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Tackling anti-social behaviour

Anti-social behaviour is something that can ruin people's lives, making their day to day existence a real misery and leaving them feeling helpless, desperate and with a reduced quality of life. This is particularly so if it deliberately targeted against them, if they are already vulnerable, or if they cannot resolve the issue but instead feel like they are being passed from one organisation to the other to deal with it, with no satisfactory outcome ever being reached. This article looks at what anti-social behaviour is, where you can go to for help and what can be done to stop it.

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How effective management can keep your property safe

Buildings of all types and in all sectors can be victims of crime, whether they are in use or empty, and increasingly many owners of properties are turning to trusted security companies for advice on how best to keep their buildings safe. This article will explore some of the threats that are faced and how they can be prevented through comprehensive property management.

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Security for civil engineering and construction sites

Providing security for construction sites can be particularly challenging because they are constantly changing and developing. They are often natural targets for thieves as they generally contain a lot of high value plant, materials and equipment. This can be easily accessible for criminals if proper and effective security measures are not put in place. This article looks at some of the common risks faced by civil engineering and construction sites, and explores some of the methods and steps that can be taken to make them more secure.

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What does the law say about littering?

Litter affects how places look and are perceived, how safe and happy people feel living in an area, and how attractive it is to workers, visitors and existing new business investors. It is therefore not surprising that there are a range of laws in place to try to prevent litter and keep our environment clean. This article looks at what some of those key laws are, explaining what powers local authorities and others have to tackle litter.

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Issues and dangers surrounding dog fouling

Dog fouling is a major concern for many people across the UK, and the problem is growing. After a decade of the problem declining, the number of areas affected by dog mess is increasing once again. This article looks at why dog fouling is such a major issue in local communities and why it causes such an outcry. It also explains the dangers of dog mess, including the health risks, legal issues and what to do about it.

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Staying safe at educational facilities

Schools, colleges and universities can all be at risk from a whole variety of different crimes, ranging from opportunistic students committing petty theft, to organised gangs attempting to gain access to the site or deliberate criminal damage and vandalism. However with proper and effective security measures in place the risk of these types of crimes occurring can be greatly reduced and a safe environment can be successfully provided for everyone on site. This article looks at some of the common risks faced by educational sites and explores some of the methods and steps that can be taken to make them more secure.

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Safety and security issues when travelling on business

More and more businesses expect their employees to travel abroad as part of their work, as they operate in an increasingly globalised marketplace. Often this involves going further afield than just European countries, with larger companies in particular looking to do more business with developing nations. As businesses travel further from home they find that whilst their business opportunities may be increased, so too are the risks of issues such as terrorism, assault, theft, injury, kidnap and illness. This guide aims to provide you with information about how to keep safe whilst travelling on business and how to minimise the risks to both employee and employer.

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Avoiding fraud: a guide for businesses

All types of businesses are vulnerable to fraud and indeed many businesses have suffered significant losses through criminal actions, legal costs and a decline in public confidence after an incident. In this article, we will look at some of the most common types of fraud that affect businesses, what the warning signs are and how you can stop your business from becoming a victim of fraud.

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Security for businesses: combating office based crime

This article explores some of the ways in which offices around the UK are vulnerable to crime and how they can take steps to better protect their employees, clients, sensitive information and assets. We look at reception security, vetting staff, terrorism, planning ahead, data security and shredding of data, CCTV and theft.

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Security for businesses: Managing the risk from protests

Businesses in major cities across the UK, and in particular London, should be concerned about how protests and demonstrations can disrupt and affect their company, and should be especially worried about the potential dangers that they can face when demonstrators decide to escalate their protest beyond what is legally allowed. Businesses in areas that are at risk should therefore make plans and know how to react to disruption from protestors. This article aims to help your organisation meet the challenges posed by civil unrest, and should help you to both reduce the impact of legitimate protest on your day to day business as well as handle any criminal activity that may also occur.

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What can go wrong in a shopping centre?

The United Kingdom’s largest shopping centres attract millions of visitors per year, and with so many people visiting them there is huge potential for something to go wrong. This article looks at the large number of challenges that can arise and what can be done to make shopping centres safe, secure and pleasant environments for customers and visitors, as well as for the staff who work there.

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Environmentally friendly commercial cleaning innovations

For many businesses, it is increasingly important that they introduce new systems, innovations and techniques to both improve service delivery and cost efficiencies. But it is also important that they do so for environmental reasons. Our article looks at environmentally friendly alternatives to using chemicals when it comes to commercial cleaning.

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The effect of retail crime on a business

Retail is vital to the UK economy, but the latest figures show the highest level of shop theft for over nine years. Massive losses are incurred by retailers each year caused by increasingly organised thefts from stores. This demonstrates that further action needs to be taken in order to protect our shops.

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Litter: its impact on local communities

Littering is not a small problem. It is believed that 62% of people in England drop litter, although only 28% of people admit to it. A shocking 99% of streets in town centres have cigarette litter. It seems that it has gradually become more acceptable for people to drop litter, with over 30 million tonnes of litter collected from the streets in England each year – enough to fill Wembley Stadium to the very top four times. Keep Britain Tidy wrote in a recent report that "litter is one of the first signs of social decay. If we don't care about litter on our street, in our parks or on our high streets, we are unlikely to care about other environmental issues that negatively impact on our lives, our communities and society".

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Risks to businesses and individuals when an alarm is activated out of hours

Every organisation, however big or small, is at risk outside of normal working hours. This means that employees are too, because an incident at your business premises will probably activate the alarm, meaning that a member of staff will have to come out to respond to it. What will they find when they arrive at your business premises? There are a number of potential situations and scenarios that could potentially put your employees in danger. We look at some of the most common scenarios which could lead to your alarm being activated.

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