Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Happy New Year... The Magpie Security Ltd January 2018 Newsletter is OUT NOW...

“The Contenders are in… Who will be Crowned 
Magpie Security Ltd Employee of the Year?”

Over the last 12 months, the following Magpie Security Ltd Employees have been Crowned Employee of the Month: Ian Kirkland, Edwin Watts, Raja Shaheen, Peter Scott, Leonie Moore, Harry Wright, Andre Corbette, Mark Goyder, Tony Foden, Sam King, Umar Iqbal and Michael Cross… but who will WIN the coveted prize for 2017? 

#WatchThisSpace #WinnerToBeAnnouncedInOurFebruaryNewsletter

“Magpie Security Ltd supports The   Harley Jae Trust …”

On Sunday 17th December 2017, Magpie Security Ltd supported Harley Jae’s Present Dash to the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham.

Magpie Security Ltd Company Director Mr. Jason Bailey is a Trustee for The Harley Jae Trust which is a Nottingham charity that helps children with life limiting conditions and their families, both in the community and in hospital settings.

The sponsored walk started from Nottingham City Centre to the Queens Medical Centre, where donated presents were taken to children in the care unit.  Magpie Security Ltd's Sam Futer assisted Company Director Jason Bailey by providing security for the sponsored walk, ensuring all participants were safe and secure.

“Magpie Security Ltd are happy to support The Harley Jae Trust as their chosen charity and will remain huge advocates for their aims and objectives to support children with life limiting conditions” – Mr. Jason Bailey. Company Director. Magpie Security Ltd    

"UK Police given extra £50m to fund fight against Terrorism”

Extra cash will increase intelligence and surveillance capabilities and pay for armed officers to patrol city centres.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: “This represents our commitment to backing the talented and brave counter-terrorism forces with the resources they need to keep people safe.

Police forces are to receive a £50m funding boost to help the fight against terrorism.  The extra cash will increase intelligence and surveillance capabilities and pay for armed officers to patrol city centres.  The home secretary, Amber Rudd, secured the rise in next year’s police counter-terrorism budget to at least £757m after convincing the chancellor, Philip Hammond, more money was needed to protect the public.

“Since 2015 alone we have increased counter-terrorism spending by 30% and pledged more than £500m in increased funding for the counter-terrorism budget, to protect the UK from the ongoing threat posed by terrorism.  This [latest funding] will allow counter-terrorism policing to meet head on the threat we face, working closely with our communities and continuing to disrupt those who would want to harm us.  We are also reviewing our counter-terrorism strategy to make sure we meet the unprecedented challenge.”

 Rest in Peace Terry McCree

 1945 - 2017
On Tuesday 19th December 2017, Magpie Security Ltd Employee Terry McCree sadly passed away in hospital.  Terry had worked for Magpie Security Ltd for over 8 years and always left a positive impression on his colleagues and the Magpie Management Team.  Always smiling and eager to help was a trait that fondly described Terry’s persona.

Leonie Moore – “So shocked to hear the news… we have lost a friend & colleague who always helped others including taking me under his wing… RIP Terry, gone…but never forgotten”

Michael Cross – “I’m shocked by his loss, Terry was a wonderful guy & will be sadly missed”

Dennis Spencer – “So sorry to hear about Terry… He was a good mate… I had worked with him for many years previously at the council… he will be truly missed. Rest in Peace my friend”

"Magpie Security have provided all of our security for over 10 years, their guards easily adapt to each situation they are faced with - from site security to ensuring the safety of our students - and deal them swiftly and professionally. We would not hesitate to recommend Magpie Security to anyone." 

" Thank you for your and all of your Team’s professionalism last night. It was good to have such a quick response to site in dealing with the alarm call out and with the effectiveness of your company’s communication with the Police, this obviously ended in the successful outcome for us as a company, so thank you very much.”

“Introducing our New Magpie Security Ltd Installation Engineer –
 Sean Davidson”

Congratulations to Sean Davidson on successfully completing the Health & Safety Awareness course for the Construction & Civil Engineering Industries 

“I used this system to protect my home whilst I was on holiday this year… the installation took less than 15mins. I returned from holiday and everything was perfect. I was very happy with the service from start to finish and it was only less than £100 for the week. Thank you very much.”

“Congratulations to Anthony Holland
Our Employee of the Month”

Magpie Security Ltd would like to congratulate Anthony on his Employee of the Month Award.

Anthony’s positive attitude, exceptional levels of customer service and professionalism has been recognised by customers and the Magpie Management Team.

 “Fantastic work Anthony…
Keep it up” –

Mr. Richard Bailey
Managing Director
Magpie Security Ltd

Monday, 18 December 2017

Magpie Security Ltd supports The Harley Jae Trust

On Sunday 17th December 2017, Magpie Security Ltd supported Harley Jae’s Present Dash to the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham.

Magpie Security Ltd Company Director Mr. Jason Bailey is a Trustee for The Harley Jae Trust which
is a Nottingham charity that helps children with life limiting conditions and their families, both in the community and in hospital settings.

The sponsored walk started from Nottingham City Centre to the Queens Medical Centre, where donated presents were taken to children in the care unit.  Magpie Security Ltd's Sam Futer assisted Company Director Jason Bailey by providing security for the sponsored walk, ensuring all participants were safe and secure.

“Magpie Security Ltd are happy to support The Harley Jae Trust as their chosen charity and will remain huge advocates for their aims and objectives to support children with life limiting conditions” – Mr. Jason Bailey. Company Director. Magpie Security Ltd

Friday, 1 December 2017

HOT OF THE PRESS...The Magpie Security Ltd December 2017 Newsletter is OUT NOW...

The most forward-thinking Company in the Industry…
Magpie Security Ltd Invited to the 2017 Security Expo…”

Magpie Security Ltd was invited to attend the UK Security Expo, this award-winning event brings 10,000+ forward thinking international stakeholders of security to London from Government, Transport & Borders, Major Events, Military, Law Enforcement, Emergency Services, CNI and the Private Sector.

Jason Bailey and Steve Drake took up the invitation to go and say hello and listen to a list of industry experts / speakers, while seeing what’s new and taking the opportunity to attend Government closed door briefings.

“How Britain celebrates Christmas in 2017:

Armed guards, concrete barriers and metal detectors spring up around festive markets due to terror attack fears…”

  • ·         Armed police, large concrete barriers and stop and search checks carried out at festive markets across UK
  • ·       -Heavy police presence at festive events in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh and Bath
  • ·         Britain is on a severe terror alert in aftermath of attacks in Westminster, London Bridge and Manchester
  • ·         Last year an ISIS fanatic murdered 12 when he ploughed a lorry through Berlin's Breitscheidplatz market

 Christmas markets will be surrounded by a ring of a steel with armed police on patrol and metal detectors at entrances as security is raised over new terror fears.

There will be concrete barriers, stop and search checks and officers on the ground at the popular festive events in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh and Bath in the run up to Christmas.

The precautions are being taken after the Local Government Association warned councils to be vigilant this year with the terror threat level to the UK currently at 'severe' - meaning an incident is 'highly likely'.

Britain has suffered from the three horrific attacks this year with innocent people and children killed in London and Manchester.  But while security is being ramped up in light of the atrocities in Westminster in March, the Manchester Arena in May and London Bridge in June, the authorities are also concerned about a potential copy-cat attack.

Last Year 12 were murdered when an ISIS fanatic ploughed a lorry through Berlin's Breitscheidplatz Christmas market.

Manchester's Christmas market has also bolstered its security precautions, in the wake of the Manchester Arena bombing, which killed 23 people at an Ariana Grande gig in May.

London has been hit twice in the past 12 months by terror attacks involving vehicles on Westminster Bridge and London Bridge.
In response to those atrocities barriers separating traffic from pedestrians were erected on three of the capital's bridges.

In Birmingham a protective wall of concrete blocks will protect shoppers from potential vehicle attacks, with metal barriers at entrances to the Christmas market, close to its popular Bullring shopping centre.

“Stay Safe, Be Alert & Have a Merry Christmas”

“Home and Garden Security for winter”

Home and garden security is an important concern for any homeowner or tenant, especially if their property is appointed with high quality furnishings from a provider such as Rattan Direct. Crime is an unfortunate fact of life in our society, and thieves are becoming increasingly savvy. Quality home furnishings are like catnip to burglars, and there will always be an underground market on which to sell such items. As you can see, it is incredibly important to secure your belongings.

Happily, there are a number of steps that can be taken to prevent your property from becoming another statistic. This guide will talk you through how to ensure that your property remains safe from the unwelcome attention of any intruders who may have designs on your possessions.
Home Burglary Crimes
Burglary a very common crime throughout the UK, only exceeded in many records by the catchall category of ‘general anti-social behaviour offences’. Fortunately, statistics suggest that rates of burglary are slowly and steadily dropping, having plummeted by over 70% in the last forty years. However, it remains hugely important that we all take the appropriate steps to protect our homes.
Not all burglaries take the form of balaclava-clad ne’er-do-wells sneaking into your home at the dead of night and filling a swag bag. Usually an unlocked door or window is located, and sometimes entry is forced through the front door. Statistics suggest that many homeowners have been robbed by allowing strangers posing as door-to-door salespeople to enter their homes, only to live to regret this lapse in judgment.

In fact, it may surprise you to know that most burglaries actually take place in daylight hours, typically between 10am and 3pm, and can be completed in less than ten minutes by an experienced thief. If you are at work during these hours and your house is left empty, it is well worth investing in some kind of visible home security system, especially if you live in an even slightly secluded area. Statistics suggest that burglars often live close to their targets, and if they are aware that an alarm or CCTV is on the property they will turn their attentions elsewhere.
Once they have gained access, most thieves target the master bedroom first. The average burglar will be on the hunt for loose cash, wallets and purses, or easily hawked electrical appliances such as smartphones, laptops, MP3 players and tablets. Jewellery and shelves of DVDs and CDs will also be an enticing target for a thief, as they can be sold to pawn shops with little fuss for immediate cash.

Garden furniture is the second most reported item of personal theft, second only to wallets and purses. Furnishings should never be able to be easily moved (bolt or anchor them down if you can), and wherever possible, make your furniture difficult to identify from a burglar’s perspective. It is strongly advisable to invest in furniture covers for your outdoor seats, benches and tables, as these will ensure that a thief cannot see the pickings that are on offer at a glance. 

New for 2018… “Introducing The Power of One”

“Remember the moments that changed your life forever? … There’s another one coming
.” – Steve Drake.  Business Development Manager.
Magpie Security Ltd

The Power of ONE is an 'Enter-trainment' presentation in which the key messages are contained. As the presentation unfolds, the audience is exposed to the concepts of Personal Sovereignty and that how one chooses to runs one’s 'state' (i.e. feelings) has a direct bearing on the results one attains in life.

The teaching methodology utilized is explanation, metaphor and demonstration.

The program culminates to a process known as breakthrough. Attendees learn to tap into their reservoirs of personal power and forces partisans to change their mental perceptions in order to overcome challenges as one of the most sort after team building programs The Power of ONE is an experience that teams call on for years, recalling a moment in time when they achieved their true level of inner confidence and power.

Learning Objectives, and Agenda
The features of our TPO1 event is that it culminates into a very spectacular, high profile, media friendly event. The benefits are that the delegates step outside of their comfort zone, gaining the innate recognition that ‘anything is possible’ once you believe it to be so. In doing so, your comfort zone increases in size to incorporate into something extreme.

The training assists them to overcome whatever future challenges they face (In this case a ‘Board Break’) If they can do this, they can do anything.

“Success is not about doing extraordinary things, but doing things extraordinary well.”

Not only is this workshop an empowering experience, it forces participants to change their mental perceptions in order to overcome challenges.  For further information, please contact Steve Drake on 0115 9866 000 or email

“Congratulations to Michael Cross
our Employee of the Month”

Magpie Security Ltd would like to congratulate Michael on his Employee of the Month Award.
Michael’s attention to detail, following of protocol and professionalism has been recognised by the client & the Magpie Management Team.

 “Very Good Work Michael… ” –
Mr. Richard Bailey.
 Managing Director

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Breaking News... The Magpie Security Ltd November 2017 Newsletter is OUT NOW

Introducing the First Magpie Security Ltd Training Academy  Graduate…”

Congratulations to Peter Edwards who is the first academy member to graduate through the Security Practitioner course and gain his SIA Level 2 Door Supervision badge along with his Level 2 CCTV (PSS) and First Aid Qualification. Peter has now become very employable to work in the Private Security Sector and as a result has been offered full time employment with Magpie Security Ltd.

Peter had been working in Industry for many years and found himself unemployed after 25 years in the same position.  Magpie picked him up, dusted him down and gave him the confidence to challenge himself, utilising the skills and experience gained in Industry, Peter not only completed the required training course but also was voted by his fellow students best in class.    

Peter is now working his three-month induction to the business and I am sure will become a great asset to the company in his future role.

Top 5 Security Tips for your Bonfire Night…

Bonfire night is one of those very special occasions where people can share unique and magical moments with their family and friends.  According to the Health and Social Care Information Centre, in 2015/16 firework injuries accounted for 4,506 NHS A&E attendances.

These facts and statistics aren’t meant to put a damper on your Bonfire Event. Most firework injuries are a result of unsafe handling and a lack of safety precautions. So as long as you know how to properly set off fireworks, safely control a bonfire, and put in place control measures for preventing injuries, you’ll be perfectly safe hosting your event.

This includes conducting a full risk assessment before you begin a firework display, which helps you recognise how to reduce and eliminate potential hazards.

How to Conduct a Bonfire or Fireworks Risk Assessment
Step 1 – Identify the fire hazards, e.g.:
Rogue or faulty fireworks.
Mishandled sparklers.
Bonfire flames and embers.
Things nearby that could catch on fire and cause fire to spread, e.g. buildings, fences, trees, shrubbery, etc.

Step 2 – Identify the people at risk, e.g.:
People lighting fireworks.
People controlling a bonfire.
People lighting and handling sparklers.
People attending the display, including children & Neighbours.

Step 3 – Evaluate the risks and decide how to remove or reduce them.
This can be achieved by following the firework code and general safety tips, as listed below.

Step 4 – Inform people of the preventative measures.
Give a brief announcement about what fire safety measures are in place to prevent accidents and make sure that everyone understands what to do to follow them. Most importantly, make sure there is adult supervision for children at all times.

Step 5 – Review to make sure your preventative methods are working.
Observe whether anyone is still clearly at risk. Your measures and instruction may not be sufficient if people are still able to put themselves in harm’s way. For example: standing too close to fireworks being set off or not wearing safety gear.
The above is a guide to ensure your Bonfire Night Event starts well and ends well for all involved.

SIA Licence Holders: Powers of Arrest

Recent news articles suggest that talks are at a very advanced stage about Security Companies are about to be given Police powers of arrest.
The minister for Justice, David Lidington, is deciding right now whether to give powers of arrest to as part of a police privatisation plan.
The ideas were revealed in tender documents put out by the Ministry of Justice in August.
The courts already allow private firms to enforce court judgements by sending bailiffs to seize property to encourage payments of courts fines or costs orders.
But the move would mean a huge widening of “warrants of arrest” powers issued by JPs to force people to attend court.
If it went ahead it would mean HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) would privatise part of its operations in a £290 million deal.
The MoJ tender document said: “MoJ would also like to explore the potential transfer of service of all warrants currently executed by Civilian Enforcement Officers...covering fines and community penalty breaches.”
An HMCTS spokesman said: “We have robust processes in place to ensure agency staff comply to the same standards as HMCTS staff ... we are in discussion with providers to extend the work of enforcement agencies and will make further announcements in due course.”
Magpie Security have recently received two Private & Confidential reports entitled ‘Police views on private security and Towards a strategy for change for the Security Sector’
Both reports are a game changer for our industry and offer great opportunity to our business.

“Magpie Security Ltd Management Team will be attending….”
Practitioner | Graduate | Expert

“Magpie Moving Forward…”
“The only thing worse than training people and having them leave, is not training them and having them stay” -Zig Ziglar

Your people may have all the expertise in the world but, if they're not motivated, it's very unlikely that they'll achieve their true potential.

Research has shown that up to a staggering 80% of any organizations success can be directly linked to the employees’ attributes of personal motivation, attitudes, beliefs, expectations, self-confidence and self-concept. It has been proven that someone with a high self-concept but limited resources can perform at the highest level. The same cannot be said of someone with advanced skills but low self-concept.

Motivated people have a positive outlook, they're excited about what they're doing, and they know that they're investing their time in something that's truly worthwhile. In short, motivated people enjoy their jobs and perform well.

The Key to having a highly motivated workforce is by having employees learn how to motivate themselves regardless of the situation or circumstances.

In 2018 the training academy are introducing two new training courses to it’s portfolio.
The Power of One and Miracle Team Building presentations are unique in the fact that they both demonstrate and share the secrets of self-motivation.

This is not about business theory, it’s about breaking negative patterns and tapping into people’s true natural ability.

To do this, we embrace a unique philosophy of education called I.C.E.2.
Most often people know what to do, but don’t do what they know.

Does your team have waning confidence, too much change, lack of focus or outdated thinking and abilities? It's not that they are unable to make big moves, take bold action or embrace change. It's just that the hustle and bustle of diverse priorities seems to get in their way. It happens. There is a solution that will be reviewed in next month’s newsletter. Look out for it, and see how you can be part of it. Consider it as an early Christmas gift.

For Further information or to discuss your booking requirements, please email 

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Introducing the Magpie Security Ltd October 2017 Newsletter

Magpie Security Ltd Celebrates 15 Years of Success

On Wednesday 18th October 2017, Magpie Security Ltd celebrates its 15th year operating within the security industry.

From the birth of the business in 2002, the company has made phenomenal strides to become the premier security and training specialist within Nottinghamshire.

Landmark projects to date have included NET Phase 2, Bio City and the army’s Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre to name but a few.

Continual investment into the business and its personnel has given the company the competitive advantage which differentiates its position as a market leader from its competitors

“Magpie Security Ltd will always aim to exceed the expectations of our clients for service, professionalism and complete security solutions to ensure our position as the premier security provider within the industry”

 - Mr. Jason Bailey.  Company Director

A night out at the Nottingham Goose Fair is a great experience that has been enjoyed by families for generations.  The ambiance, the smell of the hot dogs and the thrill of the rides can make for an unforgettable experience.  But how can you be sure you, your family, friends including loved ones stay safe?

Stay Safe in the Crowd
Make it good practice to know the location of Emergency Exits and First Aid points in case of the unlikely event of any illness or incident. Maintain your awareness, keep your eyes up, and off the smart phone, as large crowds are an absolute pick pocketers paradise as well distraction robberies.

Keep your keys separate from your bag and easy to access, not only does this mean you can get inside quickly, if you’re your bag is stolen you can still get home.
Do not take short cuts in poorly lit areas, parks or alleyways, trust your intuition? If it does not feel right move away fast, seek help if required.
Only use licensed Taxis and pre-book them if you can. At least then they are looking for you.
Finally, listen to your intuition and follow your instincts to safety. Don’t be afraid to be impolite, and never stay in an uncomfortable situation.
Take only what you need? Leave any valuables that you do not need at need at home or in your vehicle 

Know where the exits are.
Exits are well-signed

Have a meeting point.
Agree ahead of time where to meet if you get separated

Make sure your child knows where to go.
Arrange a meeting point with your child
Nottingham's Goose Fair returns from Wednesday 4 to Sunday 8 October 2017 at the Forest Recreation Ground to thrill and delight city residents and visitors

Heading Back To Campus:  Personal Safety Is Essential…

Simple, Practical and Effective Self-Défense Strategies for University Students

Over the next few days students across the country will be moving away from home for the first time to attend colleges and universities in brand new cities and towns.  For most students, college is the first time they will be living without supervision, making their own decisions, experimenting with different social scenes and staying out late -- all while being surrounded by new and unfamiliar faces. While the college experience is always exciting and life changing, often these new living arrangements can present students with circumstances in which they are unsure how to navigate the social scene while protecting and defending themselves.

“Most university campuses are incredibly safe and crime is relatively rare,” says Stephen Drake, lifelong martial artist, security training and development manager and author of many published articles on both personal protection and self-defence.  “We all know, however, that because of the college lifestyle of late nights and beverage consumption, students can be easy targets for petty crime and personal attacks.”  Mr. Drake suggests the following simple self-defence strategies for students;

Always trust your instinct.  If your gut is telling you something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t (your more perceptive than you think).  Go back to where you came from, contact campus security or find people as quickly as you can.

Always travel in groups. Never walk alone at night. Avoid "shortcuts".  Criminals, like predators, try to isolate their prey from the herd. Groups are less likely to be confronted, so “buddy up” for the walk home.

Never trust your assailant. Criminals are cunning and can be extremely persuasive. Most likely they will approach you in a friendly manner and appeal to your common senses. No matter what they say or how convincing they are, never believe them. Campus security is the best team for the job.

Never leave the area. Your attacker needs to isolate you. In order to do that, they will use force or any persuasive manoeuvre to convince you that going with them is in your best interest. Don’t go, even when faced with an armed assailant. Put as much space between you and them as fast as possible.

 The Magpie Security Training Academy provides quality personal protection and self-defence instruction training programs that provide a maximum effect with a minimum of time invested.  Contact Steve Drake on 0115 9866 000 to discuss your needs.

Magpie Security Ltd Company Director is a Trustee for The Harley Trust #NottinghamCharity #£10,000Cheque

Recently, The Harley Jae Trust organised a networking event in the form of a family fun day at Newstead Abbey and children and the families that have been supported by us were invited to the event.
Before the event, the Nottingham Paediatric Critical Care Unit approached us, asking whether we could fund an event that would give children with life limiting conditions and their families an opportunity to meet families who are experiencing similar challenges.
We knew this event would be beneficial to all parties involved, allowing children with several different difficulties including epilepsy, long term ventilation, physical disabilities and neurological impairments to meet each other and allow families to connect with one another. The event was a great opportunity for families to share their experiences and support each other.
The event, which was held in the grounds of Newstead Abbey, offered a great day for the children and families including crafts, games, activities and food. All of which were provided free of charge to the families that attended. Also in attendance were twenty nurses that have helped in supporting the children in the Paediatric Care Unit.
The family fun day was a huge success and bonds were made that will last a lifetime thanks to the participation of everyone involved. We would like to thank everybody who attended the event as well as those who continually support and donate to the charity, which helps in the funding of these events, allowing children with life limiting conditions and their families to be able to make connections and continuously supported through their experience.   For More information, simply visit -
“Together we can make a difference helping children with life limiting conditions” –
 Mr. Jason Bailey. Trustee for The Harley Jae Trust & Company Director of Magpie Security Ltd

“Congratulations to SAM KING our Employee of the Month”
Magpie Security Ltd would like to congratulate Sam on his Employee of the Month Award.

The Magpie Management Team has received exceptional feedback from the client in regards to Sam’s professional approach & attitude.

 “Very well done Sam” – 

Mr. Richard Bailey. 

 Managing Director