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Great reasons to hire a security service

Top reasons to use a professional keyholding security service

Alarm response security services in London and Essex, UK

Private security is something that all businesses should think about. The level of service you require may depend on the size of your business as well as the sector the business operates in and what this entails. Think about security before you move into your premises rather than leaving it until it is too late, risking the safety of your staff and the reputation you strive so hard to maintain.

Security services come in a range of forms. No doubt you will want your premises alarmed. The next step is hiring a keyholding company who will respond to your alarm being activated. This will take a lot of the hassle out of responding to alarm activations and will mean that you don’t have to worry about being disturbed by false alarms. You may also wish to consider patrol services as these make an excellent deterrent to any potential intruders.

Key Patrol are one of the fastest growing mobile security companies in the UK, and could help protect your business, offering services such as keyholding, alarm response, mobile patrols and premises locks and unlocks. They operate in the London and Essex area, providing staff to help with your security needs.

The top reason for hiring a keyholding company has to the safety of yourself, your staff and your business

As a business owner, it is likely that you are the main keyholder. This can be a great burden, as you will always have to be prepared for a phone call telling you that your alarm has gone off. Whilst a call in the middle of the night can be extremely annoying, what if you travelled 50 miles to visit family one evening? It will take you a long while to get back to your premises and investigate the cause of the alarm going off, and by that time the damage may have been done. Even if you have a second keyholder, you cannot guarantee that they will be available at the time the alarm sounds.

You will also have to remember to keep in touch with the company monitoring your alarms about any changes of details. Many people use their personal mobile number as their contact number, which is great if you are out and about, but will you remember to change it when you get a new phone?

If you don’t live near to your premises it may mean trusting a member of your staff to be the main keyholder should the alarm sound. Is this really a burden that you want to put on one of your employees? Not to mention the danger you could be putting them in.

Professional security services doing keyholder patrol inspections on business premisesWhilst false alarms do happen, and it is no doubt frustrating being called out in the middle of the night only to find the alarm has been triggered by a door not quite closed fully, if you turned up and the intruder was still there, would you know what to do? Or would you just be putting yourself at risk?

Hiring a professional takes these worries away. Key Patrol’s keyholding service combined with their alarm response service will see a professional sent to respond to your intruder alarm activation from a rapid response unit, ensuring that somebody is there as quickly as possible. If there has been an intrusion, the trained professional will know exactly what to do and will not put themselves at risk. They will co-ordinate with the police and will not leave the site until your premises has been secured.

Their security services also extends to a mobile patrol service. There is no better way to deter intruders than for them to see patrols taking place. It can be very costly to hire permanent guards, so the mobile patrols make a great compromise between cost and visibility. Patrols take place at random times, so there is no way for intruders to spot a pattern in when the site is patrolled. These mobile patrols can take place internally or externally, and proof of attendance can be provided via electronic reports.

In the unlikely event that an intrusion takes place, the already excellent alarm response service is improved as there will be somebody nearby, even if not at your premises at the time of the intrusion, who is as familiar with your property as you are and will quickly be able to spot any signs of intrusion.

If you have multiple premises or spend a lot of time out on the road you may find the lock and unlock service handy. It can be difficult to know who you can and can’t trust with the keys for your business premises. Do you give keys to all of your staff, or a select few?

If you give keys to only a select few people, they are burdened with having to be the first to arrive in the morning and the last to leave in the evening. Whilst they can take it in turns to do this, in times of staff holidays or sickness it can be burdensome to those left to manage.

It could also mean that the person with the keys is left on their own at the end of the day to lock up, which is not desirable, as any potential intruder could quickly become familiar with the time of day the premises is locked up and would be able to work out if there is somebody left on their own at the end of the day. They would see this at the time your premises is at its weakest.

If you give a set of keys to each member of staff, not only are you placing a great amount of trust into each of them, there are more sets of keys to potentially go missing. If a set does go missing there are more sets to replace, which becomes expensive. As the risk goes up, so does the cost of re-securing your premises.

Keyholding company in London performing premises inspection

The lock and unlock service means that a Licenced Officer will arrive to unlock your premises and then return to lock up at a time to suit you. This not only saves you from having to worry about your keys, but could also improve staff morale, as it will not always be down to the same few people to arrive early and leave late. For small businesses it takes away some of the worry about lone working, as nobody will be left on their own to lock up at the end of the day, there will always be a trained professional there with them.

The above are all compelling reasons to hire a keyholding company. You cannot put a price on the personal safety of yourself and your staff, and whilst your business can be insured, you cannot prevent loss of reputation that would quickly follow an intrusion. You would not put up with delays to a product or service you had ordered because the company had not protected themselves adequately, so why should your clients?

Key Patrol are an excellent choice for business in the London and Essex area, as their professional staff will keep both your keys and premises safe, and act quickly upon the sound of an alarm. Their combined background of 35 years in the security industry will give you the peace of mind that they know exactly what they are doing, and will take care of your business in the best possible way.

Key Patrol are listed on the Security & Locksmith Directory and Security & Locksmith Directory.

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Photo’s of UK’s leading keyholding and alarm response company

Key Patrol Ltd are the UK’s leading Security Services provider and supply corporate businesses with unparalleled security guarding services. As a vastly experienced keyholding company our security officers deliver rapid alarm response services in the event of a break in. We help business clients secure their premises and protect their staff. The gallery below should help give you a better understanding of our business and shows pictures of security officers in action.


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The impact of tight security services at the London 2012 olympics

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Security services bring about decrease in crime at the London 2012 olympics

The London 2012 Olympic Games brought a number of benefits to the capital city. The increase in the interest and participation in sport has been well documented and businesses in the area surrounding Olympic Park have done particularly well during the Olympic Games. One lesser mentioned benefit is the decrease in crime brought around by an increase in the presence of police and security services.

Only 9 people were arrested at Olympics venues during the course of the games, which considering how many people attended is remarkable. The high visibility of staff and other security personnel has played a massive part in deterring would be criminals. Compared to the same week last year, crime in London was down by 5%. Again the presence of police and other security staff all over the city will have played a part.

When this is put into the context that crime across the UK has increased over the last year, it really is remarkable. The high visibility approach taken towards the Olympics really has worked, as it has buckled this trend and seen a decrease in the number of crimes reported. The worry is that after the Olympic and Paralympic Games have finished, when this extra police and security presence has disappeared, London will be left vulnerable to criminals once again.

Whilst large firms will often have security procedures and staff in place, small and medium sized businesses are often lacking in security. At the same time, these businesses are often the most vulnerable to security breaches. If you only have one premises and a large proportion of your stock or equipment is stolen, it may take some time to get back on track, not to mention the loss of income you will no doubt suffer whilst you are waiting for replacements to arrive. For some smaller businesses, this could be enough be enough to put you out of business. Slightly larger businesses may find themselves a little more able to take the strain, for example by retrieving stock or equipment from other premises, however they will not be able to run at full capacity until supplies have been replenished, so again, crime against the business could be a major setback.

Businesses benefit from decrease in crime

Even businesses which already have security staff could benefit by employing a security company. Perhaps the security staff are only present during operating hours, or maybe in these difficult economic times you are looking to make cutbacks. Manning your premises 24 hours a day, 7 days a week can be extremely costly. Using mobile patrol services who come at random times can provide a security presence without requiring somebody to be there at all times. This can either save you on the costs of having to employ people to stand guard at all hours, or can free up your staff to do other things. Using a keyholding company to respond to alarm callouts can save the time and hassle of finding an available person to attend an alarm activation.

Leading security services firm in the United KingdomThere are many ways in which concerns about the potential increase in crime once the Olympic and Paralympic Games have finished can be mitigated. The option that you choose is likely to vary depending on both the size and the nature of your business. For example something as simple as fitting an alarm to your premises can help deter would be criminals, but if it takes you too long to get there to check out the cause of the activation, its usefulness is limited. Even if you live nearby, if your alarm was activated, would you be available to go and check out the problem, and if you were able to make it there in good time, would you know what to do if the criminals were still on site? The London 2012 Olympic Games have been a great example as to how increased security presence can reduce the rate of crime, and if you can’t afford to hire around the clock security personnel, mobile patrol services should be a serious consideration.

Key Patrol offer a number of services which can help businesses reduce the chances of being a victim of crime. They are a keyholding company and depending on which services you choose to take out at the same time, there are a number of benefits to this, including having them respond to alarm activations and using their mobile patrol services.

Employing a security company to take care of your keys and act as responders to alarm activations can take a lot of worry out of owning your own business, especially in a city like London where traffic can be a nightmare and business locations are not always in the most desirable or affordable areas to live in. If you are responsible for attending alarm call outs for your business, the last thing you will want to do after a long days work and an hours commute home is to return to work to check out why the alarm has been triggered. On the other hand, you do not necessarily want to restrict yourself and your family to having to live in close proximity to your business premises as there is a high chance that a commercial or industrial area would not be top of your list for places to live.

If you are lucky enough to find a place to live that is near your business premises, you will still need to find a second key holder for the occasions that you are not contactable or are have gone out of the area. For some this may not be too big a problem, however if you have a small family run business, there may be times when you are not around and you do not have any other staff to ask to take over keyholding responsibilities. If you do have other people you can trust with keyholding responsibilities, it is a huge responsibility to put on somebody.

Keyholding companies take huge responsibilities off businesses

This is where a keyholding company comes in. Taking out an alarm response service means that they will send somebody to check out any activations. Key Patrol will send out a professional responder to your business and they will assess what has happened and what needs to be done about it. If the alarm has been activated by intruders they will liaise with police, and if necessary, repair contractors. They will not leave the site until they are satisfied that it is secure, so there is no need to worry about opportunists taking their chance to commit a further crime once something has already happened.

Using an alarm response service gives you peace of mind. You do not need to worry about if and when you will get called out, or what you need to do when you are there. As their staff are fully trained to deal with these situations, they will not put themselves at any risk. This is something that you and your staff may not be in the best position to judge as not only are you likely to have minimal experience in dealing with such situations, emotion can play a role, with you wanting to protect your business without first thinking about your personal safety. If you are not available to attend the call out and one of your staff goes in your place, you do not want to be held responsible to any damage or injury they may cause themselves by being sent untrained into a situation they do not have the skills to deal with.

Premises building patrol security services in the UKAnother advantage of using a keyholding company and their alarm response service is that you do not have to worry about the potential for a call out. You will not have to worry about staying local for the weekend because your second keyholder is away on holiday, neither do you have to worry about being disturbed in the middle of the night only to find out the alarm was a false activation, for example because you did not close one of your internal doors properly.

Using an external company to hold your keys takes out some of the worry about who has keyholding responsibility. It is perhaps unfair to burden a junior member of staff with the responsibility of being a keyholder, but on the other hand if they live considerably nearer to the business premises than the more senior members of the staff, it can seem illogical to have somebody travel in from miles away to respond to an alarm when there could be somebody who lives around the corner available.

The London 2012 Olympics showed that security presence can reduce the number of crimes taking place. Whilst you might feel that hiring a full time security team for your business is too expensive and not necessary, hiring a security guard service can be an excellent compromise.

If you employ people to work overnight, it is especially important to have some sort of security presence as this is when the majority of crimes against businesses take place. Criminals may either not realise that there are staff inside, or see these hours when there are fewer people around, both inside your premises and on the streets in general, as the easiest time to gain entry unnoticed. If you have anybody who occasionally stays until late this can be even more of a problem as there is a higher likelihood of them being there on their own, so a security guard service really is vital to their safety.

There are advantages to employing your keyholding company to provide mobile patrol services. For starters it means fewer people to trust with your keys, and fewer keys to replace should an incident happen meaning that you have to replace your existing locks. Key Patrol offer mobile security patrols. This means that you do not have to employ somebody full time to keep watch of your building, as they will do it for you. Uniformed security officers will arrive in liveried vehicles, providing a highly visible deterrent to any would be criminals. They will undertake security patrols either internally or externally, whichever works best for you.

Mobile security patrol services are a great way of increasing the visibility of security staff whilst keeping costs to a minimum. As we have seen that increasing security presence reduces the amount of crime, this really is worthwhile. The patrols are timed randomly, so there is no way for would be criminals to spot any sort of pattern as to when they will be patrolling your premises. This is important because if they came for the same period every day, anybody watching your premises would soon be able to work out when it is manned and for how long. Random patrols do not offer this opportunity as they do not know when they are coming, how long they are staying for and if they are coming back.

If you are also using the company for alarm response it has the added benefit of the security staff being familiar with your premises, making it extremely easy for them to spot if something is wrong if the alarm is triggered.

Key holder security services companies in the ukThe evidence is clear, that in a time of increasing crime, the increased presence of police and security services at the London 2012 Olympic Games saw the number of crimes in London fall. Once the Olympics and Paralympics are over and this presence dies away, it really is a good time to start thinking about hiring a security company for your business.

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You wouldn’t put your home or family at any unnecessary risk, so why do the same with your business? A security company can take care of your premises, staff, stock and equipment, allowing you to leave these worries behind when you leave the building at the end of the day.

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