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Glevum Bring Glee!

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Glevum Security donated £100 in prizes to raise funds for Wentworth Court Care Home in December.

Wentworth Court opened in Cheltenham last May and specialises in supplying dementia nursing care.  It offers both long term residential and nursing care and shorter term respite care.

Their Xmas Bazaar was organised by local staff and was well attended by residents, their friends and family and the local community.  Stalls sold gifts and home baked cakes and Father Christmas took time out from his busy schedule to put in an appearance.

Kate Stevens, the manager of the home, said “we had a brilliant time at our Christmas event, and we raised £436 which will go towards providing extra trips and entertainments for our residents.  I’d like to thank everyone who supported us, including Glevum Security for their generous prize.”

The donation was split into three prizes; £50 and two of £25.  Mark Baker, a director of the company, found himself with a dilemma.  “Having brought several raffle tickets I only went and won one of our own donated prizes £25”, he said, “so quite rightly I asked for a redraw.”  Good man!  

For advice on any aspect of security in the Gloucestershire area contact Glevum Security on 01452 729723 or visit their website, glevum-security.co.uk.

Lock Up - Keep It a Happy Christmas!

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The festive season is upon us again and many of us will be away from home visiting family and friends. Unfortunately there are people out there who are looking to take advantage of your absence to ruin your end of year celebrations.

There are some simple but effective steps that you can take to ensure your home is protected while you are away.

  • Make sure you cancel all your regular deliveries such as milk and newspapers.
  • Have a neighbour call in to tidy up the post, open and draw shut the curtains, and turn the lights on and off.
  • Set automatic timers to turn lights and a radio or television on and off.
  • Arrange for a friend or neighbour to leave their car parked on your drive.
  • If you are going away for a long period of time, consider contacting Royal Mail to enquire about their ‘keep safe’ service. With this scheme they will keep hold of your mail for up to two months for a small fee.
  • Make sure that all your outbuildings, sheds and garages are securely locked.
  • Do not leave any ladders or DIY equipment left outside in case they are utilised to make entry to your premises. Make sure they are locked away out of sight.
  • Don’t discuss your holiday plans on public social networking sites. They are not as safe as you might think.
  • Do not leave a message on your phone, website/blog or social networking service indicating that you are away.


You may already be aware of many of these tips but employing as many of them as you can will ensure you can relax when you are away.

For advice on any aspect of security in the Gloucestershire area contact Glevum Security on 01452 729723 or visit their website, glevum-security.co.uk.

Glevum Security Named one of Top UK Small Businesses!

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Glevum Security is proud to be named as one of the 100 small businesses invited to participate in the UK Small Business Saturday on 5th December.

One business is featured each day during the 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday. Last year the selected companies were also invited to a special Xmas Fair held in Downing Street and attended by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.

The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the small businesses which are vitally important to the UK economy. It is estimated that small businesses provide 60% of private sector jobs in Britain and around half of the private sector turnover. All major media sources carried details of the campaign last year and it trended at No 1 on Twitter with some 3.5 million Facebook likes.

This year’s theme is “5 million small businesses – 1 big day”.

Glevum Security Director Mark Baker is quoted in Professional Security Magazine Online as saying “Small Business Saturday – like most Saturdays – will be busy for us as, being a 24-7 business, usually weekends are very busy for us. When other companies have the weekend off, that’s when our services begin as we respond when they are not there.”

For advice on any aspects of security in the Gloucestershire area and full details of their varied services contact Glevum Security on 01452 729723 or explore their website, glevum-security.co.uk.

Unlicensed Security Guard Convicted

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Unlicensed Security Guard Convicted

Asif Abrar of Slough pleaded guilty at Luton Magistrates Court last month to a charge under Section 3 of the Private Security Industry Act 2001.

Arbar had been employed on construction sites in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire, by Nationwide Security Management Ltd. Security Industry Authority (SIA) investigators found Arbar working in this capacity in March 2015, although his SIA licence had been suspended in January 2014.

Nationwide Security Management Ltd and its director pleaded not guilty to associated charges and proceedings against them will be heard at a later date.

Nathan Salmon, the SIA’s Investigating Manager, said “this case clearly illustrates that the Security Industry Authority will not tolerate people who have had their SIA licences suspended or revoked, yet who continue to work in a licensable role. Mr Abrar was found working as a security guard on a remote building site during an SIA/Hertfordshire Constabulary site visit which showed his licence had been suspended for over a year.”

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Alarming Alarm Response Responses!

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If you have business premises you will almost certainly have an alarm fitted, with the local police alerted to attend whenever it goes off.

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) provides recommended guidelines for police forces throughout the country. One of their recommendations is that all registered key holders must attend an alarm within twenty minutes to deal with any issues. If you, as the key holder, fail to do this on three occasions the local police are entitled to withdraw their response to your alarm and may consider any future alarm call outs as nuisance.

Whether you yourself are the registered key holder, or a trusted member of staff, attending any incidents can carry an element of personal risk, as well as inconvenience and time spent travelling and waiting for an engineer to attend.

You can save all this inconvenience by appointing Glevum Security as your nominated key holder. You can have peace of mind relying on our professional and experienced team.

  • A Response Officer will attend the incident promptly, deal with any issues and ensure the property is secured.
  • If there is evidence of a break-in or criminal damage we will liaise with the Emergency Services and any other relevant call-out service.
  • We will liaise with the police and provide you with a written report for your insurance purposes.


Our Keyholding and Alarm Response Service takes the responsibility away from you and your staff and lets us deal with whatever may have occurred; break-in or fire, vandalism or false alarm. To get a 20 Minute Response Quotation call us on 01452 729713.

For advice on any other aspects of security in the Gloucestershire area contact Glevum Security on 01452 729723 or explore their website, glevum-security.co.uk.

Glevum Awarded Top Safety Accreditation

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Glevum Security is pleased to announce that we have received accreditation from Safecontractor for our commitment to achieving excellence in the field of Health and Safety.

Safecontractor run a third party accreditation scheme which is recognised throughout the country as one of the very best when it comes to recognising how companies deal with Health and Safety management. Glevum is passionate about maintaining the highest standards of Health and Safety across the whole company and our latest accreditation recognises this commitment.

Glevum also hold both a National Security Inspectorate Guarding Gold Award and a Security Industry Authority Approved Contractor Award, so you know you will be in safe hands with us.

For advice on any aspect of security in the Gloucestershire area contact Glevum Security on 01452 729723 or visit their website, glevum-security.co.uk.

Yale’s Crimewatcher App for Crime Near your Home

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Want to know how many burglaries have taken place close to your home?

You can easily find out by installing the new Yale Crimewatcher app on your phone or tablet. You simply type in your postcode and you will receive the latest burglary statistics for the current month for the area within one mile of your location.

Yale have arranged for the app to be linked to the Police’s own API system ensuring that the information you receive is both accurate and fully up to date.

The Yale Crimewatcher app is available as a free download for both iPhone and Android phones direct from Yale’s website.

For adviceon any aspect of securityin the Gloucestershire area contact Glevum Security on 01452 729723 or visit their website, glevum-security.co.uk.

Home insurance burglary claims peak in Autumn …

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The highest rate of insurance claims for burglaries happen between September and November, with the number of claims 10 per cent higher than in spring, when they are at their lowest MoneySuperMarket reveals in their recent analysis.

MoneySuperMarket analysed over 2.7 million home insurance quotes run on the site from July 2014 to June 2015, taking into account claims for burglary made within the last three years. Overall, 2.1 per cent of policy holders using the website had made a claim on their home insurance for a burglary, with the rate rising to 2.26 per cent in autumn, compared to 2.06 per cent in spring.

Dan Plant, consumer finance expert at MoneySuperMarket said: "Being burgled is a terrifying and disruptive experience that too many people go through. Not only is a burglary a complete invasion of privacy, but a violation of the place we should feel safest.

Our research has found the autumn months see Brits making the highest rate of claims on their home insurance for burglary. As the darker nights roll in, this shows it’s crucial for everyone to think about security measures for their home, to prevent burglaries and protect themselves from opportunistic thieves.

It is also hugely important to have home insurance in place to provide the support needed in the event of a burglary. Annual buildings and contents insurance is available for £132 a year on average, not a huge amount to pay for peace of mind, especially as this can often get you an unlimited amount of content cover. When running a quote, it’s important to put in as close a figure as you think is accurate for the value of contents you have in your home, so you have enough cover, and also don’t pay over the odds for something you don’t need.”

Here are some easy tips on how to make your home safe:

  • Install timers on your lights to come on when your'e not home
  • Install a suitable alarm system for your home
  • Fit robust locks on doors and windows and make sure you use them each time you go out, and also at night when your family is in bed
  • Ensure items of value are kept out of sight via the view of your windows
  • Contact the local police to see if they offer home visits to advise about security
  • Make sure your property is not easily accessible – improve fencing or put up a gate with a suitable lock
  • Make sure your home contents insurance is fully up to date -  thieves could strike at any time
  • Ensure you are compliant with everything your insurer outlines in your policy. Some policies have certain security requirements that will be a condition of your insurance cover. If you’re unsure then call your insurer for more details and make sure you're fully covered

With burglaries on the rise during Autumn, make a quick call to us here at Glevum Security ... ask about our Keyholding and Alarm Response service.  Protecting your home has never been easier.

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Off on Holiday? How Not to Get Burgled!

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It’s that time of year again when many of us are looking forward to our annual summer holidays. Unfortunately, there are some people who are also looking forward to you going away – burglars!

Don’t panic – there are some simple steps you can take to combat the bad guys and even fool them into thinking you are still at home.

  • Don’t discuss your holiday plans on public social networking sites. They are not as safe as you might think.
  • Arrange for a neighbour to pop in and collect the post, turn lights on and off and to open and close curtains. If possible, have someone park their car on your drive.
  • If you cannot have a neighbour collect the post, contact Royal Mail and enquire about their ‘keep safe’ service. For a small payment they will keep hold of your mail for up to two months under this scheme.
  • Set automatic timers to turn lights and a radio on and off.
  • Don’t forget to cancel any milk and newspaper deliveries.
  • Ensure all outbuildings, sheds and garages are locked.
  • Do not leave any ladders or DIY equipment left outside as they may be made use of to enter your premises. Lock them away out of sight.
  • Do not leave a message on your phone, website/blog or social networking service indicating you are away.


You may already be aware of many of these tips but employing as many of them as you can will ensure you can relax when you are away.

For advice on any aspect of security in the Gloucestershire area contact Glevum Security on 01452 729723 or visit their website, glevum-security.co.uk.

Estimates show that false alarms cost the UK in excess of £1 billion a year. Businesses also suffer lost production and disruption for staff. As a business, you can eradicate this utilising effective management of fire detection and alarm systems.

During 2014, Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service attended more than 1,700 emergency calls to fire alarm activations where there was no fire. As you can imagine, this diverts vital emergency resources from attending real emergencies, wastes valuable time and also taxpayers’ money.

For years now, the Fire & Rescue Service has made every effort to work with persons responsible for fire alarms on their premises and Alarm Receiving Centres. However, there is still too much reliance on them to investigate alarm activations on your behalf. Gloucestershire, along with several other Fire & Rescue Services across the UK have reached a point where policy change is the only way forward to alter this unsustainable position.

So be informed that as from 1st August 2015, they will not respond to calls generated by an automatic fire alarm at anytime unless the following applies:

  • Your premises are automatically exempt (to check you can go to guidance at www.glosfire.gov.uk);
  • A temporary exemption has been granted for your premises (under exceptional circumstances);
  • You have investigated and confirmed that there is a fire OR physical signs of a fire. (A 999 call must be made in both cases).

This is a risk-based approach which will be applied to commercial (non-sleeping risk) premises such as industrial, commercial, office, shops and public premises. The Fire & Rescue Services will continue to immediately respond to alarm activations in premises such as private dwellings, sheltered housing, residential care homes, where people sleep or there are vulnerable occupants.

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On 13th May a former security director received a 16 week custodial sentence, was disqualified from being a company director for five years and ordered to pay £10,000 costs.
Wayne Tunstall, 33, of Crewe, Cheshire, was found guilty of four offences under the Private Security Industry Act 2001:

• Using unlicensed security operatives
• Engaging in licensable conduct without a licence
• Working as an unlicensed security director
• Failing to provide information to the Security Industry Authority (SIA)

Tunstall was shadow director of WNT Security Ltd of Crewe and between October 2013 and February 2014 supplied unlicensed security staff for an industrial premises in Warrington. Tunstall also undertook security work himself, despite not having a SIA licence. His licence had been revoked in April 2011 for alleged criminality.

A spokesman for SIA said “this strong conviction highlights that security regulation exists in order to protect those who use contracted security services and the general public, and ensure the effectiveness of security businesses that operate within the industry.”

SIA is the organisation responsible for the private security industry in the UK. It reports to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act, 2001, and is primarily responsible for licensing individuals in the industry and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.

Glevum Security is proud to be an approved SIA contractor. For advice on any aspect of security in the Gloucestershire area contact Glevum Security on 01452 729723 or visit their website, glevum-security.co.uk.

The Benefits of Remote CCTV Video Monitoring

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Close circuit television (CCTV) is a now common feature of our daily lives, from providing simple home security systems to aiding the national fight against terrorism. However, CCTV on its own may not always be effective. It records incidents which are then viewed at a later, often a significant time after an incident has taken place, when sometimes immediate action is required to prevent a crime or trespass.

A remote monitoring service allows incidents to be recorded but also viewed instantly so that any such incidents can be swiftly dealt with and the relevant authorities notified. In effect the site receives 24 hour security at a fraction of the cost of an onsite manned presence.

Glevum Security of Gloucester are pleased to be able to offer a remote CCTV service from their state of the art control centre manned 24 hours a day by their highly trained operatives. Each incident is immediately assessed, avoiding time wasting on false alarms, and a decision made as to whether it can be dealt with by dispatching one of Glevum’s own mobile patrols or if the relevant authorities need to be notified. In any event, you can be sure of an instant and successful outcome.

For specific advice on any aspect of security for your property contact Glevum Security on 01452 729723 or visit their website, glevum-security.co.uk.

Violent Crime Up in Gloucester

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A major recent survey has shown that police figures indicate violent and sexual crime has risen by 16% in the last twelve months, with Gloucester one of the city’s worst affected.

Office for National Statistics (ONS) data reveals that recorded incidents of violence against the person has increased to 699,800, up from 604,100 similar incidents recorded twelve months ago. Their data also shows an increase of 31% in reported rapes in England and Wales, a new record high.

Further analysis of data for 41 major UK cities has shown dramatic increases in some areas. Gloucester is one of the city’s showing a particular spike in their figures.

For peace of mind and to discuss any security issues you can contact a professional security company. One of the best specialist companies in the Gloucestershire area is Glevum Security.

For specific advice on any aspect of security for your property contact Glevum Security on 01452 729723 or visit their website, glevum-security.co.uk.

Internal Verification and Standardisation

This centre would be seen as a model of best practice for the delivery of Door Supervision and Physical Intervention training and all work presented was to a very high standard. Derek Martin the HR and Training Manager of the company and the primary IV was present for the duration of the visit. The centre training administrator and primary invigilator Liz Frost was also met and provided all assessment evidence requested by the SV including the video evidence. There is excellent tripod mounted video evidence for a range of techniques covered by LOs 3 and 4.

A tripod mounted video recording had been used to record the video activity covering a range of techniques for all learners and this had been manned so that it could pan and tilt to show different learners demonstrating techniques. The assessor and IV are fully qualified and all work for Unit 4 had been internally verified by a second Physical Intervention Trainer.

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At times, security personnel place themselves in dangerous situations to ensure the safety of others. The risks they face depend greatly on the location they're based in, their responsibilities & duties, and the demographic of people they will interact with. For example, at a cheap nightclub or bar in a run-down area, door supervisors are much more likely to deal with aggressive drunks and potential drug-related problems than those manning the entrance of an exclusive restaurant in an affluent area. However, security personnel should be prepared for all eventualities, remaining alert and equipping themselves with body armour.

There are multiple types of armour produced today – so how do you know which is right for you? ...

Understanding Body Armour
Over the years, as protective technologies have evolved, body armour has become much more lightweight and streamlined, ensuring maximum comfort and functionality. Three different types are available: ballistic, edged blade, and spike. Each of these categories features numerous levels, protecting against specific threats. For more information on body armour protection levels visit www.safeguardclothing.co.uk from here you can see the different levels for each protection type.

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Getting inside the mind of a burglar

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80% of burglars are opportunists, selecting their targets on the spur of the moment. They are on the lookout for properties that appear to be vulnerable yet promise to make their efforts worthwhile.

Here are some facts and figures relating to break-ins in the UK. They explain some of the thoughts a burglar has when eyeing up a potential target property:

• 85% checked out a property before attempting a break-in
• 85% were put off because they heard a TV or radio on in the property
• 80% checked in the garage to see if there was a car there
• 75% would prefer to enter through a window rather than a door
• 72% made their entrance at the rear of the property
• 65% would be scared off by a large dog at the property
• 63% cut phone lines before attempting entry
• 56% would continue with a burglary if they realised people were asleep in the property

There are some simple precautions that people can take to put off potential opportunist thieves. A ‘beware of the dog’ sign or Neighbourhood Watch sticker in the window is a deterrent, as is an alarm box, even if it is empty – the would-be burglar won’t be going up a ladder to check!

If you are going out at night, leave some lights on with the curtains closed and also consider leaving a radio or TV on. Should you be away for a longer period of time, have a friend or neighbour pop in regularly to draw curtains move the post away from the letterbox where it might be seen building up.

For more specific advice on any aspect of security for your property contact Glevum Security on 01452 729723 or visit their website, glevum-security.co.uk.

Glevum Security is fully committed to providing effective security services throughout Gloucestershire and the surrounding counties. We strive to keep abreast of all the latest developments and innovations in security hardware and service. Our dedicated aim is to provide protection for your business property and staff, your home, family and, of course, yourself.

We believe Glevum Security is one of the leading companies in this competitive industry. You don’t have to just take our word for it, however. We are pleased to confirm that we have a host of achievements and accreditations since we began in 2000.

One of which we are most proud is being an SIA approved contractor. Set up by the Private Security Industry Act, 2001, the SIA inspectors visit security contractors to ensure they meet the organisation’s strict and rigorous standards. Approved contractors are required:

• To record and verify all means of income
• To consider all factors when arranging insurance
• To ensure compliance with all required work permits and visa conditions
• To maintain appropriate contact with the police

The SIA also require its members to maintain excellent customer service and ensure all its employees have the licenses they need.
If you are considering renewing your security contract or need advice on any aspect of security, contact Glevum Security on 01452 729723 or visit their website, glevum-security.co.uk and check out their accreditations page.

Beware of Bogus Callers

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In around 4% of burglaries, thieves use a false pretense to gain entry. Unfortunately, older people are particularly vulnerable to these 'distraction burglars', since they are often more trusting or easily confused.

The UK Home Office recommends a 'Lock, Stop, Chain, Check' method of preventing distraction burglary. Make sure your door is locked when you are in your house and don't unlock it until you know who is on the other side. If someone comes to your door unexpectedly, stop and check that all your doors are locked. Check who is calling by looking out of a window or through a spy hole in your door. If you decide to open the door, consider using a chain or bar so that you can keep the door semi-secured while talking. If you don't know the person, ask to check their identity card. If you are not sure about their ID, phone the relevant organisation to confirm the caller's identity.

Remember - if in doubt, keep them out. You should be especially careful if you are on your own. Genuine callers won't normally mind you being cautious, and you can always ask them to come back when someone else is around.

If all this talk of burglary has you cowering in a corner, you'll be pleased to know that burglary rates in England and Wales have actually been dropping in recent years. The risk of being a victim of domestic burglary has halved since 1995. This is partly due to people being more vigilant over home security. Be safe, be sensible… but don't have nightmares.  

If you need further information or advice, please get in touch with Glevum Security on 01452 729713, we'd be happy to help. 

Criminals love Christmas too ...

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Christmas is a hectic period for most industries. With many workplaces and commercial buildings preparing to shut-down for the festive season, it always proves to be a particularly busy time for burglars.

Workplace equipment supplier Slingsby have told us that they always experience a surge of orders around Christmas time from workplaces that have already fallen victim to crime during the festive season.


Lee Wright, Marketing Director at Slingsby, says:  “It’s well publicised that homes often provide rich-pickings for burglars in the run-up to Christmas. However, commercial properties are often equally vulnerable. Dedicated criminals don’t stop for Christmas and life is often much easier for them at this time of year because many commercial areas and industrial estates lie deserted so after they carry out a burglary it can often be several days before anyone notices.

Most burglars are essentially opportunists and home in on the weakest link in a property’s security. For this reason, it’s important to make life difficult for a would-be burglar and be proactive to deter them from targeting your premises. It may even warrant appointing someone within the team who can be responsible for ensuring the premises are as secure as possible during the shut-down period.”

 

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RoboCop the future of security

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RoboCop could be patrolling Gloucestershire office floors within 10 years, according to a leading security company.

Trials have already taken place and these security auto-bots are all ready to take over night time patrols. These are just one of the latest examples of the growing trend for businesses to use robots alongside humans as commonly seen in the automotive industry.


The advantage of robotic security guards is that they can observe and analyse continually, whereas humans can be distracted. Robots are also cheaper, and can work without breaks and in difficult, hazardous environments.

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