How Important are Security Guards in 2021?
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Written by regionadmin

21st April 2021

2021 has been a difficult year for many businesses due to the continuation of the covid-19 pandemic. Many companies have thrived, while many have had to make cuts in order to survive. This has led to the question of where companies can cut their spending, and what aspects are still important to invest in. Security guards are a vital service for many businesses and can actually end up saving you time and money in the long run. Keep reading to find out more.

What is the role of a security guard?

Security Guards are vitally important for any business. The main role of a security guard is to protect a company’s property, stock, and staff by ensuring that the working environment is both safe and secure. Security guards are highly trained to look for signs of crime or disorder and can investigate any disturbances at your location. Security guards can apprehend anyone that is a threat to your business, handing them over to the police if necessary or simply escorting them off your property. Most security guards are also trained in basic first aid skills and CPR in case of emergency. Although this may not be needed, it is a benefit to have in case of emergencies.

Why is it important to have security guards?

Ultimately, security guards offer you peace of mind as they provide an extra layer of protection for your business. Security guards can work with your business to help identify any weaker areas in your building security or procedures in order to rectify these issues. Additionally, as you can see from the studies listed above, security guards can save you money in the long run as they deter criminals, reducing the chances of you becoming a victim of a crime which can be costly. Crime levels in the UK increased by 120,000 offences between 2018/19 and 2019/20, meaning that your business is more likely to be targeted. Security guards offer some extra protection and can help your staff feel safe and secure.

A study published by the Public Library of Science found that increased patrols of security guards on train platforms in England reduced victim reported crimes by 16% and guard reported incidents by 49%.

Do security guards deter crime?

Absolutely! Not only are security guards trained to investigate a crime when it happens, but they can also actually deter criminals from targeting your business in the first place. This is because having security guards present and patrolling your property can put criminals off as they believe that there is a greater chance they will get caught. A study published by the Public Library of Science found that increased patrols of security guards on train platforms in England reduced victim reported crimes by 16% and guard reported incidents by 49%. Additionally, a study by PLOS found that offenders calculate their risk based on the proximity of security officers. Therefore, security guards that conduct random patrols are more likely to deter criminals as the risk of being caught increases.


Role of security guards during COVID

At the moment we are dealing with an unprecedented situation. The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way that many of us live and work. Many business premises or office spaces are left empty for long periods of time due to lockdowns or have substantially less staff in them to help facilitate social distancing, with many staff being asked to work from home. As many buildings are left empty, these are an ideal target for criminals who may wish to commit crimes such as theft, vandalism, or arson as they are less likely to get caught. This is why security guards are vital during the pandemic as they are patrol buildings to keep them safe and secure. Additionally, many security companies can install CCTV that will increase the safety of the building. The CCTV can be monitored and if there are any signs of a disturbance, security guards can be sent out to your location immediately to investigate.

As businesses open back up, security guards are also necessary to manage the expected crowds and queues that many businesses will face. As social distancing is still advised, security guards can help limit the number of people entering a store or business at a time, in order to ensure staff and public safety. Furthermore, security guards can also help enforce mask-wearing, to make sure that all customers are following government guidelines.         


Security you can trust

Here at Region Security, we provide coverage throughout the UK – keep your staff, customers, and businesses safe and secure. Our SIA approved staff are highly trained and offer the highest quality service. We can work with you to identify potential weaknesses in your current security system and offer advice on how to improve this. But don’t just take our word for it – we have many accreditations showing our expertise. In addition to being an SIA approved contractor, we are also CCAS Registered, Safe Contractor accredited, a member of SMAS, and certified by both CHAS and Construction Online.

If you are looking to protect your business or have any questions about our services, contact us today for a free, no-obligation quote.

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