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Keeping Your Business Safe In The Next Lockdown

It’s that time again – businesses will have to adjust to the rules of yet another lockdown. Buildings and offices are likely to be empty, upping the need for effective remote monitoring and security deterrence. Those businesses who continue to work will need to reinstate effective Covid-19 measures to make sure they’re operating safely. Let’s take a look at what businesses can do to stay safe, no matter what.

Why do businesses need to up security during a lockdown?

During the lockdown, it’s likely that many businesses will move back to operating from home – if they weren’t already doing so. That leaves offices and buildings more vulnerable to crime, especially if there are no visible security measures in place.

Studies have shown that the majority of burglaries that take place are in fact impulsive, often occurring when somebody notices unguarded valuables or a lack of security. With less or no people in the building to deter events like this, it becomes even more of a risk to businesses.

Which security measures can safely help out during a lockdown?

Remote CCTV

Remote CCTV monitoring is one of the best ways to prevent and deal with any incidents during lockdown. By implementing a system of cameras around the property, with sufficient signage, businesses will be able to deter the majority of criminals.

What’s also great about remote CCTV monitoring is that it captures everything that happened in high-definition video, allowing businesses to deal with any unfortunate events more effectively. As they can be monitored from anywhere, nobody has to be on-site at any point to make the most of the cameras – the perfect solution during a stay-at-home lockdown.

Mobile Patrols

Mobile patrols are another great way to have an eye kept on your business whilst away. Security patrols in high-profiled cars will be able to regularly inspect the building without getting in the way and without increasing the contact between groups of staff. Security vehicles and officers will deter crime and make sure that everything is in order when no other staff can.

Key Holding

As we’ve mentioned before, key holding for businesses is one of the best ways to ensure that any on-site activities or incidents can be seen to rapidly when there is nobody around. Alarm response officers will be able to reach any site within 20 minutes of an alarm trip, no matter the time or day of the week. From there, they’ll be able to analyse the situation and create reports on any false alarms, break-ins or damages.

Businesses who will continue at work

For any businesses who’ll continue to work during the lockdown, safety measures will be extremely important. Maintaining a healthy and safe working environment is paramount as the pandemic continues to worsen, so there are certain systems that should be implemented to help businesses achieve this.

Thermal Imaging Systems

If you are a large organisation, operating with large numbers of staff, then it’s important to make sure that everyone is healthy when entering the workplace in order to avoid a large breakout. A great way for businesses to do this is to use thermal imaging systems at entrances to the building. This will allow staff to enter quickly whilst taking temperature checks to reduce the likelihood of somebody carrying Covid-19 entering the building.

Automated People Flow Control Systems

Another key issue that businesses and offices have to consider is the number of people in each room. In order to work as safely as possible, staff should be able to keep a distance between them and not have to work face-to-face. By introducing automated people counting systems, rooms can easily be filled with a suitable number of people, without becoming overcrowded.

 

By using a range of sufficient measures during lockdown, all businesses can remain safe and secure. Whether moving to a work from home system, or remaining in the building, there are suitable measures that can help to operate as best as possible.

Making Your Facility Strong And Safe For The Winter

Although it definitely feels like winter has hit, it has only just officially begun. With shorter days and adverse weather, your business, school or organisation should ensure that it remains safe and sound. In this short guide, we’ll tell you what checks to do and how you can make sure that your building is ready for the winter season.

Security Checks

With a higher liklihood of frosts, rain and strong winds, it’s essential that your grounds’ physical security measures – such as gates, fences and padlocks – are all in top condition going into winter.

If anything is rusted or old, it will weaken the metal and allow for easier breaches. Although break-ins aren’t a regular occurrence, they do increase with winter’s shorter, darker days, so it’s best to be extra careful. Strong locks, secure gates and sturdy fences will help to make sure your building is protected – not only against crime but against the weather too.

Weather-proofing your building

As we mentioned, the weather during the winter months tends to be its worst; stronger winds, more rainfall, potential snow and icy frosts are all more common. To make sure that your building is prepped and ready, you should carry out a small check of key areas that could cause you problems in the winter.

Are all windows sealed properly and can they shut nice and tightly? Do your doors have proper seals? Is your roof free of any gaps or holes that could cause a leak? Making sure that your building has no potential leak hazards before going into winter can save you from huge problems and costs further down the line where weather could worsen small problems.

Check (And Upgrade) Your Lighting

Lighting has a huge range of benefits when it’s done properly. New, modern and efficient lighting can reduce your electricity costs, improve the happiness of staff or workers, improve workplace safety, reduce crime and even increase productivity!

Within your building, setting up the correct lights has been shown to improve the moods of workers! Not only can this make them generally happier, but it can lead to improved productivity for you.

Outside lights can also help by improving visibility during darker winter days. In carparks and busy entranceways this will allow people to see further, reducing the likelihood of workplace accidents and injuries. Outdoor lighting can also deter break-ins, especially when combined with CCTV systems, as burglars will be more visible in the footage, as well as to people nearby.

Using Effective Security Measures

According to the Office for National Statistics, burglaries are more likely to occur in winter and the build-up to Christmas. Your business should make sure that it is safe and protected against any attempts to gain unauthorised entry by checking for, installing or improving effective security measures.

These include CCTV systems, smart locks, security alarms and security guards. Depending on the size and attractiveness of your business, you should use a combination of these measures to ensure that the building remains safe at all times. Using advanced technologies to keep your building under surveillance and locked will deter and prevent any break-in attempts.

 

By using these tips, checking your facility and improving any measures that may need it, you can make sure that your building remains safe during winter. Not only will you be protected against crime, but against severe weather and potential workplace accidents.

How Black Friday Affects Shop Security

Black Friday is the single busiest shopping day of the year. Shops become overcrowded with people who are in a rush to find their favourite products. Although the tradition started in America, it soon made its way to the UK, where now, shoppers spend over £2.5 billion in stores on the day alone. With so much chaos, it’s not a huge surprise that Black Friday can take a toll on a business’s security.

How Black Friday Impacts Shops And High Street Businesses

Being the busiest day of the year for shops, with the most customers and chaos, it allows an opportunity for criminals to take advantage. Often, there are huge numbers of shoppers, with very few security guards and a lack of effective CCTV cameras to act as a deterrent and capture any unfortunate incidents. This allows criminals an easier opportunity to get away with theft and damaging of goods.

Each year in London alone, the police deal with over 3.5k incidents of theft on Black Friday, with many more suspected of going completely unnoticed. This can lead to huge losses for shops and high street businesses who may end up having expensive items stolen or damaged on the day.

On top of this, the sheer mania of people rushing to find their favourite products or snatch the best deals can lead to a sharp rise in the number of objects, products or store features being damaged or broken. This again leads to losses for businesses who only want to make the most of a big day.

This year, there’s also an extra element: Covid-19. Businesses and shops will have to pay extremely close attention to the numbers of people entering their building, as well as making sure everyone is wearing a mask and acting safely. On top of the normal stress, this will add an extra layer for high street businesses to deal with on Black Friday 2020.

What Measures Can Businesses Put In Place To Remain Safe & Secure?

Manned Security Guards

By placing a suitable amount of security guards in front of and throughout your store, criminals will be less likely to steal in the first place. What’s more is that it will be far easier to catch them if someone does still try to take anything.

CCTV Systems

CCTV cameras act as another deterrent to those who may have considered stealing from you. The knowledge that you will have captured them on camera and may be able to track them down is often enough to put someone off trying to steal. You’ll also be able to record footage of any deliberate damages that may occur during the event, safeguarding you against even more unnecessary costs.

Social Distancing Marshals

This year will be different to most with the strict rules in place due to Covid-19. Businesses could face up to £10,000 fines if they do not adhere to government rules. By implementing social distancing marshals, it will become much easier to regulate the number of people in your shop and will help to prevent it from becoming quickly overcrowded and unsafe.

Covid-19 Signage

Due to the constant changing in rules, it can often be confusing for everyone to understand which of them apply at certain times. In order to avoid this confusion and maintain a safe, legal environment on Black Friday, your business must make sure that there’s sufficient signage, instructing people what they can’t and what they must do in order to comply with your and the government’s rules.

 

With proper measures in place, businesses can ensure that they’re ready to deal with the intensity of Black Friday and hopefully reduce the risks of theft and damage.

The Environment Bill 2020 – What It Means For Businesses

Over the next seven days, it’s Sustainability Awareness Week. With that, we thought we’d share with you some information on the Environment Bill 2020 and what it might mean for businesses in the coming years.

What is The Environment Bill 2020?

The Government are currently passing a new policy paper through Parliament, which sets out to develop legally binding targets on air quality, water, waste and biodiversity in the UK. It aims to bring urgent action that will help to meet targets that have been set out in the 25 Year Environment Plan, helping us to cut emissions and create a green economy. The targets laid out by the bill will be subject to public consultation and will be legally binding for businesses and organisations, creating a strong target-delivering mechanism.

What could the bill mean for businesses?

Although the bill is new and we don’t know a great deal of specifics, we do know some factors and the likely effects they will have on businesses in the future. Firstly, businesses will get their say on the proposed targets. Once the framework of targets has been laid out – which is expected to be early 2022 – businesses and communities will be allowed to share their views and responses on them. This will be a great opportunity to voice opinions and share any criticisms that could benefit the bill, so businesses should keep an eye out for when it’s open.

What we also know is that there will be a range of targets for each of the priority areas (air quality, water, waste and biodiversity), including at least one long-term target for each. This means that businesses will have to focus on every area in order to comply and reach the goals that have been set. Emissions will have to be limited, pollutants will have to be reduced, waste management will need to be revised and improved. With effective and timely planning, these targets will be easy to meet and will ultimately help our economy and create a new, more sustainable future.

Finally, we know that the targets are going to be legally binding. This means that businesses and organisations will have to stick to them and attain certain levels of sustainability by a certain point in time. Although this could lead to financial punishments if they’re not achieved, this should create a positive urgency that will help our economy to become greener. Businesses who excel may even receive awards and of course, it won’t hurt to stand out for doing good for the economy of the country!

How can Aegis help businesses to reach environmental targets?

As with all new laws and targets, new challenges will arise that businesses will have to plan for and overcome. Given that these targets will be legally binding, it’s essential that all businesses are able to stick to goals and reach the final outcome. That’s where we can help. As an experienced facilities management provider, we know what it takes to become more sustainable.

Our waste management service can help your business to reduce waste and streamline your processes to become more sustainable. By reducing the waste that your business creates, and by recycling more, you’ll be well on your way to achieving targets set out in the main focus areas including waste, water and biodiversity! Although the specific targets have not yet been set, and it may be a while before they’re known, by getting a head start early on, your business will be left with less, if not nothing left to do after they’ve been announced, in order to reach the legally binding outcomes.

The Future Of Offices – Are They Staying Or Going?

Over the last half a year, Covid-19 has shown that working from home could become the new future for offices. Lots of people are able to work at home easily and many people actually prefer working from home. Couple that with the fact that it’s cheaper for companies in the long run, and you can see why there’s growing motivation to move to a home office only system.

What factors suggest that offices might go away?

Since the outbreak of Covid, many offices have had to get workers to work from home. A common misconception before this was that home office workers were not as efficient as those working in an office, due to distractions and the potential to simply not work as hard. However, research has shown that for many businesses, since switching to home office, have either seen no change in productivity, or have even seen an increase from their workers. This is likely due to workers feeling happier and more comfortable within their own home, and the fact that no travel times increases their free time and time to relax.

In addition to this, surveys have shown that 73% of office workers would like to have more flexible working from home options in the future. Over 51% of all office workers even feel like office working has now become “unnecessary”. With this overwhelming opinion that home office working would be a great addition for the future it would make sense for more businesses to provide it as a standard option, as it’s likely to make their workers happier.

As if there weren’t enough visible benefits to working from home already, getting your workers to do so could save companies huge amounts of money. Lower utility bills to pay, less or no rent for office space, no food or water costs for staff and it could lower a business’s tax burden if they own less or fewer properties. With such a huge potential to save and reduce costs, it makes sense for businesses to move in this direction moving forward.

Are there any benefits to office spaces?

There are of course still reasons why businesses may not want to switch to working from home. One of these being the fact that it creates a big change for management – many have never managed remote teams and so this can be a bit of a learning curve that can take time to adapt to.

What’s more is that many workers have struggles when switching to working from home because of the changes. It can throw out your daily routine and many people say that they find it hard to switch off at home. Around 20% of office workers also say that they’d actually like to get back to the office and that they much prefer it to home working – that’s a sizeable chunk of your workers.

So, will they go, or will they stay? And what could this mean for your business?

As you can see, the benefits do outweigh the negatives of switching to working from home for most businesses. With reduced costs, increased productivity and better employee wellbeing, it seems that one day a lot of businesses have to go this way. Currently, it’s hard to say how many businesses will move to a remote working system, but it’s fair to say that more and more will be doing so and it’s not unlikely that this will become the main way office workers work in the future.

How could this affect your business though? Well, if the trend continues to build then it could result in more pressure on you to offer remote working to your employees. If so, then you might need to change a few things around to deal with it, such as updating management methods and communications systems. Overall though, if done correctly, working from home could prove very beneficial and cost-effective for your business!

Whilst staff are working from home, we can ensure that your building remains safe and secure with key holding and manned security services. For more information on these useful services, get in touch with us today!

Covid-19 Safety Measures for Schools, Colleges and Universities

With Covid-19 still prevalent in society, it’s essential that people continue to act safely in order to prevent the spread as much as possible. Some of the main areas that need to be kept as extremely safe environments include schools, colleges and universities – due to the large numbers of people attending and the increased risk of close-contact, face-to-face interactions.

In order to keep these areas safe, it is important to introduce an effective plan with sufficient measures that will enable students and staff to continue in a safe educational environment.

What can schools, colleges and uni’s do?

There are a range of things that educational facilities can do that will help to keep areas safe and reduce the contamination of Covid-19.

How can Aegis help your school, college or university?

With years of experience in maintaining safe and healthy environments, we are perfectly prepared to deal with a situation like this. Our teams, each fully trained and dedicated to their relevant services, are able to help carry out effective Covid-19 measures.

Our cleaning teams can help you to keep every part of your building or campus a spotless, Covid-19 free space. With professional equipment and years of experience in cleaning difficult spots, you can be sure our cleaners can get to every spot.

Our facilities management specialists are able to help with all other safety measures by providing you with the necessary signage for one-way systems, social distancing areas and to point out hand-washing and sanitising areas. They will also be able to provide you with hand sanitising stations to make sure you are always kept stocked up.

Finally, our security teams will be able to support you with social distancing marshals who will be able to ensure that students keep a safe distance. They’ll also be able to monitor flow control to ensure that there are never too many people in a certain area or room.

If you’d like to find out more about our Covid-19 support services for schools, colleges and universities, please get in touch with us today. The sooner you start, the safer your school will be!

Aegis Security To Provide Luton Sixth Form College With Safeguarding Officers and More

Aegis Security are proud to announce having been awarded a new contract to provide Safeguarding Officers, Key Holding services and Alarm Response for Luton Sixth Form College.

Our years of experience in these areas will allow us to provide the highest levels of service in order to support the education of the students here. These services have been selected in order to maintain a safe environment where students, parents and staff can trust that their place of work and education will be protected at all times.

Aegis’s Safeguarding Officers are fully trained, vetted and screened to British standards, meaning that they can carry out their job to the highest level. With the help of these officers, Luton Sixth Form College will be able to accommodate the needs of students in an extremely safe environment, reducing the risk of potential harm to students, staff or the building itself.

With the use of our Key Holding service, the College will also be kept safe and secure even when nobody is onsite. Not only will we look after the keys to the building, but our highly trained response officers are always on call to respond to any issues at the location. This added layer of security ensures that everything left within the College will remain protected from damage and theft.

Another important service that will help to keep the Luton Sixth Form College a safe place of education is our Alarm Response team – fully trained and able to deal with tripped alarms in an efficient, effective manner. Our officers are able to arrive rapidly onsite, no matter the time, in order to carry out a thorough check of the situation. Whether any points of entry have been broken, or in the more likely event of a false alarm, our team will be able to assess the situation, deal with any issues, file reports and leave a record for building staff on site.

Aegis Security are dedicated to providing the highest level of service to our customers and will ensure that the Luton Sixth Form College remains a safe and secure environment for all its students and staff. By working together with schools and colleges, Aegis Security can help to create safer educational facilities for students, no matter where they are situated.

Back To School – Why cleaning is so important

After the summer holidays, many schools will be looking to open back up to students. Whilst it is always important for children to be able to learn properly, the current situation with Covid-19 puts health and safety at paramount importance. As a result, schools must remain clean and safe at all times, in order to reduce the risks of spreading the virus.

Why is it so important for schools to be clean?

The virus spreads through respiratory droplets that are expelled when somebody talks, coughs or sneezes. These droplets can form on surfaces, leaving behind the virus, which can survive for up to three days on certain materials. It’s therefore crucial that these surfaces are cleaned and disinfected regularly to prevent the chance of somebody touching them and contracting the virus.

What’s more is that schools are unfortunately a prime location for surface to person spread. With younger children being less aware of things like coughs and sneezes, it is highly likely that droplets can end up on surfaces. Children are also more likely to interact with surfaces and not wash their hands before itching their faces or eating. With this in mind, it makes it even more important for schools to focus on effective cleaning strategies that will keep all surfaces pristine and free from potential Covid-19 droplets.

How can schools achieve this?

It is important that all surfaces, especially those that are used frequently, are cleaned at least daily, if not several times throughout. Areas and surfaces that are highly used within schools, such as desks, chairs, door handles, handrails, light switches and computers must be effectively cleaned as much as possible in order to remain safe for children to continue to interact with.

Surfaces that are not used as often or come into contact with hands less often should still be cleaned but do not require this as regularly. Areas such as floors, windows and walls near where people sit should be wiped and disinfected. Carpeted areas, rugs and curtains can be cleaned using soaps or appropriate sprays. Although these areas are less likely to transmit Covid-19, they should still be cleaned daily due to the busyness of school environments.

How can Aegis Facilities help?

Aegis Facilities can ensure that your school is kept extremely clean and in turn, safe for children and students to return to learning. With years of experience, we have the tools and the knowledge to effectively maintain a clean and safe environment. We are proud to be accredited by BICSc; the UK’s leading commercial cleaning trade institute with over 5,000 members providing education and advice, thus ensuring quality standards are maintained.

We will put in place an efficient cleaning program that will make sure all surfaces are disinfected and wiped down regularly to prevent any potential build-ups of the virus. In addition to this all floors will be kept clean and we will make sure that no harmful chemicals are used when scrubbing carpets or rugs. Aegis Facilities can also help to provide your school with extra features that will minimise Covid-19 risks, such as face shields for staff, hand sanitising stations, covers for keyboards and desktop barriers to divide large spaces or in highly frequented offices.

If you have any further questions about a safe cleaning solution for your school, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. For more information on our Cleaning and Covid-19 services, visit their corresponding pages.

How can the UK reduce its £50 billion crime costs?

In the UK, crime costs the government over £50 billion per year. That money comes from taxes that are paid by businesses and individuals. With such high costs, huge amounts of money are being spent on something that we should be actively reducing.

How does crime affect business?

Whilst crime costs the UK over £50 billion per year, more than £17 billion of this is from crime against small and medium businesses.

The impact on businesses around the UK is huge – 51% of all small and medium businesses have been targeted by some form of crime. On average, each incident costs a business £2625. With just over half of all businesses experiencing some form of crime, it’s easy to see that more measures need to be put in place to reduce this number.

On top of this, over 800,000 businesses have applied for bankruptcy as a result of crime, showing that the financial trouble caused by incidents can have an extreme impact on the success of a business. Unfortunately, as crime rates continue to go up, so does the number of businesses filing for bankruptcy. More businesses need to ensure that they taking more precautions and installing further measures to deter criminals and prevent incidents.

What measures can help to reduce crime?

CCTV Systems

Having visible CCTV camera systems in place has been shown to reduce the levels of burglary and theft, especially in private spaces. Due to their ability to record events and help identify suspects, just having visible CCTV cameras is enough to put many criminals off and will help to keep buildings, homes and carparks safer from burglary and theft.

Lighting

Increasing the number of streetlights and outdoor lights is another way in which crime levels can be reduced. Due to increased visibility at night, incidents involving burglary and theft are more likely to be deterred in places that are well lit. By investing in good outdoor lighting for dark areas, crime rates can be reduced and these areas can be kept safer.

Security Patrols

Mobile security patrols have been shown to reduce crime such as vandalism, burglary and theft. By having irregular patrols pass through areas, it acts as a deterrent to people who may otherwise have committed a crime in the area – the risk of them being caught by a random security patrol is enough to prevent them from doing anything in areas where patrols are active.

Security Guards

Much like CCTV cameras, if security guards are visible in a certain place, then they will act as an effective deterrent. If people know that they are being watched and can be seen, then they know that the chances of them getting caught is much higher. In turn, many incidents can be prevented simply by placing visible security guards in certain places.

How can Aegis help to deal with crime?

Luckily, Aegis Security can provide businesses with many of these solutions that can help to keep premises safer and reduce the likelihood of criminal incidents. With many years of experience in protecting businesses and keeping buildings safe, you can be sure that we are able to help reduce crime.

Our services include high quality CCTV camera systems, both mobile and static security guards and outdoor lighting solutions. We can provide your business with a personalised solution to fit your exact needs so that your building is kept as safe as possible. By reducing the number of incidents, your business can save money and not have to worry about large, unforeseen costs that could put you at risk of bankruptcy.

While lowering crime rates for businesses, this will also reduce the overall level of crime in the UK and could hopefully help to reduce the costs that our country faces from it. With less costs, government spending can be used to benefit other areas and reinvest and strengthen our economy, rather than fixing past incidents. An overall reduction in crime could therefore benefit everyone and is something that we should all strive to achieve.

 

For more information on how Aegis Security can protect your business from crime and which services we can offer you, get in touch with us today here or call us on 03300 500 800.

Measures to take in order to return to work safely

The outbreak of Covid-19 has seen everything go through many changes. As a result of this, workplaces have been empty and large numbers of people have been working from home. Now that restrictions are beginning to relax, businesses are looking to return to work – however, it is crucial that this is done sensibly and safely in order to prevent another outbreak.

Why can’t people just return to work normally?

Due to the risk of new outbreaks and the continued spread of Covid-19, unfortunately people still can’t just return to “normal”. With large groups of people congregating, the risk of spread is increased, making workplaces less safe than they used to be. Therefore, whilst the risk of the virus is still around, workplaces will be required to take extra precautions as they will be where most people meet.

In addition to there being lots of people in the same space, work environments often involve communication and coming into contact with a variety of surfaces. Whilst talking is ok, people must still maintain a safe distance – something that may not be easy in smaller buildings. What’s more is that the virus can survive on certain surfaces for several days, including plastic, cardboard and metal. Things like desks, keyboards, and water stations are at high risk and must be cleaned regularly and used carefully to prevent contamination.

What measures can be put in place to keep safe?

Thankfully, there are a number of measures that be added in order to maintain a safe, functional working environment. These are:

Aegis Security thermal imaging camera to check Covid-19 body temperature

Aegis Security can provide your business with essential Covid-19 health and safety measures

Aegis Group have lots of experience in keeping workplaces safe and secure. With our expertise and services, we can ensure that your staff and customers will remain safe when reopening your business premises. We can provide your business with sufficient measures including those mentioned above, which will allow your business to operate with maximum efficiency at this time.

For more information on our Coivd-19 safety measures, view our service page or get in touch with us today.

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