Category: Security Services

Protect Your Property

Protect Your Property

Your property is like your fortress, accommodating valuable assets within. It goes without question that properties always gain more value with time. When you own a property, it is a multipurpose lifetime investment that is ever-increasing in its value. From both a business and personal perspective, properties are like kingdoms full of treasures.  

Do not risk your valuable investment

Every property is a valuable investment with an ever-increasing value, but there is one thing we all have to accept. Properties are vulnerable to losing their value if exposed to any sort of threat or danger. In any case, it is not wise to risk your property, nor do you need any damage to this precious investment. Why would you risk losing anything that belongs to you when you have the option to protect it?

What and who is the risk?

Property can be threatened or damaged by criminal activities like theft and vandalism. In the case of vacant properties, illegal inhabitants can be a threat to your property as they can be capable of doing unpredictable activities to your asset. This is why it is necessary to have a vacant property inspection. An unmonitored situation can bring untold destruction to your property. For example, if no one responds to a small fire situation, everything on your property might end up in ashes in a matter of minutes. The list of possible risks is endless. Yes, this sounds threatening because it is real.  

You don't have to be threatened

When you work with Metropolitan Security Services, we guarantee 100% peace of mind. We safeguard your properties, investments, and all assets associated with them. You don’t have to worry about any of these threatening risks because we offer high-quality, experienced security guards throughout the United Kingdom. For over 35 years, we have been providing 24-hour security services with immediate response to emergencies for both businesses and individuals. Our security officers are among the best in the country and SIA licensed, constantly going through training to ensure that we provide bespoke security services to our clients because we understand that all our clients have unique security requests.  

VACANCY PROPERTY INSPECTIONS (VPI)  

Prices for weekly vacant property inspections with a full detailed report start at as little as £10.00 per week. By the usual standard terms of insurance, Metropolitan Security Services will provide you with a fully recorded VPI security visit by web requirements. The VPI is undertaken by a trained SIA-licensed security officer. The inspection will be tailored to meet your exact requirements, which more often than not include water, electric, and gas readings. A comprehensive report will be electronically sent along with detailed photographic evidence for your records within 24 hours of the inspection (s).  

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Protection Is Our Priority

Protection Is Our Priority

Have you ever been stuck in a security emergency when you needed protection? To be more specific, I mean those moments when you need urgent help and a quick response to get out of whatever situation you might be caught up in. It might be a life-threatening situation, a matter of safety and protection, or your property, assets, or business has been exposed to a harmful environment, and you need to secure and safeguard them before misfortune takes over. Believe me when I say I have been caught up in several such events, and trust me in these moments, the last thing that you need is someone asking you to go through a long process of unnecessary questioning and long procedures before they can help you out or offer you a service of assistance. For years in my life, I have suffered at the expense of such circumstances, and I believe that no one else should suffer something like this. Because of this, when we formed Metropolitan Security Services, one of our core foundation services was to provide a 24-hour nationwide security service with immediate response to any and every security emergency. 

Quick Response to Emergencies

At Metropolitan Security Services, we understand that a delayed response to any security emergency is as good as not responding to the security call at all. Although we have trained, experienced, insured, and SIA licenced security guards, we always have a standby backup team of reinforcement security guards ready to immediately respond to any security emergency. On a 24-hour service basis, it only takes you one call to get urgent, high-quality security service without you having to go through any stressful, unnecessary procedures. Whether you need to protect your property, business, or assets, maybe you need security guard service at short notice. From the moment you call us and request our services, it will be our responsibility to take action to secure and safeguard all your interests. After all, protection is our priority.

24-Hour Service

When you work with us, it is of great importance that you always remember that all our services are always available 24 hours a day. In other words, you have every right and authority to request any security service at any time without any restrictions or limitations. Because your safety and protection always come first, it doesn’t matter whether you need an ordinary security service or you are in need of immediate assistance, our services are always at your disposal every time without question. We always offer bespoke security services because we know that everyone has unique security requests, be it long-term contracts, short-term notice, one-offs or short-term contracts. We take care of all your security needs. Get in touch with us now to discuss your needs. Our security experts will get back to you with how we can protect you, your staff, and your property. 

Nationwide Presence

Metropolitan Security Services is one of the UK’s premier security guard companies, serving businesses and individuals in the UK. We provide skilled and experienced security officers for clients who want to deter crime on their business premises, at events or in one of their unsupervised properties. Every security guard we employ is insured, SIA-licensed, and trained to handle any security concerns that may arise on your premises. Our goal is to provide our clients with world-class security guard services that will give them peace of mind and ensure the safety of their employees, customers, and properties. All our security officers are trained to identify threats, assess risk situations, make effective split-second decisions, spot unusual behaviour, and prevent potential crime incidents. If incidents do occur, every security officer is trained and equipped to deal with the situation, ensuring minimal disruption to your business. With more than 30 years of experience in security, our officers are among the most trained and our service is among the most comprehensive in the UK. Our security guards operate in London, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Kington, and Glasgow, so no matter where you need us, our security guard service is available across the UK. 

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The Sweetness of Security

The Sweetness Of Security

Everyone deserves peace of mind; it doesn’t matter who you are, what you do, or where you come from, you have the right to enjoy peace in your life. Despite the fact that we have to face challenges and tasks that need to be completed every day as we live, we all deserve those moments of peace. Our minds must enjoy the pleasure of having some breaks from all our stresses, worries, and insecurities. After all, a healthy mind is all that guarantees successful days in our future. And trust me when I boldly say, “without peace in our minds, most of our successful plans are doomed to fail, and it is very possibly that our goals and achievements might be subject to disruptions and failure.” But when you have security, life becomes sweet.

The Sense of Security

Scientifically, we have five senses. These are: sight, taste, touch, hearing, and smell. These senses collect information about our environment that is interpreted by the brain. But today I will enlighten you with the “Sense of Security”. This is the sense which grants us the ability to perform multiple tasks and the authority to make and take decisions without any fear. Not to mention, it is the sense of security which allows us to freely plan and generate productive ideas which are beneficial to our day-to-day activities. This is where I mention Metropolitan Security Services. Our duty is to keep the sense of security within you alive and active so that you will be able to achieve every dream, goal, or achievement without anything or anyone threatening your success.

Metropolitan Security Services Limited
We offer top-notch residential and commercial security services.
The UK’s most trusted and reliable security provider for over 35 years.
Metropolitan Security Services is considered to be one of the leading providers of highly experienced SIA-licensed security guards in the UK. Our team has a reputation for always exceeding our clients’ expectations in terms of security and safety.
We offer individuals and businesses top-notch security services by combining our expertise, world-class mobile and remote guarding technology, and unrivalled experience within the security industry.
Since 1985, we have been offering security services for clients around the UK. We can boldly say, “Our team of security guards are amongst the most experienced and skilled in the industry.” Metropolitan Security Services has a nationwide presence, and we are available 24/7, 365 days a year to meet your security needs.

A business perspective

Anything that threatens or disturbs any business operations negatively obviously takes away stakeholders’ peace of mind. This is a good reason why you will need professionals like metropolitan security services to secure and protect the interests of every stackholder within your business, not to mention that we to look after your premises and assets. It makes no difference what industry your company is in. We all agree that your assets determine the future and success of your business. It is not worth it to leave any of your assets exposed to any possible risks and threats like theft, vandalism, or any unmonitored situations. Now, what you need is a team of experienced and highly trained security guard officers to constantly watch and monitor everything that is of great value to you and your business. In this way, you can protect your business from suffering the effects of setbacks and financial strains caused by the lack of security. Feel free to contact Metropolitan security services help desk to find out how your business can benefit from a wide variety of services we offer, Plus we have a team of customer assistance agents waiting to assist you in any of your requests every time.

A personal perspective

Everything we do at Metropolitan Security Services is all about you. We’ll consult with you and develop a bespoke security solution within your budget. When you work with us, our primary aim is to protect you, your staff and assets, and ensure our security services give you 100% peace of mind.
All our security guards have necessary licenses and certifications, and they carry out their duties in line with the established British standards. Our team also pride themselves on proven aptitude, clean appearance, courteous manners, and their ability to manage the most testing security situations.

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“Events” Are Back, We Have Your Back “Security”

Notting Hill Carnival returns to the streets.

One of the world’s biggest celebrations, Notting Hill Carnival, returns to the streets of West London in 2022 for the first time since 2019. For two years, festivities have been strictly virtual, but now it’s time to be back on the road to see the colourful world of Mas, Soca, Calypso, sound systems, and so much more in splendid real life.  

Fringe street events

Street performers will perform within the circles of people. They are capable of entertaining audiences for 45 minutes with a combination of circus skills and comedy. The Fringe Street events are performed by registered Fringe show participants. You can take part in the Fringe Street events to showcase and promote your show by performing an extract on the street. 

The Edinburgh International Festival

For three weeks in August, Scotland’s capital becomes an unparalleled celebration of the performing arts and an annual meeting point for people of all nations. The International Festival presents a programme featuring the finest performers and ensembles from the worlds of dance, opera, music and theatre. 

Events are back. We have your back.

Every event planner will agree with us that the strength of a very successful event is determined by the security of both the participants and the audience at an event. It is undeniable that everyone’s safety is a priority, whether they are part of a small or big event. This is where Metropolitan Security Services comes in to offer professional assistance with the provision of top-notch event security officers in the UK. 

EVENT SECURITY

Metropolitan Security Services provides bespoke event security services for all kinds of events in the UK. We have a national presence throughout the UK, and we are available 24hours and 365days in a year. Our events security officers are SIA-approved and fully trained to proactively deal with any security issue that may arise at your venue. 

Besides ensuring that your event is fully secured, our event security officers can also perform other kinds of duties, including welcoming your guests, ticket inspection, checking bags, directing guests to their seats, crowd management, performing first aid, parking management and more. We have been offering events security services in the UK since 1985 and pride ourselves as not only UK’s premier security company but also as one of the best hands to trust with your security needs in the industry. 

Bespoke Security Solution for Your Events 

At Metropolitan Security Services, keeping your staff, guests, and assets safe is our utmost priority. We understand our clients’ needs are different, and no two events are the same. So, we offer tailored security solutions based on the needs of each of our clients. Our security experts will liaise with your team to understand the kind of events you are having, inspect the venue, identify potential breaches and note down the security duties that may be required at your event. 

Subsequently, we’ll design a bespoke security solution for you and handpick the best officers for your event. Our officers carry out their duties in compliant with the highest standard of excellence. We can provide security for a wide range of events, including: 

Private events 

Corporate meetings 

Music concerts and festivals 

Film launches 

Sporting events 

College parties 

Religious and cultural events 

Political conventions 

Large-scale events 

Birthdays, weddings, and more. 

Event Security Services That Guarantees Peace of Mind 

Metropolitan Security Services can assist you with advance security planning for your event, threat assessment, crowd control and issue prevention. When there is a crisis, our experienced guards can respond to it and put the situation under control in no time. What more, our event security guards are polite, presentable, and fully-trained to ensure your event runs without disruption.  

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Value Your Vision. Secure It.

Value your vision. Secure It.

Every business owner will agree with me that the success of every business is driven by a strong vision. Likewise, behind every vision there is a person who is strong and firm with a mission, someone who steers the company in the right direction. This is where we define a professional as someone who takes and makes decisions that benefit the business. You might be a business owner, partner, manager, leader, or employee. But as long as you are part of the decision making panel, I am talking to you.

It is undeniable that your efforts, strategies, and hard work contributed to the business success. That is why we need to make sure you never risk losing all of these. We understand that assets of great value must be secured with a greater protection service. This is the major reason why, at Metropolitan Security Services, we do more than just watch over your premises; instead, we secure your vision. We have a variety of services to offer which can enhance the protection of your business and mission. We will meet with you, discuss, and understand your values. Then, from there, our mission would be to secure your interests. We make sure we organise customised services designed to meet your requests.

We are more than just a service provider. We are a business partner who is dedicated to protecting your assets and safeguarding the future of your business. Remember, our business is to protect your business. This means we exist to help you and your business grow and move forward. Our duty is to ensure that you never suffer from setbacks. The reality that every business has to accept is that we live in a world where our interests are threatened and affected by theft, vandalism, and unmonitored disasters, which cause a huge negative impact on your business financial and physical assets. In other words, if you value your business, then you must secure it. Think of it this way, while you expand and build your business, we secure and protect what you have acquired.

our vision

Highly Trained, Experienced, and Insured SIA Licensed Officers

We pride ourselves on having the most highly skilled and experienced team of SIA licensed officers in the UK. All our guards work with us full-time and are fully insured. We employ only those who have years of experience under their belt. More so, each personnel go through a rigorous vetting process before they join our team. We treat our guards humanly, offer them competitive benefits, and provide them with continuous security training to ensure they always meet your needs.

Our 35+ years’ experience in offering security guard services stands us out in the industry. Over the years, we have worked with businesses in different sectors, including retail, construction, hospitality, education, warehousing, and more. When you work with our team, you will enjoy the peace of mind that you are working with the best security guard service provider in the UK.

Our Security Guards Understand Customer Service

We recognised that our SIA licensed security guards are often the first touchpoint for your employees, customers, and visitors, so we always ensure they possess strong interpersonal skills. Although our static security guards are very tough with intruders and crime perpetrators, you can be rest assured that they will always treat your guests and employees with the respect they deserve.

 

Are You Ready To Discuss Your Security Needs?

Please, get in touch with us now. One of our security experts will contact you to discuss how we can help you protect your premises from intruders and criminals. We are available nationwide and offer 24hour 365 days cover. Even with short notice, we can deploy our SIA licensed security guards to your site in the shortest time possible.  Contact us now! We offer FREE CONSULTATION.

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Reasons Why You Need Security

Security utilizes clear judgment to safeguard your business, resources, interests and Containing situations having highly experienced SIA licensed officers to protect your business or property makes it simpler to address and resolve  issues, and return the business to its standard tasks rapidly.

Security take up a significant part in controlling infringement, keeping up with discipline in the working environment, and guaranteeing rules and guidelines are being adhered to. They can make a disciplinary move against violators and people getting rowdy. In huge groups, they keep everything under control and forestall the gamble of crowd battles, uproars, or smashed and messy lead.

For example, security can help sort out and control circumstances, for example, huge occasions, representative, or to advance an overall feeling of request and wellbeing in corporate structures. The public has a solid sense of safety with security’s presence and is receptive to their direction.

Security authorities offer an extra arrangements of eyes and ears reliably. Their presence is purposeful and specific in giving fast movement in an immense number of expected circumstances, from de-raising a situation to deterring enmity. Security creates situational care and stays aware of equilibrium.

Without security, individuals often become smug and miss exceptional approach to acting of normal people, agents and others around them. Care is a constant development, and people need to settle on the best decision, so security coordinates a positive and proactive culture.

The response of security is quick; consistently counts with regards to episode reaction. It is fundamental that the danger is found and remediated as fast as it can really be expected. Security is significant in overseeing what is going on while anticipating the appearance of the police or medical personnel in case of an emergency

Similarly, security officers can be client-care diplomats. A highly experienced SIA licensed person can control a front work area or go about as a guard to control admittance to an area. This can truly mean that there is a significant measure of collaboration between your business and clients. Gatekeepers or security might have the option to assist in guiding individuals to track down items and get to the right area in a business. security guards can likewise be available as escorts for clients and workers to get to their vehicles in the evening.

 

The security services provided by Metropolitan Security Services will not only protect you from outside attacks but also monitor your employees working there.

Security guards monitor and protect your assets from outside unethical elements as well as your employees, who might get tempted by something valuable.

A variety of advanced techniques are used for optimum resource management and the least amount of disturbance for workers. 

our security services ensure that employees are working in a safe environment. Employees might get into disagreements that may result in serious fights if they are not resolved quickly. Our guards will keep an eye on that.

Our security officials also keep an eye on the assets flow in your organization, preventing any kind of embezzlement from the employees.

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When You Think Of Security, Who Do You Call?

When You Think Of Security Who Do You Call ?

Consider this: your security isn’t only about someone keeping an eye on you or checking over your property. This is something I can assure you of. There is a lot of benefit in having security services on hand, but before you call for protection, ask yourself these questions.

  1. You’ve put in a lot of effort to obtain your property and possessions. Are you prepared to take the chance of losing everything in the blink of an eye?
  2. Your assets will define your financial future. Are you willing to put your future on the line?
  3. What is the most important thing to you? Who is in charge of safeguarding it? Is it sufficiently safe?
The most important question is: who can you trust to protect your best interests?
1)Highly Trained, Experienced, and Insured SIA Licensed Officers

We pride ourselves on having the most highly skilled and experienced team of SIA licensed officers in the UK. All our guards work with us full-time and are fully insured. We only employ those who have years of experience under their belt. Furthermore, each member of our team goes through a rigorous vetting process before they join our team. We treat our guards humanly, offer them competitive benefits, and provide them with continuous security training to ensure they always meet your needs.

Security officers serve as a visual and physical deterrent to criminal activity. Even one officer present will significantly cut crime rates and lessen the probability of an offender causing injury. When security officers discover someone causing disturbance on your property, they can swiftly intercept and stop the offender. A security guard’s primary role is to keep people safe. A security guard’s constant presence is often enough to deter crooks and avert incidents. People appreciate security guards’ presence, and making them feel at ease and safe may be rewarding.

2)LICENSED DOG HANDLERS

Professional working dog teams are faster and more precise than any other ways in performing a variety of tasks. As a result, these teams are quite beneficial to your security demands.  Dogs are used to assist humans in many different situations. Our Handlers use dogs to help track down and apprehend suspected criminals.

Our canines have been bred and trained precisely to deal with break-ins. In many cases, the simple presence of a guard dog is enough to deter attempted break-ins. A protection dog will disable the intruder and hold them at bay until our dog handlers can take control of the situation. Our guard dogs, on the other hand, will continue to scour your property for any signs of illegal activity.

We provide best in class canine security services using highly-trained K9s and licensed dog handlers. Our professional handlers and canines have years of experience under their belt and can provide the highest quality of security protection for private clients and businesses. All our dog handlers have NTIPDU certifications, and our security dogs are fully trained to provide personal and property security protection.

 

Free consultations are available with our expert advisors. They are delighted to talk with you and advise you on which security requirements are most appropriate for your needs.

    3) ALARM RESPONSE

    Our alarm response service is quick and organised, allowing for instant danger reduction and resolution. Our staff are well-trained, and we enjoy good working ties with local law enforcement. Never expose anyone to potential danger.  Let our professionals handle it. We offer complete alarm response services in the United Kingdom for both business and residential properties. No matter what time or where you are, our SIA-licensed personnel can respond to your activated alarms and rush to your site. Retail stores, warehouses, industrial sites, corporate parks, offices, and other businesses are among the clients we serve. Metropolitan Security Services is accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and provides countrywide coverage.

    4) Mobile Patrol

    Mobile security patrols are becoming a more popular and effective method of guarding business facilities since they provide the benefits of having a physical and responsive presence. Mobile patrols are always on the go, travelling throughout the site in search of odd activities. As a result, they are continually on the lookout for criminal activities on the premises and are prepared to intervene if necessary. Professional security guards that patrol an area at irregular intervals may considerably increase your security. This is due to the fact that criminals and offenders prefer to do their crimes when no one is there. Even if you aren’t on the premises, you can trust on the mobile patrol security professionals to keep an eye on things. All of our mobile security guards are SIA qualified, insured, and trained to handle any security issue, even tense situations. If an incident arises, you can be certain that our mobile patrol security services professionals are well trained to handle the situation quickly and effectively.

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    How Metropolitan Security Services may be able to fight with Fire

    On 14th of June, 2017, a fire broke in the Grenfell towers, located in North Kensington, London. The high-rise acted as residential block for civilians and was located in a densely populated area. The fire encompassed the building completely and resulted in 72 accounted deaths and more than 70 who were injured. This accident was a severe tragedy for the entire United Kingdom and was the biggest civil/residential accident that has occurred since World War 2.

    The fire resulted in heavy casualties and financial burden upon its residents who had to be relocated and rehabilitated. The fire was controlled after an excruciating 60 hours of effort which included over 250 firemen of the London brigade and over 70 fire-engines that had taken part in the extinguishing efforts made by the authorities. From the accident apart which resulted in civil loss, a lot of aftermath occurrences also took part which included legislative and municipal changes within the law of London crafted to prevent such accidents from taking place in the future. One of these authorities, Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organization (KCTMO) also published a safety risk assessment report indicted by the GAG which pointed multiple points of failure for the building in-case of such disasters and yet still the accident claimed over 70 lives.

    In the initial assessment by the fire investigation report carried out by the relevant authorities, it was found that the cladding that was installed during the renovation of the Grenfell towers actually acted as a fuel for the fire to burn and apart from the cladding, the insulation also caught fire and added a significant amount of fuel to the fire. The cladding used was a two-coil coated aluminum sheet with a polythene core in between.

    Aftermath

    In the after math of the disaster, a lot of people were displaced and multiple investigations came into play with much changes in the general protocol of residential housing complexes such as Grenfell towers.

    The aftermath also saw the deployment of fire-marshals to nearby residential blocks as preventive measure for future accidents. This job can also be undertaken by trained professionals who are certified to undertake such responsibilities.

    The main cause of the fire was a faulty fridge located on the 4th floor of the Grenfell tower which malfunctioned and caused a fire in its place. The malfunction was reportedly caused by electrical surges in the entire building as it was reported by the residents upon further inquiries. The fire broke out from the fridge/freezer and escaped towards the outer end of the building where the cladding and insulation was located and used the cladding and insulation as a platform or fuel and encompassed the entire building in high-temperature flames. Prior to this disaster, the GAG (Grenfell Action Group) also pointed out major flaws in the building’s infrastructure and commented that in case of a fire, it would be hard for people to escape and that is what exactly happened.

    What followed was a series of events ranging from civil ethical malpractice and several criminal investigations being opened in-order to identify the culprits whose inappropriate work caused this disaster in the first place. A lot of 999 calls were received and apart from the 72 dead, 8 additional people claimed insurance by playing the victim card when they were not involved in the accident or had suffered in any way possible.

    The criminal investigations were put under inquiry in the name of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organization (KCTMO). But due to processing time and the vast area of investigations, the results were not be brought forward until 2021. In the light of this event, a lot of people reported mental and physical trauma which they had to suffer as an aftermath of the event, and similarly a lot of residents were displaced and had to be rehabilitated which was done by presenting amnesties for migrants who may have been residents in the tower.

    Furthermore, in the aftermath of the disaster, 72 people died, the building was completely rendered useless at the moment and 3 other residential blocks lost access to hot water as a conjoined boiler that serves as a plant for hot water was also destroyed in the fire.

     How Metropolitan Security Services may be able to aid in such scenarios

    Metropolitan Security Services has a wide range of operatives and professional officers who are specifically trained for such scenarios and undertake regular check-ups of building where they can provide a complete and comprehensive list of faults and if or any event occurs which may unfold into such a disaster, the officers may be able to stop/report it in time and prevent such disasters which may result in the loss of precious lives and financial damage to the state and owners of the property.

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    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: https://www.nationalpolicedogfoundation.org/about-k9s

    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.

    Protection

    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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