Security Audit Finds Many Loopholes in Railway Stations



Recently, in a security audit conducted by the Delhi Police, it has been found that the major railway stations in the national capital including New Delhi, Old Delhi, Nizamuddin and AnandVihar railway stations are not safe for the public. According to a report, the audit report states that the parcel areas at these railway stations of the capital city are particularly vulnerable as goods transported in passenger trains are not verified or scanned to ensure passenger security.

The security audit conducted by the police found that the main parcel area at the New Delhi railway station remains open and people without any checking or frisking, can enter the railway station through this area. Similarly, in Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station, unauthorised people can easily sneak in from its parcel area. Also, the parcel gates at other railway stations like Sarai Rohilla, Daya Basti, Nangloi, KishanGanj remain open and people can enter the stations from there unchecked.

The security loopholes may lead to mass casualty including bomb blasts, if an explosive is planted by any terrorist organisation in any of the parcels, the audit report states. The security audit report also mentioned that many unauthorised entry and exit points at several railway stations remain unmanned. DRM of the Northern Railway’s Delhi Division was quoted in the report saying that they have the basic security checks in place. However, he also said that the setup is not of the highest level. In order to install face recognition cameras at the major railway stations, they recently got the sanction and the work is under progress.


Why Effective Communication Skills are important for Security Guards?

Communication plays an essential role in our daily lives. The ability to effectively communicate with others is very important to one’s professional growth and development. In the case of security guards/officers, being able to carry out a conversation in a clear and concise manner is a must. Besides communicating with the public, the security guard will also need to communicate with his higher offices, colleagues and other professionals like police offices, investigators and others. Therefore, the need to have good communication skills is emphasized in the Security guard services. It eliminates the risk of getting lost in translation and being misunderstood. It is necessary for the security officer to know exactly what words to use to convey his message as clearly as possible. 
Having a good communication skill is very important for a security officer. This will create you a better opportunity to enable people or officer to understand what you are trying to convey. Here are a few factors to consider improving your communication skills:

  •           Message you are trying to convey must be delivered in a timely fashion
  •          The message you are trying to convey must be complete, which means the information you are trying to say must reach the listener in a presentable manner
  •           You must convey the message clearly to the point and concise
  •           What you try to convey must be factual and never confuse the listener




Equipment for Security Guard:-

5.Belt:- A belt typically constructed of nylon or leather used by police and security officers to carry equipment easily, in a readily- accessible manner , while leaving the hands free to interact.

6.  Mobile Phone:- Even If most of the time security guards use walkie-talkies for communication, cell-phones are crucial for a quick call at any time. You can put all the important contacts on speed dial for even faster access.The term mobile security is a broad one that covers everything from protectingmobile devices from malware threats to reducing risks and securing mobile devices and their data in the case of theft, unauthorized access or accidental loss of the mobile device.

7. Flashlights:- Flashlights forms to be an essential security tool. Security guards need the best products in their hand to offer their best services. Even if they are working in a day-shift, a flashlight is highly useful for facing difficult situation inside a dark room or area.

8. Notepad and Pen:-  Security guards need to keep notes in every guard tour. They have to remember any aspect of a completed guard tour and the actions that were held, and it is impossible to take place by memory. So, security officers will need to use a notepad and a pen to write reports about their daily actions or/and any observations they might have.





Equipment for Security Guard:-

1.       Clothing:-   uniform is a type of clothing worn by members of an organization while participating in that organization's activity. Modern uniforms are most often worn by armed forces and paramilitary organizations such as police, emergency services, security guards, in some workplaces and schools and by inmates in prisons

2.       Baton:-   baton or truncheon is a roughly cylindrical club made of wood, rubber, plastic or metal. It is carried as a compliance tool and defensive weapon by law-enforcement officers, correctional staff, security guards and military personnel.

3.       Digital Camera:-   Hiring security guards was the best way to protect your property or loved ones for a very long time, but that is no longer the case. For millennia, guards were the best option available when you needed protection but as security cameras and the recording devices DVRs and NVRs that they are connected to continue to improve, they have become the better choice by an ever growing margin.

4.       Two-way Radio:-   Radios allow security personnel to mobilize quickly while responding to accidents, disturbances, or theft. Powerful and durable two or four watt radios are typically preferred for security operations, with repeater capable two way radios being necessary for large scale or mobile applications requiring miles of range.


Laser Security System

This Laser Security System is very useful in high command security place. In a high secured place where nobody is allowed to enter we can install it. These are easy to install and work at both within as well as outside houses. These are very effective perimeter alarm systems around properties. In indoor systems can utilize the normal power outlets and jacks making them inconspicuous. At outside these can be easily be hidden behind the bushes or plants without causing any damage. They consume less power when compared to the laser system as the whole, which is expensive. By technological innovations cost of the security systems has been cut to a large extent. So, making laser systems one among affordable security system options can be very safe. It has ability to work continuously; it can not only detect human but also a small animal or any other movable objects. Its alarming Sound does not stop until anybody stops it after checking. Now we can use this system in a wide range of area. Lasers and laser technologies are widely used in defense and security fields. Applications include perimeter security, range-finding, target illumination, monitoring of hazardous gases, and illumination.


The Importance of Being Trained in Security Services

Training of private security guards is the responsibility of the private security company and should be done in order to maximize the overall performance of the private security guard. Trained security officers/guards have higher rates of productivity and effectiveness.  They are more attentive to details and alert while on the job.  With increased alertness, security guards will be better able to recognize and report any incidents which also increase the efficiency of the communication.  Security guard training will teach the importance of communication that is clear, concise, and easy to understand and its role in effective security operations.  Properly training improves the intelligence of the security officers, allowing them to more easily handle circumstances in a responsible and appropriate manner while under duress. Having the training to make difficult decisions during stressful circumstances will not only increase the efficiency of the security guard’s performance, but it will also optimize the safety of the security guard.

Both classroom training and on-site training are important in the field of private security. Security officers must be made aware of the basic training requirements in the classroom and should receive on site-training to understand the real challenges on ground. Proper on-site training from the security guard supervisors, trainer and/or the clients is essential to successful security guard operations. The day to day life of a security guard can be unpredictable and there is an extensive diversity of people who the security guard will be consulting with every day. Training program will ensure that the security officers understand the importance of the social skills designed to deescalate situations which may be tense and unpleasant. 


Employee Motivation & Retention

Employee Retention is a process in which the employees are encouraged to remain with the organization for the maximum period of time or until the completion of the project. Employee retention is beneficial for the organization as well as the employee. There can be a lot of disruption to an organization when a long-standing employee leaves for another opportunity. The employee’s continuous search for a “better” job collapses the industry on itself in a perpetual circle of sub-par service and low paying contracts. Good employee motivation is a precursor to high retention rates. An unmotivated employee is more likely to look for a new job faster than a motivated one.

A seasoned and skilled employee is a precious resource that can help maintain contracts, keep other employees motivated, and preserve a high level of service. In security industry, the supervisor can make or break employee retention. The supervisor, with the help of upper management, has the opportunity to be a mentor, give positive feedback, and provide opportunities for career growth. Career growth may include be a lateral move to a different job, a vertical promotion move, or additional training to transition a career.


Safety Tips While Travelling Alone In Cabs

Problems don’t inform you before Knocking at your door. So it is only wise to be prepared rather than face the gruesome consequences. While it's also true that you cannot stop criminals from committing the crime but at the same time, you have to be extra cautious that you do not end up becoming the victim. Here are some basic tips of safety especially while travelling alone or commuting in private cabs -

  1. Don't appear unaware about the route. If you feel the driver is not taking the correct route, instead of sounding confused or lost, turn on your GPS and instruct him on directions. So, there would be less chances of the driver to take you on a wrong route.
  2. Try not to fall asleep especially when you are taking a cab, make sure not to doze off rather be more attentive and alert.
  3. Those who are technology savvy, please download some safety application in your smart phones that can help sending signals to nearby Police Station or send an alert message to your family in case you land in a trouble.
  4. Know the roads you are traveling - landmarks, distance and time taken to reach the place. If you are traveling to a place for the first time or unsure of the roads, please try to use the GPS or maps.
  5. Carry some small yet sharp items like Nail cutters, tiny pencil knife in the accessible pocket     of jackets or bags.
  6. Avoid having any casual conversations or small talks with the driver. Quite often these private cab drivers ask questions about your job profile, timings etc. Try not getting into any such conversation and don't talk to the driver much.


Private Security Sector Growth in India

According to a survey India has the largest number of private security workers. India has five times as many private security guards than police officers. This disparity is highest in the world. The Indian security industry was INR 40,000 crore in 2014 and is expected to reach INR 80,000 crores by the year 2020. Government policies like making guards in schools and ATMs mandatory and instalment of CCTV cameras at various locations have resulted in accelerating the demand. With hundreds of smart cities coming up, an increased concern for private security and Indian economy on a high growth trajectory. This will not only trigger demand for private security personnel, but will compel industry to adopt processes and practices in sync with international standards. The private security industry forms a lucrative option for large number of unemployed workers to get employment. The number of people employed in the sector is expected to rise manifold as the size of the industry increases. With almost 80 percent share, manned guarding is the largest component of the private security services. The rest is guards employed in cash logistic services. This is indeed a sunrise sector, with potential to be the second-largest employment generator in the country and a major source of revenue for the exchequer by way of taxes.


Important Reasons Why Business Needs a Security Budget

Security budget is an important task of any business. However, its importance and what benefits it could bring to the business are sometimes overlooked by some commercial businesses. If the business does not have an effective mechanism, there are chances of risks happening in the lives of customers and employees alike. Here are some reasons why every business needs a security budget:-

  •  Easier to Secure Your Assets - The availability of a security budget makes it easy for businesses to secure their assets easily. This is due to the fact that the presence of the framework makes it better allocation of security resources and to guard the important assets as well.
  • Panning for Security Emergencies Made Easier - The best thing about security emergency plan well in advance is that the business will never be down for too long with their security protocols. Often unprecedented emergencies leave businesses and companies find themselves vulnerable. With the presence of the right budget to deal with emergencies like these, there will never be any period for the company to remain without security for long.
  • Benefit to Upgrade and Expand Security protocol - The need for a security budget also arises due to the possibility of knowing what security protocols need to be expanded and upgraded. It should be noted that security measure needs change with time, and there are needs for their maintenance or upgrades over time.
  •  Helps Foster Growth For Business - The availability of security budget helps a business expand the scope of their security, which leads to the overall growth of the business.


India Gets First All-Women Northeast SWAT Team in Delhi Police

The police force in the capital is the first in the country to have all-women Special Weapons, and Tactics (SWAT) team. After more than a year of being put through their paces, learning to scale buildings, defuse bombs and rescue hostages, India’s first all-female commando team started work on Friday. The 36 women underwent 15 months of rigorous training in weapons handling, counter-terrorism and Krav Maga, the military self-defence technique pioneered by Israel’s security forces, to enter the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team. They will work alongside about five all-male commando teams in the Indian capital, said by a senior Delhi police official.  These 36 women constables have been trained by specialists from India and abroad to excel in their task.

Among these 36 women, 13 of them are from Assam, five from Arunachal Pradesh, five from Sikkim, five from Manipur, four from Meghalaya, two from Nagaland and one from Mizoram and Tripura, each. These 36 commands have posted in different locations of central and south Delhi.



Improved security is the main reason for installing a turnstile system, which offers vastly superior access control via deterring and detecting unauthorized entrants. Besides improved security, turnstiles offer many benefits over the use of doors, including effective integration with the facility’s access control system and increased operational flexibility. Unlike doors, turnstiles can both limit the number of people entering or exiting on a valid credential and control the direction of passage. Some also have enhanced detection features, which include identifying loitering in the passage area and forced entry attempts. Turnstiles easily integrate with a building’s access control system, as well as other security equipment such as cameras, to ensure only authorized individuals enter the facility. Unlike doors, turnstiles can limit the number of people who can enter or exit on each presented credential and control the direction of passage.

Turnstiles can operate in a single direction or bi-directionally. Passage modes are independent for each direction and include free pass, controlled passage or locked down. Management can schedule specific modes to activate at certain times of the day to meet operational requirements. In order to enter through a turnstile, a person must first present a valid credential in case of controlled passage mode. This signals the barriers to unlock and allow one person to pass before immediately relocking. Turnstiles fall into three primary categories: opticals, full height and waist high. Depending on the specific application, a different type of turnstile may be preferred.


Personal Safety at Workplace

By taking responsibility for your own safety and working with your employer you can significantly increase your awareness and engagement, leading to a safer and more positive working environment. The key worker responsibilities for health and safety at work are:-

  •          to take reasonable care not to put other people - fellow employees and members of the public - at risk by what you do or don't do in the course of your work
  •       to co-operate with your employer, to make sure you get proper training and that you understand and follow the company's health and safety policies
  •        follow the training you have received when using any work items your employer has  given you not to interfere with or misuse anything that's been provided for your health,  safety or welfare
  •          to report any injuries, strains or illnesses you suffer as a result of doing your job, your employer may need to change the way you work
  •          to tell your employer if something happens that might affect your ability to work. Your  employer does of course also have a legal responsibility for your health and safety and they need to know about something before they can find a solution
  •          to tell someone (your employer, supervisor, or health and safety representative) if you think the work or inadequate precautions are putting anyone’s health and safety at serious risk.