As we come out of lockdown, the hospitality industry will be extremely busy. Do you own a hotel, restaurant, bar or another venue? If so, this applies to you! Coronavirus precautions will likely still be in place so you will require extra security to maintain control and a safe environment. As a result, there will be increased demand for security for hospitality. Therefore, you need to prepare before the industry reopens. We’ve put together five key reasons explaining why you need to invest in security for your hospitality premises now.
Coronavirus restrictions will likely still be in place for some time. This means all hospitality businesses must ensure proper crowd control and enforce maximum capacities. It also means door supervision and queue monitoring is still necessary and needs to be overseen by security professionals to make sure social distancing rules are followed. It is important to enforce all recommended coronavirus measures to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. You must also make sure that every customer completes the NHS Test and Trace and you are legally required to keep a record of all customers, visitors and staff for 21 days. Security guards stationed at the entrance to your premises will monitor this for you.
Implementing thorough health and safety measures and using security to monitor shifts will protect your business and enable you to remain open. Strict adherence to Covid-19 guidelines will also make staff and customers more comfortable. You should arrange these precautions now to avoid making time consuming changes once you are already open.
You also need trained security guards because large crowds can be unpredictable and the general public can be hard to control, especially after alcohol consumption. Incidents often develop and require trained security guards to calmly resolve. Hospitality staff are at risk without the presence of professionals to maintain safe control. Security guards will keep each and every shift running smoothly allowing staff to get on with their roles and customers to enjoy themselves. This is even more important if your premises is hosting an event, has live music, a large booking or any other event where you may have more customers. Large groups who are celebrating may drink more and become unruly. Therefore you need security guards to deescalate any potential incidents.
As mentioned in the previous point, security guards provide essential protection for both staff and customers should the worst happen. Staff can experience negative effects such as feeling anxious or unsafe if forced to deal with confrontational or challenging customers. Therefore, you should avoid the discomfort of staff wherever possible to create a pleasant work environment and retain employees. On the other hand, staff are likely to leave if they repeatedly have to deal with difficult situations. Creating a safe environment will also earn you a positive reputation which is priceless for your business. You must also have active CCTV throughout your premises. This will ensure any incidents will be recorded on camera and culprits can be pinpointed for removal or barring. CCTV recordings can also be given as evidence should the police require them.
An essential component of every business is impeccable customer service. The Institute of Hospitality discusses the moral obligation of security as being ‘an indispensable part of good service‘. It serves as a deterrent for hostile behaviour and reassures general customers. As door supervisors are typically the first point of contact for your customers, this is very important part of your overall customer service. For this reason, our security guards are personal and approachable and will become a part of your brand image. The result is a safe environment and a positive experience for your customers. In addition, the physical presence of security guards is reassuring to many people and reduces the likelihood of anyone causing trouble. If possible, it is better to prevent negative situations from arising than have to deal with them after the fact.
Lastly, it is important to have trained professional security guards who have experience in providing security to the Hospitality industry. You should not overlook this as the general public can often exhibit challenging behaviour, especially after alcohol consumption. Only trained and experienced professionals should intervene in such incidents. At PA Security our guards are SIA licensed and have considerable door supervision experience. We also provide full Hotel Security services including CCTV and surveillance, door entry and car parking security. This means you can relax, knowing you and your business are in safe hands.
In conclusion, Hospitality Security is not just an option, it is essential to your success. Security should be an integral part of your customer service. This means making sure you choose the best people for the job. And we are the best! No matter how big or small your security concerns are, we will assess your needs and implement the best strategy for you.
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We’ve created this ultimate Construction Site Security Guide to help you keep your site safe!
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Construction sites make easy targets for thieves, especially during the coronavirus pandemic as reported by
Combined Industry Theft Solutions
with sites being intermittently closed and workforces being reduced to allow for social distancing, vulnerability is high. This Construction Site Security Guide provides guidance and advice on what you can do to keep your site safe.
Just because you’ve locked the gate to the site entrance doesn’t mean people wont find their way in. Keeping your site secure is essential to avoid damages, loss of tools and equipment and time consuming insurance claims. The chances of recovering stolen goods is extremely low, for example the recovery rate of stolen plant vehicles is less than 10%. All of these events can turn into major setbacks for business. Taking preventative security measures can save time, money and hassle. Security is important for both rural and city based construction sites as both pose opportunity to thieves. However, you face increased risk of theft if your site is in an isolated location as the perceived chance of getting caught is reduced.
Invest in your security so you don’t have to face problems at a later date. Whether your site is big or small, you can get a security plan tailored to your needs and ongoing 24/7 guidance and support. Find out more here.
Tips to keep your site safe:
This reduces temptation for anyone who may be scouting your site with the intention of stealing from it. If they can’t see anything worth taking, they’ll be less inclined to break in in the first place.
If you have to leave some tools and equipment on site, then make sure they’re locked away out of site in an immovable storage unit such as a container. Again, if theres nothing to see and it’s nearly impossible to get at, thieves will be less likely to try.
This may sound like common sense but often gates or fences are not properly secured or can be easily moved or broken. A weak perimeter leaves easy access for anyone who wants to get in unnoticed.
The presence of CCTV is a major deterrent for criminal activity. Thieves won’t think twice about targeting a site that doesn’t have visible CCTV but they will if they risk being caught on camera. CCTV footage increases the chance of conviction and therefore increasing risk. Having your CCTV monitored means security guards or the police can be alerted to any disturbance.
Patrolling guards are an even bigger deterrent and can play an active role in site checking for any potential risks. Having security guards on site offers an extra level of security that cameras cannot such as investigating any suspicious activity picked up by CCTV and immediately responding to any attempted vandalism or tampering with CCTV cameras. On site security staff can also act as an intermediary with any residents local to the site who may have concerns regarding the construction work.
The Construction Enquirer reports a 50% increase in theft of plant and tools during the Coronavirus pandemic. Sites are hotspots for criminal activity as a result of being closed and left unattended. Read more here.
The Construction Equipment Association discusses the thefts of large construction vehicles last year and reports a spike in construction site and vehicle raids. This highlights the fact that it is not just smaller, easily moveable equipment that it at risk. The report also points out the need to invest in active CCTV to ensure monitoring guards are alerted to suspicious activity at the time of the event, before it is too late. Read more here.
In November last year Natwest reported that every year construction sites face losses from £400million to over £1billion. The report also states that the bigger the site is, the bigger the risk of theft is due to it being more difficult to maintain adequate security and keep track of tools and equipment. They also point out the necessity of CCTV and onsite guards. Read more here.
Suffolk police point out how stolen site vehicles and equipment are difficult to track as they’re often hired. This further highlights a need for security as you may be liable for the cost of the hired and stolen goods. Suffolk police recommend precautions such as CCTV and 24/7 patrolling guards. Read more here.
We hope this Construction Site Security Guide was helpful. Thank you for reading!
Manchester is a wonderful city however, like in many major cities, crime threatens businesses every day. In this post we’ve highlighted 5 crime hotspots in Manchester that you should be aware of. According to Greater Manchester Police statistics 389,951 crimes were reported in Manchester in 2018/2019. Thats a schocking average of 32,496 per month. And if those statistics weren’t already high enough, the reality is likely far worse… Greater Manchester Police failed to record up to 80,000 crimes in 2019. That being said, we have still used the available statistics in the post. This provides some understanding of the harsh realities you may face running a business in Manchester.
Manchester is recognised as one of the most challenging cities to police in the UK. Make sure you don’t end up the victim of these statistics. If your business is located in one of these 5 crime hotspots in Manchester, review your security now to ensure your business is safe 24/7.
Moss Side is one of the most famous places in Manchester for high crime rates and the worst of our 5. Unfortunately it is not uncommon to hear of shootings or violent, gang-related crime in the area. There is a high crime rate reported each year with 1,349 crimes being attributed to violence, 1,004 to anti-social behaviour and 423 to burglary. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel as the government announced it is recruiting 20,000 police officers following years of cutbacks. The Mayor of Manchester has also spent taxes recruiting extra neighbourhood officers throughout the city and has created a new unit. Although this is positive news, it is essential that you take other preventative security measures.
Longsight is an area unfortunately renowned for crime and anti-social behaviour over the years. There is a high level of deprivation in the area, and gang-related crimes are frequently reported.
The most commonly reported crime is violent crime with 1,288 incidents, followed very closely by antisocial behaviour with 626 incidents. 465 burglary’s were also reported meaning many businesses find themselves in an incredibly vulnerable position daily. Business owners are worried about whether their premises will be safe due to ongoing concerns around criminal damage and arson. If this includes you, there are steps you can take to reduce this risk. It is important to recognise that business premises are even more vulnerable after closing. However, ensuring the outside of your business is well lit and installing active CCTV can act as a deterrent.
Gorton’s history of crime has made it a less attractive place for people to open a new business. However more recently the area has been regenerated and new homes are being built in an attempt to improve the area. Unfortunately this has also reportedly attracted more crime. Residents who have moved into the new homes are becoming the victims of theft and burglary. In response a resident has set up a petition to address the issue. Poor street lighting, lack of CCTV and easily picked locks are listed as the most significant issues. This highlights the importance of these security measures in preventing crime.
The most commonly reported crime in this area is violent crime with 1,022 cases, accounting for nearly a third of all crimes reported here. 240 burglary’s were reported along with 327 cases of criminal damage. As a business owner you are at risk of being the victim of violent crime. Reduce this risk by taking sufficient security measures. Make sure you have adequate lighting and CCTV in place as a minimum.
Labelled as the student area of Manchester, Fallowfield is deemed to be one of the most high-crime areas. 1,186 of the crimes reported are categorised as burglary, anti-social behaviour or criminal damage. Many businesses in this area make their money from the local student population and continuously suffer the consequences of anti-social behaviour. As a result of this, there is a demand to improve safety in the area.
In response to the city’s issues, the Mayor of Manchester has outlined a community safety ‘Standing Together‘ plan in attempt to reduce crime. Significantly, the police are now working with Community Safety Partnerships to prevent and resolve anti-social behaviour through place-based response.
Clayton is an area that you may be shocked to see on this list as a considerable amount of regeneration work was completed in 2002 before the Commonwealth Games. However, more recently, there has been a spike in the rate of violent crime in this area with a total of 774 cases reported. This is a worrying statistic for residents and business owners alike. Sadly knife crimes are still being regularly reported so business owners must take precautions. Installing visible security measures can deter potential criminal activity.
There has also been a rise in the level of anti-social behaviour seen in this area with 244 cases reported. This is concerning when you consider that over one third of all crime reported in this area is listed a violent or anti-social.
Greater Manchester Police advise all businesses to install 24hour CCTV with facial recognition and ensure you have a monitored alarm. So if you own a business in one of these 5 crime hotspots in Manchester, or anywhere else in the city, contact us at PA Security:
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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.
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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.
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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.