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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”

Read the full case study at SRSLondon_CaseStudy_EmptySite-Central-London.pdf

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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.”

For a free risk assessment with Security Risk Specialists please call 020 3004 4189

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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.

The 5 Golden Rules For Personal Safety In London

The 5 golden rules for personal safety in London

Just last month The Evening Standard report several recent cases of women being attacked in broad daylight in exclusive areas of London, disturbingly on one occasion a mother was targeted as she was taking her two year old daughter out of her car in Hampstead. This is alarming for parents and for women in particular and in light of this we hope the below tips might be useful for individuals to be increasingly vigilant when out and about in London during both the day and night.

The importance of London Security Guards in light of growing threats

The importance of London Security Guards in light of growing threats

In a recent interview, Britain`s most senior police officer directly challenged the Government over drastic budget cuts.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the commissioner of the Metropolitan police, said his force would have to shrink, damaging its ability to respond to a terrorist attack or a repeat of the 2011 riots across London.

Hogan-Howe warned that planned funding cuts are so large they would endanger the safety of the public.

Services Concierge & Home

The 4 Secrets of a Top Class Concierge Service

There’s more to a concierge service than signing in visitors and accepting packages. A top class concierge service for an office or block of flats will offer far more.

1. A great first impression. As the old saying goes: “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” This applies as much to your home and your business as it does to the people you meet. With an office or block of flats, that first impression comes when your visitor steps through the front door and is greeted at the reception desk.

Is the person behind the desk smartly dressed? Are they attentive and welcoming? A stressful or unpleasant experience for visitors can damage your business. In contrast, efficiency and a warm smile get a relationship off on the right foot.

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Why our guards are trained in Krav Maga

You may have heard about the 12-year-old schoolgirl who recently fought off a male attacker by kneeing him in the groin. The assault came at around 6pm one evening earlier this month as the girl was making her way home from a self defence class in Hampstead.

Services Concierge & Home

Concierge Service in London: Securing Your Way To a Better Day

You never get a second chance to make a first impression!

Our Concierge Service can be tailor made to suit each individual site or company. We adopt the company’s ethos and provide a bespoke and comprehensive site instruction manual to give our Concierge personnel detailed guidelines about how best to welcome and greet staff, visitors or residents, and the duties involved in each particular Concierge service.

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It is impossible to discuss Security in relation to vacant buildings London and Central London without addressing squatting. What exactly does squatting consist of?

Squatting is when someone deliberately enters empty or abandoned property without permission and lives there.

Vacant buildings in Central London can all be vulnerable to squatters.  Even a disused police station in East London was occupied by squatters in 2005, and in this instance the case was adjourned for four months, allowing the squatters to stay put during that time.  When squatters occupy an empty building it is actually incredibly difficult for the legal owner to arrange for them to be evicted.

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Providing Trusted Close Protection Bodyguards in London

Bodyguards, (also known as Close Protection Officers), are not just for celebrities or high profile individuals but they can provide both long term and short term protection for ordinary people who for any reason may be feeling under threat. Bodyguards are used in London for numerous reasons, and at Security Risk Specialist we are equipped to address every danger posed to individuals and their families or businesses, to protect them from harm or embarrassment, and to offer them the most suitable Close Protection Bodyguard to meet their particular needs.

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