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Bristol Security Guards

At Bristol Security our guards are SIA approved. But what is the SIA, and why is it so important that we only hire individuals with this licensing? How does one obtain a license, and in what cases is it necessary to have one? The SIA, or Security Industry Authority, oversees the compulsory licensing of individuals working in specific sectors of the private security industry. As of 5 April 2017 there are 317,241 licensed individuals in the United Kingdom, and a total of 361,885 active licenses. All of these qualified people are indeed necessary and in demand, just consider for example that the industry standard for events is one security guard to 100 people. And that the annual spend on private security in the UK is around £4 billion across the private and public sectors. Over 250,000 people are employed in the private security industry, a number that dwarfs the 155,000 police officers in England, Wales and Scotland. The breakdown of licenses by sector is thus: Cash & Valuables in Transit,              8,571; Close Protection, 13,973; Door Supervisors, 203,311; Key Holding,           352; Public Space Surveillance (CCTV), 45,123; Security Guarding, 83,270; and Vehicle Immobilisers at 30. The license is in place so that all private security personnel are ‘fit and proper’, that is, they are well trained and have the correct skills to undertake their role. The Private Security Industry Act 2001 defines the following activities are licensable: Manned guarding; Cash and Valuables in Transit; Close Protection; Door Supervision; Public Space Surveillance (CCTV); Security Guard; Immobilisation, restriction and removal of vehicles; and Key Holding. Manned guarding involves activities such as watching over...

Portishead Port Security Training

It is quite important to know that if you are someone who manages a Portishead port facility (or, indeed,any port facility in the UK) including anchorages, waiting berths, or approaches from seaward, under the 2004 Ship and Port Facility (Security) Regulations you must appoint a specially designated Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO). PFSO Training Programs Although a single PFSO can cover more than one port facility, all PFSO’s must complete an approved training course by the Maritime and Transport Security (MTS) division, formerly known as TRANSEC, at the Department for Transport(DfT). To make matters slightly more involved, there are a handful of training companies which offer PFSO training courses to ports and port facilities that have not been approved by MTS. However, MTS does not recognise approval or accreditation by any non-approved training provider. Make sure you know which companies are approved, and which are not. If you have recently appointed a PFSO who has completed a course from an unapproved training company, they may need to attend further courses from an approved vendor. PFSO Training for Security Staff As a port security manager, think about providing the rest of your security Portishead staff with training resources from the DfT. While not strictly necessary, this can be a great way to instill in all of your employees proficient maritime security skills. Training Films The DfT offers several educational films to all port operators in the UK. As a port operator, you can order any of the following training films and learning packages free of charge: Safe Harbours – an introduction to port security suitable for all port staff. Maritime...

Weston Super Mare Security & Key Holding Service

What Can a Keyholding Service in Weston Super Mare Do for You? In short, the answer is: quite a bit. For those who aren’t familiar with the term, a keyholding service is a professional security service which functions for a residential or commercial premise by keeping a secondary key to the property. In the event that the primary is lost or stolen, or if there is an attempted break in, the keyholding service can arrive on the scene to secure the premises and/or let the owner in. How It Works After a brief meeting with the Security at Weston Super Mare keyholding company, entry procedures for the key guards are discussed, and copies of any keys are made, for which receipts are given. The keys are then coded and secured in the company’s control room and will only be taken out by SIA (Security Industry Authority) licensed personnel when deemed necessary, for instance, when the keyholding service is informed of an activation by either your alarm receiving centre, the police, or neighbours. In such an event, key guards are sent to investigate the root causes of the alarm, as well as to re-secure the premises for you. If the keyholding company believes that the situation is of a serious nature, you or your designated emergency contact will be notified, along with the proper authorities. The keyholding company will also secure the services of any necessary repair companies. Thereafter, your alarm will be reset and any reports deemed necessary will be created and stored on file. Benefits to Hiring a Keyholding Service There are many benefits to hiring a keyholding...

Event Security in Portbury, Bristol

If you’re hosting a festival or outdoor event this summer in Portbury, make sure that you hire the right private Bristol security Company for the job. Managing any kind of event can be an overwhelming task at times. There’s music to organize, as well as food, permits, vendors, and a million other bits and bobs. With so many moving parts, it can be extremely easy to lose track of some of the more peripheral seeming tasks like security. However, when it comes to hosting a good event, nothing could be more important than safety, or the right security firm. When thinking about private security firms to hire, think about the kinds of services your Portbury event might need. Many security firms offer a broad range of services, including many of the general sorts listed below: Management Teams Crowd Management Door Supervisors Security Guards Tour security Event Surveillance Risk and Threat Assessment Important Security Measures Although security companies across Bristol and the UK offer many similar security services, there are differences there that are important to note. For example, Bristol security may offer a broader range of services than a London security company offers. However, for event security anywhere in the UK there are some important services which you ought to consider utilizing. Take a list at the list below for some additional information about services you might not have considered, but that can make all the difference. Event Surveillance While event surveillance isn’t something you might think is strictly necessary for a fair or smaller scale event, in today’s environment, surveillance is often quite useful. Covert officers can quietly...

Commercial & Residential Mobile Patrols

Commercial mobile patrols are a great and cost-effective way to increase the overall security of your business, offered by Bristol security companies. Aside from being great ways to get an early assessment of your business’ risk, they also possess a tremendous deterrent effect that is sure to keep would-be crooks away. The way it works is simple: A uniformed security guard will conduct a thorough walking perimeter check of your premise. Windows, doors, outbuildings, and company vehicles will all be checked thoroughly. Any and all incidents or potential security threats will be reported to avoid the risk of intruders, as well as prevent any interruptions to business the following day. In addition to more traditional safety precautions, a commercial mobile patrol will also actively strive to help you prevent more natural forms of loss and waste.  Any issues found on the property including blocked drains, broken pipes, the smell of gas, fire hazards and the like will all be duly reported to you in the aims of preventing any damage to your business. Residential Mobile Patrols The mobile patrol is an extremely effective security mechanism, and not just for businesses and construction sites. Residential mobile patrols are an increasingly popular method employed by homeowners for the same reasons as business owners: Mobile patrols are high visibility tools and utilize a random patrol strategy designed to be unpredictable. Additionally, the same mobile patrols can help homeowners assess and address any potential risk factors. Residential mobile patrols offer two broad services: External Patrols: With this service, mobile patrol security guards will conduct a thorough physical check of windows, doors, locks, fencing,...

Alarm Receiving Centres in Portbury

All businesses have assets and employees that they need to protect. If you are a Portbury business owner without alarm monitoring or CCTV services, you should seriously consider calling a reputable Bristol security company that specialises in alarms today. Do yourself a favor and don’t subject yourself to further risk. There are many benefits to having alarm monitoring services and or CCTV services. Take a look at the list below for some more information: Fast alerts regarding criminal break-ins or fires mean that your risk for substantial damage is minimised Immediate calls to fire or police services can further minimise your risk Meet insurance requirements Superior control of staff activity Visual verification for events happening on site Cameras provide a visual deterrent to would-be criminals Footage for any legal proceedings directly as a result of accident or damages Total peace of mind Fire Alarm Monitoring Commercial and retail fires are not to be taken lightly. Recent government statistics demonstrate that over one-quarter of all businesses that sustain fire damage never manage to recover post-accident. This can be as a result of the loss of product, or simply the inability to continue providing services due to damage. In any case, fires can be extremely deadly – for employees as well as for businesses. Make sure that you’re properly protected. Fire alarm monitoring can quickly and efficiently alert local fire brigades, reducing your risk for substantial losses. Intruder Alert Monitoring When it comes to your business’ intruder alert monitoring system, make sure that you’re getting the most for your money. A security system that is monitored 24/7 by real operatives will...

Bristol Royal Infirmary Security Guards Trained in CPR

Thanks largely in part to the training security guards receive at Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI), a life was saved which otherwise might have been lost. When a man collapsed in the lobby of the BRI, former nurse Sandra Crook, and Bristol security guard Justin Archer were able to perform basic resuscitation on the man until the cardiac arrest team from the hospital was able to arrive on scene. 71-year-old Leslie Woodyatt, who was at the BRI for a non-heart related, outpatient procedure chose a good place to collapse and stop breathing, but not necessarily for the reason you might think. Certainly, hospitals are good places to be whenever in the midst of a medical crisis, but Leslie Woodyatt primarily has security guard Justin Archer to thank for his life. When asked about the incident, Bristol security guard Justin Archer said: “It all happened so fast. We checked him for a pulse and then we noticed he was starting to change colour so we put him on his back and started performing resuscitation.” It is part of United Bristol Healthcare Trust’s aims to train all staff members who regularly come into contact with patients in basic CPR, including security guards. It was this training, and Justin Archer’s quick reaction time that sustained Mr. Woodyatt until the cardiac arrest team could take over. Security guards, who are an integral, if unsung, part of the smooth-running of hospitals, frequently deal with overloud patrons, unruly or even violent visitors and potential threats to the building’s safety. On the whole, we tend to think of their role as being very important, but fairly limited...

How Portbury is still the Security Capital of Avon and Somerset

If you have been concerned about the statistics which suggest that Bristol and nearby towns are high-crime areas, then you may be considering moving out of the area entirely. Before you make that decision, however, you should consider the high-security of the Portbury area, and the many benefits from living in this attractive area. With some of the best crime figures for Avon and Somerset, you can move there knowing that you will be well-protected.   Where is Portbury? Most people outside the Bristol area don’t really know where Portbury is, but it is not far from the nearby town of Portishead, and it offers residents the best opportunity for a quiet, peaceful and secure home in the Bristol reason. It is also known for its important history, and is in early records as a gift from William the Conqueror to Geoffrey de Montbray, a bishop in the Kind’s service. The age of Portbury means that it is a comfortable, settled village, and like most traditional UK villages there is a significant lack of crime in the area. The landscape around Portbury is also very secure and is protected by the local area.   Security and Portbury The secret to the high security rates that Portbury gets is the fact that there is a very low level of crime. In just one month, December 2014, a total of 11 crimes were reported. None of these were for shoplifting, and the biggest crime is known as general theft. These 11 crimes were, in fact, the highest point for the year, with total of only 63 crimes. There are no weapons...

Clevedon needs more security

The issue of security in Clevedon is a big one for businesses and residents alike. Many companies are not able to provide a secure point for customers, and most residents are fearful of attacks on their homes and person. There has been an extremely high number of reported crimes in the Clevedon area over the last few years, with about 100 crimes reported each month. This is in comparison to some of the busier port areas, who only average 87 crimes a month. Clevedon needs to consider its security position urgently, and make an effort to prevent crime on its streets. Why crime is not falling There are several reasons why crime in Clevedon is not falling. Although it might seem as though it is insecure, there are many Clevedon security firms able to offer support to businesses in the area. In fact, evidence suggests that one reason for the large number of crimes in Clevedon is that companies are just not willing to invest money in security. This is completely different to the attitudes of businesses in Keynsham and Avonmouth, for example, where concerted efforts to reduce the crime wave have resulted in increased use of private security companies. Lack of investment in security should therefore be a big concern for the people of Clevedon.   Why companies don’t invest The main reason for businesses failing to invest in the security that they need comes from a lack of funds. Most businesses have felt the strain of the financial crash, and this has lead to significant belt-tightening measures. While cutting security could be a good idea on paper,...

How Bristol is overcoming its reputation

For many years, outsiders have considered Bristol to be one of the most crime-ridden cities in the South. Bristol tourists are often warned about the dangers of the streets, and many feel that their fears are not being taken seriously. While most crimes are committed against residents of the area, and the most common crimes in the town are car crimes, there is still a need for Bristol to address its security and issues of crime and violence in the city. Safer Bristol, one of the activist groups working in the city to improve the crime levels, have been working with the Avon and Somerset police force to help reduce crime levels and improve the city’s reputation. Where Safer Bristol aims to improve In 2012, the group set out a series of aims which it was attempting to achieve by 2016. This plan included some steps on reducing the amount of hate crime, and supporting victims of this crime, including those discriminated against through disability, sexual preferences, in addition to faith and race. The plan is designed to prevent the increase in hate crimes within the city, which had risen to 2500 a year by 2011. The majority of these were connected to race, with only 102 attacking those with disabilities. However, the group agreed that there was a significant lack of hate-crime reporting due to victims being fearful or worrying about the consequences of reporting the crime. Therefore, one of the most important issues which Safer Bristol attempted to address was the problem of security and support for Bristol victims. Increasing security to reduce crime One of the...