How to Spot Fake NHS Texts

As vaccinations are being rolled out in quick succession, yet another text scam is out there and this is the fake NHS vaccination texts. These texts contain fake links that are supposedly there for you to book your vaccination appointment. For cybercriminals the use of text messages by the NHS offers them a hay-day to those who are not cautious.

These fake texts will ask for your name, date of birth and credit card information. Any texts from the NHS about your vaccination will not require you to give any bank or credit card information nor any personal documents such as a passport, driving license or pay slip. The vaccination is free so please exercise caution.

Before using any links, you should always double check them for any signs of misspellings, stray hyphens or punctuation. Staying safe online can be tricky but if you always double-check things, it is the biggest way to avoid scams.

It’s time to start taking mental health seriously in the security sector.

Last year was a complete rollercoaster due to the covid-19 pandemic which meant that mental health in the UK has deteriorated and has now become what some are calling a national crisis. Mental health has been the topic splashed across mainstream media several times last year and already numerous times in 2021. Security operatives in the UK are now more than ever having to deal with the mental health struggles of the general public as well as potentially dealing with their mental health struggles due to the highly emotive job that they do.

New research suggests that security operatives in the UK are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder commonly known as PTSD due to being frequently exposed to verbal abuse and sometimes physical abuse. The University of Portsmouth has released results of one of the largest studies to date on the mental health of security operatives. The study found that 40%of the 750 operatives interviewed were showing symptoms of PTSD.

Professor Mark Button, Professor of Criminology in the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth released this statement “With almost 40 percent of those surveyed exhibiting symptoms of PTSD, it leaves a very clear message that the issue of mental health is not currently being taken seriously by security managers. There is an emerging picture of a failure by the security industry to address these issues.”

Security Operatives in the UK play a huge role in ensuring public safety whether that be in shopping centres, patrolling public streets, or transport services. They act as a safety deterrent for the general public and are trained to diffuse dangerous situations. They play a huge role in making sure we are all safer, therefore large companies must start taking the mental health impact from what is a very challenging role more seriously and start offering additional mental health training and more mental health resources such as counselling for those operatives already suffering.

Cyber Security Training to Be Enhanced for Health-Care Businesses

It appears that Coronavirus is not the only ‘bug’ to be looking out for in 2020 as recently multiple cyber-attack campaigns, were conducted in several countries, all targeting: medical business, academic institutions and government agencies. Due to this, it was announced that £500,000 will be put into additional cyber security training to help these bodies “remain resilient” during their vital role in the pandemic response efforts.

Cyber breaches are an ever-growing concern according to the UK government’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2020. It claims that 46 percent of all business have suffered a cyber breach or attack in the last 12 months, with 32 percent of them having experienced attacks at least once a week. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the U.S. counterpart, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), issued a warning in May about cyber attacks against healthcare research and policy.

According to the NCSC and CISA, hackers “frequently target organisations in order to collect bulk personal information, intellectual property and intelligence that aligns with national priorities.”

What are the Top Home Burglary Deterrents?

Victims of a home burglary face not only financial costs, but substantial psychological costs as well. Research done in the US suggests it takes an average of four months to recover from the stress of a break-in and financially, a UK citizen can face, on average, a bill of £700-3,000 on repairs and £2,300 in replacing stolen property. To help minimize your risk of a burglary, here are the top deterrents to thieves:

• The presence of an alarm system (preferably a monitored one)
• Barking dogs (especially large breeds) are listed as the second highest deterrent
• CCTV also plays an important role in burglary target selection and listed as a top deterrent
• Lighting is another strong deterrent (especially motion sensor)
• Clear presence of window and door locks is one of the simplest ways to deter burglars
• Having a tv or radio on can be a deterrent as some potential thieves will fear someone is home
• Having a car parked in the drive is another thing that can make burglars think twice before breaking into a home

Do security operatives need to wear masks?

With the current nationwide covid-19 pandemic, laws and legislation are changing frequently. One of the most recent rules that have been brought in is the need to wear masks in all retail shops, shopping centres, banks, post offices, and supermarkets. Those who fail to wear one where they should face a £100 fine which is reduced to £50 if paid within 14 days.

Although the general public has to wear masks in the places listed there is a different rule for people working in any of these shops. If you are a security operative working inside a retail shop, supermarket, or bank then it will be case dependant. A lot of employers are not enforcing staff members to wear masks and the UK government has stated that workers do not need to, providing other measures that are in place to lower the risk of spread.

It is advised that you should check with your employer if they require you to wear a mask. If you are a security operative that patrols but frequently goes inside retail shops such as an operative for a mall you will need to wear a mask.

What is a smart video doorbell?

A smart video doorbell is a simple piece of security equipment that you can attach to the outside of your home which alerts you and sends a video stream of whoever is outside your home to your smartphone.

It’s a DIY-friendly modern alarm that can provide you with a little extra added security for your home. They use sensors to alert and monitor any disturbances that come in the area where you place the sensors, usually your porch area or front/back door.

Installation is fairly straight forward and the only thing extra you will require is a smartphone that is able to download an app. You are able to deactivate them when you are home if required and are able to control them remotely via the app. They are all set up via Wi-Fi but you can find options that have 3g built-in, in the event of your Wi-Fi is down.

Video doorbells come in a variety of different price ranges depending on which extra features you desire. You can also purchase battery operated options or ones that you can wire into your existing electric connection although you would need a qualified electrician to do this.

How much security will you need for your event?

When holding an event whether it be small or large you will need to consider the type of security you will need to ensure the smooth running of your event. Unfortunately, things can often spiral out of control at events so you need to ensure that the safety of your staff, guests, and the venue is a number one priority.

It is always a good idea to put together a crowd management plan if your event is large and a basic event safety plan if your event is small. Many security companies can advise you on this and help you create a plan.

it is always advised to have trained security operatives at your event with the general rule of the thumb being one operative to ten guests. Some events pose a higher or lower risk than others and the right amount of security presence you require will be based on that risk.

Security Roller Grille Types and Uses

Businesses need to know that they’re protected, and their physical premises are a very important consideration. Without the use of security features like roller grilles, building can be left exposed to criminals who could deface the property, commit theft, or a whole host of other crimes. This simple installation can dramatically step up security levels, and give owners of businesses much better peace of mind when leaving their premises unattended.

Every business owner want to feel that their property is well looked after when the lock up for the day, or when they are leaving the building locked up for a period of time, such as a holiday. It’s important to make sure the security grilles used are the right ones for the purposes so as to provide maximum security, but also to ensure that the grilles are safe to operate. This guide will help you to understand the different types of roller security grilles, and the ways in which they are used.

The different types of roller grilles and their uses

  1. External use roller grilles. Many roller shutter grilles are designed for use outside premises, helping to secure them against break ins. They are available in a wide range of colours, and in terms of security, you need to make sure they will be strong enough to do the job well. Make sure you select roller grilles that are specifically designed for outdoor use.
  2. Internal use roller grilles. These are grilles that are used for internal shop fronts, such as those inside a shopping mall. They are usually made of a lightweight materials like aluminium and are designed in a minimalist fashion, so that the shutter itself doesn’t take up too much space and looks more elegant. After all, this is the front of a business, and as a business owner, you don’t want to detract from its appearance.
  3. High visibility roller grilles. These are for use in areas where security is required along with high visibility. They are single skinned roller shutters and consist of concave, perforated profiles which offer good ventilation and give that extra visibility – they are similar in style to roller shutter doors. These types of grilles might be used in places like shopping centres, arcades and underground car parks.
  4. Manual grilles. One of the main decisions you will have to make when choosing a grille is whether to opt for a manual or electric closing option. Manual grilles will tend to be cheaper, but it will require more work to close them.
  5. Electric roller security grilles. These are fitted with a motor to complete the closing and opening process for the grille. They will come in at a higher price point but they will be much easier for owners to operate.

Grilles can be used internally and externally in a range of situations, to secure entrances or to secure bars and kiosks when they are not in use. There are many types available to suit all purposes, so you will be able to find good options when working with reputable suppliers.

SIA licence renewal in lockdown

In response the current covid-19 global pandemic, lots of workers have been sent home from work following the advice of our government. Only those who are essential or key workers are allowed to leave their house to work.

Security operatives and any roles in relation to offering security services are essential roles therefore are able to help the nation in the fight to beat the virus.

A statement given to SIA was released late March 2020 states –

“Roles essential to supporting law and order, with the potential to reduce demand on policing, also meet the critical worker definition. This would include, amongst other areas, the guarding of empty or closed commercial, retail or office premises; the monitoring of similar through CCTV or other remote means; and the provision of alarm response centres including mobile units.”

With SIA offices being closed they have made some adjustments in terms of licence renewals to enable us security workers to continue fulfilling our roles in these uncertain times.

SIA released this statement – “Over the last few weeks a number of you have raised concerns about having to go to a Post Office as part of the licence renewal process. In response to this, we have changed our processes so that most people who are renewing their licence will not need to go to the Post Office to have their documents checked. If you are renewing your licence, you will receive instructions through the online account so please log into your account for guidance.”

The Most Secure Types of Door

Different doors will offer different security profiles for your home or business. The level of security you need will depend on the types of building concerned, and how you use that building, for example, if it is a warehouse with lots of valuable stock, then security measures become all the more important. These are some of the most secure door types you could install:

  • Steel door sets. If you are after a side hinged entrance door, make sure you choose something hardwearing and long lasting like a steel door frame. It will need to be installed professionally to ensure a secure fit on the hinges.
  • Roller doors. A roller door is a great example of engineering at its very best. You can install a roller door over a garage, warehouse or other kind of commercial space, as well as in a home.
  • Industrial doors. These will usually be similar to roller doors but will be higher security, more durable and fast paced.