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What makes a good security service provider?
19 Sep 2021
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What makes a good security service provider? 

Before we get into what makes a good security provider, let’s first look at what a security provider is and what they do.  

A security provider or security services provider is a professional company that offers a range of security services for businesses, corporations, venues and retail outlets.  

Security is needed by venues that have guests and staff attend. Anywhere there are people attending, there needs to be a level of staff and guest management. Venues and businesses that have the capacity and events that cater to crowds of people owe a duty of care. Venue managers may opt not to have a professional security service provider to provide security, but they open their premises, staff, and guests to unnecessary risks.  

What do security service providers do? 

Security service providers have the knowledge, resources and trained staff to provide a suitable and effective security solution. A solution tailored to suit your specific needs. These services can range from risk assessments, CCTV and alarms, all the way to security guards and door supervisors.

What to consider when selecting a security services provider

Just the way you have to decide on anything important is how you must approach finding the best and most suited security provider for your event or venue.

Qualifications and accreditations

The security industry is led by the Security Industry Authority (SIA). The SIA will only accredit a security services provider if they meet the industry standard for providing security services in the UK. Thus, a great place to start when hunting for the right security services provider will be to check whether the SIA has approved the company.

ISO9001

Another good idea would be to identify whether the security provider has an ISO9001 certification – this ensures that the company has been audited by the authority to ensure that it meets the criteria to operate to the highest quality. This ensures policies and procedures are in place for the company to offer a good service.  

Reputation

Once the formalities are covered and you have identified a company that has complied with the correct regulations, is an SIA accredited, licensed security provider, it has a valid ISO9001 certification, then it might be a sensible idea to hunt around to see what sort of reputation the company has – the types of reviews it gets from customers and its employees.

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Lockdown is ending – Time to Think Security
29 Apr 2021
Lockdown is ending – time to think security
Lockdown is ending – time to think security

Lockdown is ending – time to think security

The coronavirus pandemic has not only caused a huge number of tragic fatalities, it has caused chaos for many businesses and venues that rely on people attending.

As the strict lockdown is easing and people are trying to resume some sort of normality, it is seriously time for businesses to think about security.

This is particularly important for businesses that have venues that hold many people.

Why is security important?

Anywhere there are crowds of people, there are always risks. These risks include injury, conflict and criminal damage.

Having a professional security service provider can considerably reduce these risks. The presence of highly trained security guards and door staff can also serve as a strong visual deterrent. The security team will also be the most effective crowd management option.

Professional and SIA trained security guards are equipped with all the necessary skills to deal with a range of scenarios, including but not limited to conflict resolution, health and safety and fire safety. Security guards are trained in first aid and fire marshalling – so business owners and managers can rely on them for most emergencies.

Having a professional team also gives venue owners the peace of mind that help is close by and if there is an emergency, they will have a professional security team ready to assist. This not only provides the business owners, managers and staff peace of mind, it also offers guests the confidence to attend safely. It instils the confidence that venue managers are taking their guests’ safety and security into careful consideration.

Although instructing a security service provider is an additional cost, most people have come to realise that the cost is nothing in comparison to the cost in losing guests confidence to attend, people getting injured and damage to property.

The lockdown easing doesn’t mean that venues are able to operate at full capacity and there are numerous restrictions such as social distancing, etc. If these restrictions are not adhered to correctly then venues risk getting large fines from the Police and the Government.

Security guards are briefed on the restrictions and can easily assist in managing the crowds to help prevent venues and businesses from breaching the conditions.

Overall, it is clear that having security is a must and the numerous benefits way outweigh the cost.

If you want to discuss security options then get in touch with our team and we will be happy to assist.   

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How to secure your events in 2021
29 Oct 2020

How to secure your events in 2021

Events across the world have changed the way they operate. If the area that your event is being held is not in lockdown and it is open for guests to visit, then there are some strict government guidelines to follow and some good safety measures that should be considered. 

Social Distancing 

Although this is an obvious one, it is shocking to see how many venues are still not putting things in place to encourage people to maintain a safe distance from one another. 

Why is this important? This is a crucial step in keeping guests and staff safe during events. Although guests may not show obvious signs of having the virus, they may well be carrying and spreading the virus without even realising it. 

How can event organisers help ensure that social distancing is maintained? 

Covid19 specific signage. People have been used to seeing and reading signs for many years, “No Smoking” “No Entry” etc. Using Covid19 specific signs reminding people that they must maintain social distancing is a great way to keep people safe – including staff along with your staff. 

Instruct a security services provider to deploy professional security door staff. 

For many venues, especially in these unprecedented times, security is a must. Security service providers that are approved by the SIA, have security guards who are skilled and trained in managing crowds. 

This proves to be incredibly useful when trying to ensure that number of people present in the venue meet the government guidelines and that people are maintaining safe social distancing. 

Security service providers ensure that their security guards are upskilled on the latest guidelines to ensure that venues are not in breach of any old or recent laws due to Covid 19. 

Having a professional team ensuring that venues are following the law correctly, can save fines and prosecutions. 

If you are organising an event or have a venue, get in touch with All Time Security to see how they help.     

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Retail security during the COVID19 Pandemic
14 Jul 2020

Retail security during the COVID19 Pandemic

With retail outlets across the UK now opening and things returning to a new normal, there will be an influx of people visiting shopping centres and retail stores.

What does this mean for shopping centres and stores?

The increase in customers means more risk of contamination and unfortunately, first-line workers are at the forefront. And although security staff are skilled workers, they are not immune to viruses.

The government have tried to minimise the risk of the virus spreading by enforcing that people who are travelling to stores must wear face masks.

How is this an effective solution?

Although the spread of the virus has been almost unstoppable and millions have been affected, scientists and doctors have claimed that wearing a face mask drastically reduces the spread. If someone is carrying the virus is wearing a mask, he/she will not easily spread it.

What about retail security guards?

Retail security guards will spend many hours in a store and face thousands of people. This will make them much more vulnerable.

Here are some tips on how retail security guards can help keep themselves safe.

Note: Following these steps cannot guarantee that you will not get the virus, these are just some practical measures that have proven to be effective in reducing the risk.

  • Keep a safe distance from people (1-2 meters)
  • Wear a face mask
  • Ensure that the mask is of good quality and meets the UK safety standards  
  • Wash your hands frequently or wear gloves where possible.
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Wipe phones and keys with antibacterial wipes
  • Avoid large crowds
  • Wash your uniform daily

By following the above advice, you can significantly reduce the risk of catching and spreading the virus. The COVID19 coronavirus can be carried by people who show no symptoms. This means that wearing the mask and adhering to the proper precautions is not just for your own personal safety but for the safety of others around you.

Although the lockdown rules have been eased, there are some things that should be followed:

  • Avoid unnecessary trips to shopping centres
  • Follow social distancing rules
  • Wear a face mask

Stay safe!

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Professional security is not just for businesses
05 May 2020
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Professional security is not just for businesses

There is a common misconception that security is just for businesses. Security guards, CCTV, alarms, alarm response and keyholding, are all services that people conceive to be related to businesses and commercial premises, but this is not the case.

There are plenty of other areas that professional security services are required and used frequently. These areas include councils, emergency services and government.

 Security services

Private Security firms are commonly relied on by councils when running events, especially when running events that will have large numbers of people. Any event, whether it is public or private, indoors or outdoors, that has large numbers of people needs to have a few things in mind:

Risk

With any event, there are a number of risks that need to be identified and a plan put in place to reduce or remove them completely. Security service providers are trained in risk assessments and risk management.

Crowd management

Large crowds often cause chaos and security service providers to deploy professional security teams that are highly trained and skilled in managing crowds.

Security

Security is a vital part of events. Having the correct security services means that as event organisers, you are taking the responsible precautions in keeping staff and visitors safe and secure. This also gives people the reassurance that you take their safety seriously.

Emergency Services

There are often times when emergency services are under extreme pressure and are unable to keep up with demand. This is where professional security service providers step up and aid the emergency services in keeping people safe and places secure. Security guards are SIA qualified and are able to deal with many different situations.

Government

Like councils, government events usually require a combination of Police and security guards. Security service providers like All Time Security are often called on to carry out thorough risk assessments and put robust plans in place for securing conferences and various other events.

Personal Protection

High profile people, including celebrities and public figures, personal security is a must. High profile people are often at risk. Risk of attacks, both physical and verbal. Security guards who are trained and qualified in personal protection are skilled in vigilance and protection.

This means they will stay with their client at all times and ensure that no harm comes to them.

If you require professional security services for your events, business or personal security services, contact All Time Security and see how they can help you.    

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How to safeguard yourself as a security professional
04 May 2020

How to safeguard yourself as a security professional

Security is an industry that is often on the front-line, especially in events and other functions. This puts security personnel at considerable risk. They are relied on to protect buildings, assets and people. But they can also be vulnerable, especially amidst an outbreak of disease and virus.

Although many businesses have been forced to close for the duration of the lockdown, professional and opportunist vandals, arsonists, thieves and burglars are viewing this a good opportunity to target vulnerable businesses.

What makes a vulnerable business during the lockdown?

With the country in lockdown, many businesses are left empty. Due to the nature of the pandemic, the rate that it spread and with all the uncertainty, businesses have not had the time to prepare appropriately. Not all businesses had efficient security measures in place.

  • No alarms
  • No CCTV
  • No security personnel
  • No security signage

In the current circumstances, installing alarms and CCTV is not that simple, and not all businesses are in the financial position to hire security guards. This leaves them vulnerable.

With the emergency services tight up with the pandemic, many businesses are relying on bespoke and affordable security solutions, like security patrols and alarm response. This is where a professionally trained security guard will make regular patrols of the premises and ensure that everything is in order and if there is a problem, the guard will take the appropriate action.

If premises are fortunate enough to have an alarm, then security service providers can also provide a rapid alarm response service, where if any alarm were to activate, they would respond immediately. Guards will investigate the activation and take the appropriate action.      

Why are security guards at risk?

As mentioned earlier, Security guards are regularly on the frontline and therefore are at the forefront of exposure. They are exposed to having to deal with situations, people and are forced to be in close proximity of other people – people who could be violent or contagious.

The government guidelines for maintaining a 2-meter distance can be complicated in this situation – especially if a security guard is confronted with a problematic situation or violent person.

What steps can security guards take to keep safe?

Maintain a distance

Although 2 meters might not be possible, guards must try to maintain some distance

PPE

Personal Protection equipment is a must. Where possible, guards should wear the appropriate PPE to ensure that they are safe.    

Avoid spittle

If guards are face to face with people, they need to avoid spittle for people’s mouth being transferred on to them as this is how Covid19 and other viruses are spread.

Do not shake hands or make unnecessary contact with people

Handshaking and any other contact must be avoided.

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Why social distancing is particularly important in the security industry
10 Apr 2020

Why social distancing is particularly important in the security industry

The security Industry has become even more important and relied on since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trained security professionals are often relied on to offer crucial additional support to various industries ranging from emergency services to retail outlets.

With the UK going into lockdown, the pressure mounts for supermarkets and hospitals – thus they instruct professional security firms to provide additional security and support.

Why is security important?

Having adequate security measure in place is more important now than ever before. This is a time of heightened anxiety and often in times such as these, people panic. Security are instructed to help keep things in order and protect people who are on the front line and the vulnerable.

Security guards are not immune to COVID-19

Often people rely on security to help offer support and protect them but forget that they are not impervious to viruses, be it COVID or any other. This is why social distancing is crucial to prevent the virus from spreading. Security is a difficult industry and security professionals often have their work well and truly cut out for them but the epidemic has made things far more complicated.   

Security professionals are trained in dealing with people and difficult situations but in trying to uphold the social distancing requirements, are putting themselves at risk. They are often faced with people who do not want to comply to the law and thus are in a vulnerable position, especially as the people who they may have to deal with could be carrying the virus.

How can security guards and other security professionals keep themselves safe?

The truth of the matter is that if you are on the frontline, you are more at risk of contrating the virus – that’s just a fact. But there are some precautionary steps that can be taken to help reduce or even prevent the risk of catching the virus entirely.

  1. Make sure your hands are clean and try to wear gloves
  2. Keep a safe distance from other people
  3. Do not shake hands or make any other physical contact with people even if you know them
  4. Do not touch items unnecessarily, including door handles

By adhering to these simple steps you are already reducing the risk of catching and spreading the virus.

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Importance of Security in times of heightened anxiety
08 Apr 2020

Importance of Security in times of heightened anxiety

When people think of law and order, they usually assume this is all related to emergency services such as the Police. But there are, especially in times of heightened anxiety, when additional security is required.

What do we mean by additional security?

In unprecedented times such as times that the entire world is currently experiencing through with the COVID-19 pandemic, emergency services are stretched and under extreme pressure. It is at points like this where professional security providers who are trained and approved SIA contractors step in and support the emergency services.

What does ‘approved SIA contractor’ mean?

The SIA leads the security industry standard and awards certain security providers who qualify to join their scheme and meet the highest industry standards in security.

Why is this important?

This is crucial as security is at the frontline of protecting people and assets. If the security provider does not meet the correct standards, they might be incapable of providing adequate levels of protection. This can have a disastrous effect and lead to injury and monetary losses.

Being an approved contractor means the SIA have conducted vigorous checks and audits on the security provider’s processes, finance, insurance, staff, training and more. This gives clients the reassurance and confidence that they are in competent hands. They will know that they are being protected by a team of highly trained and qualified professionals.

More personalised security

Security services are not just crucial on a large scale; they are also vital on a smaller scale, like protecting and securing small businesses and even homes.

In a time where people are being forced to self-isolate, businesses are left unattended, leaving them open to both professional and opportunities thieves and burglars, vandals, arsonists – along with them being vulnerable to leaks, fires and industrial espionage.  

What professional security providers do

Professional security providers are great at carrying out risk assessments and then creating a precise and bespoke security plan. After a thorough needs assessment is carried out, they will formulate a bespoke security plan which may include a specific type of security service such as guarding, patrolling, CCTV or a combination of services to ensure your business or home is kept safe.  

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Covid-19 and its impact on the Security sector
25 Mar 2020


Covid-19 and its impact on the Security sector


As everyone is aware, Covid-19 (Coronavirus) is a serious epidemic that is causing chaos across the globe. Aside from causing harm and even death to people, it is having an impact on economies and businesses.

Of course, this will have an impact on the security industry but what people need to understand is that professional security persons come under the banner of key workers. In times like these that security becomes incredibly more important.

In times of heightened anxiety, people look to security providers to help keep things in order and keep people safe. Police and other emergency services are limited in their resources and often rely on security industry-approved contractors to help with the overall goal to maintain the safety of people.

Why is important that the security providers being used should be Security Industry Approved?


With many security firms out there, people don’t always know which provider to use to get the best and most effective service possible. But SIA approved contractors are easily identifiable from the rest.

SIA approved contractors have been audited, regulated and approved by the SIA and thus qualify to provide the highest standard in security services. In times of uncertainty, you need to select a security provider that can be skilled, qualified, dependable, reliable and trustworthy.     

Professional security guards are trained in social distancing and health protocols that have been advised by health care professionals and the government.

With the pandemic causing a distraction for people, opportunists are using this to take advantage of people and businesses.  

Security guards are not only skilled and qualified, but they are also equipped with the correct PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) to carry out their job without putting themselves in danger.

Security services providers such as All Time Security are approved contractors that can assist emergency services as well as help businesses and individuals in securing business premises and buildings.

With the UK in lockdown, many business owners are unable to keep an eye on their businesses or business assets. Due to exceptional circumstances, emergency services are stretched and may not be able to assist you if you believe your business is at risk. This is where All Time Security can step in and ensure that while you are unable to keep an eye on things, they can send regular patrol guards to check the premises and patrol the area – vigilantly looking for any issues and acting as a visual deterrent.

Opportunist and professional burglars are far less likely to commit a crime where a security company is present.

All Time Security also provides a professional and reliable rapid alarm response service. If your business alarm is activated for whatever reason, they will respond immediately – ensuring that your business and assets are safe and secure.

It’s not all about theft, however, when buildings are empty, they are also at risk of arson, vandalism, fires, leaks and flooding. ATS professional security guards are vigilant and fast-acting.

If you are worried about your premises, business or assets, call All Time Security to see how they can help.

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Effective Door supervision
26 Sep 2019

It’s not news that venues, especially when there will be large crowds, instruct a professional security services provider to provide a door supervision service. But there are a few ways to ensure that you get the best from your door supervision services.

Experience

One of the great things about using a professional security services provider is that the door supervisors that they will send will be SIA qualified guards who have experience in providing security at events.

This means that they will be used to protecting visitors and staff as well as keeping the venue safe and secure.

The dress code

Professionally trained door supervisors always attend the venue in the right attire. They will ensure that what they are wearing suits you venue and your venues ethos. They will be dressed to impress.

Equipment

Door supervisors, as well as possessing the right skills to carry out their job properly, come equipped with all the necessary tools to do their role effectively.

This includes any protective clothing and footwear, high visibility and water-resistant clothing. Various radio and communication equipment, safety helmets, if required.

Communication devices are incredibly important in emergency and high-risk situations.

The great thing about the deployment of professional security guards from an approved security service provider is that they have direct links to control rooms and the Police. This means that they have easy and quick access to additional support when needed. Additional security personnel or emergency services.

Crowd control

Crowd control is a broad term but in the instance of securing and keeping premises safe, it can be specified as controlling how many people are permitted to enter a premises, ensure people are not entering restricted areas and people are kept safe.

When a venue has reached maximum capacity, guards will be using counting devices to ensure that people are let in on a 1 in and 1 out basis. This will give people the opportunity to enter without exceeding the specified limit of people allowed in at one time.  

Fire safety

Door supervisors are also trained to keep fire exits clear and accessible. They will also be aware of the locations of all the venue’s fire exits along with the venue’s fire safety protocols and evacuation procedures. They are skilled in coordinating staff to the nearest fire exits and directing people safely to the venue’s fire assembly points.

First Aid

Another great thing about professional door supervisors is that they first aid trained. This is incredibly helpful and can even be life-saving in the event of injuries and accidents.   

 

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