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Anti-terrorism Protection: 6 tips to Protect Your business

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Today more than ever, it’s crucial for businesses to have effective and reliable security measures in place. In order to achieve this, you need to consider reliable and responsive provisions for your business.

With the recent events that took place in London and Manchester, those of you with buildings/businesses and staff to protect, will no doubt want to reinforce the existing provisions that you have in place.

Consider this… The current UK threat level for international terrorism is ‘severe’, it was raised to ‘critical’ on May 23rd after the Manchester attack, yet just four days later the threat level was reduced to ‘severe’. Even after the London Bridge attack, which took place on June 3rd, the threat level remains at ‘severe’. This means a terrorist attack is ‘highly likely’.

What can you do to protect your business against anti-terrorism?

With so many atrocities taking place all over Europe, we’re continuously reminded of the devastating effect terrorism can have on communities, businesses and economies alike.

In light of the French capital attack and subsequent attacks closer to home in Manchester and London, it comes as no surprise that more and more companies are seeking to protecting themselves from the financial and emotional damage that a terrorist attack could potentially create.

6 tips to guard your business

In order to give yourself the best possible chance of protecting your employees and customers, here we’ve compiled a list of tips you can implement to help keep your business safe and secure.

#Tip 1: What measures are currently in place?

Until recently, many businesses have given very little thought to terror-proofing their business. Further down the line, businesses are keen to terror-proof, and the first step you’ll need to take, is to take stock of the measures you already have in place.

It’s important to ask questions before going ahead with any drastic changes. This is the opportunity to pinpoint potential weaknesses without your business premises. So… are they secure? Are all the access points safe and locked? What security products and services do you have in place? Do they need updating or re-assessing?

#Tip 2: Identify potentials threats…

Once you have identified your current security measures, you’ll need to identify your potential threats. The best way to complete this is via a risk assessment.

An anti-terror risk assessment should be split into two parts;

  1. Ascertain the potential threats;
  • Firstly, determine which elements of your business are more compromised
  • Is your business in an industry likely to encounter a terrorist attack?
  • Are you in a location that’s of a high risk i.e. the centre of a large city?
  1. Identify the vulnerabilities;
  • Your staff, visitors, clients, contractors
  • Your premises, its contents, your equipment
  • Your information, both electronic and paper data
  • Your processes, supply chains and critical procedures

#Tip 3: Hire professional deterrents

Depending on the site, there are a range of physical counter terror measures that can work to protect life, businesses and buildings from terror attacks. Access control is an important issue to address; i.e. electronic locks, commercial access entry systems, intercom systems, body scanners, CCTV and don’t forget the importance of manned guarding.

#Tip 4: Rehearse and prepare…

There is no point in building a strong security regime if your employees do not understand why security is important. Be sure to rehearse safety practises should the worst happen. Security should be seen as part of everyone’s responsibility, not just a priority for security professionals.

#Tip 5: Review and check your security measures…

You should regularly review your security measures to ensure they are fully functional and relevant. Be ready to modify them dependant on any changes, such as planned building work, staff changes, revised health and safety issues etc. Additionally, be sure to check your security measures, for instance, ensuring CCTV is serviced and doing what you want it to do.

#Tip 6: Stay vigilant

Make it easy for people to report unusual activity and ensure that you investigate such observations. The important of vigilance and reporting concerns to the anti-terrorist hotline is a must.

If you see or hear anything that could be terrorist-related, trust your instincts and call the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321.

Conclusion

If all businesses improve their security, the job of terrorists can be made a lot more difficult. Terrorists really need to look at the location they want to attack. This is called hostile reconnaissance. It is a great opportunity for a business premises to put a potential attacker off, or better still detect them before they can cause carnage. Have you put security on your agenda?

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Uncovering the Myths of Manned Guarding

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Manned guarding is the act of protecting people from harm, securing property from unauthorized access and preventing assets from theft.

advatages of manned guardingWhen considering the vast scale of assets left on a business premises, it would be neglectful for a business owner not to ensure the highest level of security for their employees, their premises and their possessions. This is where manned guarding plays a vital part; by instilling peace of mind for staff, ensuring security 24 hours a day, protecting against potential damage, and preventing risk of theft.

The advantages of manned guarding

 The physical presence of an on-site security officer can never be underestimated and by implementing a security measure such as this, you can effectively reduce the risk of damage to your business premises and theft of your assets, whilst ensuring your employees remain safe and secure.

You’re certain to benefit from the advantages that manned guarding can offer, whether you are in the retail sector and in need of loss protection officers to protect your stock, or you are a hotel or leisure facility seeking security to keep your guests at ease.

The myths of manned guarding…

With many manned guarding myths circulating the business sector, we thought now would be a good opportunity to dispel the myths and uncover the truths, shedding an accurate light on shop lifters, CCTV technology and unreliable staff.

What’s the most common type of theft for business? 

Stock loss is the most common cause of theft for business. 2016’s Retail Crime Survey revealed that the total cost of customer theft affecting the industry in 2015-2016 was 438 million, while the total cost of staff theft was 13 million.

Despite this, in many industries employees steal more stock than shoplifters, as staff may assist in apprehending shop lifters, but who apprehends dishonest staff? This is where manned guarding can help, by protecting you from the greatest stock loss.

When you consider the day-to-day risk of stock being stolen from your premises, hiring security personnel can help to bring great peace of mind and stop the problem or staff and customer theft once and for all.

Are CCTV advancements changing the future of security personnel? 

Installing an alarm or CCTV camera is generally a cheaper security measure compared to hiring security personnel, but this isn’t to say that the future of manned guarding is changing. This is especially so when you consider the many businesses that have implemented security guards, have done so after finding CCTV isn’t effective. For many businesses, CCTV cameras simply do not offer the appropriate level of security.

Technological advancements in CCTV may mean more choice of device and better coverage, but having a security person on-site is still a preferred and favourite security method, which is why many organisations use visible deterrent to protect their premises as a preventative measure against theft.

Does the quality of service vary?

 This would depend on the company you choose to employ. There are myths that security staff are unreliable, but if you choose an experienced manned guarding provider, you should receive a quality service from trained and committed security officers.

If in doubt, there is the option to utilise GPS technology, a common function in today’s security market. GPS technology enables peace of mind by providing a location of your security guards while on duty. This works by providing a handheld GPS device to all personnel deployed on the premises.

A worthwhile investment…

When you consider that the cost of manned guarding is far less than the potential cost of loss of stock, or damage to your premises there is no disputing that it is a worthwhile investment.

It’s inevitable that as a business, you want to save money where you can, but when considering a factor as important as security, is it worth opting for a cheaper, unreliable measure? We think not, which is why at Guardian FM we strive to provide trusted security that are 100% professional and reliable.

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London terror attack: Prime Minister reveals British-born assailant had been investigated for “violent extremism”

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London Terror Attack

The Westminster attacker was British-born and known to the police and intelligence services, the prime minister has revealed.

In a statement to the Commons, Theresa May said he had been investigated some years ago over violent extremism but had been a “peripheral figure”.

“He was not some portion of the present knowledge picture,” she said.Eight captures – no less than four of which occurred in Birmingham – took after Wednesday’s assault that left four dead.

Those that kicked the bucket are PC Keith Palmer, Aysha Frade who worked at a London school, a man in his 50s and the assailant.

Seven of the harmed are still in clinic in a basic condition.

A further 29 had been dealt with in clinic, Mr Rowley included.

In the assault on Wednesday evening, a man drove an auto along an asphalt on Westminster Bridge thumping down people on foot, making frenzy and leaving handfuls harmed.

He then kept running towards Parliament where he cut PC Palmer who was unarmed. Furnished police then shot dead the aggressor in the grounds.

Mrs May paid tribute to PC Palmer saying: “He was every inch a hero and his actions will never be forgotten.”

She also said one of three police officers injured as they returned from an event to recognise their bravery was in a stable condition.

She told MPs, many of whom had been caught up in the commotion: “We will never waver in the face of terrorism.

“Mrs Frade worked at a London 6th form college only a couple of hundred meters from Westminster Bridge.Principal at DLD College, Rachel Borland, said she was “exceedingly respected and adored by our understudies and by her associates”.

Mrs May said 12 Britons were admitted to clinic and different casualties included three French kids, two Romanians, four South Koreans, one German, one Pole, one Irish, one Chinese, one Italian, one American and two Greeks.

Thierry Terret, who is responsible for schools in Brittany, said the three harmed understudies were not in an existence undermining condition and were relied upon to be back home by Friday.

James Cleverly MP requested that Mrs May consider perceiving after death the “heroism and give up” made by PC Palmer, who he knew from his time in the Army.

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How UK Defence and security could be affected by Trump

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The UK has since quite a while ago guaranteed, or got a kick out of the chance to think, it appreciates an uncommon association with the United States. In any case, the decision of Donald Trump, a man from outside the conventional political foundation, is probably going to proclaim a shakeup in Anglo-American policy making. journalists examine a portion of the potential effects.

Theresa May’s announcement reacting to the decision of Donald Trump as US president was purposely cautious, a response that was brought about by Downing Street as a method for treading a practical way with a deliberately critical accomplice.

Trump’s administration brings up a great deal of issues and issues for the fate of the UK-US union, one of the most impenetrable on the planet regarding military participation and insight sharing.

Madeleine Albright cautions Trump against independent acting on Nato Perused more.One of the greatest inquiries concerns Trump’s crusade talk testing the significance of Nato. His primary protest is that most individuals from the organization together don’t meet the criteria of spending no less than 2% of GDP on protection.

The UK, with a touch of budgetary juggling, meets that criteria. The stress is that Trump could undermine the establishment strategy of Nato, to be specific that an assault on one part is an assault on all. In the event, that that dedication was to be in uncertainty, uneasiness about Russian obstruction in the Baltic states, where the UK been conveying strengths, would be uplifted.

Likewise dangerous would be if Trump somehow happened to arrange the US aviation based armed forces to venture up besieging of the Islamic State center point in Raqqa, Syria. At present the UK is locked in with the US in focused shelling, attempting to limit setbacks. In any case, a change of procedure with respect to the US could be hard for the UK to oblige.

Trump has over and again censured the atomic arrangement worked out with Iran, and tunes in to guides who in the past have favoured military activity against the nation, a strategy inconsistent with the UK’s.

On knowledge sharing, the US’s NSA and Britain’s GCHQ are to a great degree close, with the last vigorously subject to the previous. Trump, on the battle field, has proposed he doesn’t feel bound by existing established limitations went for ensuring security. Another question is the place this would leave GCHQ.

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Sadiq Khan to appoint ‘crime victim czar’ for London

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The successful candidate will work with the police, CPS and MoJ. London’s first ever Victims’ Commissioner is to be appointed to work with survivors of crime to improve the criminal justice process.

Mayor Sadiq Khan today advertised the role with the successful candidate working with the Met Police, the Crown Prosecution Service and the Ministry of Justice.

He said: “Crime can have a devastating and lasting impact on people’s lives, which is why I am putting the needs of victims at the heart of policing in London.

“The right support can make a huge difference in helping people navigate the criminal justice system and recover from painful experiences, as well as driving down reoffending.”

Ref: www.standard.co.uk

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