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What to Look for in a Security Company
25 May 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choosing the right security company for your requirements is very important. The selection process for finding the right security service that puts the public first can be difficult. Some security firms can present themselves as professional but there is more to private security than just “looking the part”.

Whether the client is hiring a service for event security or site security, a private security agency should be able to adapt to fit the needs of whatever industry they are working for. After all, every client’s needs are different which means an exceptional service is expected. This is achieved through robust security training, clear communication, valid licences, dutiful vigilance and the importance in the safety of your employees and customers. All security firms should be offering this.

All Time Security is proud of its service which is why we have outlined why you should choose us. To lay this out further, here is our list of what to look for in a security company.

1.Safety of your employees and clients

This should be something expected of a security agency without having to say it. However, with how incredibly vital the safety of everybody is, you want to know that the security firm you hire places that importance above everything else. If the security strategy has even the slimmest of chances to harm the public, then it is down to that security company to inform the client of such a possibility. Health and safety checks also need to be made, to ensure no stone is unturned. Your chosen security agency must also have the correct insurance, with public liability cover essential.

2. Adapting to Clients Needs

A security company should be fit for purpose for a plethora of security services. Retail security guards will have different tasks compared to building and construction security guards. Every client will require different services and knowing that a security firm has many talents is certainly reassuring. When looking for that complete security solution, you want to know that you can customise your needs with clear understanding from both sides.

3. Clear Communication

Customising and adapting the needs of your security is achieved through clear communication. The security firm you choose should be able to communicate their service in terms that are easy to understand. This effective communication should be clear before any safety work is commissioned and is routinely present throughout the project. From there, the security officers on the ground will be expected to have routine communication between each other and the client whilst on the job.

4. Dutiful Vigilance

For the majority of the time, a company will hire security as a precautionary measure with the hope it will not be required. Often the mere presence of physical or remote security is enough of a deterrent for those who don’t want to keep the peace. As a client, you would expect dutiful vigilance for your on-site security, alarm response as well as your CCTV Remote Monitoring. What you don’t want from your security, is a team that stands around and does nothing.

A professional security officer will always be vigilant to their surroundings. They will notice if a vehicle looks out of place or the presence of somebody who isn’t where they are supposed to be. The security team will also be aware of potential blind spots as well as monitoring crowd capacity at an event. The security team should make the client feel safe and secure from the moment they start. If they don’t, then you will need to look elsewhere.

5. Robust Training and Valid Licences

As a client, you would expect the security personnel of the security firm you have hired to be trained. Providing security is a skill that needs to be mastered and isn’t something one can do overnight. You would expect officers to be trained in dealing with the management of conflict, physical intervention and door supervision as standard. The company should be able to prove that its training is of an industry standard.

A security company also needs to have its current valid licences that a client can look over, if such a request is made. If you require a security firm for key holding services, you want to be able to trust them entirely with that job. For this reason, a high standard of training and license holding should be expected.

If you are looking for a professional and experienced security team, then you should look no further than All Time Security. We are one of the few security companies that holds SIA Approved certification in Door Supervision, Key Holding, Security Guard, Close Protection and CCTV. Our security personnel are trained to industry standards with ATS being one of the leading security training providers in the UK.

Contact All Time Security today to see if we can fulfill your security solutions.

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Why Businesses Need Corporate Security Guards
Why Businesses Need Corporate Security Guards
29 Oct 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bigger businesses grow, the more they need to start thinking about the safety and security of their staff and premises.

Businesses have to think about their assets and how to protect them.

Professional cooperate security guards are not just a visual presence to deter trouble and give staff and visitors a feeling of safety, they are there to vigilantly identify vulnerabilities. Good security guards actively look to seek out potential problems that could lead to the business losing money. This includes looking out for signs of damage to the building and leaks that cause further losses.

Guards in companies such All Time Security are skilled in detecting problems including hazardous clutter and that fire exits are closed and not obstructed.

Corporate security guards also ensure that only authorised persons are allowed entry into the premises. This gives staff confidence that they are in a safe and secure environment. This also protects the business assets and data that may be held at the business.

Guards manage signing in and out systems, so they know only authorised personnel are in the building. They verify contractors, checking ID and ensuring that they know where they need to go and only have access to the areas that they are permitted to.

Great Customer Service

Although corporate security guards are there to keep staff, visitors and the building safe and secure, they also aid with providing great customer service. ATS guards are smartly dressed, approachable, polite, friendly and helpful. ATS train their guards to greet staff and visitors with a smile and assist with general queries.

Corporate security guards are trained in effective oral and written communication. They are trained to diffuse situations that could escalate, covering conflict resolution and physical intervention. This means that they are in control even when faced with difficult situations.

Fire Wardens and Health & Safety trained

SIA approved organisations like All Time Security ensure that their corporate security guards are fire warden trained and can assist or manage fire evacuation procedures. Guards are quick as responding and getting people out of the building via the fire escapes and to the fire assembly point.

Guards are always looking for vulnerabilities and risks that could jeopardise people’s safety. If they identify an issue they can rectify, they will, if not, they will report it. Either way, business owners have peace of mind that a competent person is keeping an eye on their staff, visitors and assets, even when they are not around.

If you require professional corporate security guards, contact All Time Security today for a free quote:

Tel: 03330050945

Email: [email protected]

For more information about All Time Security and the services they offer visit: www.alltimesecurity.co.uk

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Two Terrific Tips for Running a Successful Event
Terrific Tips for Running a Successful Event
09 Oct 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most event organisers know that there are many things that can go wrong when organising an event, especially if the event is planning to cater for a large crowd. Sometimes, it is impossible to fix these disasters, like if the guest entertainers or performers are a no-show. But in most cases, things going wrong are due to operational issues.

Here are 3 tips that can help with running a great event:

Plan out everything

It seems obvious and people have been banging on about it for years. The quote: “failing to plan is planning to fail,” has been drilled in to our heads. But to be honest, there’s good reason for it – although it sounds like a cliché, it is still the most significant part of a successful event process.

When an event gets on its way and the chaos commences, you already have too much on your plate to deal with, you cannot be dealing with operational or security issues at that point. They should have been identified, addressed and overcome prior to the event beginning.

A great way of ensuring that this gets done effectively is to instruct a professional event security company to conduct a thorough risk assessment. Companies like All Time Security, have professional risk assessment officers that will take the time to gather the details of the event, including the estimated number of guests. They will scope out the location of the event and actively look for risks and vulnerabilities. Once the assessor is satisfied that all the risks, hazards and vulnerabilities have been identified, he will then liaise with organisers and look at ways of eliminating or reducing the impact that they can have on the running of the event.

 

Have a professional SIA qualified security team

All event organisers know that events are unpredictable and if not managed properly, can lead to complete chaos. People attending the event need to know that they are safe, and the premises is secure.

When attendees are met by professional, polite and assertive security staff, they are reassured that they are in good hands and this helps them focus on enjoying the event. Professional security aid the customer experience and provide a safe and secure environment.

If you are organising an event, why not give All Time Security a call and a get a free quote:

Contact telephone number:   03330050945

Email: [email protected]

Website: alltimesecurity.co.uk

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Why Have a Professional Key Holding & Alarm Response Service for Your Premises?
Why Have a Professional Key Holding & Alarm Response Service for Your Premises?
10 Sep 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Businesses have enough to worry about already – they don’t need to be worried about what to do if the building alarm goes off in the middle of the night. And that’s exactly why businesses leave that to alarm response and key holding expert agencies.

How does it work?

It’s quite simple: you find a trusted security company, preferably one that is an SIA Approved Contractor and instruct them to provide a reliable response service. If an alarm is to go off, whether it has been a fire alarm activation, intruder alarm or even a false alarm, trained response security guards will get to the premises fast. They will investigate the activation and take the appropriate actions. You can rest assured that whatever the situation, the guards will know how to deal with it quickly.

Why chose an SIA Approved Contractor to Handle Key Holding & Alarm Response?

SIA Approved Contractor

SIA Approved Contractor

 

The purpose of the SIA’s Approved Contractor scheme is to increase standards of security companies. Once a company qualifies on the voluntary scheme, it is subjected to robust regulations that ensure exceptional standards in quality of service. The SIA establishes a system of inspection for companies to aspire to meet the Private Security Industry Act 2001 requirements.
What are the benefits?

The key advantages of instructing a professional security company to respond to your building’s alarm activations are:

– You have peace of mind 24 hours a day, seven days a week that your premises will be kept safe
– You will not need to be called out late at night to respond to an alarm activation
– You avoid potential risks by having professional security guards responding to activations
– Rapid response guards can prevent fire damages, vandalism, sabotage and burglary to your premises

As well as all these great security and safety benefits, you also have peace of mind that a copy of your keys is being kept in a secure safe and if needed can be easily accessed. Most reputable key holding companies can be called out to open your building in the case you forget your keys or lose them. This will help in preventing disruption in your business.
The response security will also respond to leaks, floods and power-cuts. This saves you time and potential loss of money.

 

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How a professional security service can make your event run smoothly
How a professional security service can make your event run smoothly
11 Jul 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you’re planning a big corporate event, a fashion show, an exhibition or a work party, hiring a professional security service can help to put your mind at ease.  You’ll have a lot of things to be taking care of on the day, but security doesn’t need to be one of them.

Forward planning
A professional security service will work with you before your event ensuring they understand exactly what type of security you are looking for.  This will make sure both you and the security are on the same page and will ensure they know exactly what they are doing on the day before the event starts.  You can outline how many security guards you require and what services you want them to provide.  If you are struggling to find the right venue, they might even be able to offer you advice on the best type of venue to ensure a safe experience for your guests.

This will also give you the opportunity to check exactly what licences and checks the team have, for example, it is essential they have an SIA licence and DBS checks.  You will also want to check the company’s references before you commit.

Safety from the moment guests arrive
A professional security team can undertake ID checks on the door, making sure only those invited have access to the event, working from a list you provide.  If you’re trying to make a good impression, the last thing you want at your event is gatecrashers.

They can also conduct bag searches, ensuring no guests bring in any of their own alcohol or anything else unwanted.  This will put guests’ minds at ease, knowing from the moment they arrive that the event has a tight security system.  You might wish to inform guests of the searches on the invitation, to avoid any annoyance on the day.

Peace of mind
Straight away guests will be reassured that the event is safe.  You will be giving off the right impression to your guests, who will understand where your priorities lie, and that you take their safety seriously.  A security team can also give you, the organiser, peace of mind, leaving you able to focus on other aspects of the event, while the security is left in the hands of professionals.

In areas like Buckinghamshire and Berkshire, a good security team is essential and by hiring a professional security company, you will be putting your faith in the right people.   A security team will be dedicated to providing you with a safe environment.  Some security services also ensure their staff are trained in first aid and will be on hand should any incidents occur.  Although you will be aware of any health and safety issues of the event you are holding and will have planned accordingly, this is very reassuring.

Security for all areas
Hiring security guards will ensure guests feel safer just by their presence.  A security team could even be hired to man the car park.  Again this will help guests feel reassured and will allow them to enjoy the event without worrying about their vehicle.

 

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7 security tips you need to know when organising an event
03 Mar 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you’re planning on organising a red carpet event, a fashion show, a trade show or a small exhibition, having the correct security measures in place for the size of your event can ensure that it will run as safely and as smoothly as it should. Below, we’ve put together seven security tips that you should follow when organising your next event.

  1. Hiring a security firm

Even when hiring a company dedicated to security, it is important to get references and accreditations to ensure that they are fully qualified and licensed. Accreditations such as SIA licences and DBS checks are essential. It is also a good idea to ask other event organisers for recommendations regarding which security firms they may have worked well with in the past.

  1. Choosing an appropriate venue

More often than not, the biggest problem when it comes to event security is the fact that organisers have chosen a venue that is not appropriate for what they have planned. During the initial stages of planning, you should try and see the venue yourself and consider things such as entrances and exits, emergency parking spots and even knowing the location of the nearest fire station, hospital and police department. If possible, get your security team to go with you to the venue, as it’s likely they will spot potential safety risks before you.

  1. Checking IDs and bags

If you are the event organiser, it is your responsibility for knowing exactly who is coming in and out of the venue. You should, therefore, have a list of everyone that is due to attend the event and get staff to check for the relevant ID as they enter. Both guests and event staff should be prepared to have their bags searched, and these should be done by security, as it is more likely that people will be willing to comply if uniformed personnel is in charge. There should also be an area for items taken from guests that they can retrieve as they leave. To make sure this goes smoothly, it could be worth mentioning the issue of bag searches on the invites.

  1. Getting the balance right

One of the most important things that should be considered when organising an event is the balance between the number of people attending and the amount of security you will require. If your event is relatively small, don’t overcrowd guests with a huge amount of security staff, as this may make them feel intimidated for no reason. With a large event, you may need to consider issues such as crowd control, but by liaising with your chosen security firm, they should be able to provide you with the best solution.

  1. Brief your team

Before the start of your event, it is always worthwhile to brief your security team on any problems that you think may arise. You can also ask these security professionals if there is anything that they think you could improve on regarding the security of your event. Your security staff should be aware of how many people the venue is legally allowed to hold and how many are due to attend the event.

  1. Have medical support

For large events, it is particularly important to have an onsite medical team available for first response action to major things such as food allergies, heart attacks, panic attacks or even minor problems such as slips and falls.

  1. Stick to a clear safety budget

If you’re planning a high-profile event, it may be wise to save a bulk of your budget to go toward event security. Indeed, implementing a clear safety procedure at your event is a legal requirement, so it’s important that you can deliver a safe

and effective service for all guests.

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how to protect your business in 2017
Here’s What You Need To Do To Protect Your Business In The New Year
24 Jan 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you own a fairly large business or you’re just starting out, it’s very important to look into security and protection. With the continuous developments in technology, criminals are finding new ways to break into accounts and systems, as well as attempting to physically rob business owners. What steps can you take to protect your business in the coming year?

Identify your most vulnerable areas

Carry out a risk assessment and involve others within your business, so you can accurately pinpoint the areas that need the most protection. This could include your equipment, stock, access areas or even your front doors.

Secure your premises

If you need to, you can strengthen your doors, fit window locks, install security lighting and hire door supervision, if necessary. However, if you don’t feel that you need to go to such lengths, you could simply install CCTV and put up signs to warn of its presence to deter any burglars. At All Time Security, we offer a range of security services to help you protect your company.

Secure your equipment and stock

Carry out regular audits on your equipment and allocate responsibility for particular items to individual employees. Consider securing expensive equipment to floors or walls, and record serial numbers of items such as computers. Carry this mindset on to your stock and perform regular stock takes and keep on top of paperwork. Be on the look-out for excessive amounts of voids, credits or damage claims, and don’t be afraid to question them.

Be wary of employee theft

Not all crime comes from outside the walls of businesses, so always be sure to check employee references and introduce clear policies about theft. Exercise due caution when granting access to keys and revealing security codes. You must be prepared to make active decisions if a theft should occur and fully support prosecution. Areas you may find vulnerable to this are till money and petty cash, so be sure to keep a close eye on them.

Update your IT systems

If you have an outdated security system, you may need to update it, as criminals could have access to financial records, employee details and passwords. It might be wise to regularly review who has access to which documents and change passwords every so often to help with internal theft, and look into firewalls and anti-virus software for external threats.

Train your staff

Security training is necessary so that everyone, including yourself, knows what to do in the event of a serious threat. Train your staff to recognise suspicious behaviour by those that enter the premises and how to report a crime to you. Consider having a select few members of staff to have access to the money, and show them how to routinely empty tills and take any excess cash to the bank so that there is as little money on site as possible.

Seek advice

There are so many people you can talk to if you’re worried about the security of your business. At your local police station or council, there will be a crime prevention officer that will be available to give you advice on forms of crimes businesses in your area are vulnerable to and how you can better protect yourself. You can also speak to your IT provider on how to further prevent online crime.

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Why is it Important to Have a Control Room?
10 Sep 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With growing risks for venues, events, retailers and even security guards themselves, security companies like All Time Security have a put robust measures in place. One of these measures is having access to a central control room.

What is a Security Control Room?

A control room is a 24 hour, 7 day-a-week extra support for venues and security guards.

The control room can constantly monitor locations of all the deployed security guards, knowing exactly where they are.

How does it function?

The control room facilitates for addition support and advice for managers and security guards. If a situation arises, the control room can be called directly at any time. The control room manager can then assess the situation and offer additional support if necessary.

The control room also has a direct link to the Police station for added support.

This is the first point of call when in need of resources and equipment:

  • Additional radio equipment
  • Protective or high visibility clothing
  • Supplementary guards
  • Quick notice guards
  • Mobile security and vehicles

All managers and team leaders have direct access to the control room.

If you require a security company that has a great security team and a resource full control room, then contact All Time Security on: 03330050945

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Why You Should Have Security Guards that Understand Retail Security
24 Aug 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The main objective of retail outlets is to provide services and products in a fashion that optimises customer satisfaction. All good retailers know that this is impossible to achieve if customers and staff do not feel safe and secure whilst being on their premises.

So when retailers create a loss prevention plan, they most certainly consider instructing a security team to help protect their premises, staff, customers and products.

What should retailers consider before hiring a security company?

Most people know that you need security guards that are confident and competent. It’s important to know that they are SIA qualified and hold a valid license but what some retailers tend to overlook is that in today’s tough economic climate, security guards can actually help you retain customers.

A security guard is normally the first person and the last person that your customers see – so effectively, they are the first and last impressions of your premises and customer experience.

So really, retailers need to focus on having security guards that are customer service focused.

Here are some of the qualities that a good security guard should have above his security skills:

He must be:

  • Polite
  • Punctual
  • Helpful
  • Well mannered
  • Well dressed
  • Presentable
  • Flexible
  • Reasonable

Customers like the people they interact with to be helpful and friendly – and security guards are normally the first point of contact – so it’s a no brainer really.

If you are looking for professional retail savvy security guards then contact All Time Security on:

03330050945 or Email: [email protected]

 

All Security Guards at All Time Security are skilled and trained on delivering great customer services in their in-house security training centre with professional trainers.

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