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CCTV in your Home

CCTV can be very effective when it comes to the security of your home. It allows the homeowner to monitor their property. Yet, it can also act as a deterrent if the cameras are easily seen.

If you live in a high crime area or you’ve been the victim of property damage or burglary, you may wish to consider investing in home CCTV equipment. Prices for home CCTV cameras and installation can vary significantly depending on the features you want to include and how many cameras you would like installed. Camera quality and memory also differ, depending on the product you buy. At the same time, advanced equipment often includes a night vision camera lens.

Some home CCTV systems allow you to watch what’s happening at your property live, either on your work computer or mobile.

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Security Guards – What is involved in getting a licence.

Most security guards are required to be licensed by the government, as this helps protect both the public and the employees of the security guards company. This license also lets them perform various duties that include searches and arrests. Security guards are often called on to duty at night, which means that their safety and public safety are always a priority. It also provides insurances for personal injury.

You will need to complete a written test and take a written exam before getting your license. This will ensure that you know all the basics relating to security services and will ensure that when you apply for your license you have the knowledge and experience required to get it.

Security Guard Licences are valid for a period of one year, after which you have to get re-licensed.

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Business Event Security

When organising a large scale business event, don’t forget about security as anything can happen that you have not prepared for or expect. Here is a shortlist of benefits to having security at your next event.

Corporate events tend to include many attendees. The more people who attend, the more opportunity for something unexpected to happen, making even simple tasks challenging. 

If you plan on selling or providing alcohol at your event, guests may forget themselves and drink a little too much. Having security on hand means anyone who may lower the mood are dealt with quickly and professionally. 

More significant events can also attract unwanted guests who wish to cause trouble or have crime on their mind. Another job for security is to monitor guest access, including invitation checks and spot checks to ensure no unwanted items get into the event. 

How Much do Shop Security Guards Cost?

If your shop or business is starting to face some serious security concerns or your product offerings are expensive and targets of theft, you may want to sincerely consider hiring a security guard or team. Simply having a security guard in-store, can help discourage potential thieves and boost the impression of security importance in your premise.

When it comes to the cost of employing a security guard, the cost can vary greatly. Depending on your needs and several other factors, the price could be anywhere from £25-£150 per hour. Whilst some security firms will charge an hourly rate, others will have fixed quotes. You would need to figure out what sort of budget you are able to use for security services, the needs of your shop and duration of service.

Security Guards can help increase the safety of your business or shop and can help deter theft, simply by their presence.

What to Look for When Choosing a Security Company

When trying to choose the best security company for your needs you may not know what to look for. There are several important qualities that any good security company will have. To help you in your research and choice, read below for what items you should be looking for.

• The most important thing is experience and reputation- do plenty of research and comparison of different companies to see which are highly esteemed

• The security company will need to be licensed and insured, this should be clearly displayed or mentioned, if not, you would do well to look elsewhere

• Look into the staff and their qualifications and training, which should also be mentioned and transparent

• Be sure that the companies you are looking into offer the services that you will need

• The cost of their services, needs to be in your price range

• You want to ensure that the response time of their services is what you need, ideally, they should offer 24/7/365 response times

• The company needs to be relatively local to you

Using these items to compare security service companies will help you in your decision making.