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John Fitzpatrick – Overcoming The Challenge of A Living Wage
In his first blog for Infolouge.com, John Fitzpatrick, Managing Director of Danhouse Security, discusses the implications of the recent increase in the Living wage in London and what it means for businesses in the capital. Within London, there are at least 2,500 employers who pay what’s known as the real Living Wage which is now set at £13.15 an hour for workers in London. It’s not a mandatory amount and they are not obliged to pay their employees such a rate in law, but they’ve decided that it supports their brand and attracts a higher calibre of employee if they do. It’s a statem...
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Noah Price – Insider Threats: The Risks Employees can Pose
In his second blog for Infologue.com, Noah Price, G4S Academy International Director, provides an overview of the risk employees can pose to organisations and how companies can prevent them. With insider threats on the increase, G4S Academy International Director Noah Price explains the risks and threats employees can pose to an organisation and how to prevent them. If asked to describe a physical security breach that can impact a company, most people would think of an external criminal intent on harming an organisation. But what if the attack comes from within? Perpetrated by someone yo...
Kieran Mackie – Combatting the Rise of Retail Worker Abuse
In his first blog for Infologue.com, Kieran Mackie, MD at Amulet, discusses the recent reports detailing a rise in abuse towards retail workers, outlines different types of retail settings and explores how each setting presents a different challenge to security officers. "I was struck by the alarming rise in violence and abuse faced by shop workers across the UK, as revealed in a recent report from the British Retail Consortium (BRC). According to the BRC survey, incidents of abuse soared to an average of 1,300 per day last year—a staggering 50% increase from 2022. The stories shared by ...
Lauren Paver – Valencia’s Blaze: Spain’s Grenfell Calls for Urgent Action on Fire Safety
The Valencia fires expose critical gaps in high-rise safety protocols, demanding immediate reform. In the wake of news headlines covering the tragic fires in Valencia, where flames ravaged through high-rise buildings at devastating speed, the echoes of the Grenfell Tower tragedy resonate louder than ever. As rescue workers sift through the aftermath, it becomes painfully clear: this is Spain's Grenfell, a sombre reminder of the critical importance of stringent fire safety measures in protecting lives. Lauren Paver, Commercial Director at Triton Security, who works in fire safety and pr...
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G4S Academy Director, Noah Price, discusses the role that AI will play in security in the coming years
Predictive analysis and the future of AI G4S Academy Director Noah Price spoke at the World Institute of Nuclear Security (WINS) in Vienna today on AI. This is an abridged version of his presentation. Contrary to the popular narrative, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been around for a long time in the security industry; it’s been embedded into our cameras since the 1980s. The first kind of video analytics was just a line on the screen and anything that crossed it would create an alert. In the 2000s we started to see object recognition, facial recognition and behaviour recognition...
Is bigger better? – Ashley Bancroft
Ashley Bancroft, a founding Partner of H&Hendricks LLP, discusses whether bigger really is better in the context of revenue and what red flags to watch out for if embarking on acquisitive growth. With the annual Infologue Top 100 Security Companies by Revenue due to be published this week, the question whether bigger does really mean better will again be a hot topic for debate. The annual rankings have again increased this year and so has competition across the security industry. The quickest way to gauge how well you’re performing versus your peers is to see where your company featur...
Simon Giles – How K9s Deter Crime and Protect Retail Workers
In his first editorial for Infologue.com, City Group Security CEO, Simon Giles, discusses the future of canines in managing violence and shop theft while exploring their role in crime deterrence with a focus on protecting retail workers.  In recent years, retail premises have faced an alarming increase in violence and shop theft, which poses a significant threat to businesses and employees. As technology advances, innovative solutions are emerging, and one of the most promising methods in combating this issue is using highly trained canines, often known as K9s. These intelligent and we...
Simon Alderson – Effective Strategies for Retaining Staff in Security Firms
In his first editorial for Infologue.com, First Response Group (FRG) CEO, Simon Alderson, discuss the difficulties faced by security employers in recruiting and retaining talented staff. These difficulties include low pay, licensing requirements, unsociable work hours, lack of flexibility, overcapacity in certain areas, reduced local job seekers due to Brexit, high levels of workplace violence, and in many parts of the industry, limited career pathways. Compounding this is the demanding nature of the job, competition from other firms, and limited growth opportunities. Simon argues that addres...
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Matthew Margetts – How smart sensors prevent thieves from going off the rails
Matthew Margetts, Director at Smarter Technologies discusses how cable theft can be prevented through the use of smart sensors. His background includes working for blue-chip companies such as AppNexus, AOL/ Verizon, and Microsoft in the UK, Far East and Australia. How smart sensors prevent thieves from going off the rails Cable theft costs the UK taxpayer millions of pounds each year—and that’s just for infrastructure repairs. The total cost to the economy is even higher. Thieves are attracted to metal for its buoyant pricing, targeting overhead power lines, signalling cables, and ev...
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Christian Hviid – What makes Close Protection Officers Exceptional
Christian Hviid leads G4S’s close protection business in Denmark and with 14 years’ experience in close protection, security and an extensive policing background. A VIP CEO of a large Japanese technology company is travelling to a country on business and the best Close Protection Officer (CPO) is hired to keep him safe. The businessman’s movements are planned meticulously; The journey from the airport to the hotel; the hotel to a discreet upmarket restaurant for an important dinner meeting; back to the hotel; hotel to his morning meeting. Every site has been recced, every entrance ...
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