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Extremism is the Greatest Threat to Our Security

Extremism is the Greatest Threat to Our Security – How Can it Be Stopped? The 2016 murder of MP Jo Cox and the 2017 attacks in Westminster which claimed eight lives are recent reminders of the deadly consequences of modern extremism from the far-right and radical Islam. Both incidents were lone-wolf attacks perpetrated by Britons. Such home-grown terrorism is particularly disturbing in this age of divided politics and resurgence of extreme, violent ideologies. While we may sometimes feel powerless to […]

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Local Authority Cuts are Undermining Public Security

Since 2010, local authorities have had their budgets cut by an average of 26%. In the same period, government spending on police is down 30% in real terms, resulting in 20,000 fewer police officers on our streets. These police cuts have made local authorities increasingly reliant on private security companies, but budget cuts have also made local authorities less able to afford private security, so who is left to keep the public safe? The only security companies left who can […]

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Why Security Guards in Halls of Residence are Vital to Student Care

Keeping students safe means more than making sure their laptops don’t get stolen. The main threat to students is stress, and you may be surprised how vital security guards can be in helping students to receive the care they need to fulfil their potential. Magenta Security has over 20 years of experience working with university and privately run halls of residence in inner city, rural and campus sites across the UK. This has given us a broad perspective of the […]

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Want Effective University Security? Consistency is Key

University campuses are often huge, sprawling sites spread across multiple buildings, some of which, such as libraries or laboratories, may be open 24 hours a day. Protecting a site as complex as a university requires a robust security package, and universities that take their security seriously will have CCTV, card key access and – most importantly – a team of highly trained a dedicated security guards. There’s no point spending generously on high tech security equipment only to cut corners […]

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How School Security Guards Keep Children Safe

An increasing number of schools are choosing to hire security guards, particularly in cities where there is a higher risk of break ins and potential dangers for the pupils. While not all schools need security guards, this article will help you decide if your school would benefit from their services. The ABCs of school security: A: Keeping out unwanted visitors The first priority of school security is to keep out people (adults or children) who don’t belong there and quickly […]

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Top Security Tips for Large Scale Events

Large scale events such as music festivals, sporting events and arena shows present some of the biggest security challenges we have to overcome. The more people there are, the higher the risk that a criminal element or an emergency situation can cause panic, property damage, injury and – tragically – even death. Advance security planning is what makes the difference between running an event that becomes a cherished memory for your thousands of guests versus finding yourself responsible for a […]

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Event Security Checklist for Music Venues, Clubs, Exhibitions and More

Whether your event is for business, pleasure or both, the safety of your guests should always be your first concern. Someone being hurt, property being stolen or the venue being vandalised can overshadow all the hard work put into your event and could even result in legal action. Here’s a short checklist to make sure you’ve got your event security essentials covered. If you ever want more advice, you can always get in touch with us at 0800 772 3786. […]

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The Security Industry Hasn’t Escaped the Brexit Nightmare

From speaking to my colleagues, clients and fellow security companies over the past few weeks, one thing is clear: Brexit is a complete nightmare. The government’s fumbling of the UK’s exit from the European Union is sending shockwaves throughout business, and is being felt in two key areas in the security industry. The security industry is losing European staff The first and most damaging issue that affects both security companies and their customers is the loss of staff across security […]

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Could Brexit Cause a Spike in Lorry Burglaries?

10,000 freight vehicles pass through Dover on peak days. Any change to our customs procedure following Brexit is expected to cause disruption to our freight network while also providing opportunities for criminals. If your business is likely to suffer from the delays at our ports, make sure you have a security contingency plan in place before March 29th. Lorries may be stuck in miles of traffic jams following Brexit Plans are to designate a 13-mile section of the M20 as […]

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Prepare Your Security for Potential Port Chaos After Brexit

Of the many looming potential Brexit disasters on the horizon, chaos at our ports is the one that has the biggest impact on our security, with millions of pounds of goods under threat from opportunist criminals. Our ports aren’t prepared for Brexit The government claims to have contingency plans in place to ease pressure on the ports in the event of a no-deal Brexit, but you don’t have to apply much scrutiny to see how dangerously unprepared our ports are. […]

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