Covid-19 and Security
On 5 March 2020 the death of the first person was announced in the UK due to Coronavirus. The UK has recorded the 3rd highest number of confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in the world. Last month, new legislation was made in the United Kingdom. The legislation just says the bare bones of the law.
The department of health and care of UK introduce the public health information campaign, which works for delivering necessary information to the public and to release them that we are suffering from hard times and it needs the attention of the public and their sincerity with other people and with the state. The government gave this duty to security sectors to provide the information to the public and they very efficiently fulfill this duty by giving information door to door.
The UK government introduced and implemented the Coronavirus act 2020 which give emergency powers to the state and executive to implement the emergency in the state and do any action which is necessary to do in the crucial time. All executive authorities, security sectors are working day and night to implement the laws on ground level and to minimize the impact in this pandemic.
The effects of Covid-19 are felt around the world, Security sector are working to ensure public safety and support government-wide effort. Organizations are focused on delivering innovation solutions to ensure the safe flow of goods and resources and provide consistent communication with the public despite disruptions occurring within this dynamically changing environment.
“Being human is a given. But keeping our humanity is a choice.”
Leo Tolstoy once said:
“The sole meaning of life is to serve the Humanity.”
Security agencies at all level can expect impacts across key organizational pillars, some are include:
• Increase focus on enabling remote work and providing virtual support solutions requiring investment in digital and technology.
• As organizations reflect on the response to the crisis, focus will shift toward planning and establishing new policies and procedures to increase performance and resiliency.
• As government spending shifts towards economic recovery efforts.
In COVID-19 majority people are working online from their homes and it also increases the theft and crime rate of cybercrimes. The security sectors at same time are fighting with two major problems. Cybercrimes are increasing day by day in this COVID-19. The security sectors are adopting the best rules and strategies to protect the date of people that they are sharing online with the firm and customers.
The security sectors are also playing a vital role in development of industries. When the economy is destroyed, millions of people lose their jobs, now when the industries are starting their work with new energy, objectives and to support their country. The security sectors are adopting and implementing all the SOPs in the industries to save the employees during their work. They are training them, giving awareness about all the upcoming updates about the COVID-19.
COVID-19 has affected all dimensions of the security sector, from principles and values to cross-cutting issues, and from security providers to security overseers. Overall the security sector has been affected less by coronavirus. During this difficult time, security firms in the UK are asking their teams to pivot. The security guard outside stores has become commonplace to limit the number of people who enter a shop at once to maintain social and physical distance in stores. In markets, two meter markings have been installed to keep distance between the customers.
Jodi Rell once said:
“At the end of the day, the goals are simple: safety and security.”
Security company that are specialists in event security, training solution and door supervision, was asked to develop over 190 crowd management operatives to the Manchester Marathon. This security is providing more than 100% of personnel to assist with crowd management, making sure the NHS and ensuring the social distancing to hundreds of super markets.
In Covent Garden Market, they have security guards screening people before they go in and keeping track of numbers to control the crowd. This market was closed on 18 March 2020 due to Covid-19 and now its doors as a super market reopen to service Londoners in the downtown area. For this a lot of changes have been made like removing all the seats and changing the takeout option only to keep customers safe.
“What the world needs is Solidarity. With solidarity we can defeat the virus and build a better world.”
High risk product protection to prevent theft, patrolling and key holding are few of the roles security guards routinely fill. Security patrol also ask to check the firm alarm system just to confirm whether the alarms are false or real. There is also an increase in the number of mobile patrols in the UK to ensure the security of CCTV monitoring, provision of alarm response centers including mobile units and office premises.
Some other short term responses that they take are to increase resilience in the guard force by developing methods to track the health status of the security guard force to assist with planning staff availability. Many security guards are faced with dealing with people who show symptoms of Covid-19, so security sectors have provided step-by-step advice on how to tackle those customers by not ignoring their own health and protection. They also provide them Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that is clearly an important part, along with instructions on how to use it.
According to the UK statistics, key workers that are Male security guards are at higher risk of dying from coronavirus in the UK.
"Compared to the same sex and age rate in England and Wales, COVID-19 deaths are the highest among men working in the least skilled occupations, with 21.4 deaths per 100,000 men."
"The rate of men working as security guards is high, with 45.7 deaths per 100,000," the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said Monday.