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