Lest we Forget

2016 was the first year since 1968 without any British military deaths on operations. As memories fade of the death and physical or mental injuries suffered in recent conflicts such as Iraq and Afghanistan, we must remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice throughout history to ensure our children grow up in a free and safe world. Remembrance Day, also known as Armistice Day, marks the day World War One ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, back in 1918. Whatever your religious or political beliefs are, the men and woman of our Armed Forces are a vital tool to ensure our freedom - nobody wants 'peace' more than those who have experienced the horrors of war, but unlike some who haven't, military people are able to identify better with the unfortunate fact that right now, whilst there are bad people in the world who want to do bad things, we need an effective military, who stand ready to fight (and occasionally do), in order to act as a deterrent. 

In the spring of 1915, shortly after losing a friend in Ypres, a Canadian doctor, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was inspired by the sight of poppies growing in battle-scarred fields to write a now famous poem called 'In Flanders Fields'. After the First World War, the poppy was adopted as a symbol of Remembrance. Modern day wearing of the poppy is a personal preference which should be used by an individual to show to themselves that they remember those who have made sacrifices - not necessarily that they agree with the politics of certain conflicts, or that they agree with the concept of fighting aggression with aggression, but just that they appreciate and remember. The poppy appeal in the UK is used by the Royal British Legion to help the Armed Forces Community, and the money they raise through the appeal makes a significant difference to those who need help and support. The poppy is a symbol of remembrance and hope, worn by millions of people and coloured red because that is the natural colour of field poppies. It is not a symbol of death, or blood or an indication or your political and/or religious views. As we head more towards a culture of 'feelings' and 'entitlement', we will probably see the poppy phased out over time as a symbol of remembrance, or see it hijacked as a political tool and used by individuals to promote themselves. Until the next great conflict for our freedom, when those same individuals will call upon the ever decreasing pool of men and women who are prepared to take up arms to defend our great country. And while we wait for those conflicts to come knocking on our door, the Armed Forces will go about training hard so they are ready for that day - in between manning fire engines during strikes, rescuing your from your flooded village, backfilling manpower for big companies who can't honour multi-million pound contracts for events such as the Olympic Games, responding to terrorism in our cities and towns, delivering aid and relief to those who have suffered in natural disasters, guarding significant national infrastructure sites 365 days of the year, combatting the drugs trade which brings misery to millions of people, guarding the waters and airspace around our country, burning animals to prevent the spread of Foot and Mouth disease or assisting us when the country suffers a harsh winter as it did in 2009-10. 

You can't pick and choose when you support the Armed Forces community, there will be conflicts or tasks which you don't agree with and some you do, but military personnel don't get to choose which ones they get involved in, so nor should we choose which ones we support them in. 

Everyone wants to eat, but few are willing to hunt. 

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.

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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.