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Chepstow Security Door Supervisor Requirements

Chepstow Security Door Supervisor Requirements

One of the most high-profile security industry jobs is that of Door Supervisor, as well as one of the most important. Every city in the UK has clubs, pubs, and bars, which means that every security firm in the UK has door supervisors – Bristol security firms, London security firms, Chepstow security firms. If you are physically fit, enjoy working with people, and are looking for a career in safety and security, that of door supervisor might be perfect for you. Take a look at the information below regarding requirements for the position, as well as job expectations. In order to work as a door supervisor in Chepstow (as well as the rest of the UK), you are required to hold a special license. In order to receive a door supervisor license, there are a few things you will need: Be at least 18 years of age Pass a criminal record check Complete an approved door supervisor training course It is worth noting that simply because you have a criminal record does not necessarily preclude you from being awarded your door supervisor license. Approved Training Course There are 4 training modules, as well as 3 examinations required to pass and receive your door supervisor license. The training modules are as follows: Core Learning for Common Security Industry Knowledge Door Supervisor Specialist Module Conflict Management Module Physical Intervention Skills Module If you already possess a door supervisor qualification which is less than 3 years old, this may allow you to bypass much or all of the training in order to apply for a license. Once you have received your door...
CCTV Training for Private Bristol Security Guards

CCTV Training for Private Bristol Security Guards

Proficiency with CCTV equipment is an extremely valuable skill for the modern day security guard to have, whether they work for a London security company, a Bristol security guard company or even in Weston Super Mare security firm. Indeed, there is no security market in the UK where surveillance skills aren’t in high demand. In Clevedon, businesses can maximize their security presence by utilizing CCTV surveillance and a physical security presence. Like most security skills, however, CCTV surveillance is licensable, and requires the trainee to complete multi-module coursework before they are deemed proficient. The CCTV course content is broken down into two sections, each with a handful of sub-sessions: Common Security Industry Knowledge Public Space Surveillance (CCTV) Operations The Common Security Industry Knowledge section has 6 sessions that must be completed for a passing grade: Awareness of the Law in the Private Security Industry Health and Safety for the Private Security Operative Fire Safety Awareness Emergency Procedures The Private Security Industry Communication Skills and Customer Care The Public Space Surveillance (CCTV) Operations section has an additional 8 sessions that must be completed for a passing grade: Introduction to the Roles and Responsibilities of the CCTV Operator and other CCTV Staff Codes of Practice, Operational Procedures and Guidelines CCTV Equipment and its Operation Legislation Dealing with Incidents CCTV Surveillance Techniques Emergency Procedures in the CCTV Control Room Health and Safety at Work in the CCTV Control Room Exemptions While all 14 of these sessions must be completed in order to receive CCTV certification, for those who already possess some form of UK CCTV qualification, they may be exempt from completing...
How to Choose the Right Security Guard Company in Avonmouth

How to Choose the Right Security Guard Company in Avonmouth

Where to Start All of the important purchases in life require some forethought and research. Whether it’s that new car you’ve been saving for, that sleek laptop, or the flat of your dreams, you would never agree to blindly make your purchase without diving in first and understanding the specs, prices, pros, cons, market norms, as well as thoroughly researching the competition. Hiring a security company in Avonmouth is no different. An Avonmouth security firm should be thought of as an investment, and an important one at that. Whether you own a small business, a venue, or are just hosting a brief event, hiring the right kind of security should be high on your list of priorities. Although it can feel a little overwhelming if you don’t know where to start, with just a little information, you can begin to make informed decisions about your security needs. Take a look at the list below in order to help get you started, and better understand both industry standards, and how they relate to your specific needs. What to Look For Licensing – All Avonmouth security firms and guards should be licensed by a legitimate governing authority. In the security industry, that authority is called the Security Industry Authority – SIA. Security guards employed by a reputable firm should all have and wear an SIA badge, which serves as proof that they have a license to practice, as well as have met all necessary legal requirements. Right Services for You– Depending on your business needs, as well as your geographic location, you may experience some kinds of security concerns and crime...
Duties and Powers of a Security Guard in Keynsham,  Bristol

Duties and Powers of a Security Guard in Keynsham, Bristol

In today’s extremely litigious climate, people are increasingly aware of their legal rights and are ready to take someone to court to ensure their rights are respected. As a security guard, understanding your rights and responsibilities is especially important as your day-to-day work can and will involve situations where you will have to exercise force and restraint. Knowing what you can and can’t legally do is very important to doing your job well, and is also important so that you protect yourself from any sort of legal trouble. Suspicion As a Keynsham security guard, you are entitled to detain someone whom you believe to be shoplifting, as long as you have reasonable grounds for your suspicion. You are even allowed to use ‘reasonable’ force to do so. However, if it turns out that the person in question really was not shoplifting, and you detained them, they may be able to claim that the detainment was assault or otherwise file a lawsuit. For this reason, it is a good idea to be as sure as possible that someone is shoplifting before detaining them: Has the person in question taken something from the store and hidden it on their person? Is the person in question attempting to leave the store without paying? Have you maintained visual contact with the person since the item was hidden? If you can answer yes to the above questions, you should feel reasonably confident that it is legally permissible to detain them. Detainment When detaining someone for theft, it is best to use as little force (preferably none) as possible. It will only make your case...
Protect your store from theft in Portishead

Protect your store from theft in Portishead

When shop owners think of theft and robbery, they tend to focus upon the most extreme versions of these events, such as armed robbery or violent theft when there are customers inside the store.  They might even imagine shoplifters, who are relatively non-aggressive. However, evidence from security cameras shows that the real danger of theft comes from within the store itself, from the staff members and shop assistants who work in the building. Security needs to be able to protect the shop from all thieves, and this includes securing your property against your staff. Stealing from 99p stores One of the biggest news stories of 2015 was the confession of a shop assistant living in Portishead, to being the thief who stole nearly £200 during his employment at a 99p store in the town. The theft did not occur once, but over a period of time, which means that the store’s security efforts had not been sufficient to prevent him from committing theft in the open. It also means that the Portishead assistant could just be one of a number of assistants, clerks and staff members who are regularly robbing their employer’s shop. How it impacts the store The news of the latest robbery has shown that there was a failure in the security system of the shop where the thief worked, and this has caused some worries for shopkeepers in the Portishead and Bristol area, concerned that they might also be the targets of thieves working from inside the store itself. This form of theft means that businesses need to be able to get better security in order...
Understanding Crime Statistic Figures for Weston Super Mare

Understanding Crime Statistic Figures for Weston Super Mare

The latest set of crime figures for the Weston Super Mare area has prompted the MP John Penrose to welcome the drop in figures for the region. Avon and Somerset police have been regularly among the top 10 police forces in the UK, and have achieved a fall in crime figures of around 22%. While some parts of the region have improved under the current police programs, there are still some areas where the police could improve, and it is important to understand the improvements in relation to these areas. Finding out whether Weston Super Mare has really improved is a matter of understanding the statistics, and what they mean for people living there. The improvements The improvements praised by John Penrose MP were reported in 2014, and related to crimes which were reported in 2013. The office for National Statistics reported the new crime figures as a significant drop, which included falls of over 25% for some areas. In general reported crimes moved from 13,032 five years ago to just over 9.600 in 2013. This is a very significant drop, and was rightly praised by the MP as showing that crime was falling. He also suggested that crime was falling across Western faster than in any other part of the Avon and Somerset police region. However, this may not be the case for all parts of the police department, and some still feel that Weston Super Mare is an unsuitable place to live. Why people feel insecure One of the biggest reasons for problems in Weston Super Mare are drug users. Drug addicts are a serious problem in...
Discussing Security in Avonmouth

Discussing Security in Avonmouth

Avonmouth is one of the biggest port areas of Somerset, with the Bristol Port Company owning large areas of land in the region. With the presence of the port and companies working in shipping, there is a recognised growth in crime figures and the risk of problems with residents of the area. Ports and shipping will always attract crime, and it is difficult to police areas effectively using the national force. Therefore, discussing the problems of security in Avonmouth can open up other possibilities for businesses and residents in the area to think about protection and prevention.   A problem of rising crime Crime figures for the years after 2010 have been very variable for Avonmouth, with some showing a significant leap in crime figures, and then those numbers falling again. Drops in specific crimes tend to relate to measures being taken by businesses and residents to protect themselves using private security companies in Bristol. While this is a measure that has been shown to work, some companies are obviously finding it hard to implement these measures successfully due to costs and the rising price of living in the area. Addressing the problem of rising crime is something that businesses and domestic residents need to do together.   What are the leading crime figures for Avonmouth? There are two significant factors in the crime statistics for Avonmouth, and these don’t relate to general theft or shoplifting, but to criminal damage including arson, and anti-social behaviour. Of the 43 crimes reported in September 2012, for example, 17 were acts of anti-social behaviour, or around 40% of the total criminal activity...
Neighbourhood Watch Star Replaced by Anxious Officers

Neighbourhood Watch Star Replaced by Anxious Officers

In Keynsham, one of the most well-known figures in the streets is ‘crime fighter Bob’. He has become known to residents due to his crime fighting activities and desire to protect the area, but in recent months he has been asked to stand down from his role of Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator by police officials. Bob Eastaugh, working to prevent crime in Keynsham since 2009, is a popular figure in the area that he covers, including 185 domestic properties, but police paid him a visit and told him that he would no longer be able to play a key part in protecting his own neighbourhood. No security in Keynsham? The problem lies in the age of the gentleman, who is now 72. Officers who visited apparently told him that they were concerned for his health, and were worried that he might not be able to look after himself if there was a problem. Bob has had 2 spinal surgeries, and is still undergoing treatment, but it seems as though the decision was taken over his head by police who didn’t wish to consult with him about his work. The loss of Bob has made some residents afraid that they might be less secure in Keynsham in the future. Bob and the community Crime-Fighter Bob has helped to develop the community, and neighbours have been active in supporting his efforts at building the Neighbourhood Watch system for his area. He started the Keynsham security measure after several cars were set alight in the area. He has been praised by the Chief Constable for helping to cut crime in his area, and...
Has crime really dropped in Bristol?

Has crime really dropped in Bristol?

The city of Bristol has always been quite high up the rankings for crime levels in the UK, but new reports by the Avon and Somerset police force suggest that it is gradually improving. There have been some significant drops in the rates of drug offenses, house crime and also an increased percentage of solved crimes, making it a vastly improved city all the way around. Many people in Bristol are feeling the benefits of this reduction in crime, but it is at least in part due to increased security and other drives conducted by the police. Bristol and drug-related crimes One of the most serious problems in Bristol concerned the rise of drug-related crimes and offenses. In 2008, studies showed that the majority of ‘impact’ crimes, those which leave a mental mark upon the victim, were connected to drugs and alcohol. In that year, the Chief Superintendent of Avon and Somerset police started action designed to help curb these crimes. Since that initiative began, it has been shown that drug offences have fallen by around 2%, and the overall rate of crimes across all classifications also fell. Bristol and other offenses Alongside direct drug-related offenses, there has also been a significant drop in the number of house and vehicle burglaries, which are often connected to drug crime and have been shown to be reduced when drug offenders are targeted. Non-drug related crimes, particularly violent and sexual crimes, were also mostly on the decrease, although complaints of sexual offenses rose by around 2%, and may be connected with a general push for more reports in that area. Rapes, one...
How Bristol Security Reacted to the Bomb Scare

How Bristol Security Reacted to the Bomb Scare

A major security alert forced the closure of Bristol Airport in August, and many people were surprised by the strength of the response from the Bristol police. The reason for the closure was the discovery of a note in one of the planes, which stated that there was a bomb on board the plane. This forced the evacuation of the airport, and planes were diverted while the police investigated the letter. Although there were some objections to the closure, most people on the ground appreciated the urgency of the closure, and were proud of the swift response shown by Avon and Somerset police. Investigating the hoax Once it became clear that there was no bomb on board, the police then started their investigation into the hoax. The police chose to interview every passenger who had been aboard the plane, which was a return flight from Alicante arriving in the early hours of Sunday morning. The note had been discovered during the inspection of the plane after passengers had disembarked. The investigation into the hoax will concentrate upon the security risk, and the reasons for the note being left in the plane to be found by inspectors. Protecting the airport Airport security is one of the most important, and while many people don’t realise how effective security is in airports, they may be aware of an increased presence, not only in Bristol but also in other airports. Bristol Security staff in these buildings are risking their lives to ensure that the passengers, flight crew and ground staff are all protected from the risk of terrorism and violence, and they often...