6 Things to Consider When Choosing a Mobile Patrol Security Service

Security. It’s something every business has to think about. When you leave your property or site at the end of the day, you need peace of mind that you won’t have any incidents to deal with during the night and once you return.

With targeted theft and mindless vandalism as permanent threats to your business, you need a security solution that suits all your requirements and protects your people, property, and assets from harm.


Why opt for a mobile patrol service?

Static security is ideal for monitoring entrances and exits. But criminals are becoming more sophisticated and will often go to extreme lengths to access your valuables. You need security that covers all your property or site, especially if you’re looking to protect a large open area or multiple buildings.

With a mobile patrol service protecting your business, you can be sure that there’s nowhere for criminals to hide. Security guards will patrol your whole premises, ensuring that any intruders or criminals are spotted, reported and dealt with sooner rather than later.


As with any business decision, there’s a lot to consider when choosing the right mobile patrol service for you.

At Churchill, we know just how important it is that you find the right service, from the right provider. That’s why we’ve made a list of the top six things you should consider when looking for a mobile patrol service.


1) Licensing and Training

No matter what type of security you’re looking for, it’s important you check that your chosen provider has the right licensing and qualifications. Mobile security services are no exception. To legally conduct ‘licensable’ activities, professional security guards must hold a valid SIA licence. The SIA or Security Industry Authority is the regulatory body responsible for regulating the private security sector.

Accidentally choosing an unreliable or untrustworthy security provider could leave your property and people at risk. Their guards may not have the training or qualifications they need to protect your business and themselves whilst on the job. When looking for a mobile security provider, be sure to check out their licences and memberships. At a bare minimum, they should be SIA approved. Extra feathers in their cap, such as ACS Pacesetter approval can also assure you that they’re a reputable company.


2) On-Foot or Vehicle Patrols

Every property or site will have unique security challenges. A one-size-fits-all approach to security is rarely effective. The scale and type of mobile patrol service your business needs will depend on a range of factors such as:

  • The size of your site
  • The number of buildings that need monitoring
  • The hazard level of your site e.g., construction or rail
  • Whether you need indoor/outdoor patrols

On-foot mobile security will be better for smaller businesses that mainly focus on indoor (with maybe minimal outdoor) patrols. Conversely, larger outdoor spaces, such as industrial facilities or construction sites would possibly require a patrol vehicle to cover ground efficiently.

Whilst it’s worth considering this aspect yourself, your security provider should also be able to carry out an assessment of your business to determine the best security strategy for you.


 3) Fully Branded Security Guards

Having properly branded uniforms and patrol vehicles is not only a sign of quality and professionalism but can also make criminals think twice before they target your property. Most intruders are looking for an easy target. In other words, they’re looking for an unprotected and empty business.

Ensuring your patrol guards have an identifiable security uniform, as well as a branded vehicle, tells the criminals that your business is professionally protected. It’s also a good idea to display your security company’s signage around your site to further reiterate that point.

Having a clear uniform for your security staff also avoids any cases of mistaken identity, with criminals imitating security personnel to gain access to your business and its valuables.


4) Recording and Reporting

When you lock up your business for the night, you’ll want peace of mind that your property and assets are protected. That’s why you’ve hired professional security in the first place. Unfortunately, even with security in place, criminals and intruders will still try to target your business.

When you’re looking for a mobile patrol service, you’ll want to find out how security incidents/breaches are reported and recorded. Some businesses will use paper records, others will have an online/automatic system. Asking how and when a security report will be passed on to you, can help you find a responsive and communicative security provider.


5) Client and Officer Support

Whilst you want to be sure that the on-site guards protecting your business are of the highest quality, you should also look for a mobile patrol provider with strong operational support and a dedicated client relations team.

For any security company to run efficiently, they need a strong back-office team. After all, they’ll be responsible for deploying your mobile patrol guards and ensuring shift cover if necessary. You’ll also want a security provider that establishes clear lines of communication with supervisors or managers, so you can always have the right number to call should you have any issues on your end.


6) Monitoring Guard Activity

When you hire a professional security company, you expect a professional service. You want peace of mind that your mobile patrol guards will frequently patrol your business for criminals and intruders and will never be caught sleeping on the job.

A quality mobile security provider will:

  1. Vet their employees during the hiring process
  2. Conduct regular check-ins with their on-site guards throughout their shift.

This is where having a strong control room comes into play. Most security providers will have some provision for tracking and monitoring their employee’s activity while on-site. Make sure you ask potential companies about this aspect of their service.


Are You Looking for Professional Mobile Patrol Services?

If so, then Churchill should be at the top of your list. We tailor our mobile patrol services to your business, so you can be sure you have the protection you need when you need it. Our team can conduct an assessment of your business, creating a comprehensive strategy to safeguard your people, assets, and property.

Using our initial assessment, we can determine:

  • The main security challenges of your site
  • The number of officers you’ll need
  • Whether to patrol on foot, with a vehicle or both
  • If you’d benefit from CCTV/ improvements to your system
  • Whether you’d need 24/7 security or just night patrols

To see how we could help protect your business with mobile patrols, get in touch with the Churchill team today.


Why Choose Churchill?

We understand that there are a lot of security providers out there. Here’s why we think you should choose us:  

  • Personalised Solution

We understand that every business will have different security requirements. That’s why we always offer a personalised security plan to protect your business.

  • SIA Licensed Officers

Here at Churchill, we ensure that all our guards and officers hold a full and valid SIA licence, so you can count on us to deliver highly trained security guards and an exceptional service.

  • Accredited Experts

Churchill is ranked in the top 1% of all SIA security providers and is ACS pacesetters approved, so you know that we’re a trusted and reputable provider within our industry.

  • Nationwide Service

We can provide our comprehensive range of security services across the whole of the UK, so you can benefit from a Churchill solution no matter where you’re based.


Churchill Support Services is a leading cross-industry corporate services company, supplying professional and comprehensive security solutions and electronic systems to businesses across the UK.

To find out more about how Churchill can support your business and its operations, get in touch with us today.

John Melling

Group Chief Executive Officer

John has a proven track record for motivating and leading high performance teams and has helped mentor and develop many people at Churchill who now hold key or senior positions within the business. John is committed to delivering only the finest services, exercising compelling leadership, maintaining good internal morale and striving to resolve any challenges efficiently and effectively.