Whilst the history of dedicated shopping malls in the U.S.A. stretches back to the 1920s (the first was The Country Club Plaza, opened by the J.C. Nichols Company near Kansas City, Missouri in 1922), out-of-town shopping centres did not arrive in the UK until the 1970s. London’s Brent Cross opened in 1976, with John Lewis, Ratners, Our Price and Fenwicks as its main attractions. It had 86 shops and 5,000 parking spaces to cater for an increasingly car-owning British population.
Today, shopping centres are widespread throughout the UK, attract millions of visitors and, of course, pose particular security problems for facilities managers. These include not only the issue of shoplifting, but wider concerns about ensuring the safety of large, diverse groups of people in these particular environments.
Security concerns for today’s shopping centres include: terrorism, lost children, fires, criminal acts, rioting and theft. Whilst manned-guarding is a vital weapon in the security arsenal, technology, including CCTV and remote monitoring, are increasingly important elements in maintaining a safe environment, making it as secure and attractive for customers to visit as possible.
The Latest Security Technology for Shopping Centres
The Bloomfield Group specialises in auditing shopping centre security and in the design and supply of fully integrated security systems. These solutions may combine man guarding and physical security measures, but they are often coupled with the latest HD CCTV cameras and digital recording equipment. Using new, advanced server software, operatives are able to review stored digital images quickly to find what is being searched for, generally within 6 clicks of a mouse, often less. Finding an incident and saving it for future evidence can now take minutes rather than hours. Strategically placed HD cameras can also result in greater evidence capture, with faces and registration plates easily identifiable. This results in the production of useful evidence for prospective prosecutions.
Combined with powerful, but easy-to-use access control systems for secure areas, instant alert systems and remote monitoring for multiple devices, The Bloomfield Group can provide an integrated security system with the highest levels of efficiency with the fewest amount of operative hours required.
The Bloomfield Group also provides cost-effective maintenance, delivering highly efficient, regular, security services to the UK’s shopping centres.
Security Knowledge and Experience
With over 37 years of experience, The Bloomfield Group is a leading specialist in the design, installation and maintenance of all types of electronic security systems, often in the most demanding of environments. Our service also includes physical security, manned guarding and fire detection, allowing us to offer total security solutions. Our experienced management team with its excellent technical knowledge, coupled with the use of cutting-edge technology, keeps us at the forefront of the security industry, ensuring that customers are offered the very best, most cost-effective solutions.
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