Armed Forces Day

Today, the 24th June 2017, is Armed Forces Day in the United Kingdom, where the public are encouraged to show support for our Armed Forces and to recognise the work they do and the sacrifices they make. 

The military is extremely close to our hearts at SRX, we employ a high number of serving reservists and ex-military  personnel. Most of our senior staff and personnel have previously served in The Armed Forces, so we fully understand the difficulties faced by our military personnel who do an exceptionally tough job, and SRX will continue to maintain these close ties with the UK Armed Forces in the future. 

We are members of the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant and current holders of a Bronze Award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme. We also provide huge amounts of financial and admin support to our chosen military charity, the 1820 Foundation, who are doing some fantastic work to help the Armed Forces community. 

Reserves Day

Today is Reserves Day, which forms part of Armed Forces Week leading up to Armed Forces Day this Saturday 24th June 2017. Reserves day is intended to raise awareness and show recognition for the work of our reservists who balance a civilian life with service in the Army, RAF and Navy. 

Reservists give up their spare time to serve in the Reserve Forces to ensure that should their country require them, they would be ready to serve as part of the military. Over the last 16 years, over 35,000 reservists have served on operations worldwide, making an immense contribution. 

The Reserve Forces make up approximately one sixth of our Armed Forces personnel and as such are integral to protecting the nation’s security at home and overseas, particularly providing capability in specialist areas such as medical and cyber. Reservists are currently supporting operations worldwide including in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bahrain, Estonia, South Sudan, Cyprus and Somalia.

SRX recruit the majority of our personnel from within the Armed Forces community, with both ex-regular and serving reservist personnel accounting for over 90% of our staff. 

 
 

Charity Golf Day Success

SRX were again one of the main sponsors of the 1820 Foundation charity golf day held at Close House in Northumberland - one of the best courses in the North East, and recently chosen as the official venue for the British Masters which will be hosted at Close House 28th September to 1st October 2017.

Our personnel provided admin support for the day, as well as equipment and logistics, with some picking up their clubs to enter the golf competition. 

SRX have a great commercial relationship with Close House, recently featuring in their well regarded publication The Close House Magazine as well as sponsoring our own hole and golf buggy at the course. 

CCTV

The use of Close Circuit Television (CCTV) systems remains an effective security tool both in residential and commercial applications. Modern day CCTV systems have improved significantly to routinely include features such as:

  • High Definition
  • Day and night capabilities
  • Movement sensors
  • Fully moveable cameras including 'zoom' capabilities
  • Facial and number plate recognition 
  • Sound and video recording
  • Networked systems which can be viewed and controlled on your smartphone

Having a CCTV system installed will also act as a deterrent and with criminals very aware of the technological advancements of modern day CCTV systems which have resulted in an increase in criminal convictions, they are far less likely to risk being caught on camera now. 

SRX have a dedicated CCTV team, managed by our CCTV Team Leader who has over 30 years experience in CCTV and Access Control. We provide full installation packages, enhancements and upgrades to existing installations and ongoing maintenance packages. Please contact us for more information. 

Are you prepared for the summer?

As our security teams begin preparation for the summer deployments to the South of France and Monaco, our clients are starting to ask questions about the threat this year. Last summer saw a huge shift in the dynamics of the threat, with the Nice terrorist attack on Bastille Day initiating a shift in police priorities which had signifiant implications on the private security industry and our high net worth clients. Here's a feature we did for the Riviera Insider magazine at the end of last summer:

Intruder Alarms

Much like car alarms, house alarms have become an embuggerance to our hectic lifestyles, with bell boxes ringing out for an eternity without so much as a glance from behind the curtains of our neighbours. Increasing being ditched in favour of more 'modern' security capabilities such as CCTV and smart access control devices, but are alarms still an effective security tool?

Intruder alarms were slow to keep up with technological advances, being somewhat left behind in the ever changing 'smart' world we now live in. A typical house alarm system would consist of a sounder box, a mains/battery powered unit, keypad, PIR sensors and door contacts. Not much has changed since Augustus Russell Pop, an American inventor, first patented his electromagnetic alarm system in 1853!

With access to a wider range of technology now available to everyday home owners, such as CCTV, DNA water, Smoke Cloaks, the intruder alarm was becoming a low priority for home owners to protect their property. That is slowly changing, with the latest alarm systems offering a good deterrent to criminals and more confidence to users. Intruder alarms are making a comeback. 

As with any technological advancement, prices start high then reduce over time to a point where it becomes accessible to everyone. There are now a wide range of systems available to suit any budge and any requirement. A 'smart' alarm system allows you to control your alarm from your smartphone when away from your property - allowing you to set/unset, alter zones, silence a false alarm and view real time information. 

 

Our specialist alarm engineers have over 30 year experience in installation and maintenance of a range of intruder alarm systems: 

·      Commercial and residential solutions

·      Covert systems

·      Panic systems

·      Reverse panic alarms

·      IP and remote monitoring systems

·      Vandal resistant components

·      Integrated solutions for fire systems

·      GSM/SMS alert

·      Lone worker alarms

·      Anti-theft equipment and systems

·      Access control

·      Biometrics

·      Alarm monitoring

·      Remote access

 

Contact SRX to find out how we can help with your alarm requirements. 

Happy New Year!

2016 was a challenging year in the private security industry, with global counter-terrorism taking the focus away from an escalating criminal threat. Police and government security budgets are, rightly, being directed at the fight against terrorism, which leaves a gap for the private security industry to fill. The growing realisation of this shift in police and security service focus by the criminal fraternity has allowed them to capitalise and increase their activities. Whilst we're not quite ready for a full-blow private police force in the UK, we are certainly on the way towards the utilisation of private security to enhance the work of the police and security services. The days of the 'bobby on the beat' are gone, for now at least, so the private security industry must be ready to step up and provide a service for those who require it.

Despite the increased terrorist threat and uncertainty of the global security climate, it is worth noting that 2016 was the first year since 1968 that British Forces have not suffered any fatalities on operations. 

2017 will, without doubt, be another uncertain year for global security which SRX are fully prepared for. We will be deploying our teams to the South of France during the summer months, as well as looking to enhance our presence in the UAE and wider Middle East region, whilst back in the UK we'll be looking at how we can improve our teams in an effort to keep one step ahead of the threat. We are continuously monitoring the growing cyber threat as part of our security packages and are looking to bolster our technical, communications and IT security capability this year with the launch of a dedicated cyber department. 

 
 

Company Branding Amendments

The SRX logo is now a very familiar brand which has become synonymous with high-level security in recent years. The logo was always nondescript in order to protect the integrity of our clients, many of whom preferred to maintain a very low security profile, thus the letters SRX not giving anything away.  

We have taken the decision to introduce an additional logo which includes the word 'security' in order to reflect the nature of our work. This new logo will start to appear on some of our more overt projects where the obvious use of security is a tool in itself, by maximising the deterrent. The new logo will also increase our marketing profile, where applicable, and help to enhance our ongoing business development. 

Threats and Risks

The terms 'threats' and 'risks' are often used synonymously with the context of security, and whilst they both certainly have an impact on security, their meaning is somewhat different. It is important for anyone involved in security, be it the person providing the security or the person needing the security, to understand the difference between threats and risks. Simply put, a threat is an outside factor, the presence of which is out of your control. A risk is what's left of that threat once you have put your security measures in place.  So there's very little you can do about the threat, but a great deal you can do about the risk - the threat cannot harm you if there is no risk! 

 
 

It is impossible to have no risk, but having good security will mitigate most of the threat, to leave you with a far smaller, and 'acceptable' risk. When you breakdown the SECURITY aspect of the above model, it can be divided into several impacting factors:

 
 

The three impacting factors above all have an influence on the ultimate SECURITY SOLUTIONS which SRX would recommend. These factors are generally client led and based on budget, the amount of acceptable change to your lifestyle and any aesthetic implications. SRX work closely with all our clients in order to balance the impacting factors against our THREAT ASSESSMENT in order to produce a set of SECURITY SOLUTIONS which leave the least possible level of ACCEPTABLE RISK. 

 

Lest We Forget

For The Fallen.

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.


They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

British Masters Golf

Great news that the British Masters 2017 golfing tournament will be heading to Northumberland's Close House in September next year. With crowds of 20,000 expected every day, to see top flight players including Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia, the event is sure to bring huge focus on the North East region. 

As well as the 4-day pro tournament, there will be a Pro-Am event taking place, which will see household names such as Alan Shearer, Ant & Dec, Jamie Redknapp, Sir Ian Botham and Ronan Keating team up with a professional player on the course. 

SRX are proud sponsors of the 14th hole at Close House. 

Charity Collection for British Soldier's Family

Press release from 1820 Foundation, a military charity, who SRX have provided funding and support for throughout 2016. 

We were deeply saddened to hear news of the passing of British Army soldier Savenaca Koroibulileka during a rugby match on Saturday 24th September. Our thoughts and sincerest condolences go out to all his family and Oakham RFC.

Know to his army mates as 'Koro' or 'Savy', and more recently by his rugby mates as 'Tu', the 38-year-old was playing a first team game for Oakham RFC in the Midlands Intermediate Cup fixture against West Bridgford when he suddenly collapsed, shortly after the start of the second half. Despite the brave efforts of the emergency services on hand, Savenaca was pronounced dead on arrival at Peterborough hospital. 

Savenaca served in the 2nd Battalion of The Royal Anglian Regiment, known as 'The Poachers' and saw action on operational tours in both Northern Ireland and Iraq. The Fijian soldiers epitomise the reason why we turn to our Commonwealth brothers to join our Armed Forces - they are loyal, strong and brave. Perhaps the most renowned of the Fijian warriors was Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba whose extraordinary bravery during the battle of Mirbat in 1972 led to the SAS recently unveiling a life size statue of the man outside the Sergeant's Mess at their camp in Hereford.

In more recent times, Fijian soldiers fought in Iraq and Afghanistan and collectively received a high number of gallantry medals for selfless acts of courage which most of us could never comprehend. With their love of family and rugby (in that order, but only just!) making military life a perfect fit, we at 1820 Foundation have always had a fond affiliation to our Fijian brothers - back in the early days when our charity was a mere rugby team called 'The Gorillas' which set about raising money for other military charities, we rarely took to the field without our contingent of Fijian players, with their beaming smiles and their unpredictable moves! 

As a result of the tragic passing of Tu over the weekend, the 1820 Foundation have taken the decision to dedicate our forthcoming charity 5-a-side tournament on Sunday 2nd October, to the memory of Savenaca. All proceeds from this weekend will be sent directly to his wife Ilivema, and their four sons, thirteen-year-old Ratu, eight-year-old Viliame, seven-year-old Orisi and four-year-old Keleti.

We have also pledged to support the family this Christmas. The festive period is always a tough time for military families, with children often missing their parents who are deployed on active duty, but for these four young children that tough Christmas will be even more difficult knowing their dad won't be coming home. Long term we will offer our support to Savenaca's family, doing everything we can both financially and morally to help for as long as they want us to.

Speaking on behalf of the 1820 Foundation, Arun Malhotra said “The tournament this Sunday was already shaping up to be a great event, but has even more meaning to it now that we are raising funds to help support the family of a great man. We would urge anyone who is in the Newcastle area this Sunday, to pop along and support this event, be it as a player or just a spectator.”

For details of the 1820 Foundation’s football tournament this coming weekend and for details upon how to enter, please visit:  http://www.1820foundation.com/blog-1/2016/8/15/5-a-side-football-tournament .

SRX are one of the main tournament sponsors, and we have entered a team comprising of our management and staff. We hope to help the charity raise a decent amount this Sunday, for a great cause.