The Top Things to Consider when Choosing Private Security for Your Business

March 21, 2022

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Choosing the right kind of security for your business can be an exceedingly difficult, important, and time-consuming task. Especially when you’re unsure about what to look for to ensure you choose the bmost dependable company and security solution.

Every business, be it a large corporation or a small, require some form of security to protect their assets, people, and property. But knowing exactly what the best security solutions are for your specific needs can be daunting, especially with the overwhelming number of companies and services available.

To help make your decisions a little bit easier, we have compiled a list of the most important things to consider when choosing private security.

Licences and insurance

The most important aspect to consider when choosing any security company is making sure the company you choose is fully licenced and insured. This can be applied to most industries. You can find this information on most company websites under ‘Accreditations or ‘About Us.

Although being licenced isn’t a legal requirement for a business, all leading UK security companies will have these licences and accreditations to show professionalism and audited qualification to provide the services your business needs.

You can see all of Churchill’s accreditations here.

Reputation and Experience

A company’s reputation and experience says a lot about the work they provide and the trust you can place in them. Always check the company website for any testimonials, case studies or reviews.

Even if a company has a vast amount of experience and has been in the industry for a lengthy amount of time, it does not mean they are reputable.

Any industry leading business will have customer reviews and testimonials, the more the better! If a company doesn’t publish their reviews and testimonials on their website, check known review websites like Yelp or Google. If you’re still unable to locate any, we suggest you look for an alternative provider.

Read our case studies here.

Service Diversity

Ask yourself ‘What security does my business need?’. Think about the answer and whether the company you’re exploring can cater for your specific business needs.

Service diversity is essential for any private security company to be successful. Having multiple service options provides companies with more opportunities that would not be available for most.

The most common security solutions include:

CCTV and Monitoring

With our diverse range of CCTV and imaging services, we can equip your business with a full CCTV security solution that can safeguard your site, assets, and people against crime. From installation to monitoring services, our professional team can ensure there are always experts watching over your site 24/7/365.

Security Guards

As a strong visual deterrent, security guarding is still one of the most proven measures to ensure the safety of your premises and personnel.

Event Security

Whether you require security officers to guard the entrance to your wedding venue, mobile patrols to monitor a large festival arena or security guards to carry out crowd control, ticket management or risk assessments, we’ve got you covered.

Alarm Response

The police will not always respond to private alarm activations. To ensure your business benefits from a guaranteed alarm response, choose an alarm response service from Churchill Support Services.

Mobile Patrols

With the ability to change between many locations and deliver services such as internal and external patrols, open-air security, as well as operating our patrol vehicles, our mobile patrols can supply security that operates across more than one fixed location.

 

Does your business require a more specific solution such as a lock and unlock service? Or maybe you require an access control system fitting? Make sure the company you’re researching can cater for all your specific needs.

Some private security companies also offer some unique services such as welfare hire or advice on your businesses electricity and gas bills.

 

Technology Used

If you’re looking for electronic security systems, checking how up to date the systems are is very important.

Old systems cause problems and potential security breaches. It is therefore highly encouraged to do your research before agreeing to any installations.

Modern technologies are constantly being launched and most companies do not have the latest product knowledge anymore; you should find a company with the knowledge and understanding of their systems and other systems that are popular in the industry.

Cost

Of course, all services come at a cost. But how much should you pay and how will you pay it?

Many companies charge a monthly rate and others are charged per service, with the majority failing to mention the extra costs on top such as uniforms, equipment etc. Rarely, some private security companies tailor their quotations to the specific need of their client, based on what the services are, how long it is needed and where the service will be required. Other costs could include cancellation fees and overdue payment charges.

Similarly, do not get caught up in the ‘higher prices mean higher quality’ mentality, as this is not always the case. The quality of service relates back to the reputation of the company; you will know if the company is high quality by its reviews from previous customer experiences.

Response Time

If there is an incident on your premises in your absence and your security has been breached, you need reassurance that your security provider will be there within a satisfactory response time to resolve the issue and ensure business continuity.

Private security companies that offer 24/7/365 cover are the type of firm you should be looking for. There is no benefit to your business in hiring a company that will take longer than 24 hours to investigate and resolve the security breach.

Why Choose Churchill Support Services to Provide Your Private Security?

We understand that there are a number of companies to choose from within the security industry. Here is why we believe you should choose us:  

SIA Licensed Officers

Here at Churchill, we ensure that all our security guards hold a full and valid SIA licence, so you can count on us to deliver highly trained security guards and an exceptional service.

Nationwide Service

We can provide our comprehensive range of security services across the whole of the UK, so you can benefit from a Churchill solution no matter where you are based.

Accredited Experts

Churchill is ranked in the top 1% of all SIA security providers and is ACS pacesetters approved, so you know that we are a trusted and reputable provider within our industry.

Personalised Solution

We understand that every business will have different security requirements. That is why we always offer a personalised security plan to protect your business.

Rapid Response Time

Churchill have a national average of 30 minutes or less response time. This means that no matter where you are in the country, we have you covered.

To find out more about how Churchill can support your business and its operations, contact us today.

 

Churchill Support Services is a leading cross-industry security provider, supplying professional and comprehensive solutions to organisations seeking expert security services and electronic systems.

To find out more about how Churchill can support your business and its operations, get in touch with us today.

 

John Melling

Managing Director

John has a proven track record for motivating and leading high performance teams and has helped mentor and develop many people at Churchill who now hold key or senior positions within the business. John is committed to delivering only the finest services, exercising compelling leadership, maintaining good internal morale and striving to resolve any challenges efficiently and effectively.

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