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Brexit – A Question of Security

As the June 23 referendum on the UK’s continued membership of the EU approaches, we will hear plenty from both sides about the risks of staying or leaving. But what are the implications for national security and indeed the security …

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ARE WE TRULY DESIGNING FOR SUSTAINABILITY?

While sustainability has been a dominant influencer for many years in design, building management and business operation, it has almost exclusively been focussed on environmental concerns such as energy efficient and the use of construction materials and techniques that have …

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The inevitability of age

The times they are a-changing, and with an increasingly aged population comes opportunity and challenge. David Ward of Ward Security looks at what age means for the security industry. The world is a rapidly changing place. It’s also a well …

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Time for the security industry to up its game

David Ward of Ward Security looks at a growing challenge for the security industry in a world increasingly fixated on online security Traditional security is becoming less visible, but not in a way we should be celebrating. Due to the …

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Embracing the Social Aspect of Security and Policing

David Ward of Ward Security looks at the growing opportunities for security improvement provided by social media and mobile devices. As reported by Brian Sims in his editorial ‘Joining Forces’ (13 Nov 2015), the Government is setting aside £5 million …

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ESOS ‘inherently unfair’ for many business types

With the arrival of the deadline for the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), Ward Security has described the scheme as ‘unsuitable and inherently unfair’ for many businesses that service the FM industry. Businesses are obliged to comply with the scheme …

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Security tips for the Christmas break

While Christmas is a time when many businesses and staff wind down and take a well-earned break, we should never forget that the criminal element will see the festive period as a bumper opportunity. So what simple steps can you …

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Security Business Leaders View

We are facing rapidly evolving threats from increasingly adept and competent individuals and organisations using technology to organise and plan to great effect. Terrorism, as well as commercial crime, is multifaceted and increasingly involves multiple angles of attack, both real …

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How private security can relieve increasing pressure at border control

David Ward of Ward Security looks at the pressing problem of migration and discusses how the private security industry has a role to play in supporting police and border control. The recent tragedy in Paris has triggered inevitable questions about …

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The importance of a robust corporate culture

At a time when corporate values – or lack of them – dominate the headlines, David Ward of Ward Security looks at the strategies needed to ensure your brand is protected from dangers within. Volkswagen has set aside a breathtaking …

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Ensuring you avoid a nasty Christmas surprise

Christmas should be a time of relaxation with family and friends, however, the joy of Christmas can be spoilt if you are called out to attend a break-in or other incident at your site. David Ward of Ward Security gives …

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How private security can relieve increasing pressure at border control

David Ward of Ward Security looks at the pressing problem of migration and discusses how the private security industry has a role to play in supporting police and border control. The recent tragedy in Paris has triggered inevitable questions about …

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Diversity in the workplace

David Ward of Ward Security looks at the advantages, and challenges, of a multicultural, non-gender specific workforce in the security industry. The security industry has worked long and hard at shaking off long-held conceptions which, let’s be honest, have their …

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What do we need to do to encourage more women into security?

The issue of skills and staff shortages is one which affects the security industry just as much as any other industry, and just as with any other industry there is no quick fix. For industries such as construction and engineering, …

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The smartest new security technology is in your pocket

When FMs are considering the technologies needed to ensure security on their premises is optimal, they should look beyond the obvious, as Kevin Ward of Ward Security explains. Technology has revolutionised security in recent decades and will undoubtedly continue to …

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Cross-working is the solution to holistic security and business growth

In the never-ending search for potential areas of business growth, are we missing a clear opportunity within our own industry? In the modern business world, the word ‘security’ tends to be viewed as a double-sided coin with physical security on …

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The growing threat of low margins and poor payment terms

The security industry can – and should – be extremely proud of what it has achieved in recent decades. It has matured to become an industry that, on closer scrutiny, bears little resemblance to what it was only a few …

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The ongoing need for traditional security in a modern world

As London played host to Operation Strong Tower – the major counter-terrorism exercise that was six months in the planning and involved 1000 police officers across the city – and with the country still reeling in shock following tragic events …

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Void properties – How to avoid them becoming a huge expense

The last thing anyone needs is for an empty property to suddenly become an unexpected additional problem or expense. But that’s exactly what can happen if they are not secured or monitored adequately. When a building becomes vacant it can …

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Security must remain a constant in the evolving workplace

The workplace has changed dramatically in recent years. The increasing use of mobile working, remote working, hot-desking, and job sharing means that in many cases, organisations exist as ‘central locations’ or bases that employees visit only when they need to. …

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The Internet of Things and Security

For several years, the term ‘Internet of Things’ has been growing in familiarity. The initial example used to illustrate the concept was the idea of a fridge that was able to let you know when you have run out of …

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Collaborative approaches defend against summer spikes in crime

Neighbourhood Watch schemes are common place, however, while we are vigilant about looking out for our neighbours’ properties, we are often far less so with regards to business premises and estates. Yet with UK businesses losing billions of pounds every …

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Innovation in security is great, but let’s not forget what really matters

In times of change or evolution, innovation is crucial, especially in the business environment where a failure to innovate can leave a business looking dated and unable to capitalise on emerging opportunities. Even the most traditional and respected of brands …

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Stay vigilant this Summer

While we are looking forward to warmer days, it’s worth remembering that these summer conditions can present new risks to estate security, with longer daylight hours aiding criminal activity. Statistics show the majority of burglaries occur in the evening, with …

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The Increasing Importance of Collaborative Working

As the UK faces ongoing cuts to policing and public services, the challenge for the security industry is to show leadership in how it can help cover the shortfall in police effectiveness, especially at a deterrent level, as well as …

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General Election 2015 – what it means to Security

In the run-up to the General Election, Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) across the UK are being bombarded with questions from tens of thousands of electors, as well as countless requests for support from charities and industries should they be elected. …

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Will post-election austerity effect security at your site?

Election fever is all around us and the result of the General Election is of interest as it will impact on the facilities management and security industries as much as impacts on other industries. Regardless of the outcome, unless one …

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Quality is never an accident

When John Ruskin, the Victorian art critic said “Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort” he could never have imagined that his words would still resonate a century later to be found on motivational …

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Protecting client reputation as well as their assets

Security remains one of those need-to-have services that many people do not fully appreciate the value of. They understand the core function of security to protect their businesses and physical assets, but their understanding often stops there and they fail …

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Security at sensitive locations

The modern world is all about data. People, businesses, organisations and even governments now largely exist as a collection of digital records in cyberspace – from our personal details and finances, to our photos and social lives, or businesses, and …

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Managing growth while maintaining standards

Sustainable growth is the aim of all business. But what does sustainable growth actually mean with regards to suppliers of security services? The traditional definition of sustainable growth is one where the business can manage its expansion – its growing …

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Front-of-House need not be sacrificed

The recession has had a significant impact on facilities management. Many organisations were forced to divest themselves of properties that were not entirely necessary, and many cut back on services which, while not essential, were nevertheless very important to the …

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The importance of retaining front-of-house Reception Services

In times of recession it’s always the nice-to-haves that are the first things to be sacrificed when belts are tightened. In many cases, these sacrifices can be tolerated with little or no negative effect as they tend not to be …

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Security – New models helping to deliver better careers

The evolution of security has been necessary to match the evolving needs and expectations of the client. Today, security is a fundamentally different and broader service and is far removed from the traditional image of a man in a peaked …

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When the lone operator is the growing threat

Terrorism has always been with us and no doubt always will. Regardless of the specific motives, the act of creating carnage as a means of resistance, protest or purely for personal reasons is an evil we can never hope to …

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How technology drives services

Technology has changed all our lives, and mostly for the better. But the question will always remain; does the technology change our habits, or do our changing habits encourage the development of the technology? Certainly some technologies arrive and then …

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Time for change

We live in times of incredible change and few, if any, industries are immune to its effects. The changes of recent decades have encompassed phenomenal technological developments and improvement in all areas, as well as changes in society that have …

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Security – Delivering more value through innovation

Just as security challenges have evolved in recent years, so has the standard model of security service delivery. For suppliers of security services the change has been one of necessity driven by environmental, technological and economic factors. But that’s not …

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Security as an interesting and well paid career

“We need to be attracting graduates and bright young things that can bring new ideas and innovation to the industry as well as the experienced personnel.  Security is a profession and as such people who work in that field should …

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What can ‘Security’ bring to the party?

The modern approach to security provision has evolved to such a degree that, as David Ward states, even when security has not been built-in to an estate and is applied retrospectively, specialist companies can still help their clients to better …

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Wireless or Close Circuit? It’s an Open Question

Article by David Ward as appeared in September issue of FM World http://www.fm-world.co.uk/ For many years, CCTV reigned supreme when it came to remotely monitoring sites. But Wireless Intruder Detection Systems, or WIDS, are becoming an increasingly popular way for …

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