In May this year it was revealed that Holloway Road, in the Borough of Islington, was among the three London streets most affected by moped theft. This type of crime involves criminals targeting bystanders distracted on their phones, often mounting the pavements on their mopeds to snatch the phones or other goods out of their hands.
The reduction in police numbers and consequent increase in crime rates is widely covered, but has every area in London been equally affected? This post will look at the ten boroughs most affected by crime, and explore the reasons why this is the case.
SRS Accredited to ISO 9001 Quality Management System & SIA Approved Contractor Standard
SRS is proud to announce that it successfully passed the rigorous assessment of the much coveted SIA Approved Contractor Scheme and the ISO 9001 Quality Management System.
Early Tuesday morning a vehicle swerved into cyclists and pedestrians outside the Houses of Parliament. The suspect -29-year old male- is not known among counter-terrorism police, and he is not co-operating with officers. No one else was in the car at the time of the crash and no weapons were found.
A great deal has been written about the far reaching transportation implications of Crossrail’s arrival in Farringdon, but little has explored the potential impact Crossrail will have on Security in Farringdon, EC1 and its neighbouring areas of Old Street, Clerkenwell, Hatton Garden and Mid-Town when the Elizabeth line opens in December 2018.
SRS is proud to be protecting the Jamie Oliver Group. Inspired by the brilliant simplicity of Jamie Oliver’s hugely successful cookery book, 5 INGREDIENTS, SRS would like to offer 5 ingredients for a First Class Security Service which we hope will be just as easy to digest.
SRS is proud to be routinely appointed to protect High Profile Individuals and Institutions.
High profile protection often means arranging and deploying teams at short notice and under the premise that they may be likely to encounter hostility.
SRS prides itself in a holistic approach to protection and as such performs Security Drills in conjunction with both guards and clients together. Recent example focused on criminality in London and aimed to educate everyone on site about the dangers of mobile phone theft in Central London.
SRS Scenario Training “Guards and Clients train on site together”.
Just as the year started on the 2nd January, The Evening Standard reported that Scotland Yard will:
“no longer investigate low level crimes if officers have to look at CCTV for more than 20 minutes. Met Officers have also been told that they should drop investigations into thousands of offences if no CCTV is available”.
For Security Risk Specialists this brings into focus for us the importance of having professionally installed and carefully monitored CCTV footage so that where incidents occur we have the right resources at our fingertips to provide the police with the information and evidence that they need to support their investigations.
This week saw the Queen pay a special visit to London’s West India Dock to board the HMS Sutherland to mark 20 years since the warship was first commissioned.
Anyone who has been a loyal follower of Queen Elizabeth II will know that The Royal Navy has played a huge role in her life.
In addition to being a Naval wife, she has also been a Naval mother, daughter, and granddaughter.
The challenges in securing heavily armed ships, often with helicopters and a large workforce, are huge.
SRS has been securing operational Navy ships since 2013, and are experts in mobilising at short-notice and at speed in order to provide the necessary reliable and trusted security for these high-profile ships.
In addition, being docked in London makes the security job more sensitive.
SRS carries out a program of up-to-date scenario based training to simulate real-life security breaches.
Recently these have included new training relating to:
- intruders on site
Investing in our guards with this training is imperative to ensure we minimise any potential threat and provide the fully bespoke security support that all of our clients expect.
Krav Maga is an effective, modern, and dynamic self-defense and fighting system. It is designed to be practical and intuitive for people of any age, shape, or size.
Each new guard receives Krav Maga Training when they join us. They then receive regular follow up Krav Maga training every two to three months.
Unlike many other self defence systems, our training covers more than just fighting. The techniques expand on your natural instincts to develop skills quickly and effectively, while enabling you to address attacks under any scenario.
There are just over 32,000 Police Officers in London and only approximately 10% are armed officers.
It is currently illegal for any security guards in the UK to be in possession of a weapon. However, the Guard Dogs Act of 1975 provides for the use of dogs to guard a property, provided the dog is under the control of a handler.
SRS is proud to be working with one of the UKs largest private hire coach companies.
City Circle provides top-quality coach services to the leisure, corporate and tourism markets. They have recently relocated their Headquarters to Hayes, West London. The new premises will also house their fleet of top-end private coaches.
Based on an Industrial Estate, Security Risk Specialists will provide 24 hour security support, 7 days a week. Security will include the latest CCTV installation as well as around the clock guarding.
Managing hotel security is a balancing act. A visible security presence provides guests with reassurance that both they, and their possessions, are safe during their stay. On the other hand, guests want to relax and enjoy their stay and not be made to feel nervous or oppressed by the security measures in place.
Security in hotels, particularly in the UKs capital and major cities, has recently come under scrutiny after a spate of terror attacks and threats.
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”
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.
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.
Being an ISO 9001 Certified company, means that we have demonstrated that our organisational system and work practices meet the requirements set out by ISO 9001 Quality Management System. The standard provides the foundation to greater customer satisfaction, staff motivation and continual improvement.
The Security Industry Authority (SIA) Approved Contractor scheme is a major accreditation within the private security industry. Security Risk Specialists holds an SIA Approved Contractor status for the provision of security guarding services.
Security Risk Specialists are proud to be working closely with the Community Security Trust (CST)
Clerkenwell security guard helps stop machete jewellery heist
Eduard 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?
TheJC.com: Israeli security guards help police foil Mayfair jewellery raid
An 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.
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
Machete-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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LONDON IS VARIED AND MULTIFACETED
Selecting the best security company in London to suit your needs can be a challenge for any organisation. As the famous fashion designer Vivienne Westwood put it, “There is nothing like London”. So when it comes to addressing security needs in London, its unique character needs to be taken into account. While the endless variety London offers is part of its charm, any London based security company worth its salt will need its security assessments to bear this variety in mind too.
“Never work with Animals or Children” is a famous saying in the world of acting but for the world of security working with animals –
specifically security dogs – can have an extremely positive effect – as long as both the dogs and handlers are professionally trained. Some research suggests that a security dog with their handler is the equivalent in security terms to four security guards. Where guards don’t offer a sufficient deterrent security dogs are an extremely efficient deterrent in warding off squatters and preventing all kinds of anti-social behaviour. We have first hand experience of the impact a dog and handler can have on squatters attempting to return to a site from which they were evicted and the process would not have been as straightforward without the presence of the security dogs and handlers.