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Education and crime are not two things you put together.

If anything we associate the use of education to stop the occurrence of needless crime from youngsters who don’t know any better. But there is another side to the story that involves violent threats to the UK education industry, and do you want to know the worst part? It’s avoidable crime that could save councils, private land owners and universities millions each year. Why? Because the simple yet effective implementation of a static and mobile security presence can take your name straight off the list of “soft targets.”

What is a soft target?

Popular with vandals, thieves and a magnet for anti-social behaviour, a classic soft target is typically a vast, expansive area with minimal security coverage but plenty of hidden areas to cause havoc. A university campus is a perfect example of this, especially given the expensive equipment housed in various department buildings giving opportunists that extra incentive to make the trip to visit your site.

Are you in trouble?

University cities are synonymous with a large population. Take Leeds for example; with 80,000 students alone in this one area, thieves and opportunists are bound to view cities like this as a quick win. An example of the constant threat cities and towns are vulnerable to is the staggering 7.3 million reported incidents of crime against households and residential areas. So what does this mean? Unfortunately, a side effect of this statistic is an increase in vandalism, theft and the ever challenging presence of anti-social activity.

So, with all this in mind, are university towns a more dangerous place? Is the attraction of endless students, university campuses and a large population enough of a pull to drag the local criminals out the woodwork? The truth is, you don’t want to know. You don’t want to test the theory and you certainly don’t want to leave the safety and security of your property or campus to chance.

Without a doubt, your biggest risk right now is becoming a soft target. Once this happens, it will be the start of endless trouble that costs you more than just money. The cycle is near impossible to break and your reputation will forever be tarnished.

Prevention, prevention, prevention

When you choose Churchill to look after your education security needs, starting from day one, our reliable presence will be known. If you’ve already had your fair share of threats and challenges, we will position high visibility boards at your access points and let all those that pass by see for themselves that Churchill Security are now looking after you – and that is worth its weight in gold.

Avoidance is key and prevention prevails over all, so get in touch today. At the end of the day, like any business, a university, school or any education establishment needs customers. Don’t give your prospects a reason to go elsewhere before they’ve even got a taste for the experience you deliver. When the stakes a high, your security’s priority should be too.

Don’t delay, don’t procrastinate, simply take action against security threats once and for all and you’ll reap the benefits now and for years to come. If you don’t, you’ll reap the consequences and they cost more than all our services combined.

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John Melling is a Director for Churchill Security Ltd. John is a highly motivated, determined and decisive security industry professional. Drawing on his extensive experience gained within the security industry whilst working on the coalface John has operated at all levels within the industry. He has a proven track record for motivating and leading high performance teams and has helped mentor and develop many people at Churchill who now hold key or senior positions within the business. John is committed to delivering only the finest services, exercising compelling leadership, maintaining good internal morale and striving to resolve any challenges efficiently and effectively.