Thousands of businesses including hotels, retail stores, construction sites, garden centres, have had to close their doors. The covid-19 crisis has seen an unprecedented number of businesses left vulnerable during the last few weeks, unfortunately, this has left the door open for increased criminal activity and opportunity.
Whilst most have been able to operate from other remote locations, like home, this has left their main assets exposed, even the health sector is not immune.
‘A man who stole personal protective equipment (PPE) from an ambulance in London has been jailed for six months. Mark Manley, 35, took masks, paper suits and hand gel. Some items were left unusable as they were contaminated by him, Croydon magistrates heard. He was arrested on Saturday night after police were called to reports of a theft from an ambulance on St Thomas street, near London bridge station. Manley, of no fixed address, was detained with the help of security guards…’ www.bbc.co.uk April 2nd 2020
Churchill security has seen a marked increase in the number of calls to help secure buildings and other assets during this time, especially hotels and other non-essential businesses. We are currently doing everything we can to support everyone and have the capacity and procedures in place to make this happen instantaneously if needs be. At this time, we support several businesses across most sectors and have the experience to understand what is needed for many enterprises, be they large or small. Even schools have not been left alone with after-hours foot patrols now becoming essential to secure buildings.
‘Shameless thieves deprived the children of key workers food after ransacking a school kitchen. The burglars broke into Gosfield school, near Braintree, Essex, on Friday and took four commercial-sized freezers of food, dry food and all the chilled food from the fridges. It is estimated £6,000 worth of food was taken in the raid.’www.mirror.co.uk 23rd March 2020
Security companies are not just about deterring criminal intent, many businesses are requiring a physical presence to make sure other problems don’t arise whilst staff aren’t there.
Hotels and similar businesses operating 24/7 are a major concern with employees now unavailable to continue building maintenance, so if a leak occurs or fire breaks out the use of security personnel can alert appropriate authorities. Plus, some insurance policies require a 24/7 physical presence to maintain validity.
Churchill security is at the forefront of adaptability providing concierge security. Concierge security provides traditional front of house services such as telephone duties, meeting and greeting and reception skills, whilst offering additional security and first aid services should the situation arise. Whilst the term ‘concierge security’ can sound rather contradictory, taking a holistic approach to front of house security has numerous benefits for both residential and commercial properties. This kind of in-house security adaptation can be utilised across all kinds of workplaces not just in the hotel industry.
Unattended buildings and company resources may also need requirements which are not deemed essential under the current government measures put in place. This puts security guards in the perfect position to assist, so problems other than security can be taken care of and appropriate specialists alerted. For example, there may be a power outage due to an internal electrical issue that could result in frozen goods perishing, that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.
Acting as an effective visual deterrent, mobile patrols significantly reduce the opportunity for crime such as trespassing, vandalism and theft. With the ability to move around more efficiently, monitor various areas and provide services such as internal and external patrols, mobile patrols can deliver security that goes beyond a fixed location.
The most highly visible deterrent, manned security guarding is still one of the best measures to ensure the protection of your premises and personnel. And now more than ever this also applies to other forms of alerts, not just for criminal activity.
Churchill security is leading the way with the protection of businesses in the UK, not only protecting assets and staff but taking the initiative and coming up with new ways to incorporate better security within businesses.
With the marked increase in security needed and a combination of other issues that businesses face due to travel restrictions, Churchill security is adapting traditional methods to help with more than just security.
Whether it’s traditional security for criminal protection or short-term support during the current pandemic, Churchill security can create an individual security plan for you. Call our staff today and we will help in whatever way we can.