Businesses offered free security review

Businesses offered free security review

WITH recorded crimes against businesses in Essex hitting 24,000 cases a year, one leading private security company is offering to help stem the tide.

Wickford-based VIP Security Services, one of the south-east’s leading private security firms, is offering businesses in Essex a free security review by one of its experienced management team with a report provided on findings.

Managing Director, Darren Hyde (pictured), said: “Commercial crime, according to a survey carried out last year by Essex Police, accounts for 20% of all recorded crimes across the county. This is a very worryingly high figure for business owners and in the current economic climate, I can envisage that figure rising. The added concern is that businesses having to tighten belts could be tempted to cut corners on security. This can be a false economy as the Essex Police survey reported that the average value of property stolen or damaged in a business crime was £20,000.

“In the past when we have been invited to look at businesses’ security arrangements – sadly normally following a crime or break-in – we’ve been amazed at how easy they’d made it for the criminal. Prevention is infinitely better than cure and that’s why we are keen to work with businesses to dramatically reduce commercial crime.

“We are offering a free- totally no-obligation review of a business’s security arrangements, both internally and externally. We’ll then provide them with a report of our findings, good and bad, and hope they will act on those findings.”

VIP Security Services is one of the region’s leading and longest-established private security companies, responsible for looking after dozens of locations and buildings. Darren, a former Metropolitan Police Officer, added: “Our 80-strong team works across many sectors, providing guarding, key-holding and concierge/reception services. We have become very adept at spotting potential problems before they materialise and we hope our free security reviews will help many businesses avoid the considerable stress that crime brings.”

Anyone interested in booking a free security review can contact VIP Security Services on 01268 52621 or email