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What to think about when choosing local security services

Choosing a local security service is an incredibly important decision. If you want to protect your stock, your premises, or your staff, you need to ensure you make the right choice that will give you peace of mind.

If you are just starting to think about your security, or considering if you need to upgrade your existing security, you will probably have considered using manned guarding. But what are the questions you must ask yourself to make sure you make the right decision?

1. Is using a local security service right for you?

Manned guarding is seen as the gold standard in local security services. Offering trained professionals that are constantly protecting your interests, as well as being an ongoing source of information and advice. But while it’s the best security you can get, it isn’t right for everyone.

You need to balance the need to protect your assets — whatever they may be — with the cost to you. Manned guarding is excellent for many situations, but sometimes you might only need an alarm, or even just a lock and key.


There are many factors to consider, from what you want to protect, the risks you face, and the current security in place. Not only are we experts in security, we’re another local business and know the challenges you face, so you can rely on us to give you the right advice for your situation.

2. Think about exactly what you need

Everybody will have different security needs. You might have a situation where you have expensive stock on your premises, but plenty of staff during the day. Or you might be in a different situation where the problems are products bypassing the tills and heading straight for the front door.

One of the reasons using static security from a local security service is so good, is because it’s so flexible. You can get exactly what you need when you need it. From routine patrol visits to a round-the-clock presence and everything in between, manned guarding can adapt to the situation.

Our teams will work around you. Whether that’s the times they work, different duties at different times, or even changing the level of security to match changes in your business, we can make sure you have the right security, in the right place, at the right time.

3. Make sure you hire the right people

Unfortunately, not all security companies are created equal. At one end of the spectrum, there are fly-by-night companies that have low-quality staff and can let you down at the last minute. And there are the large firms at the other end of the spectrum, but while big, they typically lack local knowledge and leave you dealing with managers that don’t know your company.

Local security services exist in the sweet spot between the two. They know the area because it’s where they all live and work. And because they are local, they will get to know you, so there’s always someone you know and trust on the end of the phone when you need to talk to them.


We pride ourselves on hiring the best staff. We never use casual labour, and all our team are fully qualified and registered with the Security Industry Authority. With Blue Line Operations, you will always get the best staff that are as committed to your business as you are.

Whatever your security situation, call or email Blue Line Operations for a no-obligation discussion on how we can help you make sure you get your local security services decision right.


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