Category: Security Services

Mobile Patrol Security

Metropolitan Security is a leading supplier of all types of security, including mobile patrols. A type of commercial security, mobile patrols are highly effective and a great option for all types of businesses, but few recognise the value in hiring mobile patrol officers because they’re not entirely sure what they actually do.

If you’re not sure what a mobile patrol officer is or how mobile patrols can help your business, keep reading as we explain in-depth everything you need to know about this form of security.

What is Mobile Patrol Security?

Firstly, it’s important to understand exactly what mobile patrols are. Mobile patrol security is a type of commercial security that involves an officer moving around your premises, signing in at various checkpoints as they perform physical inspections to ensure there is no damage, vandalism, or suspicious activity.

Mobile patrol officers typically work in conjunction with other forms of security, including CCTV cameras, alarms and floodlights.

Why are Mobile Patrols Necessary?

If your property already has a high-quality CCTV system and alarms fitted, you could well be wondering why mobile patrols are necessary. Well, CCTV cameras can only see so far. Whilst we always recommend them, they do have blind spots, and not all criminals are deterred by cameras alone.

As well as opportunist criminals, career criminals also operate and tend to target commercial properties. They are well versed in getting around security systems, and many are not put off by cameras for multiple reasons. Firstly, CCTV tends to be used after an incident has already occurred as a reactive tool. It doesn’t stop criminals in the act, and even if the cameras are being monitored, it still takes time for officers to be deployed.

Secondly, many companies have security cameras installed, but they are not always in working order. This is something criminals pick up on, meaning even if there are cameras mounted around the premises, some thieves and vandals won’t feel threatened by them.

The physical presence of a mobile patrol officer is a deterrent like no other. Officers are trained to be proactive rather than reactive, meaning if they do witness suspicious activity, they are trained to professionally diffuse the situation and prevent any further damage from being inflicted. Criminals are far less likely to strike if a physical guard is present, meaning mobile patrol officers are among the most effective security deterrents available to you.

What do Mobile Patrols Entail?

You might be wondering what a security officer does when they undertake a mobile patrol. Unlike stationary guards you’re used to seeing at the doors of shops and entertainment venues, mobile officers actively move around the property.

During our consultation with you, we will determine the routes that will benefit from routine checks the most. We will devise several routes, ensuring they are followed on a sporadic basis so that no patterns can be identified by undesirables seeking to establish patterns so they can best devise a way to get around the system.

Routes will be patrolled throughout the night – when your property is most vulnerable to attacks. Internal and external routes can be taken, and more than one guard may be employed depending on the size of the property.

Checkpoints can be installed along the routes so that a log is kept of the officer attending the property and at what time they completed their check. The checks in question will entail keeping an eye out for any signs of suspicious activity, as well as assessing the general perimeter.

Officers will look at doors and windows to spot signs of forced entry or compromised locks, and they will even look at plants and flowerbeds for footprints or other tell-tale signs of suspicious activity.

Who are Mobile Patrols Suited to?

If you are a business owner and have commercial premises that you want to keep secure, mobile patrols are an option for you. From warehouses and manufacturing plants to construction sites and shopping centres, there is no commercial property that mobile security patrols can’t work for.

We often recommend mobile patrols for clients who want to employ a security guard but who don’t have the budget for a full-time officer. Mobile patrols are a more cost-effective approach to manned security, making them a more accessible option.

Why Choose Metropolitan Security for Mobile Patrols? 

There are endless options for mobile patrols, so why should you choose Metropolitan Security? Firstly, we have more than 35 years of experience in mobile patrols. This means our processes are extremely refined and we are among the most trustworthy and reliable security companies in the UK.

Secondly, all our officers are SIA approved. This means they are licensed by the Security Industry Authority, guaranteeing they are familiar with the most recent processes and protocols, and that they are professionally trained to diffuse situations should they arise.

In addition to the SIA license training our officers to undertake, we also have a team of supervisors who further train our officers to ensure they meet our exceptionally high standards.

Get in Touch with Metropolitan Security

If you would like to find out more about mobile patrols, our processes, and how we might be able to help you, please get in touch with our team.

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K-9 Units and their benefits/importance

What is a K-9 Unit?

K-9 Units generally refer to a squad of LEAs (Law Enforcement Agencies) consisting of a number of ‘canines (CA = K, NINE = 9)’ or dogs specially trained to tackle people and take down suspects and are often trained to seek and locate potential drugs. These units are widely successful as the abilities of both humans and animals come together, These K-9 units usually make use of dogs that have predatory behavior and are sort-of thought as aggressive, these units include the types of dogs such as German Shepherds, Rottweilers (for special applications), Belgian Malinois, Dutch Shepherds, Bloodhounds and Labrador Retrievers (Used mainly for assistance in drug-busting and explosive detection operations). These types are generally chosen as a K-9 mainly due to the special abilities these dogs may offer.

K-9 in Security-Related Operations

Since it is established as a ground fact that K-9 dogs are tactfully beneficial in providing aid in public service, their area of use has widely expanded since then. The use of K-9s in security firms have proved to be very fruitful since these units can assist in ground-clearing, human tracking and patrol applications which also serve as one of the main services any security firm offers.

According to the National Police Dog Foundation, there are various types of K-9 units depending on their area of work, some can be used for detecting drugs, some for detecting explosives while others can be trained for patrol purposes, a K-9 Unit can only be trained for any one application at a time either it be detection or patrol.

Source: NPDF. (2020, 7 30). About K-9s. Retrieved from National Police Dog Foundation:

Services of K-9s in our field of work

Now that it is clear that security firms most commonly make use of K-9s specially trained for patrol applications, here is how our security firm intends to use K-9 units to boost and upgrade our services that we provide to our customers.

Quick-Reach Application:

Since a chunk of our services include patrolling operations of private and enclosed areas, often burglars or trespassers that have breached the area without permission are quick to notice the patrols and tend to flee, chasing operations on foot are not as viable and a running officer cannot catch a trespasser as quickly as a running and specially trained dog can. The average running speed of a human is approximately 13.5 km/h whereas a dog can run up to speeds of 30 km/h, a running dog can catch up with a running trespasser 2 times as quickly as compared to a security officer and hence K-9 units are beneficial for such applications and scenarios.

Similarly, as mentioned above that dogs that quicker and more flexible than humans in such conditions, they can also navigate narrow and restrictive areas with much speed and agility, potentially eliminating the chances of fleeing for the trespasser or such violator of rules. These K-9 units generally increase the reach and grab ability of the officers and guards by a significant amount.

Area Clearance

K-9 patrol units, since they have the ability to track down the scent of humans and locate them can be very beneficial in applications where security firms are required to clear out an area or to secure a premises in no-entry hours, to detect trespassers and vagrants from areas such as closed-off construction sites, private parks and enclosed/fenced properties, K-9 units can do the job quicker by centralizing and shortening the sphere of search for the officers and locating the suspect instead of officers having to look at each and every corner and crevice to locate such trespassers.

It is a well-established fact that dogs have much greater smelling capability than that of humans, a dog approximately has 300 million receptors that detect smells while there are only 6 million in humans, dogs have roughly 50x greater smelling capability as compared to an average human and this capability allows them to differentiate between the smells of different humans and allows them to differentiate between their handler and a distant trespasser.


K-9 units are very obedient to their handlers or ‘masters’, this allows for a special use where these units under the supervision of a handler can be used to close-off a premise for unwanted people, these units do require some training in order to identify who is a threat and who is not but with adequate training these units can be used to secure private functions, sites, meetings and areas that prohibit entry of outsiders.

There is a common misconception that these units sometimes harm people they are not supposed to and that only happens when the dog is overly-aggressive or the handler didn’t take certain precautions to ready the dog for such applications, our security firm have specialized officers who have specially trained to handle such dogs and know how to control them under a certain situation. Hence, eliminating the element of these K-9 units being a source of harm for anyone.


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Looking for a new home and worried about the current condition of the property you want to buy

Looking for a new home and worried about the current condition of the property you want to buy? Looking for a professional’s eye in the matter? Metropolitan Security Services Ltd. provides one of the best, quick, and cheapest vacant building inspection (VPI) services available, we provide reliable services on short-notice and aim to satisfy our consumers with what THEY want.
Many properties in London are prone to attract damaging elements to themselves such as deterioration, pipeline hazards from prolonged abandonment, oil and gas leakages, security issues such as deteriorated or improper fencing caused by non-existent maintenance and threats of invasion or break-ins due to broken windows and unwanted entrances. Vacant Building Inspection is a process where we will check every single entity and element of the abandoned property you are willing to buy or even if it’s a regular-checkup, VPI service ensures that your properties are safe and secure before you decide to do anything with them or move-in with your family.
Many reports have suggested that in the past, many home-owners reported severe damage to domestic services like gas and electricity connections and some had oil and gas hazards which can prove to be extremely dangerous for the tenants and the surroundings, we (Metropolitan Security Services Ltd.) provide VPI services for as low as £10 a visit which includes various services in the package whose reports will be forwarded electronically within 24 hours or less, providing our esteemed consumers with agile and reliable service.
Following is the detailed information about our services in the VPI sector:
External Inspection:
External inspections include all the elements that relate to the outside environment of the property.
Threats/attempts of breach:
Many properties are often prone to breaches by burglars and people with evil intentions to scavenge the abandoned property, we check the premises all around the house to ensure that there have been no attempts to breach the property by burglars or other entities. If any such case is identified, our professionals are required to report it immediately.
This checkup also includes the threat of aggressive animals taking shelter in the abandoned property who may have gotten access via a broken window or an opening somewhere in the house, this is also checked and reported in the check-list provided to our consumers.
Many properties are prone to vandalism in the form of graffiti art on private property, these are also marked and reported back to the owners of the property in a structed form.
Fencing/External doors and gates:
Fencing is also observed to determine its state and the level of deterioration and if it may require maintenance or overall replacement, this is done because fencing serves as an essential part of the external surroundings of a certain property. Similarly, external gates are also checked to determine their condition similar to fencing and whether they require replacement or maintenance.
Roof tiles/gutters and such openings:
This area of inspection is inclined towards checking the roof tiles which can pose a risk of falling/sliding if not maintained over a long period of time, this is checked thoroughly throughout the roof. External gutters and drainage pipes leading from the roof downwards are inspected and examined for any sort of blockage that may be temporary or require professional cleansing.
Meter Readings:
All the concurrent meters of water, electricity and gas are observed and readings are jotted and delivered to the home-owners in the final report.
Internal Inspection:
Chemical Hazards:
Chemical hazards such as oil and gas leakages that may prove to be dangerous and/or fatal to the human life are thoroughly inspected around the house with state-of-the-art equipment and if found, they are marked accordingly in the house and reported as a higher-priority in the final electronic report. Chemical hazards include all sort of hazardous materials and are not limited to just oil and gas.
Rooms and Quarters:
Rooms and quarters in a property are individually inspected to mark out various elements that may depict signs of deterioration and/or non-existent maintenance, these include check-up of several elements such as intact walls, conditions of doors and windows, heating and air conditioning units, seepage from walls/roof and other general elements that may have an impact on the property.
Cellars or basements alike are checked for water leakages and whether they are dry or not, either of the conditions are reported in the check list is then finalized and sent off electronically to the consumer of our service.
Utility Services:
Making sure the utility services are off can save the owner of the property a ton of trouble, utility services like electricity, water, and gas are checked to identify whether they are off or not. Either of the cases are mentioned in the report and will be delivered to our esteemed consumer within 24 hours.
All the above services stated are performed by experienced professionals excelling in their field of work. We, Metropolitan Security Services Ltd. Ensure a bond of trust with our client based upon the quality of services we provide for as low as £10 per visit.

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