Manned Guarding –

Manned Guarding an effective deterrent against crime! Key Control Services (KCS) Manned Guarding services provide clients with security officers to look after the physical security of premises and the safety of people employees or members of the general public. With our Manned Guarding services you can enjoy the peace of mind that your premises and assets will be protected by fully trained, vetted officers, capable of carrying out patrolling duties, cctv monitoring and reception duties 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year!

By using our SIA licensed and experienced officers you will also benefit from having on-site personnel who will behave in a courteous, intelligent and professional manner towards your staff and customers. This will enhance your company s image, professionalism and reputation which are also good for business! For further information about our vacant property services or a FREE quote call Phil Johnson on 01204 861331 or send a message using our contact form.


National Cyber Security Centre marks first year of protecting the UK

In the last 12 months cyber experts within the new National Cyber Security Centre received 1,131 incident reports, with 590 classed as significant . A report published to mark the first anniversary of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) highlights the work undertaken by the organisation to help improve the safety and security of online activities and transactions in the UK. The NCSC, which is part of GCHQ, exists as a single, one stop shop for UK cyber security.

The centre acknowledges there is still a lot of work to be done but points out the progress in the first 12 months, which includes preventing thousands of attacks, providing support for the UK Armed Forces and managing hundreds of incidents. The NCSC has also helped to foster a pipeline of the next generation of experts and is working with businesses and universities to nurture technology for tackling cybercrime. According to Jeremy Fleming, director of GCHQ, cyber is playing an increasingly important part in daily lives and in the UK s approach to security, with threats evolving rapidly as technology advances. Our response has been to transform to stay ahead of them. The NCSC is a pivotal part of that transformation. It is a critical component not only of GCHQ, where it benefits from the data and expertise it has access to as part of the intelligence community, but of how the government as a whole works to keep the UK safe, Fleming said. Free Download: the CyberSecurity Crashcourse Are you even aware if you have been the victim of a cybersecurity breach?

This report will help you to find out and protect yourself, Eric Hansleman from 451 Research presents a rapid-fire overview of cybersecurity , because a firewall just won t do, you need multi-layered defences to truly protect your data.

Click here to download now Related Topics

Watch: Your questions answered about the FIA s fire detection and alarms qualification

Installer training The Fire Industry Association (FIA) officially launched its new qualifications in fire detection and alarms at FIREX 2017. The FIA had earlier in the year shone a light on why a clearer career path is so needed in its latest Market Conditions Review. Good engineers are almost impossible to find, was one comment submitted by a survey respondent.

Your letters and questions about the new fire detection and alarm qualifications from the FIA are answered in the video below. What topics do these courses cover? What s new? Are the old FIA training courses obsolete? Watch the interview with Martin Duggan of the FIA below to find out the answers to these and other questions.

embedded content Related Topics Time running out to book place on FIA seminars on update to BS 5839-1:2017 6 Things you need to know about FIM Expo Free cybersecurity seminar will focus on physical security systems and star ethical hackers

How to Hire the Right Private Investigator

Choosing a private investigator can be difficult. Getting the right results from a detective agency depends on working with a private investigator you can trust, who s experienced, efficient and keeps in touch with clients. One of the things that we hope for, in every new situation, is that we ll be able to reassure your worries, resolve your problems and close your case to your complete satisfaction. A first class private investigator will have your interests at the heart of their work, at every point in the process.

What to look for in a private investigator

It s sad but true that we re required to make difficult decisions at the time of greatest stress and emotional pressure such as during a marriage break up or when we realise that our business is being damaged by the actions of a colleague or employee. Few of us ever expected to be in the position of needing to have a friend, family member, colleague or employee investigated, so knowing what questions to ask, and what criteria to use, can help you decide exactly which private investigator is right for you. This is crucial information, because entrusting your relationship, your future, your career or your business to an unprofessional or inadequate private investigator will simply make things more difficult and cost you money to no purpose.

How To Hire The Right Private Investigator

4 key points to check when hiring a good private investigator:

  1. Detective Skills
    There are many ways that a private investigator can learn their skills: police training, military service or Home Office experience all these give a private investigator a great background. So ask how your investigator learned their craft, it will help you separate the truly skilled private detectives from those who just like the idea of being an investigator.
  2. Background Support
    Whatever TV shows suggest about lone detectives doing all the legwork themselves, most detective agencies rely on a team of competent, dedicated researchers who can put their fingers on the right information.

    Solo private investigators lack this background support that allows swifter resolution of cases and better information for clients.

  3. Communication Skills
    Whether you re experiencing difficulties that lead to a matrimonial investigation or undertaking a criminal defence and seeking top class evidence-gathering to support your case, you need a private investigator who can communicate clearly and effectively. Be sure you re getting a dedicated service and that you re confident your investigator will get back to you regularly and keep you in the picture about progress.
  4. Continuing professional development
    The world of private investigation moves rapidly. New technology has changed the nature of detection. Tracing missing relatives, for example, has become very different since the arrival of the internet, but still requires a background in traditional research skills. A good detective agency ensures that its team balance classic investigative techniques with mastery of the latest technology and surveillance techniques.

Next Steps in Hiring a Private Investigator

Once you re satisfied that your chosen Private Investigator has all four crucial areas of expertise, you can relax, confident that they will treat your case with seriousness and care, using tact, superlative investigation skills and the latest technology to bring you a swift and successful result.

Why not contact us to find out why we believe our team is best placed to help you:

How To Hire The Right Private Investigator

Private Detective

Private Detective was established in 1970 and offers more than 40 years experience offering private investigator and detective services in the UK.

Manchester Office: 0161-667-3357
Birmingham Office: 0121-227-4344
London Office: 0203-475-2222

A rogue s gallery of fire doors unworthy of the name (and perfectly good ones rendered useless)

#firedoorsafetyweek Some fire doors pictured below are so incompetently installed an otherwise serious topic descends into absurd comedy. Unfortunately, having a stair-rail passing through a hole carved into the door (I kid you not) would have grave consequences were a fire to break out. Lifted from Twitter (big thanks to Theodore Firedoor and FireDoorGuy) and Fire Door Safety Week s toolkit) the gallery features plenty of more prosaic, typical problems too big gaps between doors and around the perimeter, slapdash use of sealant, doors wedged open and the like.

There are also a couple of correctly installed fire doors at the bottom, standing proudly unbowed and un-breached after a fire ripped through the creative block of a Dorset school in 2015. IFSEC Global is proud to support Fire Door Safety Week, which runs from 25 September to 1 October. You can pledge your support for the campaign here, and by tweeting under the hashtag #FireDoorSafetyWeek and sharing or using the wealth of resources found in the campaign s toolkit. We ll put a notice up, that ll solve it, Fire Door Inspectors (@firedoorguy) September 22, 2017 @Theodore_Fire don t think this one is self closing! #firedoor #FireDoorSafetyWeek #passivefire H Timmins Group (@HTimminsGroup) August 15, 2017 It s #FireDoorFriday! Spotted any dodgy #firedoors recently? Send me your pics! The gap in this dodgy fire door is more than the 3mm maximum Theodore Firedoor (@Theodore_Fire) December 2, 2016 How it is v how it should be. It s the little things that often make a difference. #FireDoorSafetyWeek #firedoors Fire Door Inspectors (@firedoorguy) September 21, 2017 @FDIS_UK @Theodore_Fire @bwf_certifire @FDSafetyWeek. I couldn t kick it very far!! #firedoor H Timmins Group (@HTimminsGroup) August 22, 2017 Well that won t help in the event of a fire #fire #firedoor #passivefire @Theodore_Fire H Timmins Group (@HTimminsGroup) August 20, 2017 A national chain of car parks yesterday.

Not huge risk I suppose, but how many litres of petrol close by #firesafety #nocompromise Fire Door Inspectors (@firedoorguy) September 1, 2017 Unusual one picked up by @FireDoorGuru today. Have to wonder who approved this! #FireDoorSafetyWeek #firedoors Fire Door Inspectors (@firedoorguy) September 21, 2017 Just a sample from Student HMO fire risk assessments carried out today. Red and White Fire (@RedandWhiteFire) September 22, 2017 The long term effect and cost of wedging open a hospital fire door circa 2,000 for a new door. #FireDoorSafetyWeek #firesafety #firedoors Fire Door Inspectors (@firedoorguy) September 21, 2017 Careless use or poor specification? New doors ruined! Easily prevented with protection device. Cheaper in the long run to do it properly. Fire Door Inspectors (@firedoorguy) September 21, 2017 I bet it isn t .#FireDoorSafetyWeek Brand new door too. Fire Door Inspectors (@firedoorguy) September 20, 2017 Billions spent on fire prevention across the country every year, and a piece of (s)crap renders it ineffective! #firesafety Fire Door Inspectors (@firedoorguy) September 8, 2017 The ultimate oxymoron. This is why Fire Doors need inspection and @FDSafetyWeek are of paramount importance @FDIS_UK Theodore Firedoor (@Theodore_Fire) August 13, 2017 Surely the building owners can see fire door is not fit for purpose #firedoorsafetyweek Theodore Firedoor (@Theodore_Fire) July 18, 2017 Lock prep done the wrong way.

Doorset manufacturer will do this with CNC precision.

Cheaper in the long run.NFR! #FireDoorSafetyWeek Fire Door Inspectors (@firedoorguy) September 21, 2017 We take the wedge out when we leave the room #liars Because fires only start in empty rooms!#firedoorsafetyweek Fire Door Inspectors (@firedoorguy) September 22, 2017 Dodgy Fire Door of the Year 2014 This hospital fire door bagged the bronze medal And this is what happens if you get it right! (Fire doors still not breached after a fire ripped through the creative block a Dorset school in 2015.) Related Topics We re often dealing with decades of neglect : Hannah Mansell on fire doors and the post-Grenfell rush to improve fire safety Watch: The consequences of badly specified and fitted fire doors plus 5 tips for getting it right Fire-door safety campaigners renew calls for public register of responsible persons

The growing menace of cyber-attacks targeting critical national infrastructure

infographic The number of cyber-attacks targeting critical infrastructure grew by 20% between 2014 (245 incidents) and 2015 (295 incidents), according to a 2015 report by the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT). The infographic below, which was designed by Norwich University s online Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance degree programme, provides some insights into the growing problem. It explores how attacks breach computer networks in the energy sector, transport and other critical infrastructure, as well as the economic impact and efforts to mitigate risk.

Free Download: Securing the UK s borders. Getting national security and Brexit right first time is crucial , we do not want to get this wrong. This report considers the implications of leaving the EU for the management of the UK s borders and making it as easy as possible for international business to thrive and legitimate movement to occur in a post-Brexit UK.

Click here to download now

Cash-strapped local councils balk at multimillion-pound fire-safety upgrades as government rules out additional funding

Grenfell fallout The Local Government Association has said that local councils cannot afford the substantial fire-safety upgrades to social housing recommended in the wake of the Grenfell fire. With some local authorities at risk of technical insolvency following swingeing budget cuts, they have now been instructed by the government to implement multimillion-pound changes. Communities secretary Sajid Javid has told councils that the government will provide no extra funding for expensive measures such as the installation of sprinklers and replacement of unsafe cladding and insulation on tower blocks.

The mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, told the Economist in January that even if he closed all 19 libraries and nine sports centres in the city, abandoned maintenance of of its 140 parks, halted all road repairs and street cleaning and switched off 50,000 streetlights, he would be still 22 short of the savings imposed by budget cuts planned by 2020. It is also clear that councils cannot afford to carry out this work. Local Government Association The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) reportedly sent a letter to local authorities in July saying that our expectation is that, as a building owner responsible for your tenants, you will fund measures designed to make a building fire safe, and will draw on your existing resources to do so.

30m per council A source has told the Financial Times that the bills could run into tens of millions. Some councils have estimated the costs to total an average of around 30m per council. The Local Government Association, which represents more than 400 English and Welsh local authorities, has issued a statement saying: It is clear that the current building regulation system has failed. It is also clear that councils cannot afford to carry out this work. Simon Blackburn, chair of the LGA s safer and stronger communities board, said the government should meet meet the exceptional cost to councils of removing and replacing cladding and insulation on high-rise blocks. With the government under fire for neglecting fire safety including how housing ministers sat on a report urging action over high-rise blocks Javid sought to place much of the blame squarely at the feet of local authorities in a speech on 4 July. Speaking to survivors, people in the local community, and people in tower blocks around the country, one thing is abundantly clear local government is facing a looming crisis of trust, he said.

The DCLG has said: We ve been clear with councils and housing associations that we expect them to do whatever local fire services and experts say is necessary to make residential buildings safe.

We will ensure that where local fire services have advised works are essential to ensure the fire safety of a building, current restrictions on the use of financial resources will not prevent them going ahead.

Home | The Training Circle

Training Circle UK is the first choice training company for businesses and organisations across the UK, including: security companies, local councils, response teams, border forces, sports clubs, leading independents schools, safe storage and parking lots.

  • Highest pass rate
  • Recommend a friend and get 5 back
  • British Safety Council accredited
  • 15+ years experienced trainers
  • Weekday and weekend training
  • Book two SIA training courses and receive 5% discount
  • SIA training certificates by IQ Awards

Keyholding – South East Security

What is Key Holding?

Keyholding is where another company has a duplicate set of your premises keys and alarm codes and is able to attend to your security or fire alarm activations out of hours and check your premises for intruders or other dangerous situations on your behalf. Many companies offer a keyholding service only, which means that they have to wait for your AUTHORISED alarm company to also attend, which will cost you even more. Arena Security, in partnership with South East Security offer a single turnkey solution within a rapid time frame to ensure your premises are restored to a secure level or to liaise with the Police should their presence be required, giving you peace of mind and saving you money.

For more information, click here1


  1. ^ Arena Security (

Watch: Installer World debuts with Tool Zone, Trade Counter and Engineers of Tomorrow competition

IFSEC 2017 IFSEC International this year launched an area dedicated to the needs of installers of fire and security technologies. Sponsored by RISCO, Installer World brought together manufacturers and distributors, the Tool Zone, workwear, the Engineers of Tomorrow competition, recruitment consultants and a networking bar. In the Tool Zone (big thanks to its exclusive partner, Anglia Tools), visitors sampled a wide range of hand and power tools and took advantage of exclusive discounts and special offers.

VanTainer also provided racking and storage systems. Check out our video review of Installer World below. embedded content Free download: The video surveillance report 2017 Sponsored by IDIS The Video Surveillance Report 2017 covers all things video surveillance based on a poll of hundreds of security professionals.

Specifically looking at topics such as open platforms, 4K, low-light cameras, video analytics, warranties and this year due to the growing threat posed, the cybersecurity landscape.

Click here to Download now