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Kingdom Scotland to take control of 300th Belhaven Brewery Festival part of the Greene King chain.



Kingdom Scotland will deploy 22 staff to manage the entry points, stage and bar areas at this weekend’s Belhaven Brewery Festival. With expectations of over 2000 people in attendance, Kingdom Scotland have the experience, knowledge and trust to ensure the festival runs smoothly as possible.

This year alone they have covered events such as Let’s Rock Scotland, Oktober Fest, Fringe Festival, Hawick Common-Riding and are looking forward to co-ordinating further events in the year.

Allan Jones, Operations Director commented “We take great pride in offering our services to such events and festivals across Scotland, our team work hard to ensure these occasions are run safely and smoothly, gaining appreciation and trust from public and our clients.”

For more information about our security solutions, visit our page by clicking here or email Kingdom's Sales Team here alternatively, call 0845 051 7700

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90 Second Read - Hostile State Activity Port Power - 23rd August 2019


Police or designated immigration or customs officers will be able to stop, question, search and detain an individual at a port, airport or border area to determine whether he or she is, or has been, engaged in hostile state activity. The new powers work similarly to those for terrorist activity, with a “hostile act” defined as activity linked to a foreign state which threatens national security, the economic wellbeing of the UK or is an act of serious crime.

If authorised by the Investigatory Powers Commissioner, an examining officer can now access, or even destroy, confidential information from an individual if there are reasonable grounds to suspect that it is a hostile act.

The powers which have been introduced as part of the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019, are a response to the attempted murder of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal in Salisbury last year. The provision will apply across the UK and within one mile of the Northern Ireland land border and at the first place at which a train travelling from the Republic of Ireland stops in Norther Ireland where passengers may leave the train.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has also called for espionage and treason laws in the UK to be revised in response to the threat of hostile activity by Russia and others. The Home Office is said to be considering a “foreign agent registration requirement”, similar to the US, under which agents representing the interests of foreign powers must disclose their relationship, as well as information about related activities and finances.

The register would not be an attempt to encourage those engaged in espionage to declare their activity, rather to regulate legitimate political interests. However, those found not complying or found to have breached the rules after registering would likely be investigated by the security services.

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Should venue owners be charged with a legal duty for counterterrorism measures? 


New laws could force large venues in the UK to adopt increased security measures in response to the Manchester Arena bombing in May 2017. Security minister Ben Wallace said that the government is considering “whether and how further legislation could support, or indeed compel, effective and proportionate protective security” for concerts, shopping centres and sporting events. This could include increasing the use of safety checks, such as bag searches and body scanners. It might also require venue owners to take counterterrorism advice, conduct vulnerability assessments and put a plan in place to mitigate any susceptibilities.

The government had initially said that it had no plans to mandate specific security measures, despite a campaign by the mother of one of the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing enjoying popular support online.


There is currently no legislation compelling venues to implement counterterrorism measures beyond standard health and safety legislation. Senior police officials are said to be supportive of creating a legal duty for venue owners. Former chief superintendent Nick Aldworth, who led the “protect and prepare” stand of national counterterror policing until May 2019, compared the issue of fire safety, noting that venue owners are expected to take responsibility for preventing fires rather than relying entirely on the emergency services. Taking the same approach to terrorism would share the burden and increase security, Aldworth argues.


There is currently no timeline for the proposed legislation, but it is unlikely that any changes would be introduced before the conclusion of the inquest into the Manchester Arena bombing which is due to begin in April 2020.
What’s your view – should venue owners be charged with a legal duty for counterterrorism measures?


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Kingdom Services Group Ltd acquires Scotland based security specialist Dunedin




Kingdom is delighted to announce the recent acquisition of Dunedin Facilities Management Ltd.
Established in 2012, Dunedin has gained an excellent reputation for delivering CCTV, Door Supervisors, Security Guards, Mobile Patrols, Key Holding and Event security solutions. With an extensive portfolio of loyal clients, Dunedin looks forward to using the Kingdom platform to develop further future growth in Scotland. 

The Dunedin acquisition continues the strategic expansion plans of Kingdom.

Terry Barton BA Hons Law, Chief Executive of Kingdom said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Kingdom to expand further in Scotland. Strategic acquisitions have always formed part of our growth strategy, but it is extremely important that when we acquire a business that there is values & culture fit to that of Kingdom. We are therefore keen that we continue to operate in the same way going forward with no planned changes to offices or points of contact. Kingdom will support and enhance the Dunedin integration with our expertise, technology and software solutions.



Iain Macintosh will undertake the role as Head of Security for Kingdom Scotland and along with his retained management team and colleagues will drive Kingdom Scotland forward. Throughout all our negotiations we were incredibly impressed with Iain as a person and with what he has achieved. With his expertise and innovative cutting edge technologies in CCTV Iain will maintain our position as a premier service provider so please give him a call”

Iain Macintosh, owner and Director of Dunedin said: “Joining the Kingdom family will enable my team and I to offer a greater range of services and strength in depth and for us to expand into new sectors. The Kingdom leadership team and I share the same aspirations and I’m excited about being a key part in the journey which is being created through this acquisition.”

Established in 1993 Kingdom are a well-established, highly regarded, privately-run, family-owned company.

The company successfully manage 6,000+ high-quality service personnel in highly complex public-facing environments driven to explore new ways of working.

Kingdom has trading longevity and a financially sound trading history within their specialist areas within both the UK and uniquely, India and through 25+ years of organic growth and strategic acquisition Kingdom has developed into a business turnover today of £100m+.

From 2016 Kingdom has operated from a purpose-built, 3 floor National Support Centre and from a number of regional support offices that oversees their national infrastructure.

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Chris Lamb – England U20s – Welsh Athletics International






Kingdom are proud to announce that Chris Lamb, son of Kingdom’s own Paula Lamb, will be performing in the Welsh Athletics International as part of the England U20’s pole-vaulting team.

At only 19 years of age, Chris is ranked 4th in the country for the sport and has been given this opportunity to represent England in his first international competition.

Chris started pole-vaulting at the early age of 14 at Liverpool Harriers, and moved to Wigan Harriers a year later in search of a more specialised type of training for pole-vaulting. During these early years, Chris performed in multiple national competitions, and medalled at the UK School Games 2016, the English Schools Championships 2018, and Nationals 2019.

Chris has stated that “over the last couple of months, everything has started to come together, and all the hard work is finally starting to pay off. I have started to progress a lot faster, achieving 4 personal bests.” As a result of his hard work and dedication, he has become the North of England champion and achieved 3rd place at the England Championships. His performance has deservedly resulted in being chosen to represent England in this event.

The end goal of performing for Team GB is within reach for Chris, and every event, competition, and medal is one step closer to realising his dream.

We wish Chris the best of luck, both in the Welsh Athletics International and in the future!

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Chris Lamb is currently campaigning to raise funds to purchase new poles that will see him improve his height and performance, which will help in his goal of performing for Team GB. If you would like to donate to Chris, any amount is immensely appreciated, you can do so by visiting his GoFundMe page below:






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Kingdom's Annual Event at Haydock Park Racecourse



Saturday night played host to Kingdom’s annual event at Haydock Park Racecourse. A mixture of great weather and a great atmosphere was the perfect recipe for a night filled with laughter, emotion, and celebration.

Terry Barton, CEO, kicked off the evening with congratulatory speech, commending everyone for their work and effort over the past few months, whilst also celebrating birthdays and achievements both inside and outside of the workplace.

A massive thanks to Lisa Hughes for ensuring the night ran smoothly by organising the event; booking the venue and tickets, food and drink, and ensuring any information and updates were well communicated in the months leading up to the special day.

The evening came to a close with a live performance from Rick Astley, singing a few of his classics and covers that brought everyone to their feet.

Here’s to the next 12 months!





















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Google app defaults enabling calendar phishing attacks

Kaspersky Lab have warned that cyber criminals are currently sending malicious phishing links to victims via Google Calendar in Gmail. The new attack type is called ‘Calendar Phishing’. Perpetrators are exploiting a default setting on the Google app where Google Calendar adds invitations and events, regardless of whether the user has directly responded to the invitation or not. Victims then interact with the notification, as it is coming from a trusted app such as Google Calendars, making the phishing campaign surprisingly successful.

Other than ignoring such messages to prevent the risk of infection, users can prevent the notifications appearing by completing a few basic steps via the Google Calendar Event settings. Within this dropdown, users can select the ‘Automatically add invitations’ option and select ‘No, only show invitations to which I’ve responded.’ Finally, the ‘Show declined events’ option should be deselected under the ‘View options’ section. Rate this posting:
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Just how worried should we be about the threat from the New IRA?


The unexploded car bomb found on the 1st June
A recent car bomb incident in east Belfast underscores the continued threat from the New IRA. The republic dissident group claimed responsibility for a failed car bomb on the 1st June, found planted under a police officer’s car at the Shandon Park Golf Club. Police described the explosive device as “viable” and “sophisticated", noting it had a motion-activated mercury tilt switch and contained about 680g of TNT. Bomb disposal experts were able to defuse the device without casualties.
This recent incident illustrates the New IRAs determination to commit terrorist acts and comes on the heels of the letter / parcel bombs sent to Waterloo station, London City Airport, Heathrow and the University of Glasgow back in March and the shooting of journalist Lyra McKee in April.
The group has hinted at further acts “which should not be underestimated”, and some focus has been placed around the potential for further police officers in Belfast to be targeted.
The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) continues to report the threat level for Northern-Ireland related terrorism attacks as ‘Moderate’ which means an attack is possible but not likely. However, we cannot be complacent and must remember that it is communities that defeat terrorism and if you see anything suspicious then report it to your local police or the Anti-Terrorism hotline on 0800 789321.
Remember to ACT, Action Counters Terrorism.

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90 Second Read - Security Update


Fake Apple Telephone Support Warning

Apple users are being warned about a telephone phishing scam (known as ‘Vishing’) that involves users being falsely alerted to a possible data breach by an ‘Apple Support Agent’. If a call is answered and the victim follows an automated instruction to press ‘1’ to talk to support staff, the scammers hope that the victim will then divulge sensitive Apple ID account information.

The scam is made to appear realistic on Apple devices by using a spoofing technique that identifies the caller as ‘Apple Customer Service’ or ‘AppleCare’. On other devices the caller appears as either ‘1 (800) MYAPPLE’ or 800-275-2273. The actual origin of the call is a malicious number that advises victims to call an 866 number for assistance. Whichever call method is used, the victim will be encouraged to provide account details.


Apple is advising users to be particularly vigilant, but they are also planning to include an update to iOS 13 that detects unknown calls and directs them straight to voicemail. If any users have experienced this scam and accidently engaged with a call, it is recommended that they reset their Apple ID and iCloud passwords at the earliest opportunity.
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Ten top tips to prevent cargo crime

Written by Andy Ellis, Business Development Manager

History books and popular fiction tell glamorous tales of bandits robbing stagecoaches and merchants being attacked on the road, while pirates have made their presence felt on the sea. And as children we’ve all played our own versions of Jack Sparrow or Robin Hood – it’s all harmless fun, right? Now put yourself in the shoes of the truck driver who has just been held at gunpoint for his cargo of sportswear. Still fun? 

In truth it’s not just the truck drivers themselves that suffer as a result of cargo crime. TAPA (the Transported Asset Protection Association) report that “the repercussions of cargo theft can be devastating. Loss of sales... liability, product contamination and recall, as well as brand equity damage may result from a single incident of cargo tampering or loss”. These repercussions apply to both the manufacturer and the logistics firms tasked with transporting goods across the country and ultimately, it affects the prices we all pay on the high street. 

It’s not just on the road that the transportation sector feels the pinch. Vulnerabilities exist across the sector including shipping and warehousing where targets include ports, borders and transportation hubs. So what steps can you take to mitigate the risk of losses? 

Loss prevention tactics 
  1. Check that lighting, backup generators, alarm systems, surveillance equipment and perimeter fencing are all in good working order. 
  2. Operate strict key control of all equipment including trucks, motorised pallet jacks and forklifts. 
  3. Ensure that every single alarm activation is responded to (see our previous blog for more about this) as criminals will often activate alarms multiple times to imitate malfunctioning systems. 
  4. Document all suspicious activity, no matter how small or insignificant it seems and ensure that it’s reported to management and whoever has responsibility for loss prevention in your business. 
  5. Request extra security patrols during times when facilities may be unoccupied, such as weekends and bank holidays. 
  6. Keep an accurate log of registration plate details along with VINs and descriptions of all vehicles including tractors, trailers, containers and container chassis. Make this available to management, security and drivers so that the information can be readily shared in the event of a robbery. 
  7. Secure all vehicles with high-quality locking devices and steering column locks.  
  8. For soft-sided trailers use slash-resistant tarpaulins, secure tarpaulins with cables and padlocks. 
  9. Install light sensors inside trailers to alert drivers to potential thefts. 
  10. Agree on secure stopping locations en-route, and check cargo when stopping and before setting off again. 
For more tips on maintaining the security of your supply chain, email andy.ellis@kingdom.co.uk to request your free security audit. 
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Kingdom Services Group Champions Women’s Safety in the City

Kingdom Services Group Champions Women’s Safety in the City 
Business is one of first to support the London Mayor’s Women’s Night Safety Charter 

Kingdom Services Group has pledged their support for the London Mayor’s Women’s Night Safety Charter. 

Launched by the Mayor’s Night Czar, Amy Lamé, it aims to make London a City where all women feel confident and welcome at night. 

It is asking businesses who operate during the night to sign-up to some simple pledges including; 
  • Nominate a champion to actively promote women’s night safety 
  • Demonstrate to staff and customers that we take women’s safety at night seriously 
  • Remind customers and staff that London is safe, but tell them what to do if they experience harassment when working, going out or travelling 
  • Encourage reporting by victims and bystanders 
  • Train staff to ensure that all women who report are believed 
  • Train staff to ensure that all reports are recorded and responded to 
  • Design public and work places to make them safer for women at night. 

Andrew Howe, Head of Risk and Mitigation at Kingdom Services Group says "Personal safety for all is a key area of concern for Kingdom Services Group so we're delighted to be signing up to this initiative ahead of it's formal launch. We are in the process of developing training and communications programmes to share with all employees across the Group promoting personal safety, and in particular for women during the night. At the heart of our recommendations will be the obvious, but often forgotten, tips on keeping safe including; 
  • Maintaining spatial awareness, not listening to music or calls with earphones 
  • Where possible, staying in well-lit and populated areas 
  • Only use accredited transport 
  • Let people know your plans 
  • Remain drink aware 
  • Allow friends/family to access your ‘find your phone’ app 

The initiative is to be formally launched on 19th July at City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London, SE1 2AA. 

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How to ensure your personal safety when your business alarm is activated out of hours

Written by Sean Pennington, National Mobile Manager

How often do you get to the end of the day (or week), lock up and head home without giving the security of your business a second thought? After all, you’ve checked all the windows were shut, set the alarm and locked the door so it’s safe as houses right? Unfortunately not. Even the most securely locked premises are at risk when they’re unmanned. 

If you’re the person responsible for security and your alarms are activated out of hours, have you really considered your responsibilities? Will you have to visit your premises to determine exactly why the alarms are sounding?  And if so, what will you find when you get there?  In this blog we look at several possibilities for alarms being activated out of hours.  While it could be something as minor and trivial as a sudden gust of wind activating a sensor, it could also easily be something sinister and potentially dangerous.  You’ll need to have a plan in place for both.

Adverse weather conditions and flooding 

Climate change has resulted in abnormal weather patterns. Increased levels of rainfall, flood damage, and gale force winds all bring their own risks to property and can activate alarms in doing so.

Flooding can easily affect electrical circuits, cause drainage and sewerage systems to overflow and result in significant structural damage.  Similarly, adverse weather conditions can lead to burst pipes and unwanted rodents seeking refuge.

Fire

Although the majority of fires within commercial premises occur as a result of faulty electrics or overloading of circuits, unmanned properties are vulnerable to arson attacks. Fires can spread incredibly quickly, cause major damage and have severe financial repercussions.  It’s vital to respond to the threat of fire immediately.

Squatters

Unwanted intruders or squatters could easily activate alarms while gaining entry to your premises.  Having squatters in your premises leads to a range of issues, including criminal damage and theft - as well as the likelihood of exhibiting challenging behaviour if confronted.  Could you deal with this?     
Are you putting either yourself or your staff at risk?

Responding to out of hours alarm activation may bring its own dangers to personal safety. Questions you ought to ask in determining the risk here include:

  • Is your premises in an isolated area?  
  • Is it close to pubs, clubs or areas where large numbers of people may congregate?  
  • Do you consider the area safe enough to visit unaccompanied in the middle of the night? 

Health and Safety is an important element to bear in mind here.  Employers have a duty of care towards the health, safety, security and wellbeing of members of staff and legislation such as the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 must be fully complied with.

What can you do to mitigate risks and ensure staff are protected?

One of the best ways of mitigating the risks of attending out of hours alarm activations is to outsource to a third party provider. Such providers are trained to deal with the worst potential outcomes of an alarm activation and will liaise with key personnel within your business and external agencies (such as the police) when an alarm activation requires it. We'll also board up your property if there has been damage done - whether as a result of adverse weather conditions, or malicious intent. Combining alarm response services with regular mobile patrols of your premises also reduces the risk that your premises becomes a target for the unscrupulous.

We at Kingdom believe the peace of mind, reassurance and convenience of our comprehensive response solutions are priceless in comparison to the disadvantages, risks, inconvenience and stress involved in having to personally respond to out of hours alarm calls. We have many years of experience in providing an extensive key holding and emergency response service for a range of public and private sector organisations including government institutions, housing authority stock, commercial enterprises and manufacturing outlets.  It’s a completely bespoke offering, geared to your individual level of risk, size and the complexity of your premises. For more information, take a look at our keyholding and emergency response webpage or call 01744 815936 option 2.

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