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November 2019 print issue

Now on desks is the November 2019 print issue of Professional Security magazine; as ever, bringing you the latest news and views from and about the private security industry in the British Isles.

We begin a multi-month look at how contract guarding companies are changing what they offer to meet the needs of a fast-changing economy. That includes SOCs – security operation centres – as central points to gather data about a client, to better provide service and to plot and even predict crime and incidents more generally. We visit the new SOC in Northampton set up by contractor Mitie. Also, the UK is finding itself, with little or no public debate, in the midst of a profound change in how its high streets are policed, as business improvement districts (BIDs) and local government hire private guard forces, or in the case of councils train and equip their own staff, to do police-like patrols of town and city centres. Separately we feature Covent Garden in central London – only in passing, as we see its black-uniformed patrollers while we play the part of villains for a training course for ‘super recognisers’ (page 48) – and Windsor and Plymouth.

Like this time last year, we attend the ATM and cyber security conference in London to report on threats against cashpoint machines, whether physical (ram-raids) or through the machines’ software.

We pride ourselves on staying up to date with what’s making the news; hence we report on the latest official arrest figures from football grounds in England and Wales – while asking, how accurate a picture do they give of the threats at matches and on match days overall? And we were in London for the launch of a pair of degree-level courses for the operational security manager. On the physical security side, we attended the launch of a qualification for locksmiths by exam awarding body Highfield, in Manchester.

Plus the regulars – Una Riley hails the annual Women in Security (WiS) awards; Roy Cooper brings his monthly gossip for manufacturers and distributors; and there’s four pages of ‘spending the budget’, and four pages of new products and services. Robert Hall continues his series on resilience.

If you’d like to have a copy of the magazine in the post, with a view to subscribing, email Or, attenders to the magazine’s ST series of events can sign up for a free subscription. The last ST19 event of 2019 is at the Park Inn Heathrow, over the road from Heathrow Airport, on Thursday, November 7.

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