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Guarding And Keyholding

Guarding And Keyholding

This week, we are going to look into two security options for homes and businesses that add an extra layer of security, in our blog post; Guarding & Keyholding.

What Is Keyholding?

Keyholding is a response service from an alarm receiving centre. So, if someone is on holiday or not at their business or home for any reason, they will quickly respond to any alarm alerts and go to the property.

The keyholder will carry out a thorough check of the property, both inside and outside.

If they are satisfied that the property is empty and safe, they will leave and if they assess that criminal activity is happening or has happened then they will stay at the premises until the police arrive on the scene.

What Is Guarding?

Guarding differs from keyholding in that it means there is a manned presence at a property. Here at Mayfair Security we provide both guarding and keyholding services, for twenty fours a day.

Why Use Guarding and Keyholding?

If you run a business, you know that you can’t be there every hour of every day and night.

You will hopefully have burglar alarms, fire alarms and possibly CCTV with the use of an alarm monitoring service such as those that our sister company, First County Monitoring, provide.

These are all excellent ways of reducing the risk of any burglary or criminal activity occurring at your property. Guarding and keyholding services add another layer of security and protection to your business or home.

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The Benefits Of Guarding And Keyholding Services

Having a physical presence at a property, especially during the night, will reduce the risk of any criminal activity occurring and even if someone was still prepared to attempt a break in, a professionally trained and licenced security guard could catch the burglar.

Using a keyholding service, as well as the obvious benefit of someone being able to attend your property anytime during the day or night, it can lessen the chance or any false alarms or alerts.

Because the keyholders are trained to carry out extensive searches of the interior and exteriors of buildings, they can assess whether the alarm or alert warrants calling the police.

From an employees perspective, having a security guard at their workplace is a reassuring presence and will help them to feel more valued and protected.

Guarding And Keyholding Licencing And Accreditation

If someone is looking to use guarding and keyholding services, they will want to know that the company they choose know what they are doing and have a good reputation.

So, when looking at the website of companies that provide these services, they will want to see the words “SIA licensed”.

If a company offers a guarding or keyholding service, then they have to have the relevant licence from The Security Industry Authority (SIA).

The SIA is “the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry. We are an independent body reporting to the Home Secretary, under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. Our remit covers the United Kingdom.”

The government’s own website is a good place to start to see what is involved in gaining a licence from the SIA.

Any company looking to offer a manned guarding service will need to have been accredited with a manned guarding licence.

The SIA website that we linked to earlier has a vast array of information on the licencing requirements, what standards need to be met to get a licence, the cost of applying and the duration of the licence application process.

The Approved Contractor Scheme

Along with the individual licences required for guarding and keyholding services, companies need to have accreditation from the SIA with The Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS).

The requirements of The Private Security Industry Act 2001 asked the SIA to create a "system of inspection for providers of security services, under which those organisations who satisfactorily meet the agreed standards may be registered as approved and may advertise themselves as such".

So, the ACS is a security industry standard, that means that any company providing services has a set of requirements that they have to meet and be regularly assessed on. The scheme was recently reviewed and some changes were made that came into effect in April of this year, there is more information about the scheme and the recent changes on the SIA website here.

Needless to say, here at Mayfair security, we have SIA licences and are ACS approved for our guarding and keyholding services.

Get In Touch

If you would like any more information on guarding and keyholding services that we provide, or the other security solutions we have to offer, then please do not hesitate to contact us.

You can call us on 0800 917 9385, email us at or use our online contact form here.

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