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Security Alert at Parliament as Westminster Brought to a Standstill

Security Alert at Westminster Palace as Suspect ‘device’ found

A mobile phone and drinks bottle sparks security alert at The houses of Parliament, Westminster brought to a temporary standstill as roads are cordoned off and people advised not to use mobile phones near suspected device. James Kirkup, Political Editor at The Telegraphreports:

 

  • A section of the Palace of Westminster in the shadow of Big Ben was evacuated in a brief security alert after an X-ray detected a mobile phone and a drinks bottle.
  • Police and security officers cordoned off a section of the Parliamentary estate around New Palace Yard, next to the base of the clock tower.
  • One officer said the alert was triggered after an X-ray operator at the Parliament visitor centre detected what appeared to be a mobile phone connected to a liquid bottle in a bag.
  • Specialist officers from the Metropolitan Police, wearing rubber gloves, were called and inspected the package.
  • It transpired that the phone was not connected to the bottle.

 

Security Alert at Big Ben

 

The security alert comes just 2 months after it was announced that cut backs had to be made to the security budget, and that some of the policing roles at The Palace of Westminster would be replaced by private security contractors. Although the Met Police would continue to have an armed presence at Parliament. Some MPs have expressed their concerns that security companies may employ agency staff, who have had little training and not yet completed vetting.

Police at the palace warned people not to use their mobile phones “for your own safety”, the roads around Parliament square were closed off to prevent vehicles and pedestrians from passing in front of the Houses of Parliament. A 30 meter cordon was in place across the square to keep tourists away from the suspected device. A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “There is a security alert. We have no further details.”

A spokesman from local London security company, Westminster Security commented: “MPs have every right to be concerned for their personal safety, they should be able to go about their daily duties without the worry that their safety is being compromised due to budget cutbacks. You seen what happened at the London Olympics, who’s to say that won’t happen again, but with fatal consequences?.”

The area around Westminster Palace was declared safe within one hour of the security alert.

http://www.westminstersecurity.co.uk/security-alert-at-parliament-suspect-device-found-westminster-at-standstill/

Close Protection London – Bodyguards in London

Close Protection in London

Security experts estimate that 95% of all close protection operations in the UK, start in/or are conducted within London and the Greater London region. With Kensington, Knightsbridge, Mayfair the City of London and Surrey being the hotspots for close protection teams to operate. Generally the work is seasonal, with the influx of tourists from around the world, flocking to London during the summer months to escape the intense heat of their home nations, and to sample the famous cosmopolitan lifestyle that London offers.

 

What is Close Protection?

In layman’s terms; close protection (CP) is a term used to describe the manned security provided to a person to protect them from physical harm, theft or kidnap. Ensuring their personal safety and security from the threats and risks posed to them. The term given to the manned security is ‘close protection operatives’ (CPO’s) more commonly known as ‘bodyguards’ (BG’s) The person whom is being protected is generally referred to as a ‘principal’. The principal may employ a number of bodyguards depending on the threat posed to them and their family, the collective term for this is ‘close protection team’ (CPT).

 

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Who needs close protection in London?

There are no prerequisites to be afforded protection from bodyguards in London. If a person, family or business feels the requirement for additional personal security, then they will seek to employ the services of a private security company. The security company will liaise with the principal or their PA and establish the reasons why they feel the need for personal protection. The security company will immediately act upon the principals concerns by providing the requested manpower and electronic counter measures if required, then investigate further. A threat and risk analysis report will be compiled, utilising private investigators in London to establish any threats and the risks posed to the principal, their family and their interests. Once the threat has been established, surveillance may be conducted to monitor it, their capabilities and the risk posed by it/them. The security company will then be in a better position to advise the principal and put in place the relevant risk management measures. Be it physical manned guarding, electronic counter measures or a combination of the two.

Then and only then will the security be effective. – Establish the threat and risks, monitor it, and put in place relevant countermeasures to manage it. The old adage; ‘fail to prepare, then prepare to fail’, certainly applies.

 

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The Principals Security is your Principle

A principal is the person being provided personal security, they come in all shapes and sizes, as do CPO’s – but we will discuss this later on. There are 2 main different types of principals; those that need security, and those that think they do. The latter generally being more demanding than the first. Those who need bodyguards may include royalty, heads of state, celebrities, sports personalities, company CEO’s, successful business people and court witnesses. These principals generally like to keep a low profile and take on board any expert security advice given. Principals that ‘think’ they need bodyguards who may not actually need them, may want them as a status symbol, to display wealth and importance, where there is no direct threat against them. This attracts a lot of undue attention by undesirables and by having bodyguards, actually increases the risk of attacks, be it verbal or physical, towards them. This type of principal generally disregards any sort of security advice in favour of their own clouded judgement. However, regardless of who the principal is, the threat and risks posed to them, their age, sex, religion/beliefs or career. Should not negatively affect a CPO’s professionalism and the quality of security provided to them.

 

Duties of a close protection operative (CPO) or bodyguard

As a bodyguard in London, you will be required to operate in a number of roles within a close protection team. As your career progresses, you will discover which role you are best suited to, focus on this and be the best you can. Be the person on speed dial for close protection team leaders across London. Continue to train and qualify yourself in other areas of close protection, making yourself highly employable. Some of the roles that you might be expected to operate in, include:

Close Protection Operative (Bodyguard)

Team member, ie. A CPO within a team. An Individual Bodyguard (IBG) or Personal Protection Operative (PPO), where you operate on a 1-1 basis with your principal. A team 2ic, you will assist the team leader and step up in their absence. And finally a team leader (TL), a position reserved generally for the most senior or most experienced member of the team.

Residential Security Team (RST)

As the name suggests, your duties will be to secure the principals residence day or night. This may be a hotel room or sprawling country estate. Both situations are very different, however the same principles apply, just adapted slightly depending on your surroundings. Residential security in London should be provided 24 hours a day, with day and night shifts lasting 12 hours each.

Surveillance / Counter Surveillance

When providing close protection in London as part of a larger team, you may be expected to conduct counter surveillance. Observing the close protection team from a distance, looking into and around their environment, looking for anyone watching your team, keeping note of people and vehicles that keep appearing at the same places the team is. Once spotted, it is your job to disrupt that surveillance, enabling your team to lose the surveillance.

Security Chauffeur / Close Protection Driver

Close Protection Teams in London usually operate a 2 vehicle convoy, the front vehicle being the VIP car, transporting your principal in a luxury saloon. And the rear vehicle usually a powerful 4×4, which the CP team travel in. If a professional security chauffeur is not employed, you may be required to chauffeur the principal, or drive the security car – the 2 driving styles required for each of the vehicles, is very different, hence ‘chauffeur’ and ‘drive’. Both tasks require a lot of skill, the convoy must remain as one, with both drivers fully aware of the others next move, and everything else on the road. Road moves are the single most dangerous part of any close protection operation. The embus & debus of the vehicle, and whilst the vehicles are in motion, is the time when most attacks or accidents occur. Therefore, it is imperative that CPO’s undergo advanced driver training, and continue to practise their vehicle drills. Unfortunately, a skill which is overlooked and seriously lacking in many bodyguards, which can have drastic and even fatal consequences.

 

Westminster Security Close Protection Service

Westminster Security provide a premier close protection service in London and throughout the world. We deploy former British Military Close Protection experts from the Royal Military Police – Close Protection Unit, Special Air Service and specialist former Police protection officers of the Royalty and Diplomatic Protection units. As well as former British Military personnel who have undertaken rigorous training and excel in their chosen field of security.

For more information on our Close Protection services, please contact us.

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Private Security Company in London Shines During Star-studded Events

Will this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show finally be open to the public? A news feature on the Telegraph says it is possible, albeit at a rather steep price. Cornucopia Events, an event planning company based in London, exclusively offers £10,000-£12,000 tickets to the giant brand’s iconic lingerie fashion show that takes place on 2nd December. Olivia Bergin, fashion editor for the digital publication, describes the spectacle as follows:

Victoria's Secret

It’s a catwalk extravaganza that’s being staged in London for the first time, features the world’s most sought-after bodies and performers and costs millions to produce. In a nutshell, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is not your average event.

The event has mostly been held in New York since its inception in 1995 and features the lingerie giant’s Angels (spokesmodels who have become household names thanks to their career-cementing contracts) strut down the runway in fantastical creations that rarely make it into stores – unless you count its window displays. Joining Angels Candice Swanepoel, Karlie Kloss and Adriana Lima at this year at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre are rumoured to be London girls Cara Delevingne and Jourdan Dunn.

While the strutting happens, the likes of Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Taylor Swift serenade the audience. The spectacle is then broadcast to millions of viewers across the world.

According to an unnamed source, the tickets come with a hefty price tag that is meant to attract only individuals with a high net worth. That’s assuming these people have the classy personality to fit the event’s star-studded guest list. Although a Victoria’s Secret executive says no one is yet authorised to sell tickets to the invite-only extravaganza, highly connected concierge services say they can make it happen for well-paying guests.

A prospect of this sort can be a potential cause for alarm since the privacy of celebrities and high-profile personalities could potentially be jeopardised. After all, what’s to stop aggressive paparazzi or undesirables from purchasing their own tickets and disrupting the peace at such an otherwise fun event? Given the unpredictable nature of these threats, high-profile people would be wise to invest in London security services.

A reputable London close protection service provider like Westminster Security employs highly trained former police and military security personnel to serve as bodyguards for high-net-worth clients. With superior protection at hand, celebrities and other high-profile individuals can set their minds at ease knowing that they are safe at whatever function or after-party they attend.

http://www.westminstersecurity.co.uk/private-security-services-london-shine-star-studded-events/

Business Executives on the Rise Need Reliable London Security Services

London is considered to be a melting pot of culture, style, and stature as it was once a center of world civilisation and industrialisation. Today, the city continues to house some of the world’s most notable and iconic institutions and businesses. One of these companies is the fashion brand Burberry, which has recently appointed a new CEO as reported by Andrew Trotman for The Telegraph:

Burberry has handed its new chief executive a “golden hello” in shares worth up to £7.5m and an annual pay package of up to £8.1m, according to reports.

Christopher Bailey’s salary includes a £440,000 allowance for clothing and other items, £53,000 more than former boss Angela Ahrendts, who isleaving the British fashion house to join US technology giant Appleas its head of retail. The difference is believed to be because Ms Ahrendts has a car and driver that Mr Bailey will not use.

He will be handed a £1.1m salary, an annual cash bonus of up to £2.2m and £330,000 in pension contributions. Mr Bailey could also be eligible for share awards of £4.4m a year until 2017 under a performance-based executive share plan.

New Burberry CEO Christopher Bailey handed 7.5m golden hello

London, and Great Britain in general, rivals the United States in playing the role of host to some of the largest and most respected corporations in the world, including tech firms, fashion companies, and banks. These organisations also continue to attract talented and high-net-worth individuals to act as their executives. Just like Burberry’s Christopher Bailey, business executives on the rise need reliable London security services to ensure that they can do their jobs in a safe environment.

Companies that have extensive experience in providing close protection and retail security in London, such as Westminster Security, are ideal partners for many up-and-coming executives and their peers. These firms are staffed by highly trained security specialists who are well-versed in the practices employed by law enforcement agencies. Moreover, they can perform surveillance and background checks to screen for potential threats to their clients.

Conglomerates will always be on the lookout for innovative professionals to join their team of executives, which may prompt undue attention that would entail significant levels of danger for these personalities. Hiring a good security team can give business executives the peace of mind in being great assets to their particular companies without any worries of harm.

http://www.westminstersecurity.co.uk/business-executives-rise-need-reliable-london-security-services/

Residential Security in London: Arm Your Home and Self against Harm

Stalking incidents can get out of hand. Sometimes, aside from getting close to you, an over friendly fan or ‘friend’ may indeed wish to harm you and steal from you.

Sandra Bullock

One such incident happened to an Oscar-winning celebrity recently when a stalker was able to break through the high barb wire-topped fences, avoiding the surveillance system that supposedly kept her home safe. The Daily Mail features the story on Mail Online:

It has been revealed that Hollywood actress Sandra Bullock only realised a stalker was in her home when she came face-to-face with him outside her bedroom door.

When Sandra got up to lock the door to her bedroom, the starlet saw ‘Corbett right there in the hallway wearing dark clothing’ and preceded to the slam the door shut and lock it before calling police to report the intruder.

Joshua James Corbett, 39, was filmed by Good Morning America while in court last month, where he was charged with felony counts of residential burglary, stalking and possession of a machine gun, report CNN. He was not thought to have the machine gun on him at the time of the break-in and Sandra’s adopted son, Louis, was believed to be with a nanny.

Various other celebrities have experienced similar incidents, Madonna being one of them. In 1996, a stalker who threatened to either marry her or slash her throat, scaled her Hollywood Hills home. Fortunately, the iconic 80s star was unscathed as her bodyguard took evasive action.

You don’t have to be rich and famous to have manned security at your home, anyone can benefit from hiring residential security in London. According to data from a MoneySupermarket.com report, quite a number of ‘trendy neighbourhoods’ and city districts were included in the list of top 20 British postcodes where burglary was most prevalent. Take the case of a home in Melton that was ransacked just recently. The married couple who owned the property were away on holiday when a burglar broke in and took about £40,000 worth of possessions, including expensive heirlooms, jewellery, electronic equipment, and their car.

If you are considering improving your residential security in London, you can get a highly trained security guard in London for static or mobile patrols of your home and neighbourhood. A private security company like Westminster Security employs experienced professionals from backgrounds in the Police and Armed Forces, who will keep a close eye on you and your home to ward off any undesirables who may wish to do you harm.

http://www.westminstersecurity.co.uk/residential-security-london-arm-home-self-harm/

Private Security in London may replace some Police roles at Parliament

Security is paramount for highly-important locations, especially in a country’s seats of power. Rebecca Keating of BBC News reports:

“Police officers could be replaced by private guards to cover some aspects of security at the Houses of Parliament. The Metropolitan Police force currently provides all security services for the Commons and the Lords. In a cost-saving move, airport-style security checks at the entrances will be put to tender – although the Met will still provide armed officers. But parliamentary officials said there would be no downgrading of security as a result of any changes.”

The development may be met with mixed reactions amongst private and public officials, especially in an internationally-important place such as London, England. The city is already smarting from a recent scare near the Bank of England, and memories are still fresh of unnecessary military mobilisations to compensate for gaps in the 2012 London Olympics’ security. Labour MP Barry Sheerman said he was concerned that private security companies in London would rely on agency staff. Westminster Security recruit, train and supply former British Armed Forces veterans and former Police officers for private security in London and throughout the UK, they would be high on the list of preferred contractors to bid for the tender.Airtight Security through London Operatives for Government OfficialsA panel of security experts, MPs, and peers recommended the change in personnel as part of efforts to save more from the Parliament’s annual security budget, which stands at £24 million this year. Scotland Yard currently handles the screening work, but its contract is slated to expire in April, 2015. The tender is scheduled to be opened within a short period after. Guarding the entry points goes a long way to stopping potential threats, even when roving personnel are on the premises. In the case of Parliament, officers manning the public entrances have reported confiscating imitation weapons, knuckle dusters, and illegal substances such as cannabis. The same is true of security operatives finding unauthorised materials among retail patrons or event guests. It is unclear how the change will affect security for the lawmakers, even those who may be provided close protection by London security companies like Westminster Security. Sheerman said some MPs and their staff lamented a failure of Commons authorities to consult them about the development. Commons Speaker John Bercow would not even consider discussing the issue on the chamber floor.

http://www.westminstersecurity.co.uk/private-security-in-london-may-replace-some-police-roles-at-parliament/

London Security Group Seeks Out Dependable Security Professionals

Renowned London security group; Westminster Security, are currently recruiting close protection officers and security guards for positions within hotels, events, and door supervision for the summer season. The company is looking to employ highly motivated and reliable security professionals to enhance the groups professional image.

Westminster Security, which provides personalised security services for its clients, has a strict recruitment process that only employs the finest security personnel, exemplifying an outstanding, proven background in the private security industry. The company is interested in hearing from individuals with at least 2 years experience in a similar security role in London, and particularly keen to recruit former British military and police officers.

Applicants need to be licensed by the Security Industry Authority, with a proven record of employment and continual personal development. Successful applicants will undergo meticulous reference, criminal and financial background checks for the safety and security of their clients. Most security officers are specially chosen for their skill-set in their chosen field through careers in the Police, Army, Navy and Royal Air Force. This rigorous selection process ensures the highest quality security operatives for the customer, for their complete peace of mind and overall quality of service.

If you feel you have the right qualities, experience and training to offer, visit their employment page to check your eligibility and to apply.

Complimenting their close protection services, Westminster Security also offers security chauffeurs, residential security, surveillance, private investigations, security concierge, and retail security in London. To learn more about the company and its list of premier security services, visit www.WestminsterSecurity.co.uk today.

About Westminster Security

Based in Central London, Westminster Security is an independent private security company that provides a wide array of security and investigation services. The company only employs highly trained, and trusted former police and military security professionals, to protect clients and their businesses from risks and threats posed to their wealth, security and safety. These security professionals discreetly offer protection and safety for an extensive range of clients from different cultures and countries around the world.
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