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The Real Olympic Legacy

In the first of a two part blog, Abbey Petkar, managing director of Magenta Security looks at the legacy of the Olympic Games. This year, the world’s eyes were on London for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. The event represented an unprecedented challenge for the UK’s resilience and security management capabilities. It was the country’s largest ever peacetime security programme with a total cost in the region of £550 million. The Games were a spectacular success by any […]

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The Green Legacy

In the first of a two part blog, Abbey Petkar, managing director of Magenta Security Services, looks at the security industry’s green legacy. Being ‘green’ and environmentally friendly is now expected of companies, whatever industry they operate in. It is because an increasing number of clients have become much more aware of the need for sustainable resources and the effect pollution has on the environment. It’s reasonable to say that some security firms woke up to the green movement a […]

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Will Security Firms Play A
Wider Role in Policing?

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary recently published a report into its findings on the impact a 20% funding cut to police in England and Wales will have by 2015. In the report, three police forces – the Metropolitan Police, Devon and Cornwall, and Lincolnshire police force – were named as those being most at risk of not being able to provide a sufficiently efficient or effective service in the future. This is interesting reading as it follows on from the news […]

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Giving Back to Society

I was recently asked who I would most like to have met, living or dead, and why. Giving an answer was easy: Sir Richard Branson. And I’ll tell you why; because we have a shared interest charitable work. Sir Richard has done a lot of work with people like Nelson Mandela to try and eradicate poverty and provide education and healthcare for children in third world countries. Charity is something that I have always been mindful of, and as a […]

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Security Should Not
Be Taken Lightly

The Queen’s Jubilee celebrations were undoubtedly a success when it came to security. However, what did arise was the use of volunteers to provide additional security for many of the events taking place across London. For some private security companies, the Queen’s Jubilee was seen as a trial run for the many thousands of volunteers hoping to secure jobs during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Many were unpaid, and received below standard treatment, and some high profile figures have called […]

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Magenta Security Decreases Staff Turnover

Staff turnover in the security industry generally sits about 32%, yet Magenta manages to maintain figures closer to 12%. Magenta Security has enhanced its reputation and stayed well ahead of the industry’s damming staff retention statistics through the provision of great staff benefits. The company has long been advocating for pensions for security guards, and taken measures which are seen as noteworthy in the security industry. Abbey Petkar, managing director of Magenta Security, says: “Staff turnover within the industry generally […]

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Meeting Industry Standards

As the type of work a door supervisor carries out broadens, the degree of professionalism expected from staff increases with it. To meet high industry standards it’s important for door staff to participate in regular training to ensure they are equipped with the relevant skills. Door staff are generally responsible for the safety of customers and other employees in places such as pubs, bars and nightclubs. But they are also needed for events which are held as part of a […]

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The Key to Success is Quality

Magenta Security, one of the UK’s fastest growing private security firms, with offices in London, Birmingham and Manchester, says the key to its success is quality. Managing director Abbey Petkar explains: “Whatever industry you work in, it is essential to continually provide products and services of the highest quality, and to look for ways to improve. Quality is a continual process that evolves over time and with experience.” Magenta Security prides itself on the quality of services it provides, and it […]

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CCTV Can’t Replace
Traditional Security

According to studies conducted by various research groups, Britain has far more watchful eyes trained on its population than other countries. And surveys carried out following the riots which hit the UK last summer suggest that public support for CCTV surveillance has grown. But Abbey Petkar, managing director of Magenta Security – one of the country’s largest private security firms – says that while footage from CCTV can certainly help in the fight against crime, it is a tool to […]

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Magenta Focuses on
Partnerships

There are now less than six months to go before the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and Magenta Security’s managing director believes the security success will be based on effective partnerships. Abbey Petkar, managing director, Magenta Security Services: “The Olympics is one of the biggest security tests the UK has ever been faced with. Thousands of athletes and millions of visitors will descend on London, and other venues around the country. Security has been one of the major considerations […]

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