will target sites which they believe offer easy pickings. For a thief, the less time they can spend actively involved in a crime the better. This means that construction sites which make stealing as difficult as possible are far less likely to be targeted.
Simply maintaining a clear zone around your perimeter fence can make stealing from your site much more difficult. This is because it makes it hard for thieves to see what is actually on your site and it means that they have to break in – which increases their chances of getting caught.
Ideally, your clear zone will be between five to 10 metres. However, on smaller sites, this may not be possible. In which case, simply create as big a clear space as possible. Patrolling guards will also assess any weak spots in the perimeter and further protect your site.
Maintaining excellent security is a team effort. It only takes one person to drop the ball for your site to become vulnerable. As such, it’s critical that every member of your team understands how important security is and what their role requires them to do to protect the site. Particular duties will include signing in and out of your site, locking up tools and locking out vehicles, maintaining the clear zone, reporting any suspicious activity they observe and notifying the site manager of any potential risks.
No matter how comprehensive your security plan is, if your team fail to follow it, it’s essentially useless.
Don’t take chances. Find more information about how we can help with your construction site security here.
We know it can be quite overwhelming being responsible for the safety of your own business. That’s why we’ve put together this blog to give you some simple tips on how to be Security Conscious. And some extra security methods that you should implement to take all your worries away.
Being security conscious can be referred to being in a state to notice discrepancies in the situation of things in the environment. This means noticing people who are behaving strangely or anything out of the ordinary in your environment. Being security conscious can be the difference between being in safety and being in danger.
There are several ways of being security conscious and this knowledge is essential for business owners. However, it is also important to build a security conscious culture within your organisation. This means everyone has a responsibility to keep the business safe and should be taught this from the moment they join your organisation.
It is all about staying safe.
Inability to effectively store records can lead to all kinds of trouble. As a business owner you are legally obliged by the Data Protection Act to safely secure any data. Imagine a company that stores the records of transactions, revenues and expenditures, names and addresses of employees, and other sensitive information but does not secure it? You risk sensitive information falling into the wrong hands if you do not keep it securely. Stolen data can lead to fraud and theft and you may end up liable. However, you can deter criminal activity by implementing security measures such as locks, CCTV and security guards. We can assess your security needs and advise you on the necessary precautions to keep your business safe.
Triple check every security measure that you have in place every time you open and every time you close your business. You should also check throughout the day. Never leave your premises without doing these checks. The consequences could be catastrophic. You dramatically increase the chance of being burgled if you accidentally leave a door unlocked or a window open. As a result of this you may also struggle with insurance if a burglary occurs as you haven’t taken the necessary precautions.
When smart criminals are about to commit a crime, they often study their target, especially if it is a human being. They observe the routine of the employees and try to see if there is any lapse in security. Therefore, if employees are alone or there are insufficient security measures in place, you may be an easy target. To avoid this, employ security guards to monitor the entrance to protect your premises. Avoiding set routines can also apply to the security guards that monitor your premises. Therefore, security guards can change up their routines such as break times and changeovers to confuse and discourage such people. Being security conscious is a security guards key attribute because they have been highly trained to spot risks and dangerous people quickly. This means a dedicated security company provides the best protection through security conscious professionals.
In addition, employing security guards also takes extra stress away from you as you now have trained professionals to keep your business safe. Moreover, security guards also monitor CCTV to spot any potential incidents before they develop.
In conclusion, there are many steps you can take to be Security Conscious so make sure you implement the advice above. If you are unsure about what you need to do or would like extra help, then do not hesitate to contact us. We assess all cases individually and provide clients with tailored plans according to their budget and requirements.