The benefits of using a security contractor
With crimes against businesses rising year on year, it’s no surprise that the need for security is on the increase. With so many options to choose from, it can be hard to decide what kind of security solutions a business might need.
The best way to eradicate crimes is to try and avoid them in the first place. Simply having a security guard on the premises can act as a huge deterrent to possible thieves. They’re likely to think twice about targeting a business if they can see uniformed security guards patrolling the area, as they can provide a quicker response in comparison to CCTV cameras. It also sends a message to possible criminals that you’re serious about your business security.
It is important to understand that private security is not the same as public security. Public security refers to government regulated operatives, such as the police. Public security tends to be highly regulated in comparison to private security and is often not as technologically advanced.
By using the services of a professional security company, you are guaranteed to get fully trained and experienced security guards who know what they are doing. This means that the training the guards have been through should cover how to keep a property secure and what to do in the event of a potential threat.
Security guards are there to prevent an intruder from entering or damaging your property, which means they are not always going to be busy . This means that their services can extend further than looking for trouble, which is why many security companies train their guards to provide excellent customer service to visitors in the meantime. This is useful because you can get a 2 in 1 service from the guards, meaning you don’t have to hire a separate person to welcome customers/visitors in.
Staff often feel under pressure to protect the premises they work on or indeed any stock contained within in. This can often lead to unnecessary anxieties within the workplace and their jobs being done to a lesser standard, as they are too preoccupied with trying to act in place of a security officer.
Having a CCTV system in place for some businesses can be vital as they are a big security benefit. Especially if the stock/equipment/materials are of very high value or if the site itself is particularly large. However, having CCTV alone will not be able to do a great deal for your business if a situation arises. Having trained security officers monitoring the CCTV will allow them to instantly notice anything suspicious and deal with it immediately.
Some interesting figures for the security industry in the UK
There are 7,055 Private Security Services businesses in the UK as of 2023, an increase of 2.2% from 2022.
The financial market size is £8bn
The security industry employs around 191,404 in the UK
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