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The Challenges of Securing Vacant Sites in Central London

Security insight for Commercial Property Land Owners, Property Brokers, Property Surveyors and Management Companies:

Security Risk Specialists share their experience on “The Challenges of Securing Vacant Sites in Central London”



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Why Brexit could be damaging for our security industry

Why Brexit could be damaging for our security industry…

Pre-Brexit British citizens could move easily to another EU country and citizens of EU countries equally free to move to the UK and according to the 2014 Labour Force Survey, 79% of the 1.73 million EU nationals living in the UK were in employment.

The UK was rocked by the seismic decision to leave the EU with many facing economic uncertainty as a result and whilst there has been no immediate impact the next few years will reveal the real outcome of the referendum result.

It is highly likely that the UK will negotiate a deal for the free movement of people for the benefit of its economy, but given the anti-immigration stance of many Leave supporters, this will probably be one of the most contentious issues and is hard to predict. In addition, many commenters say it’s likely that British immigration controls could then ‘cherry-pick’ its immigrants, giving preference perhaps to say French and German immigrants, with Romanians and Bulgarians getting a far shoddier deal than their British colleagues.

Yair Daren is the Israeli-born owner of Security Risk Specialists and he is concerned about how Brexit will directly impact the security industry in the UK. He explains,

Many of our workforce are highly trained, foreign workers. It is likely that people will need new documentation to work in the UK and this isn’t going to be straightforward.

He advises,

If you currently employ EU workers you should ensure that they have the right to work in the UK and have all the necessary visas and checks in place for non-EU Nationals.

The rights of EU nationals living in the UK looks set to be a major hurdle for the Brexit negotiations.

Former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith said:

How can EU citizens’ rights be guaranteed under EU law when EU law won’t run in the UK? No other independent and sovereign country in the world would agree to a thing like that.

University of Portsmouth colleagues Professor Mark Button and Peter Stiernstedt in a recent published article highlight potential problems that Brexit might bring. These include impacts on the working time directive (hours worked and paid holidays), equal pay, maternity rights, TUPE protections, health and safety, public procurement and employees’ rights to information and consultation.

As the authors recognise, clearly they would not all disappear in the event of a Brexit, but many would become viable targets for the Conservative right wing that would be likely to be leading our government in the medium term.

Most alarmingly might be their concern that it may lead to a watering down of regulation within the industry.
Daren comments,

The security industry has long suffered with a reputation of poorly trained heavies doing long hours with poor pay. There has been a positive shift in organisations now seeking the proper accreditation from approved bodies such as SIA and implementing rigorous training for staff. In the light of recent terrorist attacks in the UK, such as the Westminster attack and the bombing at the Manchester Arena it is frightening that there is a possibility of a return to poorly motivated guards with insufficient training. This is a truly worrying future.

Security Risk Specialists aim to raise the standards of security and customer service, and do so by investing in the practice of its personnel. In addition to the standard SIA Training and ISO 9001 accreditation, SRS training includes exercises such as Israeli Krav Maga and also self-defence techniques.

This approach stems directly from Daren’s time serving as a Lieutenant, on the frontline, in the Israeli Armed Forces. He has operational expertise with counter-terrorism, protecting physical facilities, protecting diplomatic staff and high profile individuals.

“In Israel stop and search patrols and highly visible security is a way of life,” explains Daren, “a tailored security approach could well become a new reality for the UK.”

In the last few days we have seen shopping centres on high alert and concert venues postponing performances. Car parks have been closed and random checks put in place.

Daren argues, “Rather than cut back on security it is something that should be firmly on everyone’s agenda. Increased terrorist activity means we should bolster security and invest in the front line who guard events and premises and know how to respond swiftly and decisively.”

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Lone Wolf Attacks

Yair Daren, head of Central London based security firm, Security Risk Specialists, shares his insights and top tips, on ways to bolster your own security in the wake of the recent Westminster attack …

Last week terror struck at the very heart of Britain and its Government. London was its usual bustling mix of tourists and workers and in an attack that lasted just 82 seconds Kahlid Massod killed four and injured many more.

As the dust settles and investigations are underway it emerged that Kahlid Massod had planned his atrocious crime. Metropolitan Police investigation unveiled CCTV footage of Massods’ SUV driving around several times around Westminster in the run up to the attack and documents including photos of Parliament and maps of Westminster Bridge and the surrounding area were found. Like so many crimes this shows it was premeditated rather than a random attack.

So how do we, as Londoners, best secure ourselves and our property?

Regularly change your routine
Information gathering is key component prior to criminal or terror attacks and so changing your patterns of behaviour such as number of guards/security personnel, level of security checks frequency of patrols etc can all contribute to creating uncertainty and confusion with a potential assailant.

Deterrence
Deterrence is key.

Security Guards are a deterrent for would-be terrorists and criminals alike. The greater the security measures in place the less likely an attack will take place.

Daren states.

Security guards are an important aspect of deterrence. There is no doubt that burglars and vandals will think twice about breaking into your office, home or vacant building if you have security guards on site. Guards’ physical presence and ability to react to situations make them far more effective than CCTV cameras and access control measures alone.

Risk Assessment
Risk Assessment is vital in identifying potential threats. We know that Masood acted alone and Met Deputy assistant Neil Brown has described his attack methods as, “based on low sophistication, low tech and low cost techniques…” Sadly that did not make his attack any less deadly.

A professional, and fully accredited security firm would be invaluable in identifying the potential threat to a particular institution or company. Security Risk Specialists train their guards using the Krav Maga drills and techniques.

Krav Maga was developed for the Israel Defence Forces and is known for its focus on real-world situations and its extreme efficiency. We know that these specialist methods better equip our guards to deal with an assailant…

explains Daren.

Make security part of the culture
Seemingly simple duties such as checking bags, requesting that all staff members carry appropriate identification, and visitors are logged in systematically are measures which enable organisations to keep careful track of who is inside the building at any given time. Furthermore these procedures also discourage unwanted visitors from attempting to enter. Measures should be rigorous enough to ensure the safety and protection the client and property requires, yet at the same time flexible enough so not to cause an inconvenience to staff and visitors.

Know your area
London is a densely populated, 24 hour city and security measures must be proportionate and bespoke.

We design security procedures based on the specific client`s needs, making sure they protect the people and property yet pose minimum disturbance to the day to day running of operations

says Daren.

In the wake of the Westminster attack Thames Valley Police chief constable Dave Hardcastle said, “…the Force believes that it is proportionate and necessary to put in place extra security measures to further protect and support the public…this is consistent with security deployments in London.” Security Risk Specialists offer residential patrols, special event support, security dogs and also work with accredited alarm and CCTV installers to ensure your property is effectively secured.

Security should be seen as an extension to your office set up and team. Effective security measures are designed to serve a real and crucial purpose as well as to provide a deterrent

concludes Daren.

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About Daren
Daren has over 15 years security experience in both public and private sectors as well as operational expertise with counter-terrorism, protecting physical facilities from buildings and offices to protecting diplomatic staff and high profile institutions combining close co-operation with the police

About SRS London
Security Risk specialists is a Central-London based Manned Guarding company accredited to ISO 9001 and SIA Approved Contractor standards.
Established in 2013 and bringing over fifteen years of security experience in the private and public sectors in the UK and oversees, Security Risk Specialists objective is to provide a high-end security service to individuals and institutions alike.


Clerkenwell security guard helps stop machete jewellery heist

Clerkenwell security guard helps stop machete jewellery heist

islington gazzeteEduard Chirila, who works for Clerkenwell firm Security Risk Specialists, arrived at Chronext for his shift as normal at 10.20am on Wednesday. But he was immediately approached by undercover flying Squad detectives who told him they were expecting a robbery to “They told me to follow the normal procedures,” he Eduard, 38, told the Gazette. “I wasn’t too concerned because it is my job but I was thinking about my duty to keep my colleagues safe, and I have a family as well, you know?

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TheJC.com: Israeli security guards help police foil Mayfair jewellery raid

TheJC.com: Israeli security guards help police foil Mayfair jewellery raid

Israeli security guards help police foilAn Israeli security company has helped police catch a gang of armed robbers who attempted a smash-and-grab burglary on a Mayfair jewellery store. Yair Daren told the JC how his Security Risk Specialist firm co-operated with officers who had received a tip-off about a potential robbery at the Chronext shop in central London.

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Machete-wielding thieves are foiled by the flying squad as they try to rob a jewellers

MailOnline: ‘It was like a scene out of a movie’: Machete-wielding thieves are foiled by the flying squad as they try to rob a jewellers

daily-mailMachete-wielding thieves were dramatically stopped by plain-clothed police officers as they tried to rob a luxury jewellery shop in the capital today in ‘scenes straight out of a movie’.

The gang, riding two mopeds, were ready to pounce in Piccadilly in central London at around 11.25am when officers from Scotland Yard’s anti-robbery Flying Squad took them out.

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Dog unit protects Islington business from third robbery

Dog unit protects Islington business from third robbery

At 11pm one Saturday night just before Christmas we received a panicky phone call from the owner of a media agency based in Islington. His office had just been broken into for the second time in a matter of days.

The first burglary had also taken place at night. A gang of thieves on mopeds had gained entry by using hammers to smash one of the office’s huge glass windows. They vandalized the office before making off with around 12 Mac computers. These were loaded into a car parked discreetly around the corner by one of their accomplices before they fled on their mopeds.


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