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Does your business need a bouncer?
Does My Business Need Door Supervisors?
18 Apr 2018

Does your business need a bouncer?

Depending on the type of business you own, there may be instances where you need to hire Door Supervisors to work alongside your employees. Whether you own a retail premises, restaurant, nightclub, bar, or office, you may feel more at ease by hiring door supervisors and security guards in order to keep your premises secure. Whether you wish to protect your premises during its opening hours or closed hours, it’s important that you hire trained security professionals with an SIA license, unless your business has been given an exemption under Section 4(4) of the Private Security Industry Act 2001.

What is the Private Security Industry Act (2001)?

The Private Security Industry Act (2001) a system for the statutory regulation of the private security industry. It became a non-departmental body in 2003, and the Security Industry Authority (SIA) is the statutory organisation responsible for regulating the UK’s private industry sector. They must report to Home Secretary under the Private Security Industry Act (2001).

The benefits of hiring Door Supervisors

  • They are fully trained in conflict management.
  • They have customer service and communication skills.
  • They have a wealth of security experience.
  • You have control over who enters your premises.
  • People using your business will feel safe.
  • They are professional.

How do I know if my business or event needs door staff?

Bouncers and door supervisors can be employed to work solely ‘on the door’, patrol  around premises or to do both. Your door supervisors can be plain clothed, or wear a uniform. You should consider hiring door security if:

  • If you’re licensed to sell alcohol.
  • If you’ve experienced shoplifting.
  • If staff members feel unsafe whilst at work.
  • If there is an increased risk of violence or fighting at your business premises.

Depending on the nature of your business dictates how many door staff security you hire. If you find that customers get quite rowdy, you may require extra bouncers to help monitor the atmosphere. Pubs and nightclubs require door security to check that patrons are of age before they enter the premises. A quieter premises, such as a jewellery shop with valuable items may only need one Manned Guarding Security and one bouncer. If you are planning an event such as a concert or festival for your business, then you should hire event security to make sure that all areas are covered, meaning the event will run safely and smoothly. We are able to offer our services to be tailored to the type of event you are running, and also the amount of people you believe are going to be in attendance.

How many exits and entrances does your business premises have?

If you think your business needs bouncers, you should think about how many entrances and exits are on the premises. Restaurants, pubs clubs and restaurants that need licensed door security should ideally have two  professionals stationed at each entrance or exit during opening hours, so that there’s complete control over the footfall and they can keep an eye on who is entering and exiting the premises.

How big is your business premises?

Depending on the size of the premises will dictate the number of door staff you require. If you have a large premises, you will need a bigger security team of both door staff and guards patrolling the area so that it remains secure and safe.

Get in touch with All Time Security to sort out your business’s security needs today.

 

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3 Simple Ways of Securing Your Business In 2018
3 Simple Ways of Securing Your Business In 2018
18 Jan 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Simple Ways of Securing Your Business In 2018

 

Most businesses are aware that without suitable security measures in place your business is at risk. The risks involve getting vandalised, sabotaged or burgled. Without proper precautions, your premise is also at risk of flooding and fire.

So, what can you do to prevent loss?

Here are 5 simple ways to secure your business:

  1. Use effective warning signage

The use of signs warning potential criminals and opportunist thieves of the security system in place often goes underrated and deserves a lot more credit than it is given.

Although it seems a little old school, it is super simple and still super effective. “Old is gold!” As they say. It reminds people that buildings are secured with alarms and CCTV, making them think twice before they commit a crime.

  1. Ensure lighting is adequate

Most criminals use the cover of night to assist them in committing a crime and getting away undetected. And that is why it is crucial that you have got the area around your premises well lit. Criminals are less likely to act if they suspect that they are in clear sight and may get detected.

Security lights should be installed in areas that are particularly dark.

  1. Ensure CCTV cameras are not obstructed, and footage is visible and clear

Many business owners spend the time and money on installing a great, state of the art CCTV system but not all of them maintain their cameras. CCTV cameras should be regularly checked to ensure they are clean and pointing in the right direction without anything obstructing their view.

The recording device should be tested frequently to ensure that footage is being recorded and is clear and light and visibility is good.

The main to consider when securing your premises is to take it seriously. Make sure that you have carried out detailed risk assessments and have ironed out the vulnerabilities.

 

 

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What are security services and why have them?
What are Security Receptionists and Why Have Them?
04 Dec 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are security receptionists and why have them?

Most businesses now that first impressions count. When clients or even staff walk into your premises, they are usually met by a receptionist. And sometimes their experience with the receptionist can determine how their time at your premises goes.

That is why it is important to have a confident, presentable and polite person managing the reception desk. The reception desk is usually the first point of call for enquires and emergencies.

Why have a professional Security reception guard?

Knowing that the reception desk is usually the first point of call in most situations, it becomes imperative that the person managing the desk is skilled and trained to deal with anything that comes his or her way.

Professional security companies such All Time Security Ltd, who are SIA approved contractors in security guarding, ensure that the staff that they deploy are fully SIA qualified.

But is that enough? The answer is no. It’s not enough. Security guards, especially guards who are manning reception desks, as well as being a visual security presence and crime deterrent, must also be confident, courteous and helpful. They should be familiar with the building, so they can help direct people. They should also be familiar with key areas; this could be areas that contractors need to be able to access or vulnerable areas that need extra surveillance.

Guards should have an understanding of the business and the type of clients that will be visiting. They should be aware of policies, procedures and protocols.

What else do reception security do?

Reception security also sign people in and out of the building, ensuring that only authorised persons are entering the premises. This gives business owners, clients and visitors confidence that they are safe and secure. This also shows clients that the business owners have taken a professional approach to ensuring their safety.

Keyholding

People that run or manage businesses or any premises will know that the management of keys can be chaos. A lot of the time, keys are incredibly important and can grant access to sensitive areas. It is common sense that their needs to be a strict access control and management of the keys. And this is where the professional reception security guard comes in. The guard will ensure that keys are securely locked and under constant surveillance. Keys, especially the ones leading to restricted areas are signed in and out by authorised persons only.

Guards also conduct regular key audits to ensure that all keys are present and the ones that are not have been properly signed out, in accordance to company policy and to authorised persons only.

Security guards will investigate and report missing or lost keys and depending on the situation can help arrange replacement keys or replacement locks.

If you are looking for a professional reception security guard service that will be reliable and guarantee a high standard of work, then contact All Time Security today for a free quote:

Tel: 03330050945

Email: info@alltimesecurity.co.uk

Website: www.alltimesecurity.co.uk

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All Time Security is Now an Accredited Safe Contractor
All Time Security is Now an Accredited Safe Contractor!
26 Nov 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Time Security is Now an Accredited Safe Contractor!

ATS (All Time Security) Limited is SIA Approved contractor for Security Guarding, Key Holding, Door Supervision, Close Protection and CCTV Public Surveillance.

Our aim is to provide a customer focused service that protects the integrity of the sites we are securing while enhancing the professional image of our customers. ATS is also accredited to ISO 9001 for the provision of security, which means that we are audited twice a year by the British Standards Institution.

As well as being one of only a few security companies that is SIA approved in 5 key areas, ATS is now accredited by the Safe Contractor scheme. This means that we reduce risks in our client’s businesses. This accreditation demonstrates that we operate under recognised, high health and safety standards.

When we spoke to the Managing Director of ATS asked him why he applied for the scheme and what it meant for the company, this was his response:

“All Time Security has been running for many years now and every year we look at different ways in which we can improve the services we provide for our clients.

We wanted to reassure all our clients that all our policies and standards are recognised and meet the full requirements of the industry standard. And that is why we chose to get SIA accreditations for all the key areas that we provide services in. This not only validates that we tick all the right boxes in how we operate and how we provide our service but also reassures our clients that ATS is a brand that they can rely on and trust.

This year we wanted our staff to know that as well as provided qualified, skilled staff, we have all our health and safety policies and procedures checked for robustness.

ATS runs a tight ship – and takes the security and safety of everyone incredibly seriously. We want our clients to know that when ATS manages a security contract that they have all the correct practices in place to guarantee health and safety is always paramount.

The Safe Contractor scheme provides a health and safety audit service to reassure clients that health and safety is being handled correctly and sufficiently on their sites.”

ATS has yet again proved its serious attitude towards providing a great service.

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Why Events in London Need a Professional Event Security Service
Why Events in London Need a Professional Event Security Service
28 Sep 2017

London is the heart of the country. It’s where everything is happening and it is incredibly busy with locals and tourists from around the globe. The Tower of London, London Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, are all popular places to visit in London.

So, it’s no wonder that organisations want to run their events in the country’s capital. There are, however, growing concerns over the security and safety of people at events in London. This ranges from people being a nuisance all the way to terrorism.

It has now become vital for event organisers to take these risks more seriously. It is just simply not good enough for events to have general employees or volunteers, who are not trained or equipped to take responsibility of ensuring the safety of staff and attendees.

Sensible organisers will take the initiative of instructing a professional and reputable security company that is ideally SIA approved. A security company that is SIA approved will have met the highest standards of service in the security industry thus providing organisers with the best service possible.

The event security company will analyse the scope and specifications of the event and then conduct a thorough risk assessment. They will identify risks and vulnerabilities prior to the event and look for ways to action preventative measures to eliminate or reduce any potential problems.

The security company will supply fully trained SIA security personnel to act as visual deterrent to criminals and reassurance for staff and attendees that they are in safe hands.

Security companies like All Time Security Ltd have been working in the security industry for many years will have extensive experience in securing both small scale and large scale events in London.

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What is an SIA approved contractor?
30 Aug 2017

What is an SIA approved contractor?

So what exactly does an SIA approved contractor mean? And why should the security company you are hiring have a valid SIA approved accreditation?

The answer is simple, when a security company becomes an approved contractor, they have complied with the highest standards in the security industry.

What is the SIA?

The Security Industry Authority is an independent organisation that was set up by the government and is responsible for regulating the private security industry. When a security company applies for the scheme, it is the SIA that ensure that they meet the highest standards – this provides correct operations, processes, professionalism and trust.

Being SIA Accredited

Companies that have this logo displayed have voluntarily applied for the scheme and have gone through the gruelling process of the SIA inspecting their operations, processes, values, performance and more. And have been awarded the accreditation by demonstrating that they qualify to be a serious and reliable security company.

Approved contractors provide exceptional customer service and, importantly, their customers can rest assured that all the security staff deployed to their premises or events are fully trained and approved SIA staff.

Why Have a SIA company?

Why Have a SIA company?

Quality Assurance

Clients who hire a security company that is an approved contractor will have the confidence that the team securing their premises or event has been extensively assessed for quality and best practice.

Customers will also have the assurance that the security company will have robust customer focused procedures to overcome any concerns that may occur.

In conclusion, when you hire a security company that is an SIA Approved Contractor, you are getting an all-around professional, trusted service. A service that Guaranteeing high standards in providing security services, including qualified, competent and customer-focused security guards, resilient procedures and policies and fantastic customer care.

If you require a security company that is an SIA Approved Contractor for Security Guarding, Key Holding, Door Supervision, Close Protection and CCTV Public Surveillance then contact All Time Security on: 03330 050945 or visit: www.alltimesecurity.co.uk.

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5 Simple Tips for A Safer Trip to London
5 Simple Tips for A Safer Trip to London
29 Aug 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most people, when visiting London, have a safe and enjoyable time, but it is always a good idea to keep yourself safe and aware of your surroundings.

 

Here are 5 Helpful Tips for Keeping Yourself Safe.

 

  1. Plan out your journey carefully

 

Always spend some time before you travel planning out your journey. This will help ensure that you do not get lost or end up in an undesirable location. A well-planned route will mean that you can confidently travel into and around London with a lesser risk of getting into vulnerable situations.

There are various resources that can help you plan the perfect journey. The site that the security experts at All Time Security would recommend is the Transport for London website. It is an official and effective means to plan out your trip to London.

 

  1. Keep your belongings secure

 

When travelling on public transport like trains and buses, you are likely to be in a situation where you are very close to other people. This is to be expected in busy periods of the day like the beginning and the end of the working day.

Unfortunately, not everyone on the train or bus will be honest. Public transport is often a good opportunity for pickpockets to find easy targets. To avoid falling victim to pickpockets, follow these

To avoid falling victim to pickpockets, follow these steps:

– Be aware of the people around you. If someone is standing too close to you, try to move away. If this is not possible, then keep an eye out for your valuables.

– Do not keep your wallet or phone in your back pocket. It is harder to keep track of item in your back pocket, and it is much easier for a professional pickpocket to swipe it without you noticing.

– Don’t flash high-value items. This can give potential pickpockets the incentive to carry out their crimes.

 

  1. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash

 

The old saying “Cash in King” holds a lot of weight. The more cash you are carrying, the more have to lose. There is nothing more appealing to a pickpocket than them putting their hands into a pocket and finding a wallet bursting with bank notes. And there is far less chance of you recovering your losses than if you were to lose or have your bank card stolen.

 

It is better to take the minimum that you may require for your journey and use a bank card where possible. You can always use cash withdrawal machines to get cash if needed. But always be aware of who is around you when withdrawing cash. Ensure that the cash machine does not have any suspicious devices on it. Try to use cash machines that in populated areas and always cover your pin number when entering it.

 

  1. Be careful when using headphones

 

Most people these days like to enjoy a bit of music or video while on their journey. But you have to remember that if you have your external sound reducing headphones plugged into your ears, you are less likely to detect danger. As humans, we detect danger using all of our senses, sight and hearing being the most obvious. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t aid your arduous journey with a

bit of entertainment, rather you should just keep the volume to a manageable level and not get so sucked into your device that you lose sight of what and who is around you.

 

  1. Avoid walking alone at night

 

Try to make your journeys to London during daylight hours and try to remain in populated areas. There are fewer risks when there are other people around.

If you find that a night journey is inescapable, then avoid unlit areas, as visibility will be poor. It would be recommended to avoid headphones at night as your eye-sight will be limited and you

will be relying on your hearing more.

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Why retail outlets need to tighten up on their security more than ever
Why retail outlets need to tighten up on their security more than ever.
30 May 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Office for National Statistics recently reported a surprisingly high 2.3% rise in retail sales during April, as noted by The Guardian. However, bricks-and-mortar retail outlets should be wary of taking too much confidence from this statistic – as, over the next few months, the road for retail is expected to be difficult. This touches upon why firms in this sector should bolster their security procedures.

 

A rosy month, but a not-so-rosy future

Seasonal factors, including the Easter holidays and warm weather, helped to bring UK shoppers out onto high streets in April. They powered the retail industry to its largest monthly growth since January 2016; however, consumer spending remains expected to slow this year. Prices are tipped to start outpacing wage growth and so heighten money concerns in many households.

In fact, in the three-month period ending in March, average earnings saw year-on-year growth of 2.1% – behind the 2.3% inflation rise during that time. Therefore, especially with inflation looking set to reach roughly 3% while pay growth stays sluggish, we shouldn’t expect the April figure to be a reliable sign of things to come for the British retail industry.

Scotiabank economist Alan Clarke warned that “the headwinds facing the consumer will intensify, which in turn is likely to slow the pace of consumer spending later in the year. We therefore remain of the view that the pace of GDP growth has further downside into the end of the year.”

 

Security-related food for thought

With economic factors giving many Britons good reasons not to go out to spend money, it wouldn’t be advantageous for you to add to those reasons by neglecting your retail outlet’s security. Honeywell has declared security “more than protection against theft and vandalism”, adding that it is additionally “about the knowledge that impacts your bottom line.”

The renowned maker of security systems and devices does, however, draw attention to the major effect that can come about through the prevention of theft and fraud. The company explains: “Shrinkage alone costs UK retail businesses billions of pounds Sterling each year. You need to ensure that every transaction is complete and legitimate.”

 

How we at All Time Security can assist

Many retail outlets in parts of South East England can relieve their security concerns by investing in retail security services available from our team at All Time Security. Once your own company has done so, you could be surprised by how quickly the benefits come into play.

Consider, for example, the availability of uniformed security staff for your physical store. Their clear presence can not only comfort law-abiding shoppers but also deter would-be thieves from even acting on their unscrupulous plans. We also have staff who can prevent loss and manage conflict.

It is worth putting in place fresh security systems now, before the retail rot begins seriously setting in. You can be confident of sourcing, from our company, a tailored package for helping to realise the practices of good retail security for Bicester, Oxford, Battersea, and many other places.

 

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Is your business secure? Follow our 5 step checklist
22 Mar 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not sure if your business is secure? Then follow our five-step checklist:

  • Software

Ensure you use strong keywords for all of your technological gadgets, incorporating a mixture of numbers, upper and lower case letters and symbols. Change your passwords regularly – at least every 3 months and don’t write them down. Consider setting up a two-step login where you have to fill in a password, followed by a code.

Also, keep your anti-virus protection up-to-date – Norton, McAfee and Panda remain popular. If you’re finding your software licenses expensive explore the range of open software available – just ensure whatever you choose, you can use them for commercial use.

  • Disposing of technology

When you are disposing of software such as your office computers, ensure you’re getting rid of them responsibly and erase the hard drives before you do. Remember you must abide by the data protection act. Look for an authorised contractor to assist you, who will dispose of computers according to the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive – some charities now offer this service so that you would be doing a good turn too.

  • Keys

Do you know who has access to your premises? Ensure you know who has keys to your business premises. It’s not just the outside that counts – be sure to consider how many keys within the premises are used to open internal doors, cabinets and other storage. Do you know how many keys have been handed out by the business and do you know who has them? Do you have a way to control the duplication of keys? Ensure you have an up-to-date key control policy and that you can trace to whom keys have been issued.

A reputable locksmith can design a master key system for your business that has a patented lock with restricted access to the duplication of keys. If you are considering fitting new locks to your business premises, then make sure you are meeting the terms of your insurance policy too.  Additionally, you might want to consider engaging a key holding service from a security company in your local area. Are you looking for reputable security companies near you to assist you with key holding services and other security services? Then help is at hand.

  • Consider security cameras

Security cameras can give you peace of mind, whether they’re acting as a deterrent to make people think twice about their actions or enabling you to investigate an incident at a later date. The location and type of security cameras are crucial if they are to be effective, so do enlist the assistance of a professional. If your business is likely to grow in the future then consider a contract that allows you to scale up if you need to.

  • Fit an alarm

If you haven’t already, consider installing an alarm system into your business premises. Get the locks right first, and then look at your alarm choices. A range of options are available, so do consult a professional to find the right type for your business and ensure they are members of the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) or Security Systems and Alarm Inspection Board (SSAIB). First and foremost consider what you want from the device, from a signal to be sent to a remote monitoring centre, or a call put into the police.

We hope that this 5 point checklist has been helpful to you in evaluating the security of your business and it’s given you food for thought on how best to approach this in the future.

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The Risks of Leaving Your Site Vacant Without a Construction Site Guard
05 Dec 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Time Security takes its role in the security sector seriously and understands the risks that come with leaving your property unattended.

All construction sites should be monitored at all times to ensure that all work is undertaken smoothly and professionally. Leaving your site vacant leaves you open to a plethora of threats that can cease construction and bring an entire project to its knees.

Equipment theft

The tools required for construction work are very valuable. Leaving your site unattended means that your work tools are open for thieves to take. This not only delays construction significantly but could also cost your company dearly if you’re the one who supplied your workers with the tools.

Tool theft hinders both huge corporations and small sole traders on a daily basis. A thief wouldn’t need much time on the site to bring a halt to the project. As reported by PHAM News, power tools are among the items most frequently stolen from construction sites, but even small hand tools can cost a fortune to replace.

Onsite security services can ensure that any theft attempts are prevented and provide comprehensive monitoring that will deter future theft attempts.

Project sabotage

Sometimes, a person or group of people will oppose the construction of a building. Whether they want to make a statement against the company you’re representing or an anarchist wants to bring the structure down, sabotage could not only delay your project and take a toll on your finances, but also put your workers in mortal danger.

Even if you think you’re safe and don’t have any enemies, you and your workforce could still be subject to a random act of deadly sabotage from a radical. Without the proper supervision of a construction site, someone could slip through and plant a bomb or cause serious harm to a load-bearing portion of the building.

With a well-trained construction site guard, you can keep protestors or extremists from infiltrating the premises. Door supervision can prevent unauthorised access to the interior of a construction and provide your workers with a safe area in which to work.

Local wildlife may invade

Sometimes, it’s not a person posing a threat to your project, as animals can find their way onto construction sites and disrupt workers.

Invading wildlife is harder to get rid of because they won’t understand the consequences of invading a construction site and you can’t reason with them. What’s more, the animal could be dangerous, as this recent Daily Mail report on the discovery of an anaconda on a Brazilian building site may go some way to demonstrating! Even relatively harmless animals like cats or weasels can still carry rabies and spread it to your workers.

A doorman or onsite construction site guard will be able to spot these types of intruders while the lot is vacant and take the necessary steps to eject it from the premises before the workers return.

 Can you afford to leave your site unattended?

Leaving your construction site unattended could spell disaster for your business and employees, which is why it’s so important to put the most appropriate security measures in place.

All Time Security is dedicated to bringing a strong sense of safety to all areas to which we are appointed. We cover construction sites, event security, doorman services and much more, so don’t hesitate to get in touch for more information about our services.

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