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Concierge desk job
September 01, 2020
Many roles we see within the security industry are generally hands on and require a fair amount of physical work. Concierge security roles provide an alternative to these physical roles and can be an option for those looking for a desk or office-based role within security. Many monuments, museums, town halls and office workspaces require concierge security at the front desk to ensure safety within the premises and provide a service to employees and members of the public. Whether it is handling deliveries or welcoming a visitor to the building, concierge security roles are crucial to the ope...
door security guard
August 16, 2020
We previously wrote an article based on the skills and career paths that security roles can lead you to. One of the jobs people go into once they get their SIA licence badge is a door-based security role. This role takes place in a range of settings which includes restaurants, shops, hotels, public services, offices and bars. There are misconceptions of the actual job and what many people do not recognise are the range of skills you gain which allow you to progress in careers wit...
man in suit
August 08, 2020
We previously wrote about an article on financial scams which were taking place during Covid-19. Financial scams however are increasingly growing on a global level which has impacted data, financial and cyber security.

Many of us on social media will come across accounts and pages showcasing individuals with lavish lifestyles, fancy cars and all the big brands you could possibly think of. But how many of these supposed accounts are legitimat...
women in security work
July 26, 2020
Cybersecurity has become a focal point for the digital world this year in the amidst of COVID-19 which has led to many companies resorting to online platforms to continue work whilst in lockdown.

Our recent video released earlier this month for talkaboutit Tuesday saw QCS talking to Sarah Harvie. She managed to transition into cybersecurity for Merlin entertainment from a security receptionist position. Sarah has successfully managed to secure a head of information position with Merlin Entertainment.

Th...
SIA receptionist greeting employee
July 11, 2020
For many people, the professional security industry is perceived to be a sector which simply focuses on roles that are solely based on being vigilant within retail or office establishments.

What people fail to acknowledge is that security is varied and is more than just physical. We have touched on cybersecurity in a few articles. But another aspect that people overlook with SIA roles, is that they touch on bigger and global issues linking to defence, terrorism and intelligence.

Our recent video released this week for
VS underwear model
July 05, 2020
This year has seen COVID-19 shape and transform various industries since the start of lockdown. E-commerce has thrived in sales and has captured the attention of the public who are able to order essentials and goods from the click of a button on their electronic devices. COVID-19 has also seen the downfall of many retail services and stores which has led to businesses like Debenhams going into administration and many employees being made redundant or furloughed long term.

Big brands such as Victoria’s Secret have seen a decline in sales in recent years and have axed over 800...
Covid-19 testing
July 01, 2020
The past couple of months has seen an increase in demand for security guards to work in various establishments that have remained open throughout the lockdown period. Recent articles have suggested that male security guards are more at risk of dying from COVID-19. Sky news have released an article recently, which has highlighted that “men made up two thirds of the 4,761 deaths registered among people of working age (20 to 64) in England and Wales.” (...
plush toy using computer
June 27, 2020
Our article earlier this month provided an insight into the cybersecurity industry for those considering an alternative career path to physical security. We were overwhelmed with responses from readers who asked for links and sites that can help with training individuals and equipping them with skills needed to fulfil cybersecurity roles. For anyone who needs further guidance, loo not further. The team at QCS have compiled a list of options for you to consider.

Types of courses

Contrary to popular belief, cybersecurity training can vary in many forms. From ...
airport security staff
June 25, 2020
The recent updates on restrictions during lockdown has changed the dynamics on what people can do and the areas in public which are now accessible.

Our previous article from last month which looks at just how much of an impact SIA security worker roles have had in since the beginning of lockdown. Especially for those individuals who have continuously worked through the duration of this pandemic. Saturday 4th July has been announced as the official day whe...
Patrick Hutchinson carrying protester
June 17, 2020
The past few weeks across the world have seen a series of peaceful demonstrations take place in support of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. Last weekend however, the UK saw a clash take place with far-right counter-protesters in which a famous image of Patrick Hutchinson, a BLM protester carrying a far-right supporter to safety was captured and trended across social media and news platforms. Hutchinson alongside his friends helped the man avoid a violent confrontation with other protestors.

Media outlets have praised how Hutchinson and his friends coordinated the rescue in a...
Worker sleeping in office
June 15, 2020
Monday 15th June marks a day for many of us going back to reality. Shops and establishments will be open to the public after 2 months of lockdown. For many of us, employers are getting prepared with new measures taking place for employees to return to work. The lockdown period has been a reflection period for many of us, particularly when it comes to our employment and place of work. Lockdown has helped us evaluate our mental health whilst working as well as alternatives to working at the office. Earlier the month we spoke about
User accessing security VPN
June 11, 2020
For many of us during lockdown and this covid-19 pandemic, work and personal dynamics changed with a lot of platforms moving digitally. One sector that has been thriving during the pandemic is the cybersecurity industry. People staying at home meant more purchases were being made online as well as the nature of work as it was all being delivered from “home” offices. This also meant the risks of online hackers and phishing scams targeting members of the public were increasing exponentially. The cybersecurity sector has helped retail, banking, health, government and private busine...
talkaboutittuesday, Janina Lincke, Close Protection Officer, CPO, Emergency Medical Technician, EMT
June 09, 2020
Introducing our latest guest on #talkaboutitTuesdays Janina Lincke!

With a beginning in academia as a scientist, Janina made a brave transition into a completely new world - moving across to the private security industry and beginning a new journey as a Close Protection Officer in South Africa. From there Janina built up her experience and skill set within a number of different environments, travelling the globe (literally!) and working with a variety of people from Royals to Google Execs.

Janina is passionate about her role, passionate about the industry and passionate ...
couple social distancing
June 09, 2020
Last week, we touched upon lessons and reflections gathered from the past 2 months whilst isolated at home during lockdown. Restrictions easing off this month has meant people are now able to resume back to their normal daily routines with a few changes. However, there are many of us that are still cautious or apprehensive to set foot outside with cases still being confirmed and death rates remaining high. Hearing the number of cases of covid-19 has deterred many people to go outdoors, with many remaining in isolation for a period which is extended past lockdown. ...
Passenger at station
June 05, 2020
Happy Friday everyone! We hope that you have made the most of this week as we slowly resume back to normality. The team at QCS wanted to provide with a few updates.

Coronavirus UK record

The UK has officially become the second country to report more than 40,000 deaths from coronavirus. This comes after reports released from care homes and hospitals the past month have show a large number of patients being tested positive.

...
Martin Luther King's famous quote on life
June 04, 2020
For many of us, reality seems to now be kicking in since the announcements of restrictions easing this month in the UK are now coming into place. People working from home or in the state of furlough are now being permitted to return to work settings towards the end of this month. Schools are now taking in students from specific year groups with more measures implemented within the premises, non-essential retail establishments are now resuming business and supermarkets extending their hours of trading. For many people, the lockdown period has now enabled reflection...
George Floyd Banner lifted up
June 01, 2020
Recent events in America with the murder of George Floyd has made many people reflect on the general system of the police, armed and security forces and whether these divisions have implemented enough attention towards combatting institutional racism. QCS thought to shed some light into what is being done in the security sector.

Stopping and searching

One aspect that the security sector, particularly in retail has come under scrutiny for is the people that are stopped and searched within stores. Statisti...
open shop sign
May 29, 2020
Last week of May! In the amidst of our sunshine, we’ve also been getting a ray of news from all spectrums. Here are some updates we thought to shine some light on this week.

George Floyd police officer arrested

On the 25th of May George Floyd, an unarmed black man in Minneapolis, USA was arrested and murdered by police officer Derek Chauvin who has now been arrested and charged for manslaughter and murder. After the murder i...
job candidate being selected
May 27, 2020
The start of lockdown has impacted roles and the demand for employees from the security sector. With more individuals needed in cybersecurity to help talk fraud and hacking as well as corporate and retail security working in establishments which have remained open during lockdown.

The team at QCS thought it was important to get our readers to have a say in what they feel are important factors in shaping their decision in applying and taking on a job role within the security sector. e thought it might be useful to outline just s...
dog with a picnic basket
May 25, 2020
Suns out, buns out! With rates of infection lowering and the sunny weather encouraging people to exercise outdoors a lot more people have been seen in parks and other open public spaces. With temperatures in the 20s, we know many of you will need to go outside to breathe properly.

The team at QCS thought of ways to utilise your time outdoors whilst social distancing. 

Personal Training sessions/ Exercise

May 22, 2020
Happy Friday everyone! We hope you’re able to make the most of the sunny weather we’re getting today. Here are some covid-19 updates we thought to shine some light on this week.

UK arrivals self-isolation

From 8th June, arrivals coming into the UK will need to fill out an online form before entering the UK and go into self-isolation for 14 days. Home secretary Priti Patel has stated the UK borders will not be closing a...
May 20, 2020
Since lockdown, which started almost 2 months ago, most industries have been hit in ways we couldn’t imagine. With the security sector, it is fair to say it’s been somewhat bittersweet. After the article released last week on Securitas and the uncertainty the contractor faces within the next few months, the team at QCS thought to shine some light on whether Covid-19 has been beneficial or hindered the security sector.

May 15, 2020
Happy Friday everyone! We hope you’re able to make the most of the sunny weather we’re getting today. Here are some covid-19 and security updates we thought to shine some light on this week.

Congestion charge increase

From Monday, the congestion charge for driving into central London will be reinstated following a deal made with TFL and emergency funding provided for bus and tube services. From 22 June, the price of the congestio...
May 13, 2020
With many of us still having to work from home during lockdown it’s very easy for us to feel distant and not as productive within our teams or departments. A webinar which takes place tomorrow hosted by ASIS will cover professional competency in security teams. The team at QCS thought it would be great to shine the light on some team building initiatives you all can use whilst in lockdown to maintain the team spirit you would have within your work environment.

May 12, 2020
And we are back with another #talkaboutitTuesdays! Today we speak with the lovely Carl Kaitell about life on the frontline.Carl is a frontline SIA licence holder who has worked his way up the ladder over a 23 year span. Starting at ground level as a steward for his dad’s security company he worked his way up to management and then went on to start his own businesses.Carl talks frankly about the very real risks that present themselves whilst working on the front line and after hearing how his colleague was attacked with a machete I had to ask – what is it ...
May 11, 2020
With Boris Johnson delivering his strategy plan last night, one aspect that he did clarify was that we are able to have longer hours outdoor for exercise purposes. Fair to say members of the public did find the speech somewhat confusing as we are still encouraged to stay at home for everything else. The team at QCS thought it would be useful to shed some light on ways that you can make the most of the outdoors during this pandemic.

Yoga/ Tai Chi

May 08, 2020
Happy Friday everyone! We hope this week has been a fun a productive one indoors. A lot of changes and discussions are taking place around the topic of Covid-19 and lockdown measures. The team at QCS thought it would be best to keep you all informed with some crucial updates.

COVID-19 Restriction Ease

Lockdown is set to continue for another 3 weeks until 28th May. However, many of you may have heard from a range of sources about the ease...
May 04, 2020
Something we have noticed is that many professions and sectors are advocating mentoring or coaching schemes in the workplace to help employees attain the best of their skills and abilities and potentially progress into senior roles.

The security sector has seen a growth in mentors helping those new to the industry as well as those that need an extra boost in developing skills. With workforces becoming more diverse, mentoring has certainly allowed there to be a level playing field that allows everyone to better themselves and ev...
May 01, 2020
Happy Friday and Happy 1st of May! We know this week has been slightly dull particularly with the weather, we hope you’re all keeping well during lockdown. Here are some updates for this week on Covid-19 and security news.

Safe space for victims of domestic abuse

As of today, anyone living with domestic abuse can access help and safe space at Boots pharmacies, help will be provided by staff who will use consultation rooms to provi...
April 30, 2020
Please meet Ninah Nyongesa our latest guest on #talkaboutitTuesdays Ninah is an inspiration to all women in and those considering joining the private security industry.Not only has she pursued a career in a heavily dominated male sector, she now strives to pave the way to help others building their own careers. She has recently joined Lady Askari, a unique services company redefining the role and most importantly the value of women...
April 29, 2020
Earlier this week, we had a #talkaboutitTuesdays interview with Ninah Nyongesa from Kenya who spoke about breaking the gender roles within the security industry. 10 years ago, the industry saw very little women pursuing security job roles, today we see a shift from a predominantly male job sector and the movement away from the stereotype that security roles are just for men. The team here at QCS felt it was needed to highlight some of the ways in which having more gender diversity has benefitte...
April 27, 2020
We know Covid-19 has caused a lot of services and job roles to move remotely and online. Lockdown has also left a lot of courses resorting to online platforms. This includes The Security Institute, who will be conducting free webinars starting from this week for both members and non-members. Further details about the training on offer can be found
April 24, 2020
Another week in lockdown has passed! We hope you have all had a productive week and have been able to absorb some sun rays with the hot weather we’re getting. Here’s the weekly update.

Virus test now available

Key workers can now book a coronavirus test online through GOV UK or can be referred through their employer. The Government aims to run 100,000 tests a day in the UK by the end of the month.
April 22, 2020
Financial support during Covid-19 has been a key focus for many people, particularly those who are unable to work from home. Consistent changes to lockdown have caused uncertainty and for some of you, there is some confusion as to what you are and aren’t entitled to. The team at QCS thought to provide you with a quick guide on what’s available in the UK. 

Furlough

This is when your employer has no current work for you,...
April 21, 2020
This week we had an incredibly fascinating conversation with Patrick Rogers who talks us through a very interesting career journey to date, from Somali Pirates to talking on the impact of the Iran Crisis on Maritime Security as an intelligence expert.Unlike some of our previous guests Patrick doesn’t have a police or ex forces background and came into security through an academic route, with an undergrad degree in International business and a Masters from Kings in Intelligence and International Security. He admits at one point, in the initial stages of his career he was ma...
April 20, 2020
Since Lockdown began, it has impacted us in various shapes and forms. Money problems, unemployment, keeping the house in order at every given moment. We know isolation can affect our mental health, particularly as we can't be around our friends and loved ones. The team at QCS felt it was ideal to provide some advice and tips on ensuring your mental wellbeing is maintained during lockdown. 

Exercise

We know that lockdown measures have caused gyms and lei...
April 17, 2020
Happy Friday, we hope you’ve all had a well rested week! The team here at QCS thought it would be handy to provide you with some news and updates on what’s been happening this week in the amidst of COVID-19 and the security industry.

COVID-19 Crime rates

Since the lockdown commenced, police have said there have been more reports on anti-social behaviour taking place across the UK which may be linked to the breaches of lockdown measures....
April 16, 2020
This week Quick Click Security had the pleasure of speaking with Steve McNulty, a Business Development Consultant at SGC Security Services on our weekly #talkaboutitTuesdays.Starting in the RAF, Steve joined the industry over 30 years ago and has a wealth of knowledge within both security and business.We talked about everything and anything from business survival in a pandemic to what really is important in life. Steve offered us a very honest and insightful view into his own mechanisms for dealing with mental health and provides us with some very simple but effectiv...
April 15, 2020
The COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown measures have meant more people are now using online services to purchase goods and everyday groceries. Increased smartphone, tablet and computer usage during this time has allowed fraudsters to find opportunities to hack and scam members of the public. The team at QCS thought it would be wise to help you stay alert with cyber security and avoid any hassle.

Scams we should be aware of

April 15, 2020
A fantastically open and honest chat with Jacey Bloomberg, Director Securitas UK - who made the transition into the private security industry over 15 years ago and has been an inspirational role model ever since.Having worked in retail Jacey felt there was a huge gap in her expectations as a client and the level of service she received from security providers.Moving into her first role as a Client Liaison Officer this led Jacey on a journey to her present position, where she now, amongst other responsibilities manages a global Front of House programme - that she impr...
April 13, 2020
It’s fair to say COVID-19 has allowed many of us to reflect on our daily routines as well as life and career choices. Restrictions on being out and either having to work from home or claim universal credit whilst we aren’t working has prompted people to build up on skills or find other means of work which is currently available.

Whether you work in security, or are currently seeking employment, the team here at QCS thought it would be great to showcase some of the skills you can gain from the industry. Like all indu...
April 08, 2020
COVID-19, Coronavirus, global pandemic... it's important to stay vigilant especially if you are one of the many #securityheroes out on the frontline.

Many of you will have heard the news about our PM Boris experiencing symptoms of coronavirus and being taken into hospital for intensive care. 

As a lot of you reading this are still having to commute and work within shared open spaces, the team...
April 07, 2020
A fantastic chat with security professional Lee Oughton, COO and Managing Partner of Fortress Risk Management, who offers some fantastic tips on how to build a career in the security industry.Having started in the military Lee talks us through his own career progression and how he ended up as a successful multi business owner in Mexico.We talk about failure and why it's so important to just give things a go and how important it is to ask questions.. regardless of whether you feel it makes you look silly or not. 
March 26, 2020
In today’s #TalkaboutitTuesdays we speak to Lee Vincent about his transition from the military into private security. Lee explains how he did this utilising great networks through The Security Institute
March 26, 2020
As part of the Government’s pledge to support the UK, Self-employed workers will be able to apply for a grant of up to £2,500 a month to help them survive the financial impact of coronavirus, the chancellor has announced.

March 25, 2020
Covid-19, Coronavirus, pandemic.  We haven't heard much else for weeks.  The business community was able to breathe a sigh of relief last week when the government announced measures to assist in keeping our economy afloat.The UK government has announced a £330 billion stimulus package to support businesses all around the country. This serves to absorb losses and minimise bankruptcy. As a result small businesses have access to up to £5 million as part of the Coronavirus business Interruption Loan Scheme....
February 13, 2020


So, you signed up to the event, haven’t put much thought into since you got the ticket and your phone just pinged a notification that it’s tomorrow.  What now?!

January 10, 2020
New Year New Opportunities.  We want to see you win this year and so over the next couple of months we are going to start a short series of helpful articles to help you get ahead in life and at work.  We are going to discuss what essential tools you can utilise to get what you want out of 2020!
November 07, 2019
As part of our Day in the Life of series the team at Quick Click Security managed to get some time with the lovely Egle Zemeckaite who currently works in a security role at LinkedIn, London.



Hi Egle, thank you very much for your time today we are really keen to find ou...
September 24, 2019
Regulation in the private security sector - too little, too much or just enough?
Currently, the private sector is made up of SIA licenced individuals and private security firms who operate under the regulatory body - Security Industry Authority. The SIA imposes a very little restriction on who can operate as a security firm and requires individuals to attend on average a 4 day to a 2-week course to get their licence.
The public sector on the other hand - the Police and Military, are heavily regulated by the government and must comply w...
July 16, 2019
Steve Barber from Norwich has worked as a doorman for the vast majority of his career, from the age of 18 he has held a number of roles, before starting his own business in the industry.
Mr Barber says he has done and seen it all; from witnessing the destructive power of alcohol on man to living the boisterous lifestyle of the popular doorman!
He admitted the frontline can be frightening. The role often went beyond protecting people and venues, where door men and women were often asked for emergency help.  One of Mr Barber’s employees were a...
August 19, 2019
Since 2016 the idea of Door Supervisors wearing a body camera has been circulating around top police officials and the security industry authority. It was first taken seriously by the UK police force in early 2016, in what was a roll out of over 20,000 deployed officers who were part of the first initiative for the use of body worn video (BWV) in line with common law and continues to be trailed out by many UK boroughs. 
The first security guards to wear body cams were in fact due to demands by the press after a Panorama documentary  ( https://www.bbc...
June 27, 2019
Many of your shifts have had specific uniform requirements albeit sometimes a little too overdressed, but it’s all part of the days work. But have you ever considered what shoes you should be wearing? or is there a standard of shoe that you should have as part of your gear?

When it comes to shoes for security guards there are a variety of options that are available and they vary in price and quality depending on the brand.

But first, what’s most important when it comes to choosing the right fit is the shoes durability and comfortability. Working in the s...
June 25, 2019
Technology is building all around us and is inherently weaving into what seems to be its new home in our businesses, economy and day to day lives.
It's the fascia of our society. And it's no different in the security indu...
June 25, 2019
A study by the University of Portsmouth demonstrated the potential effects on the mental health of security operatives as a result of stressful experiences on the frontlines of the industry. As we enter mental health awareness week (May) the study recognises that previous industry research on other frontline industries showed a sustainable amount of evidence of post-traumatic stress symptomology and suggests further exploration into the security sector may reveal similar symptoms.
The study shows that security operatives can experience multiple stressful and violent exper...
June 25, 2019
Inspiring stories of women in the private security industry prove that it’s possible for anyone to have a career in this sector. Meet Sarah Millar – a professional security guard and mum of two.

We got to know Sarah when she commented on one of our posts in Quick Click Security – SIA Security Jobs, Hire Security & Training. Sarah said:
“It’s great ...
May 14, 2019
We often think the rich and famous have an easy ride to the top, but  NFL player Nathan Shepherd's journey was one full of multiple trials, tribulations and a great deal of self-belief.
The defensive lineman Nathan Shepherd played football in high school where he eventually landed a spot on the roster at Simon Fraser University. However, after playing for 2 years he could no longer afford the costly tuition at Simon Fraser. 
Unable to pay for his tuition Nathan had to withdraw from the team. 
...
April 26, 2019
Youtuber Bounty Tank also known as Frank Tank Frazier is a law enforcement officer who quit his job as a Police Officer 6 years ago to take on the physically demanding role of a Bounty Hunter in the USA. 

Looking back at when he was a Police Officer - Frank reminisces on the one thing that enabled him to be at the best - fitness!

In his personal Youtube vlog, he describes just how important being fit was for him when it came to law enforcement and how you can and should do the same.

Recollecting when he had to chase suspects,  being physically prepare...
May 14, 2019
Sounds a little far fetched right - what can a security guard really learn from a fictional video game?There are in fact quite a few parallels between security guards in real life and fiction that a security guard much like yourself can learn from. In Payday 2, players must complete a series of heists consisting of collecting as much money from a bank as possible or destroying hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of stuff in a shopping mall. They do this by manoeuvring through the bank or shopping mall’s securi...
April 30, 2019
How does local law enforcement really view SIA security and private security industry?

The Security Research Initiative (SRI) surveyed more than 1,000 serving police officers questioning them on their professional view of the private security sector.  Specifically they wanted to understand how individual officers felt about a collaboration between the two sectors – something which has become more and more of a regular occurrence due to resourcing issues and spikes in particular types of crimes. The survey considered what support, if any, there was for the immersion of p...
April 26, 2019
Security Managers - Getting Started at a New Firm

Many of us feel pressured when starting out in a new role. Expectations are already set and we are often determined or not least expected to match or outperform our predecessor. Making a positive first impression is key.

Whether you are stepping up in your company or moving to a new organisation as a security manager here are 3 quick tips to help you get ahead in your first 4 weeks on the job:

1. Assess the current security provisions. Analyse the current processes and evaluate whether they work and remain funct...
April 26, 2019
SIA Investigation shows the regulator is getting serious about compliance and personnel due diligence.  So let it be a warning to all firms, contractors and subcontractors - ensure you know exactly WHO is working for you!

Summer and Festival season is, without doubt, one of the busiest times of the year for security firms. However, with plenty of events to secure comes the difficult task of finding enough seasonal or ad hoc workers. Many contractors will subparts of the supply out however recent SIA investigations should act as a warning to all, to ensure compliance and due d...
May 14, 2019
The rise of women in security has undoubtedly had, and will continue to have a positive impact on the industry as a whole.  Diversity is essential in any industry - this article considers the rise of the female in the private security industry and why their growing presence is well overdue!
There is (or certainly historically has been) a general consensus that the private security industry – both physical and cyber, is a male-dominated sector, with careers perceived as unsuitable, or even unappealing to women. Why and why does this matter?
Lack of diversity in secur...
May 14, 2019
Private Security Policing - a step too far or is this what today's society needs?
Statistics suggest that police budgets have been cut by £2.7bn since 2010, meaning there are over 21,000 fewer police officers now than in 2010 - leaving forces across the UK understaffed and overstretched. Policing staff levels are at their lowest in 30 years.
In what could be seen as a response to this and growing concerns over public safety, the private security industry is moving in.
My Local Bobby is an example of a new “private policing” service offering ‘...

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