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7 security tips you need to know when organising an event
03 Mar 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you’re planning on organising a red carpet event, a fashion show, a trade show or a small exhibition, having the correct security measures in place for the size of your event can ensure that it will run as safely and as smoothly as it should. Below, we’ve put together seven security tips that you should follow when organising your next event.

  1. Hiring a security firm

Even when hiring a company dedicated to security, it is important to get references and accreditations to ensure that they are fully qualified and licensed. Accreditations such as SIA licences and DBS checks are essential. It is also a good idea to ask other event organisers for recommendations regarding which security firms they may have worked well with in the past.

  1. Choosing an appropriate venue

More often than not, the biggest problem when it comes to event security is the fact that organisers have chosen a venue that is not appropriate for what they have planned. During the initial stages of planning, you should try and see the venue yourself and consider things such as entrances and exits, emergency parking spots and even knowing the location of the nearest fire station, hospital and police department. If possible, get your security team to go with you to the venue, as it’s likely they will spot potential safety risks before you.

  1. Checking IDs and bags

If you are the event organiser, it is your responsibility for knowing exactly who is coming in and out of the venue. You should, therefore, have a list of everyone that is due to attend the event and get staff to check for the relevant ID as they enter. Both guests and event staff should be prepared to have their bags searched, and these should be done by security, as it is more likely that people will be willing to comply if uniformed personnel is in charge. There should also be an area for items taken from guests that they can retrieve as they leave. To make sure this goes smoothly, it could be worth mentioning the issue of bag searches on the invites.

  1. Getting the balance right

One of the most important things that should be considered when organising an event is the balance between the number of people attending and the amount of security you will require. If your event is relatively small, don’t overcrowd guests with a huge amount of security staff, as this may make them feel intimidated for no reason. With a large event, you may need to consider issues such as crowd control, but by liaising with your chosen security firm, they should be able to provide you with the best solution.

  1. Brief your team

Before the start of your event, it is always worthwhile to brief your security team on any problems that you think may arise. You can also ask these security professionals if there is anything that they think you could improve on regarding the security of your event. Your security staff should be aware of how many people the venue is legally allowed to hold and how many are due to attend the event.

  1. Have medical support

For large events, it is particularly important to have an onsite medical team available for first response action to major things such as food allergies, heart attacks, panic attacks or even minor problems such as slips and falls.

  1. Stick to a clear safety budget

If you’re planning a high-profile event, it may be wise to save a bulk of your budget to go toward event security. Indeed, implementing a clear safety procedure at your event is a legal requirement, so it’s important that you can deliver a safe

and effective service for all guests.

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Here’s What You Need To Do To Protect Your Business In The New Year
24 Jan 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you own a fairly large business or you’re just starting out, it’s very important to look into security and protection. With the continuous developments in technology, criminals are finding new ways to break into accounts and systems, as well as attempting to physically rob business owners. What steps can you take to protect your business in the coming year?

Identify your most vulnerable areas

Carry out a risk assessment and involve others within your business, so you can accurately pinpoint the areas that need the most protection. This could include your equipment, stock, access areas or even your front doors.

Secure your premises

If you need to, you can strengthen your doors, fit window locks, install security lighting and hire door supervision, if necessary. However, if you don’t feel that you need to go to such lengths, you could simply install CCTV and put up signs to warn of its presence to deter any burglars. At All Time Security, we offer a range of security services to help you protect your company.

Secure your equipment and stock

Carry out regular audits on your equipment and allocate responsibility for particular items to individual employees. Consider securing expensive equipment to floors or walls, and record serial numbers of items such as computers. Carry this mindset on to your stock and perform regular stock takes and keep on top of paperwork. Be on the look-out for excessive amounts of voids, credits or damage claims, and don’t be afraid to question them.

Be wary of employee theft

Not all crime comes from outside the walls of businesses, so always be sure to check employee references and introduce clear policies about theft. Exercise due caution when granting access to keys and revealing security codes. You must be prepared to make active decisions if a theft should occur and fully support prosecution. Areas you may find vulnerable to this are till money and petty cash, so be sure to keep a close eye on them.

Update your IT systems

If you have an outdated security system, you may need to update it, as criminals could have access to financial records, employee details and passwords. It might be wise to regularly review who has access to which documents and change passwords every so often to help with internal theft, and look into firewalls and anti-virus software for external threats.

Train your staff

Security training is necessary so that everyone, including yourself, knows what to do in the event of a serious threat. Train your staff to recognise suspicious behaviour by those that enter the premises and how to report a crime to you. Consider having a select few members of staff to have access to the money, and show them how to routinely empty tills and take any excess cash to the bank so that there is as little money on site as possible.

Seek advice

There are so many people you can talk to if you’re worried about the security of your business. At your local police station or council, there will be a crime prevention officer that will be available to give you advice on forms of crimes businesses in your area are vulnerable to and how you can better protect yourself. You can also speak to your IT provider on how to further prevent online crime.

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Why is it Important to Have a Control Room?
10 Sep 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With growing risks for venues, events, retailers and even security guards themselves, security companies like All Time Security have a put robust measures in place. One of these measures is having access to a central control room.

What is a Security Control Room?

A control room is a 24 hour, 7 day-a-week extra support for venues and security guards.

The control room can constantly monitor locations of all the deployed security guards, knowing exactly where they are.

How does it function?

The control room facilitates for addition support and advice for managers and security guards. If a situation arises, the control room can be called directly at any time. The control room manager can then assess the situation and offer additional support if necessary.

The control room also has a direct link to the Police station for added support.

This is the first point of call when in need of resources and equipment:

  • Additional radio equipment
  • Protective or high visibility clothing
  • Supplementary guards
  • Quick notice guards
  • Mobile security and vehicles

All managers and team leaders have direct access to the control room.

If you require a security company that has a great security team and a resource full control room, then contact All Time Security on: 03330050945

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Why You Should Have Security Guards that Understand Retail Security
24 Aug 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The main objective of retail outlets is to provide services and products in a fashion that optimises customer satisfaction. All good retailers know that this is impossible to achieve if customers and staff do not feel safe and secure whilst being on their premises.

So when retailers create a loss prevention plan, they most certainly consider instructing a security team to help protect their premises, staff, customers and products.

What should retailers consider before hiring a security company?

Most people know that you need security guards that are confident and competent. It’s important to know that they are SIA qualified and hold a valid license but what some retailers tend to overlook is that in today’s tough economic climate, security guards can actually help you retain customers.

A security guard is normally the first person and the last person that your customers see – so effectively, they are the first and last impressions of your premises and customer experience.

So really, retailers need to focus on having security guards that are customer service focused.

Here are some of the qualities that a good security guard should have above his security skills:

He must be:

  • Polite
  • Punctual
  • Helpful
  • Well mannered
  • Well dressed
  • Presentable
  • Flexible
  • Reasonable

Customers like the people they interact with to be helpful and friendly – and security guards are normally the first point of contact – so it’s a no brainer really.

If you are looking for professional retail savvy security guards then contact All Time Security on:

03330050945 or Email: info@alltimesecurity.co.uk

 

All Security Guards at All Time Security are skilled and trained on delivering great customer services in their in-house security training centre with professional trainers.

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