Top reasons to use a professional keyholding security service
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.
Whilst 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.
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.
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