Indeed, mobile security is a core security service, and plays a key role in the effective safeguarding of thousands of businesses across the UK.
Even so, many people – especially those new to the security industry – are unsure about what mobile security is.
As such, we’ve written this article to help you understand exactly what mobile security is, the types of businesses which benefit from a mobile security solution and how to choose a mobile security provider.
Most security companies offer two primary security solutions: static or manned guarding and mobile security. Although security providers often supply a range of additional services – such as CCTV security, event security, keyholding and alarm response – static guarding and mobile security are the most popular and the most foundational security services.
Certain high-risk areas require 24/7 monitoring to ensure proper security. In such circumstances, static or manned guarding is the most appropriate solution.
This is because static or manned guarding involves security officers being permanently stationed at a particular location. For example, the entrance of a construction site, an industrial facility or a corporate office.
Manned security staff act as an effective visual deterrent and are trained in physical intervention techniques so as to effectively restrain or remove intruders.
Additionally, manned security officers can be first aid, health and safety and fire safety trained – and can provide an effective response to a wide variety of security and safety incidents as well as act as an emergency service liaison.
Manned security staff will work through the night, at weekends and during public holidays to ensure the premises they are responsible for are properly secured. Somewhat confusingly given their name, manned guards may also undertake patrols of the premises they are guarding. These checks, however, are usually limited to the immediate vicinity.
Mobile security, on the other hand, involves officers actively patrolling large areas or multiple sites. These sites may be located fairly far away from each other. As such, mobile security guards use vehicles – typically sporting full livery – to cover these areas during their mobile patrols.
Mobile patrol officers undertake scheduled and random checks of the premises under their watch. This ensures that their efforts are not predictable, which prevents criminals planning crimes around foreseeable security routines. They are able to effectively monitor internal and external spaces as well as any mixture of the two.
Mobile security is often paired with keyholding and alarm response services. This means that guards will be able to access your premises at unsociable hours without waking you – and can grant you and your employees access if the primary set of keys is lost.
It also means that, if your alarm sounds, you can expect a rapid and professional response – making it far more likely that thieves and other criminals are apprehended and brought to justice.
It’s important to remember that there’s no such thing as an alarm system with a direct connection to the police. Instead, specially trained security controllers in Alarm Receiving Centres (ARCs) must confirm activations are genuine before alerting the police. This means that mobile security teams are often the first professionals on the scene after an alarm has sounded.
Mobile security officers will conduct thorough assessments of your premises to ensure that important security protocols – such as locking doors and windows, turning on security lights, setting alarms, etc. – are adhered to. Additionally, mobile patrols are in constant, 24/7 communication with a central control hub so that they are able to report any suspicious behaviour immediately, summon assistance where required and respond to any security incidents in the fastest time possible.
Mobile security services are a necessary measure for safeguarding a variety of businesses and organisations. Depending on a business’ specific security requirements, mobile security can be used as a stand-alone service or in conjunction with other security measures.
For example, mobile security patrols may be used as a stand-alone service to secure:
• Unoccupied buildings
• Agricultural premises
• Residential areas
These kinds of property may receive adequate protection from a security patrol – especially if paired with CCTV monitoring.
However, other kinds of premises may require mobile security services in addition to manned guarding. For example:
• Shopping centres
• Large corporate premises
• Industrial estates
• Urban construction sites
• Sporting grounds and arenas
• Large maritime areas (such as marinas)
In order to properly secure properties of this type, a combination of manned guards (to protect entrances and high value areas) and mobile patrols (to protect multiple areas contained within one site) is likely the most effective method.
A good security provider will assess your individual needs before supplying a solution. Your business will have its own unique security requirements. To ensure maximum security, therefore, your premises should be independently evaluated before you implement security measures. This process eliminates security vulnerabilities and ensures you’re not paying for unneeded services.
The UK security industry is thriving – which means there are many providers offering security solutions. But finding a good provider can be difficult. That said, with the right know-how there are some things you can look out for when choosing a new provider.
• SIA-Licensing– The SIA is the governmental body responsible for regulating the private security industry in Britain. Individuals working in the security industry require an SIA license in order to legally carry out their job. As such, always ask a potential provider if their staff are SIA-licensed. If they’re not, the company is breaking the law.
• ACS Pacesetters– The SIA operates a scheme to help businesses and individuals identify the very best security companies. Known as the ACS Pacesetters, this group represents the top 15 percent of all UK security companies (determined by continued and extensive assessments by the SIA). If possible, choose a company which belongs to the ACS Pacesetters.
• Other Accreditations – Good security providers will also place a high value on gaining other professional and industrial accreditations. These may include qualifications which demonstrate that they treat their staff properly, that they operate in an environmentally friendly way or that they adhere to good health and safety practices.
Since its foundation in 1993, Churchill Security has grown into one of the UK’s leading private security companies. All of our guards are SIA-licensed and we belong to the top five percent of all UK security companies – making us a top-tier member of the ACS Pacesetters.
We also have ConstructionLine membership – which ensures our services are fit for private and public sector security work – and are SafeContractor approved.
In order to grow into the nation-wide security company we are today, our company has been through a lot of changes. However, our ambition has always been the same: to provide first-class, cross-industry security services to companies of all sizes.
We have a ninety-five percent customer retention rate, maintain an average of 350 active sites and have an average alarm response time of 30 minutes.
You can find out more about our company and our accreditations here.
Churchill Security provides a comprehensive range of security services and operates nation-wide. Whatever your security needs, we’ll be able to provide a solution that works for you – whether that’s mobile security patrols or security for an event.