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Tom Pickersgill – We clapped for our key workers in the last lockdown, now let’s start paying them.
Tom Pickersgill is the founder and CEO of recruitment technology firm Orka, previously Broadstone. Tom shares his insight into the current situation with Key Workers and salaries in the age of Covid. During the first lockdown, there was – very rightly - a huge emphasis on recognising the contribution of the key workers keeping our country going. We had weekly claps and saw many individuals and organisations offering gifts and donations to those in the workforce. While these demonstrations of appreciation felt powerful at the time and helped to bring us together, they arguably no longer go f...
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Why Thank Your Security Officer Day in the perfect time to thank front-line teams
Paul Lotter, Managing Director for Corps Security discusses the importance of recognising the contributions of security in the wake of the pandemic and why Thank Your Security Officer Day is important. This Thursday marks Thank Your Security Officer Day, the second annual day of recognition for security officers run by Corps Security. It falls during a wider international week of recognition: Security Officer Appreciation Week and it couldn’t come at a more apposite time. This year has been like no other for all of us, but particularly our front-line security teams. While many of us wo...
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Bob Forsyth – Incubator Businesses Need Energy and Space – Especially Now
In his latest blog for Infologue.com, Kings Secure Ltd CEO, Bob Forsyth discusses the effect that the looming recession will have on businesses, particularly start-ups. The scramble for Tech advancement and adoption is only quickening in the current crisis that the World finds itself in. The latest GDP figures for the UK show a sharp and deep recession and one that may take some time to bounce back from. The loss of jobs in the economy is going to take a toll on the Government’s spending and investment plans, and the plans for companies for new investing could take a hit. A new busine...
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Darren Read – A Soft Touch
In his first editorial for Infologue.com, Amulet Security Managing Director, Darren Read discusses the importance of soft skills that security officers will need to deploy in the face of potentially aggressive or threatening behaviour from building occupants and customers in a post-lockdown world.  Security officers are so much more than simply a guard at the front door. That’s been the case for years now, and the industry reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated a continued reliance on the varied skills of security officers. Now, as the reopening of workplaces and retail ou...
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Theo Nicolaou – How will the security sector change post-pandemic?
In his first blog for Infologue.com, SmartSec Solutions Managing Director, Theo Nicolaou, discusses how the security industry and the role of security officers will change in a post-pandemic world. The security industry has been fundamentally changed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The role of the security officer has moved from being invisible and seen by some as unskilled to being rightly recognised as a critical worker in the fight against the pandemic. Our security officers have been on the front-line throughout this time, while the rest of us worked safely at home. But the industry itself h...
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Mike Bullock – Why are security professionals more likely to die from Covid19 than other occupations?
Corps Security CEO, Mike Bullock, discusses why the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has security officers so high up on the list of death rates from Covid-19 and the importance of protecting security staff from these risks.  Recent research released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that security officers are more likely than other occupations to die from Covid19. Our sector has one of the highest death rates at 45.7 deaths per 100,000 people. Other risky jobs mentioned by the ONS included taxi drivers, bus and coach drivers, chefs and sales assistants. But they are all...
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Bob Forsyth – Is Covid-19 a Turning Point for our Sector’s Recognition?
Who would have thought that in just a few weeks life would be transformed by an invisible enemy known as Covid-19, bringing a shocking death toll and shutting down the global economy? The final impact on the economy will only become clear as countries emerge from their lockdown periods. However, with economists from bodies likes the IMF stating it could be worse than that seen in the Great Depression, we are undoubtably in for a bumpy ride. Despite the adversity, I do think that the current situation could mark a turning point in the way the security, and indeed wider FM sectors, are vie...
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On your best behaviour – a discussion on behavioural detection by Wilson James’ Jon Flint
The early detection of unusual behaviour, appearance and approach can be key indicators in neutralising a potential threat. Jon Flint, consultant at the Wilson James Risk Advisory Service, explains how using behavioural detection techniques can help to make workplaces safer. While technologies such as facial recognition are at the vanguard of detection within the Security Industry, a reliance on ‘human factors’ remains an important weapon in the armoury of security providers to detect and counter threats before they are realised. The ability of security professionals to be able to ident...
A Recipe For Disaster – The Risk of Eroding Margins
Graham Tilly, Managing Director of Risk Management Security Services, discusses eroding margins in the security industry, the dangers this poses to companies and how this phenomenon has started to impact mobile patrols and keyholding services. One service area that has certainly been appealing to many companies from within the security sector is that of keyholding and alarm response. However, why is the industry now, once again, starting to reduce prices and undermine the British Standards that are claimed to be adhered to by most security organisations. The standard model for a keyholding a...
Smart support – how networked video can assist in suicide prevention
Lucas Young, Business Development Manager, Transportation, Axis Communications, examines the ways in which networked camera technology can support existing suicide countermeasures and prevention in a rail environment. There are almost 300 suicides on the UK’s rail network every year. Each one of these tragic incidents seriously affect those involved and will have a lasting impact beyond the immediate event. Train drivers are often forgotten in the horror of the episode as the focus turns to comforting friends and family, with many drivers experiencing PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) a...
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