Have a very safe Christmas and New Year

Holiday Safety

 

Right, we don’t want to ruin the mood but in light of world events and basic security safety we would like to add the following tips to assist you during the Christmas and New Year period (and the rest of the year too!)

 

Pick Pockets and Identity Theft

Try to shop with only the cards and cash that you need, cards are not always quick to replace especially at Christmas so leave one at home where possible.
Do not let people distract you, this can be something as simple as someone bumping into you or asking the time! Be aware that they may have an ulterior motive.
If possible keep valuables in a zipped pocket or bag and wear bags over your shoulder or on your arm to ensure the strap is secure.
Limit the use of your mobile phone, especially if it is an expensive model.

 

Home and Office Burglary prevention

If you are planning on going away during the holidays ask a neighbour to watch the house or inform your local neighbourhood watch organisation.
Put timers on different lights in the house to give the appearance that someone is at home, ensure that the timers are not visible to someone looking through a window.
Have newspapers cancelled and post held until you return, or arrange for a family member or friend to collect it.
Consider having regular mobile patrols of your premises completed by a private security firm.

 

Personal Safety

Park in well-lit and busy areas, it is tempting to try to park remotely at this time of year to avoid queues but consider where you are parking carefully.
It is tempting to try to get all your gifts in one trip, be aware of how much you are carrying though and do not overload yourself.
Be aware of your surroundings, again we do not want to scare you but taking that extra few seconds to look around will really help.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you are worried about your security, shop assistants, security officers and the police will all be well represented at this time of year and will be able to help.

 

Vehicle break-ins

Don’t leave any valuables visible in the vehicle (Say that ten times fast so you remember!)
Keep doors locked when driving
Do not leave any Sat-Nav attachments visible; try to keep the inside of the windscreen clear of marks that are left once you detach the device.
Park in well-lit, well-populated locations.

 

Terrorism

Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times, if you see any of the following then contact the Police, Security Officers or the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321

 

• Unattended Packages
• A person showing erratic or nervous behaviour
• People wearing abnormally bulky clothing that may be used to conceal devices or objects
• Suspicious chemical smells or pungent odours
• Anyone tampering with CCTV cameras or taking a unusual interest in them.

 

If we are all slightly more vigilant then we will all be able to help each other to enjoy the holidays safely.

Chamberlains Security Officers Receive Additional Training

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Our continuing commitment to improving the training of our officers has been further established this week with several new officers passing their First Responder First Aid Qualifications.

We are working in conjunction with several of our clients to ensure that our security staff are fully up to date with the latest first aid techniques and practices through organisations such as The Red Cross and St John Ambulance.

Security officers are often the first person that will be approached for assistance and when you consider that we usually provide a 24/7 presence it makes perfect sense that these officers should be trained to offer care and assistance as first responders.

We are proud to report that the attendance and attitudes of our officers have been praised on several occasions by the course trainers. This is welcoming news as it shows officers are making the most of the chance to improve their own skills and qualifications rather than seeing the courses as an unnecessary chore. Whilst both clients and Chamberlains Security undoubtedly benefit from this additional training it is refreshing to listen to the comments of the officers who also benefit highly from the courses. Officer Chris Phillips for example stated that “not only does the training give me additional confidence at work; it is also something that can be used at home in the event of an emergency”

With accidents being something that are unfortunately a part of our lives, it is beneficial to ensure that as many people as possible receive some sort of First Aid Training; you never know when it will be needed.

For more information on training and courses available in your area please contact your local training provider and together we can try to make sure that next time there is an accident there is also someone that is trained and ready to offer assistance.