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The power of a high-vis jacket

By Abby Petkar, managing director of Magenta Security

  • 13 March 2019
  • Author: Andrew Cooper
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Most of us grew up learning that if we wanted some directions or needed help we should go and ask a policeman.  Times however have moved on and we now tend to find ourselves looking for someone carrying a clipboard or wearing a high-vis jacket.  It’s incredible the level of confidence a high-vis can instil in your average member of the public.

A new solution for vehicle and driver access identification

Nortech introduce driver ID tags

  • 15 February 2019
  • Author: Andrew Cooper
  • Number of views: 3153
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People and vehicle access control specialist Nortech are now offering long-range vehicle and driver identification tags to grant seamless access to approaching vehicles.


They are now offering long-range vehicle and driver identification tags to grant seamless access to approaching vehicles. Their design is to accompany the popular TRANSIT reader range from Nedap, the tags are ideal for use in staff car parks, for priority vehicle control, industrial site access control, fleet and parking management.

Security and facilities management: the people element

The modern-day environment is affecting security jobs in a plethora of ways.

  • 29 January 2019
  • Author: Andrew Cooper
  • Number of views: 3394
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Steven Moore, MD of security UK, Atalian Servest discusses how the face of security provision is changing, and cost is an ever-important factor that influences customers, meaning they tend to expect more for less.

Why aren’t we more prepared?

The security industry has been quiet on the impact of Brexit so far - it's time we took notice

  • 9 January 2019
  • Author: Andrew Cooper
  • Number of views: 6547
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I find it strange just how quiet the security industry is on the subject of Brexit.  Whether you voted to leave or remain, whether you believe in the PM’s plan or think she is wasting valuable time, Brexit is undoubtably the topic of the moment and will remain so for some time to come.  Yet collectively the security industry remains relatively mute on its potential impact – which could be significant.

 

Cash attacks driven down by intelligent partnerships

A unique partnership between G4S, the police and SaferCash is cutting crime and protecting cash couriers.

  • 10 October 2018
  • Author: Andrew Cooper
  • Number of views: 4958
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Cash transportation is essential to the economy and the vast majority of businesses could not function without it, but as this attack - just one of many - shows; delivering cash can be a very dangerous business. Attacks have reduced considerably over the last decade; in 2009 there were 1060 offences, compared to an average of 200 offences in recent years, however 2017 saw the first increase in offences since 2009.

Fly-tipping is on the rise, with vacant sites being prime targets

The number of incidents has increased for the third year in a row.

  • 9 October 2018
  • Author: Andrew Cooper
  • Number of views: 5013
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Many asset owners will already be aware of the devastating effects that vandalism and arson can have on a business, as it is expensive and time-consuming to deal with these. Deterring such crimes is difficult, however, as most vandalism, including graffiti and arson, occurs at night and on weekends when sites or properties are vacant. Fly-tipping is also on the rise, with vacant sites being prime targets. The number of incidents has increased for the third year in a row: councils across England and Wales reported 936,090 cases in 2015–16, up 4% on the previous year.

 

Transforming the UK telephone network into an ALL IP platform

BT has announced its plans to transition to ALL IP and expects to complete the change by 2025.

  • 5 September 2018
  • Author: Andrew Cooper
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Transforming the UK telephone network into an ALL IP platform

BT has announced its plans to transition to an ALL IP digital platform over the coming years and expects to complete the change by 2025. In particular BT has been seeking a way to identify its consumers who have a ‘special service’ (such as an alarm or telecare service) operating within their premises, as this may be impacted by the change to ALL IP.

 

Rosebery Housing Association 'actively reduce costs' by entrusting Skyguard with lone worker safety

Rosebery Housing Association are a not-for-profit organisation, providing around 2,500 homes for residents in and around Surrey.

Wood Green, The Animals Charity safeguards their lone workers with Skyguard

Wood Green, the Animals Charity has grown over the last 90 years to become one of the UK's leading animal welfare organisations. Every year, the charity re-homes over 5,500 animals as well as delivering educational talks, tours and training sessions for children and adults. 

Skyguard: British Gas

Energy theft is an ever-increasing problem. It's estimated that stolen supplies of gas and electricity costs the industry £500million a year. 

As the UK's largest energy and home services company, British Gas knows of this problem only too well. Not only is it costly to the organisation but tampered gas pipes and bypassed meters endanger lives. Crude methods to illegally obtain supplies can lead to fatal electric shocks and gas explosions. 

British Gas Field Engineers are at the forefront of inspection and detection in relation to their supplies. British Gas have to first apply for a warrant to enter a premises in order to conduct a thorough inspection. Naturally, with the threat of prosecution and serious consequences should someone be found to be stealing, these inspections can rapidly escalate into an aggressive and hostile situation.

With the threat of danger on two fronts, lone working engineers can find themselves in difficult and hazardous situations. Thankfully, they're never truly alone as help and reassurance is just a button push away thanks to their MySOS personal safety devices. 

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