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There’s No Vaccine for the Mental Health Pandemic – How Will We Treat It?

With the vaccine rollout making a post-pandemic world feel tantalisingly close and restrictions gradually easing, there are finally reasons to feel hopeful in this ongoing pandemic. However, we must be cautious in our rush to return to normal, not just to prevent another spike in cases, but because we will be feeling the impact the pandemic had on our collective mental wellbeing for months, if not years, to come. Back to normal: exciting or overwhelming? After a year where no […]

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COVID-19: One Year Later, How Has Magenta Security Coped?

In the year since the COVID-19 virus first shut down life as we knew it, we at Magenta Security have kept our business running, our staff safe and our services consistent. This required proactive planning, swift action, complex logistics and, most importantly, commitment and bravery from our staff. While we may not be clear of this deadly virus yet, we wanted to look back on the past year now that recovery is on the horizon and restrictions on life and […]

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Facial Recognition: Powerful Security Tool or Danger to the Public?

Facial recognition technology has numerous harmless applications. You may use it every day to unlock your phone or gain access to secure areas. But facial recognition can also be used for surveillance purposes, a usage that has gathered plenty of excitement in the security industry and those who provide products to it. However, we should balance our excitement with caution. As with all surveillance, facial recognition must be used responsibly and with restraint to protect the privacy and rights of […]

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Winter Crime Surge is Back with a Lockdown Twist – is Your Business Ready?

Winter is here, which means it is time again to remind our readers that these next few months are when businesses are at the highest risk of vandalism and theft. Studies have shown seasonal surges of crime in winter, with a 22.8% increase in business robberies (The Office for National Statistics) and 35% more home insurance claims for burglary (Lloyds Bank) in the winter months. In addition, there is ample evidence that, historically, crime has increased in times of economic […]

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COVID-19: Poor Warehouse Pandemic Control Puts Us All at Risk

The growth of online shopping has caused tectonic shifts in business, the economy and society itself. Security has changed as well. Just looking at our own contracts over the years, there’s been a clear shift from high street towards warehouses, as is reflective of the retail landscape at large. While COVID-19 has been devastating for brick and mortar retailers it has only accelerated the growth of online shopping and it is safe to assume that many of the customers who […]

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COVID-19: How to Keep Security Constant as Tiers Change

While everyone is keen to return to normality, for now we will continue to be in and out of lockdowns – both national and local – as authorities respond to COVID outbreaks. This presents many challenges for businesses forced to stop and start according to the latest restrictions, one of which is security. Vacant premises need to be protected from theft, vandalism and building faults, but many security contracts and services are ill-equipped to adjust to risks changing from one […]

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Magenta Security Turns 25: MD Abbey Petkar’s Goals for the Next 25 Years

In the 25 years that Magenta Security has been in business, thousands of people have left their mark on how we work and the causes we champion. But no one has had a greater impact than the person who’s been here from the start, Managing Director Abbey Petkar. As part of our series of articles on our quarter-century milestone, we sat down with Abbey Petkar to ask about his plans for the next 25 years of Magenta Security. Continuing to […]

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Thank You to All Our Key Workers

COVID-19 continues to challenge life for all of us, but I am on the whole proud of the way people are reacting, supporting each other and coming together as communities. One such community is the private security sector. It was an incredibly important moment when the BSIA and SIA came together to lobby and ensure that security guards are recognised as key workers. They have stood up for us as an industry at a time when it truly matters Though […]

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The Security Industry Hasn’t Escaped the Brexit Nightmare

From speaking to my colleagues, clients and fellow security companies over the past few weeks, one thing is clear: Brexit is a complete nightmare. The government’s fumbling of the UK’s exit from the European Union is sending shockwaves throughout business, and is being felt in two key areas in the security industry. The security industry is losing European staff The first and most damaging issue that affects both security companies and their customers is the loss of staff across security […]

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Could Brexit Cause a Spike in Lorry Burglaries?

10,000 freight vehicles pass through Dover on peak days. Any change to our customs procedure following Brexit is expected to cause disruption to our freight network while also providing opportunities for criminals. If your business is likely to suffer from the delays at our ports, make sure you have a security contingency plan in place before March 29th. Lorries may be stuck in miles of traffic jams following Brexit Plans are to designate a 13-mile section of the M20 as […]

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