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Do You Really Still Need Security Guards in 2021?

In today’s modern world, many schools, businesses, and organisations ask themselves – do we really still need security guards? With so many technological advances in security, it can be tricky to decide whether or not physical guards are still required in order to stay safe, or whether the tech alone can do the job. Fear not, we’re here to help you decide and understand the answer to that question!

 

What Are The Technology-Based Alternatives That Are Often Used?

Depending on the situation and requirements, different equipment is used to provide an added layer of security. These measures include:

 

Why Human Security Is So Good

Security guards are so effective due to their versatility and wide range of skills. Whilst they act as a strong visual deterrent, they’re also highly trained to detect threats and deal with incidents as they occur. Recognising strange human behaviour, spotting vulnerabilities, and dealing with a problem immediately are things that none of the tech-based security solutions can really provide.

Additionally, security guards are able to protect any area of your building effectively. Is there a spot that’s too poorly lit for CCTV? A vulnerable access point where you can’t install a lock or gate? Security guards can manage all of these areas, and have the ability to shift to different areas throughout the day depending on where your premises might be most at risk.

 

So, Do You Need Security Guards In 2021?

If you want the most effective, most secure measure in place, then the answer is yes. Even though technology is advancing and these measures alone still help, they’re never going to be as effective as a physical security guard’s presence. Guards can patrol areas that technology cannot. They can also read and interpret human behaviour that cameras or sensors can’t, and they have the ability to directly intervene with incidents as they happen – something that a fixed alarm, smart lock, or camera simply can’t do.

For more information on effective manned guarding and safeguarding officers, you can read our service page or get in touch with us today. We’ll be able to explain the purposes of our guards in more detail, as well as how they can support your specific situation.

Back To School Security & Safety Tips

With schools set to return in early September, it’s essential that all students and staff can go back to a safe, secure environment. Not only does it help everyone to feel comfortable each day, but it can even help to improve student and staff performance. So what can you do to make sure your school will be a safe environment when returning?

 

Plan Ahead

Planning is a key part of making sure staff and students can return to a secure environment. Knowing when people will be arriving, how they’ll be arriving and where they’ll be entering the school grounds is crucial to maintaining a secure perimeter and safe space.

By planning the return of large groups, any events, and for busy situations, you can avoid accidents and prevent unauthorised access to anyone who shouldn’t be onsite.

 

Carry Out A Risk Assessment

Risk assessments are an effective way to double check whether you’re covered in all areas, or if you need to make last minute improvements to security or safety measures.

Identify access points to your premises – can unauthorised people enter too easily? Check walkways and entrance points – are there objects blocking them? Is there sufficient signage so that new students know where to go? Are valuables sufficiently protected, including car parks and computer rooms?

 

Make Sure Everything Is Up-To-Date And Working

Since schools have been unused over summer, it could be that some of the equipment or electricals haven’t been used in a while. Making sure that they’re all in safe working condition will prevent any accidents or potential health and safety hazards. Testing alarms, detectors and sensors is also a necessity when it comes to emergency procedures and preventing any dangerous situations if a fire or gas leak were to occur.

Similarly, security equipment should be checked to ensure that it’s all updated and working as it should. This will help you to maintain a top level of security, even with huge amounts of people returning to the site.

 

Layer Your Security

Security measures are good on their own, but even better when you combine them with each other. Creating a layered security system is the most effective way to keep your school learning environment safe at all times.

For example, utilising CCTV cameras as an initial deterrent, backed up by access control barriers, backed up by safeguarding officers within the building, provides a three-tiered system that makes it virtually impossible for someone or something to enter the school without permission. This creates the ultimate shield and really allows your school to maximise its safety for staff and students alike.

Aegis Support Services can help your school with a wide range of security measures, facilities services and equipment testing. For more information, please get in touch with us or visit our service pages.

Back To Work Security & Safety Tips

With many offices starting to go back to work, it’s essential that all staff can go back to a safe, secure environment. Not only does it help everyone to feel comfortable each day, but it can even help to improve performance. So what can you do to make sure your workplace will be a safe environment when fully returning?

 

Plan Ahead

Planning is a key part of making sure staff can return to a secure environment. Knowing when people will be arriving, how they’ll be arriving and where they’ll be entering the business’s premises is crucial to maintaining a secure perimeter and safe space.

By planning the return of large groups, any events, and for busy situations, you can avoid accidents and prevent unauthorised access to anyone who shouldn’t be onsite.

 

Carry Out A Risk Assessment

Risk assessments are an effective way to double check whether you’re covered in all areas, or if you need to make last minute improvements to security or safety measures.

Identify access points to your premises – can unauthorised people enter too easily? Check walkways and entrance points – are there objects blocking them? Is there sufficient signage so that staff know where to go in an emergency? Are valuables sufficiently protected, including car parks, laptops and machines?

 

Make Sure Everything Is Up-To-Date And Working

Since office buildings may have been used less frequently over the last months due to Covid, it could be that some of the equipment or electricals haven’t been used in a while. Making sure that they’re all in safe working condition will prevent any accidents or potential health and safety hazards. Testing alarms, detectors and sensors is also a necessity when it comes to emergency procedures and preventing any dangerous situations if a fire or gas leak were to occur.

Similarly, security equipment should be checked to ensure that it’s all updated and working as it should. This will help you to maintain a top level of security, even with huge amounts of people returning to the site.

 

Layer Your Security

Security measures are good on their own, but even better when you combine them with each other. Creating a layered security system is the most effective way to keep your building and staff safe at all times.

For example, utilising CCTV cameras as an initial deterrent, backed up by access control barriers, backed up by security officers within the building, provides a three-tiered system that makes it virtually impossible for someone or something to enter without permission. This creates the ultimate shield and really allows your office to maximise its safety for staff.

Aegis Security can help your business with a wide range of security measures, facilities services and equipment testing. For more information, please get in touch with us or visit our service pages.

Event Security Tips

With a few weeks left of the summer holidays, the event period is still extremely busy. Security at events is one of the most important factors when planning and maintaining a safe environment, however many smaller organisers might be unaware of the extensive requirements that need to be thought through for a security system to be most effective. By considering these event security tips, we’re sure that you’ll be able to put on an enjoyable, safe event!

1 – Carry Out A Security Risk Assessment

Each event will have its own security requirements and needs – a birthday event is unlikely to need as much security as a large-scale political event for example. By assessing your event and the potential risks that may arise, you can ensure that you’ve got sufficient measures in place to deal with them.

Consider things like where your event is taking place (indoors / outdoors, city or village etc), what the purpose of the event is, the size of the event, who will be at the event, and whether there are any expected safety issues as a result of the location.

 

2 – Sufficient Security Checkpoints

Setting up multiple security checkpoints outside of your event is one of the most effective ways to keep your event safe and secured. Making it necessary to pass through several security barriers before entry will prevent any dangerous or unauthorised access.

Setting up security teams at the carpark entrance and then at the event’s entrance is a good way to ensure that attendees are thoroughly checked and in turn will make it difficult for unwanted visitors.

 

3 – Make Sure That Security Measures Are Highly Visible

It’s all well and good having the odd security measure in place, but making sure that they’re always within sight can make all the difference. Attendees will feel safer and criminals or potential intruders will be deterred.

Placing security guards around the site in high-vis jackets, setting up CCTV cameras, and using signs to inform people of ticket checks and bag searches are good ways to do so.

4 – Make the Most of Professional Support

The best way to secure your event will always be to rely on professional services and teams. With the experience and expertise that they can provide, you’ll always know that your event is safe. Professional event security teams will be able to deal with situations effectively, work with event management for seamless protection, and provide excellent service to those attending.

 

As an experienced and fully trained event security provider, Aegis Security can help with any event needs that you may have – whether small and private, or large-scale. For more information about our event security services, please visit our service page, or contact our support team today.

Why School Security Is So Important Over The Summer Holidays

As schools close up for the summer, security concerns arise amidst increasing numbers of incidents on school grounds. 2020 saw a surge in cases involving school sites where their security had been compromised. Fortunately, there are measures that can be put in place quickly to strengthen security, but it’s important that schools pay more attention to it in order to avoid facing issues.

School Incident Rates Surge Over Summer Holidays

According to a Farsight Security report, there was a significant increase in the number of incidents affecting school security, likely due to a combination of the school summer holidays and the disruption caused by lockdowns.

There has been a sharp increase in cases of students congregating on school grounds, with these events often developing into anti-social behaviour, vandalism and in rarer cases, even theft and arson. Due to schools being empty for long periods of time over the holidays, opportunistic students and criminals take advantage and unfortunately often get away with it.

 

Incidents of Theft Are On The Rise Due To The Pandemic

As a result of the global pandemic, supplies of certain equipment and products have been limited, with laptops, computers and tablets being particularly affected. When you combine this with the increase in remote working and learning, you get a huge demand for these products that simply can’t be met.

On average, secondary schools have 431 computers onsite and primary schools have 70, making them a highly prioritised target for theft. According to D-Tech, a computer is stolen every 53 seconds in the UK at the moment, setting records at an all-time high. This unfortunately means that schools are extremely vulnerable to theft, increasing the importance of security measures, especially over the summer where nobody is onsite.

 

 What Can You Do About It And How Can We Help?

Luckily, there’s a wide range of school security measures that will help them to significantly strengthen the security of their grounds. The most effective of these include:

 

Aegis Support Services can help you with any of these school security measures and more, in order to help you become more secure and help protect you against anti-social behaviour and vandalism incidents, theft of computers and equipment, and any alarm trips. For more information, please get in touch with us or visit our security services section.

3 Reasons Why More Schools Need Facilities Management

Facilities management in schools plays a key role in several factors, all of which improve the school site. Unfortunately, there is a lack of strategic facilities management in UK schools, with over a quarter not having a proper approach. There are a number of important factors that make it clear why all schools should focus their FM strategy, let’s take a look at what those are.

 

Learning & Working Environment Quality

Almost 50% of teachers in the UK say that their working environment has a negative impact on their wellbeing, suggesting that school management often isn’t doing enough to support teachers in their day-to-day work.

Interestingly, studies have shown that well-maintained schools with little to no disruption can reduce the rates of teacher turnover by 25%, indicating that an improvement to facility management correlates with an improvement in teacher wellbeing.

What’s more is that these studies show an increase in the amount of teaching time for students, allowing them to progress faster.

 

Saving Costs

A recent report carried out by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors highlights the potential costs of neglecting proper facilities management strategies in schools, finding that organisations failing to take an effective approach lose a total of £1 billion in the UK.

By utilising more effective facilities management strategies, schools can reduce energy costs, improve space efficiency, reduce labour turnover costs, and prevent major costs from building up. On average, this could save each school over £120,000 according to the research that was done.

 

Improving Safety

A strong FM strategy also has the ability to improve the safety of a school. By creating proper plans, monitoring changes and maintaining the site, schools are less likely to run into sudden, significant problems and in turn can improve the safety of the entire site.

Safety directly impacts both the wellbeing of teachers and pupils, as well as the efficiency within the learning environment. Students who feel safe at school progress quicker and on average, achieve better grades than those who do not.

 

Facilities management has an extremely important role in schools – from school costs, to staff wellbeing, to student performance. If you’d like to know more on how Aegis Facilities can support your school’s management, get in touch with us by clicking the button below.

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4 Benefits of Remote Monitoring Systems & Access Control For Schools

Remote monitoring and access control systems can be connected to your school’s security system, giving it extra capabilities to control and use certain features remotely. They can benefit a school in several ways, however many are unaware of what exactly these systems do, and in turn, in what ways they can actually help school sites. Continue reading for 4 benefits of remote monitoring systems and access control, that could really help to improve the security and safety of your school.

 

1. Capture Unauthorised and Criminal Activity

Unfortunately, school sites are still targeted for criminal incidents such as vandalism and theft. This is largely due to people knowing that school grounds will often be empty and vulnerable over weekends and holidays, and that there can be valuables onsite, including computers, TV’s and projectors.

Remote monitoring systems allow your site to have a close eye kept on them at all times, including when nobody is onsite. This means that in the unfortunate incident of a criminal event, your school will be able to deal with it much more effectively since you’ll be able to respond quicker and have potential evidence of the offence.

 

2. Deter Criminals and Unauthorised Intruders

Another benefit of remote monitoring is deterrence. As criminals or unauthorised members are more likely to attempt to access your site during periods where the school is closed, it’s essential to have some form of deterrence that will still put them off.

With a remote monitoring system linked up to your CCTV cameras, not only will you have a visual deterrent in the form of the cameras themselves, but the cameras can be controlled in live time to track the person and give verbal warnings to them via a speaker system. This acts as an extremely powerful deterrent that will most likely cause the people in question to flee the grounds immediately.

 

3. Easily Allow Access to Your School Building

There are also times, however, where you might actually want to provide access for someone to your school when it is closed. For example, a staff member may need to collect something, use school computers, or simply set something up for an upcoming event.

Normally, they would be required to collect a key, then visit the school, then lock up and finally drop the key back off. However, with remote access control, staff members can visit the school, have the door unlocked for them remotely, and then re-locked once they leave the site. Not only does this make it much easier for staff members, it also reduces the chance of the building being left unlocked, or of the keys being lost.

 

4. Deter Criminals and Unauthorised Intruders

Whether an alarm is triggered, an emergency incident such as a fire occurs, or staff need to access the site rapidly, being able to deal with a problem in the quickest way possible is extremely important.

Once again, this is a benefit of remote monitoring, as it can help with such a wide range of these issues. It can be used to provide access to security teams in the event of an alarm trigger, as well as allowing staff straightforward access. It can also be used to locate and centralise the origin of a fire or leak, helping the problem to be dealt with in the most efficient way possible. Finally, remote systems can be paired with security response teams, meaning that not only will alarm triggers be registered more quickly, but trained professionals will reach your school in order to deal with any incident or potential hazard, greatly limiting any potential harm.

Remote monitoring and access control systems have a hugely positive impact on the security and safety of a school site. If you’d like to know more about a remote CCTV monitoring and access control system for your school, please get in touch with our team. We’ll provide you with a tailored solution that will add an important layer of security to your premises.

Child Safety Week 2021 – What Are The Most Effective Ways To Keep Children Safe In School?

To mark child safety week this year, we would like to share some of the most effective methods and measures for keeping children safe in schools. As an experienced school safeguarding provider, we’ve discovered which ways are the most successful at not only keeping schools safer and more secure, but also at helping staff and students to feel safer and more comfortable in their environment.

 

Site & Perimeter Security

Maintaining a secure school perimeter is essential to its safety. Installing sufficient perimeter security will help to prevent students from leaving the site without permission, and will help keep unauthorised members from accessing school grounds.

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The best ways to keep your perimeter safe and secure include the following:

 

Proper fencing
Creating a school perimeter with solid fencing will help to establish a school’s boundaries. It will make it harder for students to leave the site at dangerous exit points, to leave during school hours when they don’t have permission, and harder for unauthorised members to access the site during the day.

Access control barriers/gates
Installing access controls in high traffic areas of the school can allow staff to enter safely at all times of the day, including over weekends and during school holidays. It can also effectively prevent unknown members from entering, without securing permission to do so first. This is especially useful now that schools are trying to limit their capacity to remain safe during Covid-19.

CCTV cameras
CCTV camera systems are great for monitoring site activity when no staff are there, and act as a strong deterrent to vandalism, theft and unauthorised access attempts. When coupled with our remote monitoring systems, they can be used to monitor and give verbal warnings to anyone who might be trying to access the site.

Safeguarding officers
By employing extra staff as safeguarding officers, you’ll have someone you can rely on to deal with situations, help to organise students, and help to secure the site. Aegis’s fully trained safeguarding officers are capable of dealing with and providing support for a huge range of scenarios. Whether it’s dealing with an incident discretely, supporting staff during busy events, or helping to secure busy access points, safeguarding officers can provide great all around support for your school.

 

Safety Drills & Emergency Procedures

Another crucial aspect to keeping children (and staff) safe at school is emergency procedure systems, with sufficient planning and training. In the unlikely event that an emergency incident occurs at school, all staff and children should clearly understand what to do in order to safely deal with the situation at hand.

What exactly should you take into consideration?

 

Security and fire alarms
Are there enough around the school site, are they tested frequently and do they all work? It’s key to make sure that your school’s alarm systems are extensive, fully functional and effective in order to keep your site, staff and students safe. By carrying out regular checks, having someone test your alarms, and having them upgraded when necessary, you’ll be prepared for any emergencies.

Planning
Create extensive plans that make clear exactly what to do in an emergency, where to go, and safest ways for people to exit the building.

Staff training
Staff should be trained properly and regularly so that they are able to lead in an emergency situation. All staff members should be aware of what their role is, what emergency procedures there are and exactly how they should be carried out.

Drills
Whole school drills should be carried out on a regular basis, for a range of emergency procedures, so that every single person knows what to do in each situation.

 

Covid-19 Safety

Since last year, schools now have an extra responsibility – making sure that children remain safe and careful to avoid unnecessary spread of Covid-19. Keeping large groups of students organised can be a difficult task, but it’s key to providing a safe education in 2021.

Some ways in which you can minimise the risk of Covid-19 in your school include:

 

Covid-19 marshals
Utilising extra staff to act as safety marshals can help to keep students apart, organise groups properly and prevent large gatherings in small areas of the school.

Signage
By implementing extra signage on walls and floors around the school, you can clearly outline where students should and should not go. It’s an effective and easy way to direct students and close off certain areas of your school.

Specialised cleaning
Creating a specialised cleaning schedule with the use of disinfectants that help to kill the virus can minimise the risk of spread dramatically.

Reducing class sizes
By reducing class sizes, students can maintain a safe distance from each other, even within smaller classrooms. Consider breaking up classes, staggering break and start times, and seating students further apart.

Why Safeguarding and Security Is So Important For Schools

School safeguarding measures can often be overlooked or neglected as a priority. However, the implementation of security and safety measures for schools is extremely important in keeping your school safe. In this short guide, we’ll go over why exactly school safeguarding is so important and what it can have.

 

UK Government Regulations and Guidelines

The first reason why your school should make sure that it has sufficient safety and security measures in place, is so that it adheres to government guidelines. These guidelines set out certain aspects that your school should focus on when considering a security and safety policy.

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They include things that should be factored in, such as how you’ll prevent issues such as vandalism, incidents involving weapons and intrusion, as well as how your plans should be created so that they’re realistic, easy to follow and understand. The guidelines also include the legal obligations your school has to adhere to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

You can discover more info on these guidelines here.

Failing to put proper security and school safeguarding measures in place, as suggested by the government, can actually impact your Ofsted score. Many schools in the UK are now being failed by Ofsted due to insufficient levels of school safety.

 

Keeping Your Learning Environment Safe

Another reason why safeguarding is so important in schools is an obvious one – learning safety. Safety within schools should be the top priority, which is why carefully considering the right security measures for your school is so important – without them you might allow greater opportunity for threats and hazards. Incidents such as vandalism, theft and trespassing are still common in educational facilities, especially during holidays and weekends.

All schools are different – built differently, of different sizes, and located in different areas, which means that no one solution will fit every school. Taking the time to plan out emergency procedures, security measures and prevention tactics is important in making sure that your students and staff are in the safest possible environment at all times.

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If you would like to explore the perfect custom solution for your school or college, please get in touch with us.

By utilising the correct security and safety measures, you’ll help your school to:

 

 

How Can Aegis Group Help?

Here at Aegis, we’ve got years of experience in helping schools and colleges to remain safe and secure at all times. By providing your school with the perfect custom solution, we’re able to minimise the risk of any potential hazards in your area.

Whether you need support with remote access and CCTV surveillance over holidays and weekends, safeguarding officers and visitor tracking during school hours, or emergency and alarm systems – we are able to provide you with a fantastic school safeguarding service that won’t let you down.

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For more information on any of the school safeguarding services that we can provide you, please visit our Service Pages. If you’d like to discuss which specific measures could help your school to become safer, please get in touch with us so that we can advise you on the best solution.

It’s World Day for Health & Safety At Work – How Can You Make Your Workplace Safer And More Secure?

Today, Wednesday the 28th of April, is World Day for Health & Safety At Work – the perfect time to reflect on how safe and secure our workplaces are, and what we can do to continuously improve them. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs puts safety and security right up there with our most important needs and with the workplace being a second home for many, it’s extremely important that these needs are met for all staff, at all times. So how can you make your workplace safer and more secure?

Staff Training

Training your staff plays an important role within the workplace, as it not only improves efficiency, but can also help to significantly increase work safety. Carrying out regular health and safety trainings with your staff should be priority for Facilities Management leaders, and should include the following:

Your staff will feel much safer and more confident within the workplace once they know how to deal with incidents and that there are procedures in place to deal with them.

Workplace Signage

Now more than ever, clear and effective signage around the workplace is key. Covid-19 signage should be in place to let staff and visitors know where to go and how to avoid close contact with others – set up one-way systems around the office or warehouse and let people know where they need to socially distance.

Signs can also play their part in helping with safety – they can be used to instruct people where not to go, where dangerous machinery or chemicals are being used, or how to use certain equipment. The range of uses for workplace signs is virtually endless and definite must if you want to achieve maximum safety.

 

Remove Hazardous Waste and Objects

Workplaces are constantly at risk from hazards; anything from dangerously placed objects, to broken equipment, to leaks and building damage. Removing these hazards as quickly as possible is essential in maintaining a safe working environment.

You should always be on the lookout for objects or cables that may be trip hazards, machinery and tools that have broken and become unsafe to use, and any damage to the infrastructure of your workspace such as leaks, broken pipes, or damaged flooring.

Your staff will not only be safer once you remove dangers from the workplace, but they will actually feel safer knowing that regular checks are being done to prevent hazards from arising.

 

Security

Making sure that your workplace is completely secure is the final step in making your staff feel safer and more secure at work. A building that has no security measures in place and no entry barriers or checks, is going to make staff feel as though anyone could enter their place of work at any time, and in turn make them feel unsafe.

By implementing sufficient security measures for your building, your workplace will become safer and help staff to feel safer. Use access barriers for your carpark, add smart locks to all of your access points, utilise security guards for the front of your building and install sitewide CCTV monitoring.

These measures will not only make it harder for unauthorised access to your building, but they’ll act as visual signals to staff that their workplace is being effectively protected and secured.

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