Thursday, 14 September 2017


Simple, Practical and Effective Self-Defence 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, university 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 university 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 & Development Manager and author of many published articles on both personal protection and self-defence.  “We all know, however, that because of the university 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.

An Ounce of Prevention…Here’s how to plan ahead to ensure you never have to find yourself in a desperate situation

Always take advantage of campus safety services.  Become familiar with your university campus security department. Most offer escorts and shuttle services to and from campus dorms after hours.

Study the campus and neighbourhood.  Become familiar with respect to routes between your residence and class/activities schedule. Make note where emergency phones are located.
Share your class and activities schedule. Let parents and a network of close friends know your schedule. This creates a type of "buddy" system. Give network telephone numbers to your parents, advisor's, and friends.

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.  The purpose of such training is it is better to have something and not use it rather than need something and you don’t have it. Self Defence is a life skill just like learning first aid or learning to swim.

The Magpie Security training academy can offer local expert sources to discuss and expand upon the information included above, as well as topics related to physical intervention, conflict management and the like.  Please contact Stephen Drake / 07738 113106 or or visit  or for more information just google Steve Drake Self Defence 

Friday, 1 September 2017

“Training isn’t just important to any company, it is vital…”

Magpie Security Ltd understand the Importance of Training and Development for a Successful Workforce. Pictured above is Stephen Drake receiving his Level 3 Award in Education and Training (QCF)

Why is Training Important?

Stephen Drake believes that “When your biggest asset is your people, it pays to investigate what factors make them the best.”
In order to help you achieve your goals our Company Director Mr. Jason Bailey. Has established the following people philosophy and expects everyone to help make it happen.
“Whatever role you play in Magpie Security Ltd, our commitment is to give you the opportunity to develop as an individual for the benefit of the team as a whole”

“Training is an investment to the future of your business & development of your workforce”

Back-to-School Security Tips…
Back-to-school does not have to mean back-to-worrying. Times have changed from making sure your child has a notebook and pencil, a clean handkerchief and an apple for lunch. Today’s scholars have the latest up to date I pads, laptops, smartphones and head phones. They all cost a tidy penny and losing any one of the items mentioned are not cheap to replace. I would recommend putting a backpack lock on your shopping list this weekend.
Though safety inside school is ultimately the responsibility of the principal and school staff, parents can take a few basic steps to ensure a safe school experience. These are recommended by the National Association for Primary Education.
-Ensure your routes to school are still the best and most accessible routes
-Ensure you know the Emergency Procedures of your School
-Get involved. Talk with the teacher or head teacher about what you can do to increase school safety, such as organizing parents to form a school / neighbourhood watch before and after school. Sometimes parent groups are highly successful in making improvements in traffic safety during drop off and pick up times.

“Security at “Max Capacity” after 40% drop in licence renewals….”

Britain is facing the prospect of a shortage of qualified event security staff following a sharp drop in the number of Security Industry Authority (SIA) licences being reissued.  Industry bodies have called for more support for the private security sector to combat the "diminishing numbers" of qualified personnel in the UK.  Licence renewals have fallen almost 40% since 2013, according to a report published by the United Kingdom Crowd Management Association (UKCMA) – a situation which, if allowed to continue, could have a “dramatic” effect on safety at venues and large events in the UK.  To read this article further, please visit -

“Congratulations to Tony Foden
our Employee of the Month”
Magpie Security Ltd would like to congratulate Tony on his Employee of the Month Award.
The Magpie Management Team has received some excellent reports from the client in regards to Tony’s performance, attitude and commitment.
 “Keep up the excellent work Tony” –
Mr. Richard Bailey.
 Managing Director
Magpie Security Ltd

Thursday, 24 August 2017


Industry bodies have called for more support for the private security sector to combat the "diminishing numbers" of qualified personnel in the UK

Britain is facing the prospect of a shortage of qualified event security staff following a sharp drop in the number of Security Industry Authority (SIA) licences being reissued.
Licence renewals have fallen almost 40% since 2013, according to a report published by the United Kingdom Crowd Management Association (UKCMA) – a situation which, if allowed to continue, could have a “dramatic” effect on safety at venues and large events in the UK.
“Given the ongoing heightened security threat levels, the traditional government security services are heavily supplemented by private providers,” reads the report, which follows a February 2017 survey by the University of Derby, backed by UKCMA and the Football Safety Officers Association (FSOA) that sought to explain the “diminishing numbers” of stewards in the UK. “[T]he impact of diminishing numbers of trained security personnel could be dramatic.”
The six key reasons cited for the difficulty in retaining security workers are poor rates of pay; irregular work patterns; the casual nature of the workforce; competition; the cost of qualifications; and the availability of qualified staff. The report suggests the event security sector “seems to be struggling with financial viability, which is impacting on pay and training budgets”.
This lack of qualified stewards is corroborated by UKCMA’s membership, who told the association that, “especially over the busy summer period” many security providers have been working at “maximum capacity”.
UKCMA, says it’s “encouraging that the industry has recognised there is a problem, as this acquisition of evidence is all in the interest of public safety. The next stage is to engage stakeholders to find solutions.”
Solutions suggested by UKCMA include diverting money from the apprenticeship levy, which it says is “unsuitable for supporting the night-time economy”, to training more security staff; creating new, more flexible, qualifications as an alternative to the standard NVQ; and ensuring the private security sector has the “necessary resources” to meet the increase in demand following a string of terrorist attacks.
“The government needs to collaborate with industry authorities on an action plan to address the deficiencies in skills and numbers of security personnel,” continues Harding. “The private industry must have the capability and capacity to meet not only ongoing business, but [also] any upsurge in demand caused by one-off incidents.”
A panel at the upcoming Event Safety & Security Summit (E3S), The 3 Rs: Reaction, Response & Recovery, questions whether there is a shortage of trained security personnel and resources. E3S takes place at the Intercontinental Hotel at The O2 in London on 10 October.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Introducing the Magpie Security Ltd August Newsletter

Developing High Performance Teams

Our Training and Development approach totally pre-dates the current fad of emotional intelligence by at least a decade. It recognises that human capital is the most valuable asset of any company. Learning to leverage that human capital, and liberate it, is the most effective way to success in the 21st century.

Recent research has shown that up to a staggering 80% of any organisations success can be directly linked to the employee’s 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 and will perform at the highest-level time after time – the same cannot be said of someone with advanced skills and low self-esteem.
Our training academy have put together a totally unique and original package of low tech and high impact training courses incorporating education and entertainment. These courses are performance targeted and light years away from the standard ‘chalk and talk’ style still so beloved by traditional trainers in the market today.

If you have been taught through the usual tired old patterns of explanation, demonstration and drill, then the most important and useful part of your ability to learn has been left out. The road to learning is through the unconscious and unconscious installation. Otherwise you will just simply understand.

                      “Empowering Individuals”

Testimonial from the course:

Marie Jane A massive thankyou to the staff at magpie's been an Absolute privilege! I have learnt so much and been in the company of fantastic people.
I'm ready and rearing to go guy's!!!!😀😀😀😀 Huge thanks to the one and only aka Jim Loach... 

Philip Martins Really appreciated the training I have received from the magpie academy Mr James loach is a brilliant instructor and made some great friends that I hope to be friends with for many years to come
Darren Armstrong Appreciate the whole magpie team, I’d definitely recommend anybody here! So much learnt! 


-Level 2 Door Supervision                  -The Power of One
-Level 2 CCTV (PSS)                         -Team Building
-Conflict Management                        -Self Defence
-Physical Intervention                         -Personal Protection
-First Aid

For further infomration on the Training Services available, simply contact our Team on 0115 98 66 0r email

“Congratulations to Mark Goyder

our Employee of the Month”

Magpie Security Ltd would like to congratulate Mark on his Employee of the Month Award.
Mark has exceeded the expectations of clients whilst providing exceptional levels of service.  The Magpie Management Team has been very impressed with Mark’s performance.

 “Great commitment & effort Mark… very well done” –
Mr. Richard Bailey.
 Managing Director

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Security Practitioner Course at Magpie Security Ltd Head Office #NewYearNewCareerNewAmbition

The Security Practitioner Course at Magpie Security Ltd HQ

 Who is this qualification for?
This qualification is aimed at individuals wishing to earn extra income or start a new career in the Private Security Industry. You then have a choice of sectors you may be able to work in, such as a Concierge, Construction Sites, Event Steward, Door Supervisor, Dog Handler, Mobile Response, Railway Industry to name but a few.

How long will it take?
To complete this qualification learners should expect to undertake approximately 45 hours of learning. The SIA stipulates a minimum of 32.5 contact hours if supported distance learning is undertaken over a minimum of 4 training days.

Next Security Practitioner Course:
Dates:   April, May, June 2017 (Courses Full).  Register Your Interest for the Next Course Today

Next Course Dates:  17-20 July 2017
Start Time: 08:00 - 17:30
Cost: £210 inc vat.  £50.00 deposit required to secure your place on the course

Venue:  Magpie Security Ltd Head Office.  Unit 3.  Queens Road.  Nottingham.  NG2 3AS

For Further information please contact Magpie Security Ltd on 01159 866 000 or Email

HABC Level 2 Award for Working as a Door Supervisor within the Private Security Industry (QCF)

Introducing The Magpie Security Ltd Mobile CCTV Vehicles

“An Innovative Solution Combining Technology & Security”  

Magpie Security Ltd would like to take this opportunity and introduce you and your business to the Magpie Security Ltd Mobile CCTV Vehicle.  Using the latest technology that the industry has to offer, we have been able to create x2 vehicles that acts as a high visual deterrent when placed in strategic locations to protect your home or business premises.

CCTV is now recognised throughout the private security industry for the prevention and detection of crime, it may also be used to monitor events and public meetings, maintaining a safe and secure environment having the capabilities to record images throughout the duration of the monitoring process. These images may be used by the Local Authority/Police to identify personnel out to cause disruption or criminal activity.

CCTV cameras can serve as a dual purpose.  Firstly, they have a deterrent effect, as wrong-doers are likely to avoid areas where they may be caught on camera.  Secondly, film footage of a crime being committed can help to ensure that the criminal is convicted.

-Infer Red PTZ (Pan Tilt Zoom)

-X4 Infer Red 360 Dome Cameras enabling all round vision.

-X1 40 inch Monitor with split screen viewing option.

-X1 Joy-stick allowing the opportunity to operate the PTZ (CCTV License Required)

-X1 DVR for internal storage and playback/recording facility.

-Solar panel, allowing 72 hours of remote viewing without the need of the engine allowing total silence in built up areas.

-Fully sign written making it identifiable and that CCTV is in operation.

-Full remote viewing and operation with IP option to view from anywhere in the UK

-Save money by reducing the number of security staff required thanks to a wider scope of CCTV coverage

-Video records available for future event planning

-Fast time CCTV evidence recovery if something does go wrong and footage is required by the police

-Ability to obtain clear images of offences being committed resulting in the appropriate action being able to be taken effectively

-We are able to provide an additional peace of mind, provide a safer environment and deter and prevent crime from occurring at your event. This mobile CCTV van is available to hire for a number of situations including music festivals, football matches, anti-ticket touting, race meetings, crime prevention in local areas and many, many more.

So if you’re looking to hire a mobile CCTV unit, please feel free to contact us today on 0115 9866 000.   We’ll assess your need and propose the most effective course of action for your requirements.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017



With thousands of career choices available how do you know what career path is best for you. If you are keen on safety and security, then read on because this could be a perfect career choice for you. A career in security is a highly responsible position where you are required to keep any premises and people safe and secure.

Some enjoy a career in security as there are various challenges faced every day, others may choose this career as they can achieve a sense of duty and responsibility.

There’s always a demand for security in every populated area in the country, from event security to bodyguard jobs. If you are considering beginning your career in security, read on to find out more about the role and if it matches your expectations and career aspirations.

How Do I Get a Job in Security?

Like any career, the first thing you need to do before applying for a job is to get the appropriate training and licenses. In many places, it is illegal for you to do security work without meeting a set list of requirements, this being certification, security checks and medical checks to ensure you are of a good physical fitness for what can sometimes be a physical job.

In order to work in the security industry, you are required to be:

· Honest, mature and responsible with a positive attitude to work
· Polite and helpful
· A reasonable level of physical fitness
· A good level of written communication skills to write reports
· The confidence to challenge people when necessary
· The ability to remain calm and controlled in stressful situations
· Use your initiative and be able to make quick decisions
· SIA Licenced

If you can say yes to the first 7 headings we can help you achieve the last requirement on the list. In fact, we almost guarantee that if you can without any doubt say yes to the first 7 requirements you will already have most of skills it takes to obtain your security licence.

Under the Private Security Industry Authority Act 2001, all individuals wishing to work in the private security industry must undertake a recognised qualification before applying for a licence. We can help you obtain the licence you need to get you started.

“We are the Security Training Specialist” 

The courses offered focus on different domains within the security sector and will give delegates the necessary understanding to work in a variety of different scenarios.

The approved Home Office / SIA training we deliver addresses the different techniques used in day-to-day experiences of those working in security positions.

“We understand that examinations can be a little daunting but don't worry. “Our security training specialist makes the course entertaining and easy to understand, and above all takes pride in his high percentage pass rate. So, if you are looking for a new career in the early part of this new year we have a variety of security jobs available in the East Midlands.” – Magpie Security Ltd

For further information on our Training Courses and to Pre-Register, simply click on the link below: