If the amount of CCTV cameras around London is anything to go by, compared to other world cities, then UK businesses should never underestimate the value of a good professional security company.
According to reports, a Londoner is likely caught on a security camera over 300 times a day, which is the highest in the UK and an American citizen can be caught on camera more than 75 times per day!
There are a multitude of ways to protect your business and now is the time to take stock and review your security systems. Many companies have had their doors closed for some time and the opportunity to review the risks and cement a more secure future from not only the criminal element but the health aspect as well.
While a certain level of malicious activity may have dropped during lockdowns, inevitably it will rise again as we get back to normal and to be proactive means for more productive and profitable businesses in the future. As we’ve said, the safety of everyone’s health is now almost as important as securing your business from criminal activity.
Wandsworth Borough in London has more CCTV cameras than Boston, Dublin, Johannesburg and San Francisco combined!
For the foreseeable future, many companies will have to combine their criminal security with prioritised levels of health security, in order to maintain protocols under government guidelines. Not only does this allow the doors to remain open, it further secures the long-term viability of many businesses. Not combining appropriate levels could be detrimental for many.
When choosing a London security company, you should keep these tips in mind.
It is avoidable – as with most crime, simple yet highly effective measures can dramatically decrease the risks you are exposed to. A simple rollout of mobile and/or static officers could literally save you thousands in lost revenue due to unnecessary vandalism, theft or worse.
It is important – you have software that protects your confidential data, yet you aren’t physically guarding your property? You’re ASKING for trouble! Playing Russian roulette with your business security can be devastating.
Your staff are at risk – crime doesn’t just happen outside the hours of 9-5. Criminals don’t care for your schedule, so if a staff member is in the wrong place at the wrong time while an armed and dangerous John Doe is stealing expensive stock from your warehouse or property, it will end in disaster. And your business will be held liable.
You are viewed as a soft target – no security presence? Guess what message you are sending out to those vandals and opportunists that walk past your building every day? You’re saying “come and have a go, we’re not watching! Not even when it’s dark.”
Criminals are attracted to populated areas – London’s metropolitan area has a population of over 13.5 million and this accounts for more than 12% of the UK’s entire population. Where there’s footfall there’s crime, and in this case, there is a whole lot of footfall.
The benefits outweigh the cost – the cost of not doing anything could be that your doors are closed again for even longer or possibly permanently.
Appropriate COVID measures allow confidence – When customers and staff are confident you are taking their health seriously, your business will grow faster.
Combine health and criminal security – Security companies like Churchill Security can create bespoke solutions that combine health and criminal security for a more cost-effective outcome.
Deep Cleaning & sanitising – sometimes overlooked, appropriate cleaning also allows for greater Health Security.
Technology systems – utilising the latest technology like thermal imaging and people flow control allows for a more business as usual approach and maintains better footfall.
There are numerous ways to tick the boxes on this list and whilst it all sounds like a lot, employing a professional security service in London will alleviate any concerns and steer you in the appropriate direction.
Companies like Churchill cover a multitude of security services across almost every sector imaginable from retail to construction, static officers to specialist COVID-19 measures all under the one roof.
Security Officers in London can assist with Static or Mobile security. Static security officers can protect gatehouse entrances, conduct access control, monitor corporate premises, provide keyholding services, health and safety checks, deter trespassing and vandalism and are vetted for a minimum of 10 years.
Mobile security patrols are an effective way to monitor your property in places that are difficult to get to on foot. Uniformed security officers can arrive at your site via a marked patrol vehicle and conduct exterior patrols around the premises so that suspicious activity is spotted as soon as possible. Internal mobile patrols can also be conducted, which requires a mobile security supervisor to enter your premises with their own set of keys.
COVID-19 measures are here to stay for some time and utilising a security company like Churchill mitigate any challenges such as social distancing and controlling foot traffic.
Keeping up to date and understanding how and when COVID-19 guidelines need to be implemented and administered can be a headache for business owners. Due to the constantly evolving information and guidelines, Churchill is continually training staff on how to apply them safely and effectively including the use of conflict resolution amongst other challenges.
Churchill Security has been well established in the commercial cleaning industry for many years and has implemented appropriate cleaning procedures to deal with the added needs for more thorough cleaning of sites. All cleaning operatives are trained in the most recent best practices so that you can rest assured coronavirus deep cleaning procedures are done according to Public Health England Guidance.
There are many more reasons to employ the services of a security company in London however, prevention is always better than the cure – taking chances with your security is always fraught with danger. The common misconception is that utilising the services of a security company in London is a cost however the benefits make it an investment, in turn allowing businesses to grow and flourish.
It’s estimated there are well in excess of 4000 security companies in the UK, yet only a little more than 800 have achieved the ACS standard with Churchill Security being in the top 5% of approved contactors – obviously, they are doing something right!
‘The Private Security Industry Act 2001 requires the SIA to establish a system of inspection for providers of security services, under which those organisations who satisfactorily meet the agreed standards may be registered as approved, and may advertise themselves as such The objective of the SIA’s Approved Contractor Scheme is to raise performance standards and to assist the private security industry in developing new opportunities’ sia.homeoffice.gov.uk
We have only scratched the surface with 10 reasons for business security in London, but these are some of the main reason businesses employ the services of a private security firm. One of the last tips we would always give is to do your research before employing the services of a Security company in London. There are many to choose from and accreditation forms a major part, in theory, we have narrowed it from over 4000 to 800 however the top 5% is even less.
The longer you are unprotected, the higher your risks and that’s a fact. Our advice? Give us a call, we specialise in numerous security services and can tailor individual solutions to fit any business.
Churchill Security is an experienced London security company. We work across a wide variety of sectors and deploy only the most highly trained London security officers to keep people, premises and assets safe. We also have numerous case studies for your information.