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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...
Mark Hobden – 6 Common Mistakes that Security Companies Make
In his first blog for Infologue.com, Mark Hobden, Business Continuity and Compliance Manager for Ultimate Security discusses what he believes are the 6 most common mistakes that security companies make. Mistakes are often made by individuals within the security industry, I am not referring to disciplinary related mistakes made by staff or trivial errors like being an hour late for a deadline, but mistakes that can have an impact upon our business and the service we provide to our clients. This article will be an overview of a selection of mistakes that often occur within our industry. By no m...
Why Security Companies Should Be Thinking About Lights.
In his first blog for infologue.com, John Keohane, CEO of Verde LED, highlights how LED lighting can help businesses not only by reducing costs but also help from a security point of view  “The LED Lighting industry has changed a lot since we started Verde LED back in 2010, at that time we had to educate people about LED Lighting.  It wasn’t as prevalent in the commercial environment as it is now.  Back then, LED lights were mainly used as indicators and for other niche applications, but we could see there was going to be this change in the industry. This seismic shift came when the in...
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Peter Webster – What the Interserve Situation teaches us about the future of the security industry
By Peter Webster, Business Consultant "For many years I have been concerned that the security industry has become increasingly commoditised as multi-service contractors offer security as just another part of a bundled package. To me, security is a specialist service that needs to be recognised for the key role it plays in providing protection for our lives and businesses. It should not be treated as just another service, for when it goes wrong, the consequences can be very serious. "In March we saw the problems at Interserve cumulating in them going into administration and being acquir...
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