I asked criminals whether security measures ever deterred them.

This is what I learned

Ask offenders why they choose the target they do and they often reply: Because it was easy. And this is true despite the fact that security measures are in place. This tells us there is a real difference between having security and having security that works, Indeed, offenders tell me when I interview them in prison that they rely on security not being excellent; when it is excellent it puts them off.

So the key question is not the difference between poor security and good security as it is all too often mistakenly framed it is: What is the difference between good security and excellent security? That is the key question to address as we move forward. Some people say that the trouble with security measures is that they can all be circumvented, that nothing works. I believe this to be taking the wrong emphasis. The truth is everything works but only when effectively delivered developed and matched to risks in context. Now despite what some people say this is a really difficult task. Underestimated skill sets Many, including in my view many security professionals, have underestimated the skills sets required to be excellent at security. It is serious stuff. Think of it like this.

Every business process is a potential security risk. An excellent security professional team will understand all of these. Every single person is a potential security risk. Every excellent security team will understand all corporate roles. Every business process and every person will in fact be a key ally in excellent security. Security people who are excellent will understand the business, the risks, internal and external threats, match measures to risks, be proportionate, take account of freedoms, be sensitive to the aims of the business and ensure security complements these. Good measures needed to be matched by well trained people and they needed to work together and that rarely happened It is for this reason that I have been involved in developing the Outstanding Security Performance Awards . I think there is a good case for having standards, regulation and training; they are all in different ways potential contributors to good security and maybe excellent security too, sometimes. But we must realise that excellent security requires business expertise, a deep knowledge base, an ability to relate to many business departments (and therefore there is a requirement to understand them), and to engage people meaningfully in supporting actions that are not always their core interests.

I recall an interview I had with an armed robber a few years back now, but the message sticks with me. I was talking to him about the risks of getting caught, pretty serious if you are an armed robber. I thought this would be a constant worry. He said that he never worried. Assuming too much He was a prolific robber and rarely got caught. He argued that the trouble with security measures and security personnel was that they assumed too much. His point was, put simply, that good measures needed to be matched by well trained people and they needed to work together and that rarely happened. Well he was caught in the end of course although he said he was grassed (maybe, a lot say that!). Security needs to speak up for itself, argue its case: that it is a key business function, enabling the organisation to make a profit even in risky contexts.

Security people excellent ones at least are crucial parts of business, not nice to haves. We have shown this time and time again in successive Security Research Initiative reports. The question is: Is the security sector and its personnel ready for the challenge? Professor Martin Gill among, by the way, our Top 50 influencers in security and fire 2017 is sitting on a panel discussing current trends and the future of the security industry at IFSEC International 2017. Details below: Professor Martin Gill / Current trends and the future of the security industry / Security Management Theatre / IFSEC 2017, ExCeL London / 20 June 2017 / 10:20- 11:10 IFSEC International takes place between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL. Get your free badge now. Visit Europe s leading security event in June 2017 Visit IFSEC International for exclusive access to every security product on the market, live product demonstrations and networking with thousands of security professionals. From access control and video surveillance to smart buildings, cyber, border control and so much more. It is the perfect way to keep up to date, protect your business and enhance your career in the security industry.

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Manned Guarding For Business Protection And Peace Of Mind …

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Protecting your property and business is becoming necessary in todays twenty four hour society. As the population grows, so the crime statistics rise and it pays well to protect yourself and your property from harm or damage. There are a range of professional security companies2 throughout the UK who can offer manned guarding as well as a whole range of security related to your needs.

You may be a club owner who requires professional door men, or you may own a large supermarket or department store and need on the ground personnel to deter theft and apprehend offenders. Manned guarding3 is essential for protecting your premises from unauthorised access, outbreaks of violence or disorder and against damage to persons or property. As a successful company, theft can seriously affect the bottom line, loss prevention not only saves you money from lost stock but helps reduce your insurance premiums too.

Security companies offering manned guarding undertake many different jobs when it comes to protecting you and your property or assets. Guards are professional, discreet and fully licensed and insured to do their job.

They can work both in uniform or plain clothes, dependent upon the nature of the assignment. Uniformed officers offer a visible deterent to would be offenders and maintaining a high visibility presence can often stop trouble before it even starts. They are taught to spot signs of trouble or suspicious behaviour and deal with it accordingly, professionally and subtly.

Manned guards can offer key holding services, operate CCTV, make citizens arrest, liaise with police officers, fill out detailed reports and patrol grounds and buildings.

Patrolling grounds and protecting gated entrances forms a large part of a manned guards duties and can help to make you and your customers feel relaxed and safe when visiting your company or business.

If you re looking to employ security staff for your business, you should definitely consider a manned guarding service from a dedicated security firm.


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Fan Punches Security Guard, Thrown Out Of Raiders-Chiefs …


Screen Shot 2012-12-17 at 3.44.38 PMIf you re like me, once you start watching the video below, you ll disregard the title and think, Oh, I see where this is going. There s going to be a problem involving ChiefsBro and the fact that he is proudly displaying his Chiefs hat in Oakland, eagerly inciting the notoriously tough Raiders crowd. But while Raider fans clearly didn t approve of what he was doing, the big trouble came from elsewhere.

If you want to skip the buildup (though really, the biggest confrontation comes out of almost nowhere), the real meat of the video starts at the 30-second mark:

Oh shit! Oh shit! Oh shit!

is right. And note that HatBro was taken away along with FightBro, though a little less eventfully. The best part of his exit?

The Raiders fan snatching his hat off his head, followed by the guard snatching it back. Insult to injury, if I ve ever seen it.

Also: props to the security guard with whom FightBro tried to rumble. Once a punch was thrown, the guard could have gone into full COME AT ME BRO mode and gone to town, but he and his colleagues didn t appear to do anything beyond what was necessary to restrain him.

Really, though, while of course HatBro was looking for trouble and FightBro actually turned violent, we re glad something interesting happened during this game. Check the box score3: no scoring but five field goals, and possibly the Chiefs offense s saddest performance yet (119 net yards).

If ever a game needed some idiocy to spice it up, these fans were watching it.


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Man dies after scuffle with hotel security guard, police say |

LAFAYETTE — Police say a man died after a struggle with a security guard at a Lafayette hotel where he was allegedly harassing employees and patrons dressed only in his underwear.

Cpl. Paul Mouton says the man’s identity was not released because police had yet to locate his next of kin.

Mouton tells The Advocate 1police responded to a call about 11:20 a.m. Thursday from the Studio 6 hotel, where the 48-year-old man was having trouble breathing after a scuffle with the hotel’s security guard.

The man, a hotel guest, was transported to an area hospital and later died.

Mouton says the death could have been related to some other health issue, but investigators are awaiting an autopsy report from the Lafayette Parish coroner to determine the cause of death.


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Streaming Surveillance Cameras On TV For The Public To Monitor …

What if you could sit in the comfort of your own home and watch what is happening in your own town via police run surveillance cameras1? That is what is being proposed by the Mayor of Bristol. This is a novel idea and it will be interesting to see it play out.

This adds a whole new meaning to the words Town Watch .

Bristol may bring the town watch concept into the 21st century.

In addition to having town watch members walk the streets looking for signs of trouble, council President Ralph DiGuiseppe wants to live-stream images from borough cameras at borough properties on the town s public TV channels.

That way, residents who see crimes in progress on their TV screens can call the police from the comfort of their homes, he explained.

If someone is defacing our property, we have the right to monitor our property, DiGuiseppe said during last week s council meeting. The cops can t be in every place 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Bristol solicitor Bill Salerno is looking into the legalities of the preliminary idea. The borough will also look into cost. Read more Borough surveillance on local TV2

This is surveillance system3 news and we would love to hear what you think of the idea. We also have great high quality surveillance systems4 for your own security needs, whether they be for business or private CCTV monitoring.

Get what you need now and start seeing what you ve been missing when your not home.

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Security Consultants Security Company

Fraud. Corruption. Disruption. These are cancers that can eat away at businesses and communities without your even knowing it. Even with all of the physical protection recruited and in place, the danger may be on the inside. Part of the Profile Group, Farleigh Consultants forms an integral part of our service offering.

Staffed and managed by former police and military personnel, our Security Consultants have both a local and a global reach. Where trouble on the streets appears confined to your borough, it may have its roots many miles away. While our investigations may start in the UK, many will take us to far flung corners of the world.

Private Investigations

Statistics suggest that more than 80% of corporate fraud is committed by existing employees. Most cases are uncovered by accident, many when it s too late. That s why we place as much emphasis on prevention as we do on recovery. Before trouble strikes, we will audit and examine, ring-fence and upgrade, then re-examine systems, people, processes, supply chains and more. We ll provide you with specific indicators you can monitor to spot trouble.

If what you suspect has already happened, we ll investigate covertly and discreetly until we identify the source of the problem. As well as tracing missing funds and assets, we will protect your brands and intellectual property by going after product counterfeiters, tracing patent and trade mark infringements. Our investigators have access to forensic programmers that can spot hacking attempts on your computer infrastructure.

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Security Consultancy

Even if you have had security measures in place for many years and believe you ve covered all the bases, it pays to have an independent security audit. From government buildings to shopping malls, offices and factories to hotels and private homes, we compile comprehensive, clear reports that will leave you free to decide on your next steps. We will:

  • Identify weaknesses in your physical and procedural security systems
  • Review access controls and CCTV measures
  • Examine accident prevention measures
  • Trace flaws in your Information Technology network
  • Look at the safety of staff, visitors and clients
  • Assess and act to protect assets both tangible and intangible.

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Vetting & Screening

Just as Officers in the security industry have to be screened, the same applies in other professional walks of life. We can carry out independent vetting checks to various levels, screening councillors, doctors, nurses, teachers, childcare and social workers. As well as public sector employees, our Security Consultants are involved with the private sector, making tenant enquiries on behalf of landlords before tenancies begin, and helping them deal with nuisance tenants they may have inherited.

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Litigation Support

Backing up our surveillance and investigation work are the measures we take to ensure you have a successful day in court. Whether it s a matter of tracing witnesses and defendants, locating assets as part of making a civil claim or obtaining statements and photographs to support your case, our Litigation Support Services provide the backup you need to make your case and win.

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Anti-Social Behaviour

With anti-social behaviour on our streets affecting more and more communities, we can help Local Authorities and Housing Associations take control of often difficult situations without putting their own people in danger. Our evidence-gathering under the Professional Witness Scheme will provide video evidence that will lead to successful prosecutions.

Our Security Consultants tackle anti-social behaviour in the widest sense, not just youths running riot on the streets. They ll help with:

  • Housing Benefit Fraud
  • Fly-tipping
  • Illegal lettings and sub-lettings
  • Corrupt contractors and sub-contractors

We work closely with the Police and other agencies, always within the framework of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) and the European Convention on Human Rights.

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As a stand-alone exercise or part of a larger investigation, our experts use state-of-the-art audio and video equipment, as well as covert cameras to gather information. Our surveillance evidence is designed to be used in court proceedings, helping our clients build a watertight case.

Something as straightforward as stealing from a till. Plant and equipment theft. Or much more complex cases that can be difficult to prove employees abusing the system with long term sickness claims, fraudulent medical insurance claims or moonlighting directors. We can even place our undercover operatives into employment so they can track malpractice from the inside.

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Background Checks

As well as looking at individuals, our Security Consultants look at companies. We will carry out due diligence checks and background enquiries to validate proposed corporate takeovers, joint ventures, strategic alliances and major investments. We can trace assets to reveal signs of money laundering. Our corporate services can look at issues of fraud and theft on a worldwide scale, both within an organisation or in collusion with affiliated companies, contractors and suppliers. Before your merger plans progress too far, we can positively vet executives, managers and staff, looking for evidence of detrimental business activities.

Contact Profile Security7 today in confidence and see how far our Security Consultants can reach to solve and prevent fraud in all its forms.

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What is Close Protection? Wilplan Training

Sometimes known as CP or body guarding, Close Protection1 is essentially about protecting people, their possessions and in some cases their property; whether that s from criminals, terrorists, trouble-makers or the attentions of over-zealous fans.

Much of the work in Close Protection is about developing ways to reduce this risk for that particular client and the environment they are in. Protection may be needed in particular on overseas trips, events or indeed any situation where the client s safety could be threatened. The main purpose of Close Protection is to establish and maintain a safe working environment in which a Principal (that is, the person being protected) can live and work whilst continually minimising risk.

Who has Close Protection?

Many high profile individuals have Close Protection2 including the British Royal family, Politicians and Diplomats, Celebrities and business people. Whilst Members of the Royal Family and Politicians are generally protected by both UK Police and Military Close Protection units, Commercial Close Protection is extremely diverse, as people use Close Protection Services for a number of reasons but will generally fall into one of several categories:

Executive Close Protection is a term used when working with business people who through the nature of their business and lifestyle need some level of protection either on a permanent basis or during specific times.

Hostile and Hazardous Environments are by their very nature dangerous places. Many business people require Close Protection to ensure they can continue to conduct their business and work activities in extreme environments or conflict areas around the world.

Celebrity and Hi Profile Security includes famous people in the entertainment and media world who through the nature of their business activities they are highly recognisable and require an element of protection.

More and more, clients want CP officers who can help them avoid trouble in the first place, rather than just safeguard them when the worst happens, and those who are able to integrate well into their clients lifestyle will find themselves in high demand.

Getting the Work

With many Close Protection Officers working for themselves, contract lengths vary considerably, and jobs are often negotiated by CP companies. Good networking is essential to secure the best work in close protection and those who make this a priority will find that it s certainly worth the time and effort. Many operators also continue to develop themselves professionally by specialising in specific areas after their initial training3. Whether that s in defensive driving, medical expertise or surveillance they recognise that it is important to enhance their skills in this way to remain up to date with technical advances and world affairs.

The highest earners4 in the industry are very often the ones where the level of risk is greatest but equally high wages can be secured on long term lower risk contracts. In reality it all depends on the client.

Qualifications and Training

For those working under contract in the UK, a Frontline SIA Close Protection licence is a legal requirement and many UK based security companies also hold this as mandatory even when working outside of the UK. Managers and Supervisors in CP must have a non-frontline SIA licence, while operatives require a frontline licence which must be in their possession at all times when working within the UK.

As well as a level 3 qualification in Close Protection, incorporating a range of skills, from surveillance awareness to risk assessment, team work, interpersonal skills along with specific Close Protection vehicle and foot tactics, Frontline Close Protection Officers must also have a either the First Aid at Work qualification or the First Person on Scene Intermediate (FPOSi) medical qualification to enable them to apply for their SIA licence.

Training in Close Protection Security from Wilplan

At Wilplan Training, we offer a range of specialised training programmes for larger clients and regular open courses for individual trainees at our dedicated training centre in Chorley, Lancashire. Our fully residential Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Award in Close Protection Operations not only meets SIA requirements but goes above and beyond to ensure you have the mandatory skills and also the skills employers want. Our instructors have a wealth of experience and current knowledge means that we have been able to consistently develop our training over a number of years to make it the most relevant and up to date training for Close Protection Operatives in this ever changing and demanding industry.

Before committing to any close protection courses, look at the quality of the training provided, and the calibre of the instructors as well as the content of what you will be learning, and make sure you get what you need. It is, afterall, your course and ultimately your career. At Wilplan, we offer free, no obligation Open Days to help you decide whether we are the training provider for you.

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