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Office Security

August 8, 2020
Offices can contain a wide range of valuable items - from computers, to legal documents, to cash. Having an effective security policy not only protects the contents of your building from theft, it can also reduce the cost of your insurance premium. Whilst every organisation is different, below are some general guidelines to follow to help make sure your building is secure.

Use a monitored alarm system

An alarm should be among the first things to think about installing to enhance security; it is a significant deterrent to thieves. They can they transmit emergency signals via a mobile phone connection, landline or internet connection to a monitoring station, which dispatches police to the scene when needed. Some systems also have a two-way voice intercom; if the alarm is set off, the intercom connects the chosen employee/business owner directly to the monitoring station. This ensures that even if an intruder gets into your premises, police will be alerted in the shortest possible time.

Ensure locks are to British Standard

Although locks are the most obvious way of preventing people entering your property, it's vital that you have locks that conform with British Standards. These locks are rigorously tested to ensure they offer adequate protection; you are likely to find it is a requirement of your office insurance policy that your lock is to BS 3621, and without it, you may be putting your office at risk.

Use effective lighting

With sixty percent of burglaries taking place at evening or night, security lighting installed on the outside of your premises can be an effective deterrent. It is likely to make burglars feel observed, and therefore vulnerable, as well as allowing occupiers to see anyone who is approaching the building and highlighting high-risk areas. The type of lighting you choose depends on how high the risks are, the type of surveillance already in place, and the location of the premises. The most popular form of security lighting is passive infrared: it is activated when someone comes into its field of vision and is cost effective to install.

Install CCTV

Although CCTV images are often associated with solving crimes rather than preventing them, they are a significant deterrent factor. CCTV, however, should be seen as only one aspect of the overall security system for your premises; thieves can always cover their faces or keep out of camera shot. It is important to know exactly where to place the cameras and check that lighting is sufficient. It may be worth investing in the services of a security company or consultant to help.

Use a laptop lock

Laptops are regularly targeted during burglaries, particularly by opportunists who may be passing by, but by using a laptop lock you can make it very difficult for would-be thieves to steal your computer. A laptop lock acts like a bike lock – it is a metal cable with one end that attaches to a hole in the side of your laptop, and the other that is looped around or connected to a non-moveable object, such as a table bolted to the floor. They are relatively low cost, easy to fit and should be considered by any firm that has high value portable equipment.

Keep important documents in locked cabinets

Losing confidential documents can be disastrous for your business. It's important to keep any sensitive information locked in drawers or cabinets, and back up virtual copies to an off-site hard drive (read our article about data backup options for professionals for more information)

Put cash in a safe

Always keep cash in a Eurograde safe that is approved by the Association of Insurance Surveyors (AiS). Eurograde is a Europe-wide security standard that denotes how burglar proof a safe is and using an AiS approved safe will give the best chance of your money staying safe.

Join a 'business watch'

Many police forces have formed 'business watch' schemes, where property owners can alert police and other organisations about break ins and other crime. This can help you to be extra aware and give you an opportunity to put right any security weaknesses at your offices before they are exploited.

School Security

July 29, 2020
A stable and effective security strategy in schools is one thing. Maintaining a high standard of safety for all those within the premises is another. So, where do the two meet? And how can you be prepared for situations you might not be expecting? 

Security and safety in schools is high on the agenda for parents, students, teachers, facilities teams, governing bodies and local education authorities. When it comes to schools, everyone has a role to play in the implementation of an effective sch...

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Funeral Security North West England

July 1, 2020
The loss of a loved one is an incredibly stressful time with emotions running high. People are grief-stricken, angry, and distraught. Any number of overwhelming feelings will be in play at a funeral home. Having a funeral home security guard on hand ensures that the area remains orderly and that the people on the premises are protected from outside threats.

Funeral Home Security Guards

The charged environment at a funeral home easily leaves people distracted. It is not unusual for there to be a...

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Church Security UK

June 18, 2020
The church was the place that provided total safety and security. Now it has become the safe place that must be kept safe. Because the church is an institution that welcomes all comers with arms wide open, it has not only attracted those who want to bring their problems to the altar but those who want to cause a problem at the altar. In this article, I would like to look at some safety-related areas that will help change your mindset about church security and start you on the road to making y...

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Car Park Security North West

June 15, 2020
Car park owners, and any contractors operating car parks on their behalf, have a responsibility to ensure that car parks are safe to use. We look at the potential hazards, the impact of safe design and use, and the benefits of inspection and monitoring.

Many organisations operate car parks. This can be as part of the organisation’s overall commercial activity or as a utility for employees.

Car parks can present many hazards. People in the vicinity of the car park can be hit by moving vehicles...

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Executive Security UK

May 23, 2020
We are a company that empowers each and every one of its clients with the ability to go about their day-to-day business uninterrupted in the knowledge that their interests are being taken care of to the highest standard by professionals.

We work for many licensed premises, individual and business clients, amongst which we act for high-profile companies, corporate executives, world famous sports stars and celebrities.

Spartan 24 Hour Security has the expert knowledge and many years of experience...

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SIA Door Supervisors North West England

May 20, 2020
Our SIA Door Supervisors stand with the most professional in the industry. Whether protecting licenced premises or securing major events, we are always able to deliver exemplary Door supervisors who exceed client needs.

Spartan 24 Hour Security recruit every team member for their professionalism and excellent communication skills – essential tools when controlling and calming situations.

We have incredibly experienced Door Supervisors on our teams. They have extensive experience dealing with ...

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Vacant Property Security North West

April 30, 2020
Vacant properties are an invitation to trouble, causing stress for the owner or management: everything from squatters and fly-tipping, to destructive vandals or thieves stealing the roof tiles or copper pipes.

The fabric of a vacant property deteriorates far quicker than an occupied premises so vacant property security in the form of clear-and-clean, utility drain-down/isolation, both internal and external security and regular property inspections are essential to ensuring insurance compliance...

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