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Government steps up aviation security

imageOn the 2nd July, the UK Department for Transport announced that it would be stepping up some aviation security measures in response to potential threats to aviation from terrorist organisations. The United States government made a similar announcement on the same day regarding flights to the United States. A statement from the department said:

“The UK government keeps aviation security under constant review in conjunction with international partners and the aviation industry.

“We have taken the decision to step up some of our aviation security measures. For obvious reasons we will not be commenting in detail on those changes. The majority of passengers should not experience significant disruption. There will be no change to the threat level, which remains at substantial.

“The safety and security of the public is our paramount concern. The UK has some of the most robust aviation security measures and we will continue to take all the steps necessary to ensure that public safety is maintained.”

On the 8th July, the Department for Transport further updated its advice to passengers on aviation security and issued a written statement to Parliament. The key update was as follows:

“In line with the US advice, passengers on some routes into and out of the UK may now also be required to show that electronic devices in their hand luggage are powered up or face not being allowed to bring the device onto the aircraft. Passengers flying into or out of the UK are therefore advised to make sure electronic devices being carried in their hand luggage are charged before they travel.”

The government has stated that as a result of the changes, some passengers may now notice additional security measures on some routes, both to and from the UK, but that they will work with the aviation industry to minimise disruption as far as possible.

Kingdom has over 20 years experience in the security industry and is now one of the largest privately owned security companies in the UK. Kingdom has a dedicated transportation division specialising in warehousing, logistics, aviation and maritime, with extensive experience and an in-depth understanding of the transport sector, focusing on the criteria that matter most to their transportation customers. For more information about Kingdom’s transport security services, click here to visit their website, or here to read their online brochure.

Kingdom security manager wins prestigious national award

clip_image002One of Kingdom’s security managers recently received a prestigious national award in recognition of his dedication, professionalism, commitment and service to his client.

Stuart House, a Kingdom security manager at multinational law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (informally known as Freshfields) was awarded one of ten inaugural Security Officers of Distinction awards.

There was intense competition across the UK to win one of these awards, and the sponsors of the event who judged the competition wished to record how impressed they were at the standard of entrants.

The accolade was presented to Stuart at this year’s ACS Pacesetters Achievements Awards Luncheon by Mr Bill Butler, CEO of the Security Industry Authority. The event was held in June at the Royal Suite of the Royal Windsor Racecourse.

Following the announcement, Terry Barton, Managing Director of Kingdom, wrote to Stuart saying: “Many, many congratulations and very well deserved. Your continuing conscientious and diligent approach to your role at Freshfields is recognised by all and it makes me very proud to have you as a very valued member of our team.”

James Small, Premises Manager at Freshfields commented on the award, saying “I’m so pleased that Stuart’s hard work and diligence at FBD has been recognised and rewarded, he really is a man of distinction in many ways and leads a team that also often distinguish themselves in the line of duty and beyond.”

Freshfields was established in 1743 and is a member of the ‘Magic Circle’ of leading British law firms. Headquartered in London, they have 28 offices in 17 jurisdictions across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America, employing over 2,500 legal advisors. They were awarded Global Law Firm of the Year in 2013.

Stuart has supported the contract for 19 years, having joined the team in 1995. He previously served on the frontline London Ambulance Service for 14 years. A large part of the team’s success has been attributed to the professionalism of Stuart, who has been promoted over the years from Supervisor to Senior Supervisor and Security Manager. Commenting on the award, Stuart said: “I was very humbled to be nominated for the award and was proud for myself and for the company in accepting the award.”

Kingdom is one of the UK’s largest privately owned security companies, specialising in risk, loss and the protection of property, people and brand. To read more about Kingdom’s security services, click here.

Kingdom is a member of ACS (Approved Contract Scheme) Pacesetters, which is made up of the top 15% of ACS members. Kingdom’s ranking puts them in the top 3% of the 115 contract manned guarding companies from across the UK that are members of ACS Pacesetters. To read more about ACS Pacesetters, click here.

Warning as businesses targeted for delivery theft

clip_image001Kingdom has been made aware of an increase in businesses being targeted for delivery theft in London. Quite simply, delivery drivers are being distracted whilst the goods they are delivering are being stolen.

This type of crime doesn’t just affect businesses in London, it happens throughout the UK. It is therefore important that delivery companies, security guards and employees are always vigilant whilst making and receiving deliveries, but particularly at the current time.

If you spot an individual or group of individuals looking at a delivery van or acting suspiciously, you should note their registration number, make sure you keep any CCTV footage, and report the incident immediately to your local police team by calling 101.

Kingdom provides security to a wide range of businesses across London and throughout the United Kingdom. Established in 1993 to influence and inspire the security marketplace, Kingdom specialises in risk, loss and the protection of property, people and brand, and is one of the largest privately owned national security companies in the UK. For more information about Kingdom, click here to visit their website.

Kingdom to provide environmental protection to Arun District Council

clip_image002Kingdom is pleased to be once again providing environmental protection services to Arun District Council, a local government district in West Sussex which includes the towns of Arundel, Bognor Regis and Littlehampton. The Kingdom Environmental Protection team will be tackling dog fouling and littering on behalf of the local authority.

Arun District Council issued a news release saying:

After the success of last year’s pilot scheme, uniformed patrols are set to return to Arun in 2014 to issue fines to anyone letting their dog foul.

Kingdom Security will again be targeting ‘hotspots’ on behalf of Arun District Council, including parks, open spaces, and promenades where dog fouling, breaches of Arun’s Dog Control Order and littering are a problem.

The initial pilot scheme was launched last summer in response to complaints from the public fed up with the amount of dog mess and litter in the district.

The patrolling officer is fully authorised to issue fixed penalty notices of £80, reduced to £50 on early payment, on behalf of the council to anyone not clearing up after their dog, breaching Arun’s Dog Control Order and to anyone caught dropping litter.

Arun District Council is talking with three parishes which are interested in investing money in the project, in return for having patrols in their areas. Funding for the scheme has come from the Council’s Greenspace Service.

Councillor Terence Chapman, Arun District Council’s Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said: “After the success of last year’s pilot project, we are responding to the wishes of many Arun residents who want to see it in operation again this summer.

“The project allows the Council the flexibility to direct patrols, following information provided by the public on problem sites for which we are responsible. The presence of the uniformed patrols will send a clear message to irresponsible owners – pick up after your dog and keep it under control in public places, or face a fine. This also applies to anyone caught dropping litter.”

Responsible park users who spot others littering or letting their dogs foul without cleaning it up can contact the Council’s Parks Team. Please provide as much information as possible, including times, locations and descriptions of the owner and their dog. You can email parks@arun.gov.uk or call 01903 737951.

Kingdom’s specialist environmental protection teams are led by experts with an ex-police and military background and deliver over 130,000 environmental protection hours per annum on behalf of local authorities. Kingdom’s environmental protection teams tackle street litter, dog fouling and control orders, commercial and residential waste and waste disposal licence checks, smoking in prohibited areas, the illegal distribution of free material, criminal damage, graffiti, fly tipping and posting.

For more information about Kingdom’s environmental protection services, click here to visit their website, or here to view their online brochure.

Are you at risk of fraud?

Something a bit different – Crimestoppers has created a quiz called “The Game of Fraud” which you can play by clicking here. You simply answer some questions about your habits, and at the end the quiz lets you know if you are at risk of any of the following:

  • courier fraud
  • investment fraud
  • advance fee fraud
  • online shopping fraud
  • overpayment cheques fraud
  • romance fraud
  • lottery fraud
  • bogus trader fraud
  • employment fraud
  • social engineering fraud

Crimestoppers also provides information on each type of fraud, and whilst it is meant to be a bit of fun, it is also educational and makes you think about your everyday actions, how you could be putting yourself at risk, and the step fraudsters take to deceive you. Hopefully it will help to make people a little bit more security conscious!

Kingdom has over 20 years experience in the security industry, and is one of the largest privately owned security companies in the UK. Established in 1993 to influence and inspire the security marketplace, Kingdom specialises in risk, loss and the protection of property, people and brand. For more information about Kingdom, please click here to visit their website.

Kingdom retain Farnborough shopping centre cleaning contract

Princes Mead FarnboroughKingdom Clean are proud to announce that they have retained the cleaning contract at Princes Mead Shopping Centre in Farnborough for a further three years, having provided cleaning services to the shopping centre since February 2010.

Kingdom carries out all cleaning services to the site, both for the public areas and for the back of house. Kingdom also provides waste management services and janitorial services for the shopping centre.

Commenting on the announcement, Mark Day, Operations Director at Kingdom Clean, said:  “We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff at Princes Mead for their hard work and dedication.  The re-award of this contract is in no small part a result of their conscientiousness and loyalty to Kingdom Clean and to the Centre.”

Princes Mead Shopping Centre is located in the heart of Farnborough and opened in November 1990. It is located on the borders of the counties of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire, and is just 35 miles from London.

The shopping centre has 35 stores all on one level under its glass roof, with nine other stores just outside in The Mead. They also have a sunken Food Court in the middle of the shopping centre. Adjacent to Princes Mead is the open air precinct Queensmead and The Meads shopping centre, which houses Debenhams and will be opening a Vue multiplex cinema in autumn 2014. Its neighbours include an Asda Superstore, Sainsburys and B&Q. For more information about Princes Mead Shopping Centre, click here to visit their website.

Kingdom delivers a supervisor or site-managed cleaning and maintenance service committed to using the best people, technologies and products to provide a leaner, smarter and more connected organisation to enhance your own performance and provide you with results which you can measure and control.

Kingdom’s services cover commercial, leisure, transport and public businesses, and include basic, specialist, deep and reactive cleaning. Kingdom Clean also handle waste management, janitorial service, hygiene supplies, landscaping, high pressure cleaning, kitchen and ductwork cleaning, graffiti and chewing gum removal.

For more information about Kingdom’s cleaning services, click here to visit the commercial cleaning page on the Kingdom website, or here to read their online commercial cleaning brochure.

Kingdom Environmental Officers help detain shoplifter in Wimbledon

Garry and RommelleWe have recently received some very positive feedback from a member of staff at the Debenhams store at Centre Court Shopping Centre in Wimbledon regarding the conduct of two of our Environmental Protection officers, Garry Smith and Rommelle Cotterell.

The member of staff wrote to us to say that he, one of his colleagues and a security guard from Centre Court Shopping Centre were attempting to detain a shoplifter who had stolen over £500 of cosmetics from the Debenhams store, and that “this shoplifter was unwilling to cooperate and refused to return to the store as she did not wish to be detained by three males. She became very vocal and evaded us eventually running into Wimbledon High Street”.

Kingdom provides Environmental Protection services to Merton Council, with the priority being to tackle street litter in the London borough. This involves issuing fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to offenders who are seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990s in streets, parks and open spaces, with the aim being to make the borough cleaner, safer and greener, and to reduce anti-social behaviour.

The two Kingdom officers were patrolling the High Street carrying out this role when the lady in question ran out. The email from the member of staff at Debenhams explains what happened next:

“Your officer, Garry Smith, immediately came to assist us with the lady and as soon as he understood her refusal to co-operate managed to get his female colleague Rommelle to assist us in an attempt to calm the lady down.

“Both were extremely professional and helpful in attempting to defuse the situation despite the lady becoming increasingly difficult. After the police arrived we were informed this lady was in a unwell mental state and was in fact later sectioned.

“At one point the lady attempted to flee in front of traffic and Garry & Rommelle were key in ensuring her safety. Please pass on my thanks to them. Two fantastic employees.”

Due to their high level of visibility within communities, Kingdom’s Environmental Protection officers are often called on to help with situations that are completely separate from their role keeping our street and public places clean. They are led by experts with an ex-police and military background.

Kingdom’s officers aim to be vigilant and discreet to strike the right public service balance. They deliver over 130,000 Environmental Protection hours per annum on behalf of Local Authorities across the UK. It has been estimated that the annual cost of cleaning the UK’s streets is £780million.

As well as tackling litter, Kingdom’s Environmental Protection team also deal with dog fouling and control orders, commercial and residential waste and waste disposal licence checks, smoking in prohibited areas, illegal distribution of free material, criminal damage, graffiti, fly-tipping and posting. For more information about Kingdom’s Environmental Protection services, please visit click here.

Kingdom Acquires Specialist Security Provider

Kingdom LogoAs of 1st July 2014 Kingdom Security Ltd has acquired the business of ‘Command Security Solutions Ltd’ the specialist security provider in Peterborough and Cambridge.

The Command services include:

  • Uniformed Security Personnel
  • Mobile Patrols
  • Key Holding and Alarm Mobile Response
  • Lockup & Unlock Services

Terry Barton BA Hons Law, Managing Director of Kingdom said "This acquisition continues the strategic expansion and vision of Kingdom. The retention of the talented team and local office further strengthens the development of our Peterborough and Cambridge foothold and continues the expansion of Kingdom to over £65 million turnover and 2,900 people.

We look forward to meeting with our new customers and maintaining the high level of service they have grown accustomed to with the additional innovative service offerings, solutions, passion and energy Kingdom as a national Top 20 and Industry Pacesetter service provider can offer.”

For further information about Kingdom and our services please refer to the below link

www.kingdomsecurity.co.uk

Praise for Kingdom’s office cleaning team

cleaning-services-twoKingdom Clean recently carried out a deep clean on an office complex prior to the new tenants moving in. This included the removal of the previous occupiers refuse, disposal of surplus cables and office equipment. Finally, Kingdom completed a sparkle clean, which is an in depth concentrated clean which includes floors, walls, fixtures and fittings.

Kingdom Clean was delighted to subsequently receive an email from the client’s HR Manager saying:

“Just a quick mail to say thank you so much for the fantastic job you have done on the old office! I popped over there this evening to take a look and was extremely impressed! Please pass on my thanks to anyone who worked on the job.”

Kingdom delivers supervisor or site-managed cleaning and maintenance services, including deep cleaning. Kingdom also offers basic, specialists and reactive cleaning to commercial, leisure, transport and public circulation clients. Other services offered by Kingdom includes waste management, janitorial service, hygiene supplies, landscaping, high pressure cleaning, kitchen and ductwork cleaning, graffitti and chewing gum removal.

Kingdom uses the best people, technologies and products to provide a leaner, smarter and more connected organisation to enhance businesses performance and provide them with results which they can measure and control. For more information about Kingdom’s cleaning services, visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/commercial-cleaning/ or click here to read their online brochure.

Reminder – the Tour de France is coming to London on Monday!

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Transport for London has sent out an email reminding people that the Tour de France is coming to London on Monday 7th July. They warn people to plan ahead and not to get caught out, as road closures, bus diversions and busier stations are expected.

The race will start in Cambridge, travelling through Essex, north, east and central London, finishing on The Mall. Roads on and around the route will be closed to traffic from 10:00 and reopen by 18:00, provided it is safe to do so. Some roads around the finish area will close to traffic on Sunday afternoon. Pedestrian access to properties will not be affected. Tower, Southwark and Westminster Bridges will be closed for most of the day. The Congestion Charge will remain in operation, however, due to the closure of Tower Bridge, a signed diversion route across Blackfriars Bridge through the Congestion Charging zone will operate charge-free. If leaving the signed diversion route, you will need to pay the charge or you could face a Penalty Charge Notice. Road users are advised to avoid areas near the event route wherever possible.

Tube and Rail will be the best way to get around although stations along the route will be extremely busy, particularly during the evening peak. Buses in the area will be on diversion or will stop short of their destinations from 09:00 – 18:00. A number of Barclays Cycle Hire docking stations will be suspended.

To see how your journey could be affected, including maps of the predicted traffic impacts to help you plan, please click here.

Kingdom providing security at major school build

imageKingdom is delighted to have been awarded the contract to provide security services to one of the largest school builds in Scotland.

Kingdom will be providing manned guarding for Morrison Construction at the new Clyde Valley schools campus in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire. This will be a combined campus, housing a new High School to replace Clyde Valley High School and a new Primary School to replace Overton Primary and Castlehill Primary Schools. It will also include a new language and communication centre, a central assembly hall, an outdoor amphitheatre, full-size synthetic pitches, and a new nursery for children aged between three and five. The new combined campus will educate pupils between the ages of three and eighteen. The construction project is expected to take 120 weeks to complete and is costing over £23million.

Morrison Construction is one of the nation’s leading construction and house building businesses, delivering more than £1 billion of public and private sector projects throughout Scotland in the last five years. Part of the Galliford Try group and with an award-winning portfolio, Morrison Construction undertakes a range of activities from the construction of multi-million pound building and civil engineering projects to small works and repairs and maintenance. To read more about Morrison Construction, click here to visit their website.

With over 20 years experience in the security industry, Kingdom is one of the largest privately owned security companies in the UK. Kingdom specialises in the protection of people, property, plant and materials. They have a dedicated civil engineering and construction team which has extensive experience and an in-depth understanding of the construction sector. For more information about Kingdom’s civil engineering and construction security services, click here to visit their website or here to read their online civil engineering and construction sector brochure.

Police launch Hajj fraud prevention campaign

meccaAll this week, the City of London police are launching a national Hajj fraud prevention campaign to encourage people booking pilgrimages to Mecca in the autumn to follow a checklist to avoid being exploited by fraudsters.

This is part of their efforts to reach as much of the British Muslim community as possible, both in the City of London and across the UK. The focus is on local engagement and it is being supported in particular by officers from police forces with large Muslim populations.

The campaign is also being supported by the Council of British Hajjs, the Association of British Hujjaj and the Government’s Hajj Taskforce, with the City of London Police also working in partnership with National Trading Standards Board, Get Safe Online and ABTA, The Travel Association, to raise awareness via digital and social media.

They have issued a leaflet entitled “Hajj – don’t let fraudsters ruin your pilgrimage”, which explains that many Muslims have had their once-in-a-lifetime trip ruined by fraudsters, as they arrive in Saudi Arabia to find their accommodation doesn’t exist, or that the whole trip was a scam.

Commenting on the campaign, Commander Steve Head from the City of London Police has said: “Hajj fraud is a devastating crime that every year is robbing Muslims of what could be their only opportunity to make the pilgrimage to Mecca. The City of London Police is committed to working with the Muslim community and UK police to understand the true scale and nature of Hajj fraud, to prevent people falling victim and to help those who do, and to track down and bring to justice the fraudsters who make criminal capital by destroying another person’s dreams.”

The leaflet contains information about how Hajj fraud happens, how to protect yourself and your loved ones from Hajj fraudsters, and what to do if you have been a victim of Hajj fraud. The leaflet can be viewed by clicking here, scrolling to the bottom of the page and choosing from seven different languages available.

Kingdom opens new offices in Scotland

<KENOX S760  / Samsung S760>Kingdom was very pleased to hold the official opening of our new regional support centre for Scotland on Friday 27th June at 1pm, welcoming a number of customers to the event.

Kingdom’s new regional support centre (RSC) is on King Street in Rutherglen, Glasgow. It is a bespoke security facility, and supports our Scotland service infrastructure and adds to Kingdom’s existing offices in Inverness and Aberdeen.

Kingdom gained the new facilities following the acquisition of All Secure Ltd, which was one of Scotland’s largest independent security providers, in February 2014. To see more photos from the official opening, visit Kingdom’s Facebook page.

Kingdom is a dedicated and experienced national security supplier working with an impressive list of customers. Established in 1993 to influence and inspire the security marketplace, Kingdom specialises in risk, loss and the protection of property, people and brand. To find out more about Kingdom, click here to visit our website.

Kingdom delighted to support local junior rugby team

carr mill bearsKingdom is delighted to support a newly established local junior rugby team that is raising money for the initial set up of their club.

Carr Mill Bears is a Junior Rugby League team based in St Helens. They aim to provide a safe, fun and enjoyable environment for local young people aged between five and ten years old to participate in sport and exercise and learn and develop physical and social skills. They passionately believe that every child should have the opportunity to play Rugby League regardless of their abilities, gender, religion or social background.

The club was only set up earlier this year, and immediately the parents and the committee of the club started arranging fundraising activities with the aim of raising enough money to be able to run the club without having to charge the children to attend. At the end of March, when Carr Mill Bears was just setting up, they have 46 children attending training, of whom only 3 had previously played any organised sport.

Kingdom was very pleased to give £250 to the club. In return Kingdom’s logo will be displayed on the club’s new kit, and will be promoted on match days, on their website and social media accounts Facebook and Twitter. Kingdom is delighted to sponsor this club, especially as our National Support Centre is based in Eccleston, less than 4 miles from where the club will be training.

As a company, Kingdom is always keen to support good causes such as this one. Kingdom recently became a Founder Patron of Wigan Youth Zone, the UK’s largest youth club. Wigan Youth Zone aims to help young people aged 8 to 19 develop real and achievable aspirations for the future and to achieve their dreams.

To find out more about Kingdom, click here to visit our website.

Warning issued over group performing stunts

Troll Station UKIt has been brought to our attention that a group of people who perform numerous stunts on the unsuspecting public and emergency services have been active all over central London in recent weeks.  

The antics of Troll Station UK have included placing large packages at busy restaurants and running away, causing customers to run away fearing it to be an IED. They have also chased members of the public with a petrol can and blow torch.

They film their stunts and then upload the footage to Youtube and Google+ accounts. A recent example was when they uploaded footage showing somebody pouring liquid from a petrol can over themselves in a variety of retail outlets and threatening to set themselves on fire.

It is understandable that this may confuse and cause alarm to employees and members of the public, and the best advice is to treat each incident as though it’s a real and imminent threat.

People have been asked to contact the police on 101 if they have any information, and to call the police on 999 if they sight this group performing a stunt.

Kingdom is one of the UK’s largest privately owned security company, specialising in risk, loss and the protection of property, people and brand. To read more about Kingdom’s security services, click here.