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The crucial role of Keyholding services in 2024

In the world of security, especially in the mobile security sector, keyholding plays a vital role in ensuring the safety and protection of premises, assets, and personnel.

This article delves into the significance of keyholding services provided by companies like Securitas Ireland, exploring how they contribute to comprehensive security solutions.

Understanding keyholding

Keyholding involves entrusting a designated security provider with the responsibility of holding keys to a property or facility, often in conjunction with alarm monitoring services. In the event of an alarm activation or security breach, the keyholding company dispatches PSA trained personnel to investigate and take appropriate action.

Immediate response and mitigation

One of the primary benefits of keyholding services is the swift and decisive response they enable. PSA trained security personnel can promptly assess the situation, determine the nature of the threat, and take necessary steps to mitigate risks. This rapid response is instrumental in preventing potential losses and ensuring the safety of the property and people.

Reducing client risk and liability

By outsourcing keyholding responsibilities to a specialised security provider, clients mitigate their own risk and liability. Rather than tasking internal staff with keyholding duties, which can expose them to danger or compromise their focus on primary responsibilities, companies can rely on dedicated security professionals trained in emergency response protocols.

Enhancing security measures

Keyholding services complement existing security measures, such as alarm systems and surveillance cameras, by providing a physical response component. This comprehensive approach strengthens overall security infrastructure, creating a robust defence against threats ranging from burglary and vandalism to unauthorised access.

24/7 availability and expertise

Security threats can arise at any hour, making round-the-clock availability essential. Keyholding companies like Securitas Ireland offer 24/7 monitoring and response capabilities, ensuring that clients receive immediate assistance whenever an alarm is triggered. Moreover, security personnel possess the expertise to handle diverse situations effectively, from routine checks to emergency interventions.

Securitas Ireland mobile security: A complete overview of services and products

Keyholding services

At Securitas Ireland, we understand the challenges of managing keys and responding to security alarms for multiple sites. That's why we offer our comprehensive keyholding services, designed to keep your business safe and give you peace of mind.

Here’s what sets us apart:

  • Reduced risk and personal safety - Instead of putting yourself or your employees at risk by responding to security alarms or emergencies personally, keyholding services send PSA trained security professionals who are equipped to handle potentially dangerous situations.
  • Legal compliance - Professional keyholding services are typically well-versed in local and national laws and regulations related to security and alarm response. They can help ensure that your security measures are compliant with relevant laws.
  • Peace of mind - Knowing that a professional security team is responsible for holding and managing your keys can give you peace of mind. You won't have to worry about the safety of your staff or yourself during potentially risky situations.

Mobile patrols

Our fully trained, PSA-licensed mobile patrol officers wear the highly recognisable Securitas uniform and drive our liveried vehicles, serving as a strong visual deterrent to unauthorised individuals on site. This significantly reduces the likelihood of theft and vandalism.

In addition to deterring criminal activity, our mobile patrols are vigilant in identifying potential threats such as fire, flood, or other incidents that could damage your business.

Here are the main benefits:

  • Cost-effective: Mobile patrol services can be more cost-effective than employing full-time, on-site security guards. You pay for the security service only when you need it, and you can adjust the patrol schedule based on your specific security concerns.
  • 24/7 coverage: Many mobile patrol services offer 24/7 coverage, providing round-the-clock protection for your property, business, or facility.
  • Flexibility: Mobile patrol services can adapt to various security needs. They can perform routine patrols, respond to alarms, conduct site checks, and provide escorts for employees or visitors, making them suitable for a wide range of security situations.

Also, our mobile patrols offer real-time reporting which allows you to have a strategic overview of security incidents. A full report of the Patrol can be available to you immediately via MySecuritas app, which will highlight the time of the patrol, the name of the mobile guard that carried out the patrol, and any further information you may need to know, such as safety or security hazards that have been found during the patrol.

Building Lock-ups & Unlocks

Managing building access can be a logistical nightmare.  Finding a reliable staff member for early morning lock-ups and late-night closures is a constant challenge. But what about security? The risk of misplaced keys or unauthorised access is a major concern.

Having one of our PSA licensed mobile patrol security officers do this, can easily cut the cost of paying your staff to come in and open early, or stay late to lock your premises up. Our 24-hour call-out service means that even at a very short notice, an officer can be at the premises ready to carry out all the necessary checks.

Here are the main benefits:

  • Enhanced security: By outsourcing this responsibility to a professional security provider, you reduce the security risks associated with having untraceable keys off-site. Trained personnel can ensure that your property is securely locked at the end of the day and properly unlocked in the morning, reducing the risk of unauthorised access.
  • Consistency: Building lock-ups and unlocks are performed consistently and reliably, even during holidays, weekends, or employee absences. This consistency ensures that your property is always secured or accessible when needed.
  • Reduced liability: Handing over key management to a security service provider reduces the liability and responsibility placed on individual employees. It minimizes the risk of key mishandling, loss, or theft.

Innovation in the industry

For businesses everywhere, key management has long been a tedious and error-prone chore. Constantly moving keys between locations and juggling multiple users creates a logistical nightmare. That product is the SentriGuard® key management solution and here is how it works.

Keys on site

Imagine that instead of having to constantly move your keys from point A to B and multiple people, your keys are staying on site in a secured container. But you might be wondering: "Well, how safe is that? If the keys are on-site, can't thieves simply open the container themselves?"

SentriGuard® key management system uses high-security containers that are resistant to break-in attempts. Check out the video.

As demonstrated in the video, the Sentriguard box is exceptionally durable and robust, resisting dismantling or forced entry with virtually any tool or force. This high-quality design provides peace of mind, simplicity, and significant cost savings. Here are the main benefits:

  • Keys at point of access - Keys are always available for an immediate access to approved staff or contractors.
  • Simple installation - Swift and hassle-free installation ensures you're up and running in no time.
  • Cost-effective - A secure alternative to fully-digital keys and does not require lock changes and key replacements.

“The arrival of SentriGuard® has revolutionised the mobile guarding aspect of security. Long gone are the days of driving around and fretting over a plethora of keys. SentriGuard® allows for easy-to-use, safe and robust security product that the market has been waiting for a long time.” Louise Bagnall, Protective Services Branch Manager, Securitas Ireland

Customised solutions and peace of mind

Each client's security needs are unique, and keyholding services are tailored to accommodate these specific requirements. Whether safeguarding commercial properties, residential estates, or industrial facilities, Securitas Ireland devise customised solutions that align with client objectives and budgetary constraints. This personalised approach instils confidence and peace of mind, knowing that trained professionals are always at the ready to protect assets and property.

Key takeaways

In an era marked by evolving security threats and vulnerabilities, keyholding emerges as a fundamental component of mobile security strategies. By entrusting this responsibility to specialised providers like Securitas Ireland, businesses and individuals can bolster their defences, mitigate risks, and safeguard their interests effectively. With swift response times, expert capabilities, and tailored solutions, keyholding services contribute significantly to the overall safety and security of premises, assets, and personnel.

If you are still not using one of the mobile guarding services or products, perhaps this educational piece of content has convinced you otherwise. There are some stellar services and products on the market.

Our experienced staff is ready to help you find the perfect solution for your specific needs. Contact us today for a free consultation and experience the difference mobile guarding can bring to your business.

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