What the security industry is facing
It will come as no surprise that the last year has had a profound effect on businesses across the country. As things start to look up after almost a year of coronavirus lockdowns, we look towards 2021 and predict what the security industry will face over the coming months.
1. Increased vacant property inspections
With employers forced to allow their employees to work from home wherever possible when the first lockdown was declared, we have seen a huge demand for a Vacant Property Inspection service over the last 12 months – so we have delivered! We suspect that as remote and flexible working steadily become the norm and buildings remain unmanned, this will increase.
2. Big changes to licensing and training
We are set to see big changes in requirements for licensing and training this year. From 1st October, security personnel must pass updated courses in order to qualify. A First Aid at Work qualification will be essential and for all licenses, and there are updated training modules on Terror Threat Awareness, Global Critical Incident Management and Physical Intervention skills.
There will be top up training for Door Supervisor license holders which will include conflict management training and use of security equipment. For those with a Security Guard Licence, the top up training will include Physical Intervention training for the first time, along with updated conflict management including personal safety, drug awareness and electronic protection systems. There are also revised sections on access control and searching processes and procedures.
Training for these additional requirements will be available from April, so will require careful planning to ensure there is not a last-minute rush to get training completed by the October deadline.
3. Moving to digital
Remote working has also given way to a rise in digital security solutions. The demand for apps and electronic record keeping has soared. Not only because of the convenience but because keeping things electronic also allows businesses to operate in a more COVID-secure way.
We were one of the first UK companies to join forces with Guardhouse, a company that creates security apps, which allows us to provide the highest quality service for our clients, giving them reassurance and peace of mind. We have no doubt that apps like this will become a highly sought-after addition to security providers’ services.
Due to the ever-changing circumstances of COVID-19 there is still great uncertainty about what is going to happen within our industry this year. The pandemic has presented the opportunity for businesses to innovate when it comes to servicing their clients, and this has most certainly been the case for us. However, we know many sectors of the security industry have been badly affected by lockdowns and COVID restrictions.
It is forecasted that up to a third of office space will be vacated due to the rise of remote working, reducing the need for security in offices. There is also no sign of a return for hospitality and events, industries disproportionately hit by the lockdown measures, leaving doors and event security in the dark.
Here to help
Whilst the vaccine rollout continues to offer hope of some return to normality, it is likely to be another unpredictable year for security nationwide. So – if you need extra assistance, be it short or long term, please know that we are here to help your business stay safe!