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As November comes to an end and we enter the last (and jolliest) month of the year, we’re taking a well-deserved break to reflect back on this month’s articles. In case you’ve missed any of November’s news and insights, we’ve compiled some of this month’s best bits below, including our Remembrance Day tribute.

 

In case you’ve missed any of November’s news and insights, we’ve compiled some of this month’s best bits

5 Reasons Why Ex-Service Men and Women Make Great Security Guards

With the comradery, the varied work and sense of duty to the Queen and country, transitioning back to civilian life can be difficult for many service men and women. Deciding to leave the army is not an easy decision. For most service personnel, being part of the armed forces is so much more than just a job, it’s a way of life. Sadly, according to the British Legion, working age veterans in the UK are nearly twice as likely to be unemployed as their civilian counterparts. Despite these statistics, veterans have a lot of transferrable skills and unique training that could make them suitable for numerous positions, particularly in the security industry, including:

  • Decisive leadership and initiative  

Being in the armed forces, whether that’s the Army, RAF or Royal Navy, develops strong leadership qualities in service personnel.  By cultivating leadership and initiative in recruits in training exercises, sports and adventure activities, ex-service personnel are excellent at using their own initiative and working independently when required.

  • Adaptability and can-do attitude   

Transitioning to army life requires immense adaptability, as well as mental agility and strength. Recruits are trained to be task-orientated, driven and motivated throughout their military career– qualities that are highly valued by employers.

  • Team working and people skills  

A career in the armed forces promotes team working capabilities and people skills. Service life is all about teamwork and comradery, whether that’s in training, active duty or socialising. Working in a team is an essential skill for all employees, something which ex-service personnel have in spades.

  • Instinctive service ethos  

Whilst ex-service personnel have a variety of transferrable skills that make them excellent employees, an instinctive service ethos makes veterans ideally suited to a role in the security industry. Values of integrity and honesty are a big part of the private security sector, which is orientated around protecting the public and private property from criminals.

  • Specialised skills  

The armed forces provide a variety of specialist training opportunities and continuous professional development to recruits, including qualifications in engineering, electronics, IT, construction, catering, driving and logistics. This equips ex-service personnel with unique training and experiences that civilians do not have, making them stand out as candidates and potential employees.

At Churchill Security, we’re proud to say that we have ex-service personnel in our ranks. We spoke to Churchill’s very own Ray, formerly of the Light Infantry, now Director of Corporate Accounts at Churchill Security, to ask him what he learned from his time in the military and how his experiences have followed him into civilian life.

“I feel like a lot of aspects of army life are duplicated in the security industry. They both involve protecting people and tackling issues. I certainly feel that my career in the army gave me a good grounding in the security sector and as a security officer. From there, I could progress into several different areas and positions in the industry, both on the ground and on a management level. I think the main quality that’s needed in both the security and armed forces is integrity. The ability to make quick decisions is also something that’s cultivated in the armed forces which is vital for any front-line job, particularly as a security officer. Due to past training and experiences, ex-armed forces can perform well under pressure. In the army, the ability to make discissions quickly could literally save a life, so good judgement and quick decision making is really something that’s worked on during a military career.”  

 

Churchill’s Guide to Christmas Shopping (in a Pandemic!)

With less than 6 weeks to go until Christmas, the excitement and joy of the festive season may now be turning into panic and stress for some. With presents to buy, Christmas dinners to organise and halls to deck, Christmas these days is less ‘merry and bright’ and more ‘the nightmare before Christmas’. Throw in a global pandemic and a second UK-wide lockdown and well… a lot of us are now dreading what’s normally the best part of the year.  With all non-essential shops now closed until at least December 2nd, organising Christmas this year will require significantly more planning than usual. With this in mind, we’ve pulled together a handy guide to help you navigate the labyrinth that is Christmas shopping during a global pandemic. With that being said, let’s dive right in to our top 5 tips:

  • Online Shopping helps to keep you safe and organised… but remember local businesses need your support!

Many independent businesses moved online during the first national lockdown, so you can still shop local while shopping online- it’s the best of both worlds! Shopping locally keeps money in the local economy and community. Would you rather spend your hard-earned cash with a multi-billion-pound corporation or towards supporting a local business and family?

  • If venturing back into the high street after December 2nd, keep safe and follow Government guidance

While there’s no telling what guidance will be published once the second lockdown ends, it’s safe to say that the 2-metre social distancing rule and wearing face coverings will probably play a huge role in limiting the spread of the virus. Make sure you bring a face covering (perhaps with a jazzy Christmas pattern on it?) and observe social distancing in shops.

  • Remember, you can still have an amazing Christmas without splashing the cash

A study carried out by the Independent found that one in four people put at least some of their Christmas spending on credit cards, with a further one in 14 going into their overdraft to cope with the cost of Christmas. It’s important to remember that you don’t need to overspend to have an amazing Christmas, and it’s definitely not worth going into the new year with debt.

  • Homemade/second-hand gifts can mean just as much (or more) than store bought presents

If you’re looking to do a low budget Christmas for whatever reason, homemade presents or second-hand gifts are a good root to go down. They’re a lot more sentimental than presents bought from a shop and allow for a greater degree of personalisation. From baking to gardening, DIY to crafting, our new ‘lockdown’ hobbies could result in some great homemade gifts for family and friends.

  • Consider pre-ordering your Christmas dinner ingredients to avoid battling the supermarkets

Going anywhere near the supermarket is a nightmare during the festive period and with social distancing thrown in the mix, queues are likely to be much longer than usual. With this in mind, it’s a good idea to pre-order your Christmas food in advance. Many supermarkets will offer a pre-order service, allowing you to order your Christmas food online and pick it up a few days before Christmas in-store.

 

Top 5 Tips for Securing Your Construction Site This Winter

As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, ensure your construction site is protected from criminals this winter. Construction sites are particularly profitable and therefore attractive targets to criminals, as valuable materials, equipment and machinery can often be found on building and construction sites. For site managers and stakeholders, the economic ramifications of winter break-ins can be extensive, delaying completion and causing the project to go overbudget. Throw in a lengthy insurance battle and a simple burglary can become an administrative nightmare. With a diverse range of security services out there, including CCTV, security officers and alarm response services, you can tailor the ideal security solution to the needs and risk-level of your construction site. Don’t know where to start? Check out our top 5 tips for securing your construction site this winter.

  • Manned Security Guarding
  • CCTV Monitoring
  • Mobile Security Guarding
  • Dog Teams
  • Alarm Response Service

 

Are you looking to protect your construction site from crime this winter?

As with most things in life, prevention is better than a cure and when it comes to deterring crime, investing in site security is the ultimate magic bullet. Get in touch with Churchill Security today. We can offer all the services mentioned above, in a tailored combination, to offer the strongest security solution for your site.

 

Phew…

So that was our November. Watch this space for more Churchill news and insights about all things security. In the meantime, why not follow our Facebook page @ChurchillSecurity? We share daily news, updates and security tips to keep your business and yourself safe from crime.

 

Churchill Security is a leading cross-industry security company supplying professional and comprehensive security solutions to organisations seeking expert Security Guards, CCTV & Event Security, Key Holding & Alarm Response, Mobile Patrols and Thermal Imaging & People Flow.

To find out more about how Churchill Security can protect your business, contact us today.

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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.