Choosing a security services provider

Building a business takes time and effort but protecting your premises doesn’t need to be hard work. Using a professional security services provider is a great way to help keep it safe, but what should you look for when choosing a company to work with?

Local knowledge

If you’re looking for a company who can provide an alarm response service, make sure you ask how quickly they respond. Response times will be quicker if you work with a local company with local knowledge. Knowing the area really does make a difference so look for a provider who specialises in providing alarm response in Lancashire.

A professional team

Many people think security staff work on temporary, zero hour contracts. That may be true for some companies, but not for all. Look for a provider who employs full time, permanent security officers, offering them fair pay and training. Continuous training ensures their employees deliver the best service possible and place value in developing a relationship with you.

SIA approved

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is a national organisation who are responsible for regulating the private security industry, so look for a company who are SIA approved. 

Reporting to the Home Secretary, the SIA is an independent body with two main duties; compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking certain activities within the private security sector and the management of their Approved Contractor Scheme. 

Companies who receive approved contractor status as part of the scheme have demonstrated their commitment to providing the best customer service to their clients and have licensed staff – a sign of quality and best practice.


A reputable company will have plenty of testimonials from clients, so ask if you can see them before you make your decision. You’ll get a good feel for how they conduct business and the value they deliver.