How to Secure your Construction Site
Construction is an industry worth over a billion pounds, and with the territory comes many security risks. Opportunists will seek ways to get their hands on expensive equipment, and a recent example was in Ellesmere Port, where thieves broke into a construction site and stole a backhoe loader.
The demand and price for equipment increase with every new project erected in the UK.
In the UK, theft costs the construction industry around £800 million every year. This figure includes costs from the loss of materials and the time taken away whilst site managers await replacements.
Furthermore, it is not just crime that costs this industry; it is also the cost of human life with trespassers not safely equipped to be on-site—leading to severe harm and death. Effective security measures need to go beyond deterring theft; more focus should be on monitoring who is present on site.
Tips to enhance security on your construction site?
Barriers and GPRS tracking systems
Barriers and GPRS tracking systems can literally stop thieves in their tracks. Installing a concrete barrier system along the perimeter of the construction site will prevent thieves from driving through fencing. Furthermore, installing GPRS tracking devices on high-priced equipment or machinery will help to ensure a speedy recovery of stolen equipment.
CCTV and Lighting
Many construction site crimes happen at night or in the early morning hours when visibility is poor. Hence, an effective way to prevent theft is to ensure that the site is well lit, especially in storage areas where valuable equipment and machinery are left.
Construction site managers should consider pairing great lighting with night vision enabled CCTV cameras as studies have shown a 13% decrease in criminal activity in places where CCTV is in operation. Additionally, hiring CCTV officers to monitor the cameras on-site will stop crime from occurring as they’ll be able to provide an immediate response.
Static Guards and Mobile Patrols
A security guard’s role can go beyond remaining static at entry points. They can also monitor the signing in and out system and check the ID of individuals entering and leaving the area.
Mobile patrol officers will visit your site at random intervals to check predetermined locations and stop crime and trespassing. Moreover, when you hire a company like Professional Alert Security, you can hire a team of guards who will cover your site 24 hours a day.
These three security measures will help ensure security; however, the combined effort will decrease crime and health and safety breaches. Our trained guards have been safeguarding construction sites at Professional Alert security for over 15 years.
The world of retail security has gone through many changes in recent times. As retailers were backed into a corner and pushed to pivot, we watched behind the impeding television screen as many retailers made the decision to innovate and diversify their product offerings, and the ways in which we collectively consumed and showed support for our favourite brands.
As the demand for online shopping increased, so too did the requirements for strengthened cyber security and retail security services. Masks and hand sanitiser became mandatory. Social distancing measures were introduced, and in the midst of the new norm we were all becoming accustomed to, brands were fighting to stay on top of the game.
Information, people and properties were at stake. All cards were on the table and if you didn’t move fast, you didn’t move at all. It was now or never; innovate or shut shop. For many of us, it was case of do, or die
Just like the standing giants of those sustainable and steadfast retailers who chose to remain open through the worst of times, we chose to pivot. There was no other choice.
In 2020/21, there were approximately 1.9 million theft offences recorded by the police forces in England and Wales. The need for vigilance was stark. With terrorist threat levels on the increase, and high prioritisation for the safety and well-being of both customers and employees alike, the world of retail security took on a whole new world of mandates. Threat detection, and the ways in which we learned to recognise new threats changed overnight. Opportunist thieves who felt they could easily disguise their facial features stepped forward, and our undercover guards were on high alert.
Here, Professional Alert Security Guards share their tips and insights on how to navigate threat detection, adapt to industry changes, and maintain trustworthy and congruent client relationships.
Preventing Theft in a Masked World
A retail security guard operates primarily in the area of preventing theft and ensuring public safety. This is achieved through vigilance, observation and trained information gathering processes. All security guards must be fully vetted, and licensed according to the Security Industry Authority standards. Systems training in the form of CCTV and 24/7 surveillance is an essential aspect of training for threat detection and response protocols.
Plainclothes presence is very important. With masked thieves, it can be harder to detect the identity of the individual/group, because you can’t see their face on CCTV. Therefore, learning to read body language is an important aspect of working in security. Being able to recognise unusual behaviour is paramount. You can’t judge a book by its cover; and having a visual presence instore is often enough to deter theft, says Professional Alert Security Store Detective and Retail Security Expert.
“We hire guards who are pro-active, rather than reactive, guards who have a strong physical presence and are able to discern and recognise threats easily. As a store detective, asset protection, along with the safety and well-being of both staff and customers is my number one priority. Having a team of plain clothed security guards who are trained to look out for suspicious characters enables us to see what a uniformed officer is unable to see”.
Adapting to Industry Changes
Learning to quickly adapt to changes in the industry has been essential to our ability to maintain harmonious client relationships. The Manchester Arndale Centre is one of the largest indoor shopping centres in the UK, and it attracts approximately 500,000 visitors each week.
Knowledge of the city, and the surroundings of an area we work in, is an important aspect of our recruitment process. If a guard doesn’t know the area, (s)he doesn’t know what to look out for, so local knowledge is very important to us. Today, CCTV training, knowledge of network systems and body-cams are becoming more and more necessary to carry out our job with integrity.
For this reason, each individual business requires a comprehensive risk-assessment to include all potential internal and external threats. Any possible scenarios and vulnerabilities are highlighted and from there, we are able to action a safe and secure management strategy for our clients.
Looking for a team of professional retail security guards for your next project?
With more than 16 years’ worth of experience in retail security services, Professional Alert Security Guards can be found across the UK. Call us today on 0161 277 7812 to learn how you can secure your business and protect your teams.
Do you know what skills security guards need to have?
Being a security guard is a complex and important job. Because of this, security guards are highly trained and highly skilled to successfully carry out their role. If you are looking for security guards to employ, you need to know the most important attributes to look for.
There are several key skills you must have to be a great security guard which we will discuss in this post.
The 5 most important skills you need:
Be professional at all times
Security guards represent both the company they’re employed by and the company they’re hired to protect. Therefore, as a security guard you must be professional at all times. This includes behaving professionally and dressing in neat clean uniform. Additionally, guards need to remain calm in stressful situations and act accordingly to achieve the best outcome.
Security guards must always be alert and aware of their surroundings. They must avoid all distractions and be able to quickly react to any situations. Being alert is essential for all security guards in all roles. For example, patrolling guards, static guards, gatehouse guards and guards monitoring CCTV all need to be equally as alert and pay attention to the task in hand. Alertness is crucial for good surveillance skills making it a core attribute of a good security guard.
Be a quick thinker and a problem solver
In the event of a incident, it is the security guards job to address and resolve the situation as quickly and safely as possible. This involves quick thinking and problem solving as there is no time for delays. Security guards also need to be able to think ahead and plan for all eventualities. Having solutions to problems before they arise means quick and effective resolutions. Security guards also need to know security and fire protocols for emergencies so that they can plan solutions accordingly.
Good communication skills
Effective communication is very important, especially in critical situations. The ability to effectively communicate with colleagues enables incidents to be quickly and safely resolved. Security guards also need to write up incident reports which requires good written communication. Additionally, security guards may need to communicate with customers as they are often the first point of contact when customers arrive. Good communication skills matter a lot here as the guard is representing the business they are protecting making them part of the overall customer service. Good people skills also allows security guards to effectively do their job in emergencies. This might mean gaining public cooperation to evacuate the premises or diffusing negative situations. Therefore strong interpersonal skills are a key attribute of a good security guard.
Good level of fitness
Security guards need to be able to move quickly and confront potential offenders if there is a risk to the security of the premises. Therefore, you must be in good health and physical shape to be able to apprehend wrongdoers. The appearance of a fit and healthy guard also acts as a deterrent because the perceived risk of being caught is high. This is important because it means the premises will not be viewed as an ‘easy target’ if it looks well protected. Security guards also need to know self defence to be able to protect themselves should they face an aggressive confrontation. These skills must be practiced regularly to be properly effective.
All of our security guards have these key skills making them an exceptional choice to protect your business. Our guards will be an invaluable addition to your team. Their priority is to keep your employees and premises safe from any suspicious or criminal activity.
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Security is not just important for large organisations. Security is essential for small businesses as well. Smaller businesses may find it financially harder to recover from security breaches such as theft or vandalism making security essential. There are many ways that outsourcing security could protect your business and employees.
We’ve put together three key ways that security measures that you should implement to protect your business.
Essential security measures for small businesses
Firstly we are going to cover the basic security measures that you must have in place to secure your premises. This includes physical preventative equipment such as locks and shutters. These are typical barriers to entry and will help to prevent anyone from breaking in. You also need sufficient outside lighting such as motion sensor lights to ensure there are no dark spots which could be areas of vulnerability. Good lighting will deter criminals as there is nowhere for them to hide. Lighting will also make staff feel safer if they are locking up in the dark and alert you to any activity outside.
Key holding and alarm response
An alarm system is a security measure that all businesses must have. We install your alarms for you and monitor alarm signals 24/7 for immediate response. This takes away the stress from small business owners meaning you don’t have to worry about any security breaches yourself. We also provide key holding services so you can have true peace of mind that your premises will always be secure and any disturbances will be immediately checked out.
It is your responsibility as an employer to protect your employees. As a small business you may only have a few employees and there may be times where they are working alone making them more vulnerable to security breaches. To provide your staff with the best protection you must have CCTV installed and you should consider having security guards if your premises is in high crime risk area. CCTV and guards work as both a physical deterrent and a protective asset. If there is only a small number of staff working, CCTV surveillance will cover any blind spots and record any incidents that may occur. Having monitored CCTV protects the business because guards will immediately be alerted to any suspicious activity. In addition, all events will be recorded for evidence if necessary. You should have internal and external CCTV installed for maximum protection.
Lastly, ensuring all employees are aware of all security measures and procedures will help to make sure your business is always protected. Training all employees accordingly minimises the risk of any mistakes or incidents. Reminding employees to double check all windows and doors are securely locked and alarms are set is important and must become a habit every day.
Whatever level of security you need, no matter how big or small, we can help. We will discuss your requirements together and create a tailor made plan to suit you. Keeping your business safe and secure is our priority. Click here to contact us now.