How Have Security Guard Services Evolved In The UK?

Over the past two decades, the way security guards operate has evolved a great deal.

This is due to both technological advances and changes in the types of security threats we face. However, it also reflects the way security is perceived and managed in the modern world. 

In many ways, security guarding has become much easier. Professionals are aided by the latest technology, including CCTV cameras, access control systems, biometric scanners, drones, and other surveillance technologies. All of these have become commonplace, enhancing the capabilities of security guards to monitor and protect properties effectively.

Another way the industry has changed is the way data data analytics and predictive policing techniques can be used to anticipate and prevent security breaches. By analysing patterns and trends in crime data, security teams can deploy resources more efficiently and proactively address potential threats.

Mobile technology has also made life much easier for security professionals, enabling them to monitor your premises much more effectively. Mobiles mean they can provide faster response times and improved coordination between security personnel.

It’s now easier than ever to find security guard services that reflect your specific needs.

Security guarding has become more specialised, with guards receiving training in areas such as counter-terrorism, cybersecurity and crisis management. This specialisation ensures that security personnel are equipped to handle a wide range of threats effectively.

Here at Monarch Security Service, we’re able to provide security designed for a range of industries and situations. Our specialities include:

  • Close protection and VIP security. Close protection is primarily used to ensure the safety and security of individuals who may face elevated risks due to their profession, status, wealth, or exposure to potential threats. This could include high-profile individuals such as politicians, celebrities, business executives, or individuals involved in controversial issues. Individuals or organisations may employ close protection to mitigate potential risks such as kidnapping, physical assault, harassment, or assassination attempts. Close protection agents are trained to identify and neutralise threats before they escalate.
  • Residential security. Visible systems can often deter burglars and intruders, reducing the risk of theft and property damage. This includes alarms, surveillance cameras, motion detectors and reinforced locks. Security measures such as alarm systems not only protect property but also alert residents to potential dangers, such as fires or carbon monoxide leaks, providing an early warning system for emergencies.
  • Event security. Our first-class event security can ensure the safety of attendees. It’s important to realise that large gatherings can present various risks from accidents and medical emergencies, to the intentional harm from individuals with malicious intent. We can put security measures in place to mitigate these risks and respond effectively in case of emergencies. Events, especially those with large crowds, can be targets for criminal activity such as theft, vandalism, or terrorism. Proper security measures help deter criminals and prevent these incidents from occurring. Visible security personnel, surveillance systems, and bag checks are examples of measures that can deter criminal activity.
  • Private investigations. Whether you need people tracking, are having private issues with your spouse or need commercial surveillance, we provide a wide range of services in relation to private investigations.
  • Mobile Patrols. The presence of mobile patrols can deter potential criminals or intruders. Knowing that security personnel are actively patrolling an area can discourage individuals from attempting any unlawful activities. Our mobile patrols can respond quickly to security incidents or alarms. Unlike stationary security guards who may be limited to a specific location, mobile patrols can cover a broader area and reach different parts of a property or community faster.

In recent years, there’s also been more focus on customer service. 

Our security guard services always deliver a customer service-oriented approach. All our guards are trained to interact with the public in a professional and friendly manner while still maintaining a vigilant stance on security.

Monarch Security Service can improve your risk assessment and management.

Security companies now prioritise risk assessment and management, identifying potential vulnerabilities and implementing strategies to mitigate them. We take a proactive approach that helps prevent security incidents before they occur.

With more regulations than ever related to security and privacy, security guarding has also evolved to meet the relevant laws and standards. For instance, it’s now vital to consider GDPR compliance in handling sensitive data and adherence to industry-specific regulations.

There's been closer collaboration between private security firms and the police. This partnership facilitates information sharing, joint training exercises, and coordinated responses to security threats.

With growing concerns about environmental sustainability, security guarding has evolved to incorporate eco-friendly practices, like the use of energy-efficient technologies and sustainable building designs.

The globalisation of businesses has led to an increased demand for security guarding services worldwide. Many companies now outsource their security needs to specialised firms that can provide comprehensive solutions tailored to their specific requirements.

If you’re seeking reliable security guard services, don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.


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