The Importance of Manned Security in a Digital Age

Business / Event security

12 December 2018

With the ever-increasing omnipotence of CCTV cameras, motion detectors, and complete intruder alert systems, the role of traditional manned security is being perceived as less important. Indeed, many of these technologies still need to be operated by a person and require a manned response, but recent research has shown that having an on-site security guard or team of guards will continue to evolve and have an everlasting importance for business safety in the years to come.

The bottom line is that a huge number of potential security threats are best dealt with by individuals, rather than relying on technology. Modern security technologies that include automated security systems may help us and also save money, but they do not provide the same level of safety as manned security services that are crucial for many businesses.


Choosing Man Over a Machine

To start with, the mere presence of manned guarding on the premises may be deterrent enough to stop criminals from attempting intrusions or theft, because they know the response will be quicker.

Secondly, automated systems cannot match the knowledge of humans who are specifically trained in security operations. These guards will be trained in the best way to protect property, assets, or people, and will understand the best way to secure the premises, such as intuitive patrolling.

Security guards have a high visibility presence, which deters illegal or unwanted activity, and also provides a quicker response so that the offenders can get caught. Higher crime rates in certain areas of Bolton, Manchester, and the northwest has ensured that there is a greater demand for manned security in all operations – from industrial, to commercial, to individual events.


The Growth of Manned Security Operations

The demand for manned security to cover premises is likely to grow in the following years, in the UK and all over the world. Recent and rapid urban growth in Asia, the Middle East, and South America means that a high volume of growth for professional security is forecast in emerging economies such as China, India, and Saudi Arabia.

The growth in the domestic market for security guards is being viewed as positive since the current trends show that firms are providing high levels of training, adherence to regulations, and vigilant background checks. The market also offers competitive pricing for customers requiring security contracts and value for money as the proven benefits of having manned security outweigh any of the costs.

The only negative factor facing the industry in the wider world, particularly in the emerging markets, is the lack of available manpower. This is mainly due to a stringent screening process as security companies are very careful to check that credentials are legitimate and staff members are trustworthy, well-trained, and reliable.


Getting Manned Security onto Site

The final factor of workforce availability does not impact on the UK market too much as all UK security agencies are very tough with their applicants, ensuring that only the very best security guards are put into place of manned operations.

We’re based in Bolton city centre, just off Deane Road (A676), at the Ground Floor Office, 1 Mayor Street, Bolton, Lancashire, BL3 5DU. You can come and visit us during office hours – give us a call first on 0800 035 6607 (freephone) and enquire within. Leisure Guard Security offer complete, professional security solutions throughout Greater Manchester, Nottingham, Stoke and throughout North West England.

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