With an average of 69.2 crimes every hour affecting companies across the UK, many business owners are rightly concerned about how they can keep staff and premises safe. There is always the risk that a business can be affected by crime at any point – day or night. Alongside CCTV monitoring and mobile patrols, manned security is one of the most effective security measures. So, what are the benefits of manned security guarding?
What is manned security guarding?
Manned security guarding involves the presence of a security guard – or multiple individuals – at your premises to prevent criminal damage, theft or vandalism. These trained professionals are also there to keep you and your staff safe. The aim is to guard against unauthorised access that could lead to criminal activity. Although CCTV is an excellent way to keep your business safe, security guards can also offer a physical presence – meaning the two work effectively together. The security guard on-site will look for any signs of crime, fire/water damage or any other dangers that could cause harm; they can then deal with this accordingly, minimising any risks. They also help to create a safe environment for employees and those visiting as they can protect individuals from any intruders intent on criminal harm.
Who benefits from manned security guarding?
Many businesses can benefit from manned security guarding services, especially those with physical premises. It is also crucial for those that have a large amount of people on-site, including staff members, suppliers and visitors, ensuring everyone has the peace of mind to execute their day-to-day responsibilities effectively. Places like construction sites, factories, warehouses and unoccupied buildings will benefit as the guards can cover a large area of space in a short amount of time, ensuring the premises are safe and secure.
It acts as a deterrent
Having a uniformed guard on-site acts as a strong deterrent. Despite CCTV cameras being effective, they can have blind spots which some criminals can quickly establish. Having them on-site acts as a warning to all criminals that the premises are protected and anyone intent on criminal activity will be caught and prosecuted. As they act as a deterrent, they could potentially reduce the chances of your business suffering any financial losses caused by theft. Security guards also act upon any suspicious activity right away and use their training to defuse the situation quickly and effectively.
Provides you with peace of mind
As a business owner, you want the peace of mind that your premises are safe, secure and protected. Manned guarding allows you to relax knowing that a trained professional can – and is – using their skills, knowledge and training to act as a deterrent against any harm or unlawful activity. You could be on the other side of the world and know that your business is in the hands of qualified, professional security personnel.
They have the skills to respond to all issues
All security guards are required to hold an SIA (Security Industry Authority) licence, so every officer can be expected to have had the correct training. They have been sufficiently trained to deal with a wide range ofincidents that may occur, ranging from fire and water damage to theft and vandalism. They can also respond to issues as soon as they occur; even if it is just a suspicion, they can report it straight away and act accordingly. They also prevent any unauthorised access into the building. Criminals will attempt to get into a premises any way they can and if they are successful then this can result in theft or vandalism. Trained, qualified security professionals are a great way to prevent this.
Provides a reassuring presence
Being greeted by a friendly and helpful security officer creates a welcoming but safe environment for those visiting or working in the building. A guard can provide reassurance to staff that there is a professional watching all areas of the site throughout the day. It can be much less intimidating to staff and visitors than having multiple cameras watching your every move 24/7. They can also assist authorised visitors, directing them and providing any further help required. People are more likely to return if they feel it is a safe and welcoming environment.
It’s easy to see that there are many benefits of using manned security guarding for your business. The ultimate one being that it keeps you, your staff, visitors and premises safe at all times – this should be a priority for all business owners. Not only can they protect your site but it also benefits those that are regularly there. Staff can concentrate on their jobs for the day rather than worrying if the building is safe enough to be in. It could also help on the financial side of things as there is less of a chance of break ins, theft or any damage.
The team at SecurePro are proud to offer a comprehensive range of security solutions to keep your premises safe, ranging from manned security to CCTV remote monitoring. Your safety is always our number one priority. To speak to one of our experts, contact us today on 01384 378300 for a confidential discussion about how we can help you.