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Staying safe after hours

Fri, March 24, 2017

Taking a few simple precautions will help to keep your night staff safe on the job – no matter whether they’re working in a petrol station, convenience store, after-hours medical centre or fast food outlet.

The first step is to remove temptation if cash is usually kept on the premises. We have found that criminals are deterred by open, uncluttered environments that provide a clear, well-lit view of the sales or service area.

Limit public view and access to the cash register and have a separate, secure cash counting area.  Be sure to empty the till regularly and place the money in an on-site safe that ideally has a time delay lock or dual locking system.

Use signage to deter opportunists, and inform people that attendant staff cannot open the safe. Reduce your risk by having regular security cash pick-ups and advertising that fact that minimal cash is held on premises.

The second line of defence is to protect your business through good security systems and processes. 

Ensure any rear doors and windows are secure, and increase security on front entrances by installing electronic sensors that buzz or ring every time someone enters or leaves the premises.  Further enhance security by minimising the number of entrances / exits and creating exit barriers such as plants or furniture, which prevent someone easily running outside.

Use video surveillance to cover 'at risk' internal and external areas and display signs advising that video surveillance cameras are in use.

Installing detector lighting around entrances and exits, car parks and public routes to premises will help to deter loitering.

Ideally have more than one staff member working at night.  Protect late shift staff’s safety by operating a 'check-out' system where after hours staff call a colleague, friend or family member when they are about to leave the premises. Another option is to engage a security escort to accompany employees safely to their vehicles.

How good are your security arrangements for after-hours staff?  Call your local branch here for a free security audit.

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Gold standard safety: ACC tertiary accreditation

Fri, March 24, 2017

Taking responsibility for our people’s and our customers’ safety lies at the very heart of our business.  We recently took part in the ACC’s bi-annual independent workplace audit and were pleased to not only pass the audit, but also to be assessed as achieving to tertiary standard. 

This is the highest achievable ACC standard for Health and Safety practices and demonstrates that our workplace health and safety practices are outstanding.  It also aligns us with existing and prospective customers who are also gold-standard accredited.

Having said that, we’re not resting on our laurels and are always looking at ways of doing an even better job of keeping everyone safe – every day and in every way.

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Lots of useful info – so easy to action

Fri, March 24, 2017

Transdev Wellington’s Security Manager Dave Allan was involved in the initial Silvertrac user trial and says using the application has made things easier.

The organisation manages all of Wellington’s 48 railway stations, suburban rolling stock (Matangi Units) and associated infrastructure such as car parks and over-bridges, on behalf of Greater Wellington Regional Council.

“There’s much more to railway station security than people think,” says Dave.  “We not only have Armourguard patrols at and around our stations and infrastructure, but also between them.”

Dave has set up his Silvertrac to send him a report at 0700 hours every day. He goes through it and decides what needs further action or escalation.  On an average day, there would typically be between 40 - 100 incidents reported and issues to deal with.  Silvertrac also enables immediate escalation, by e-mail to relevant parties (at the guard's discretion).  The Rail Monitoring Centre uses the same application.

“The report provides very rich information, including photos that the patrol officers have attached to their incident and maintenance reports, all of which contributes to a richer intelligence picture."

“All I have to do is to then forward the reports and my instructions or updates on to whoever at my end needs to take action.  It could be a contractor, cleaner, Transdev employee or even the Police.  I can do this quickly and easily, ensuring that nothing accidently gets overlooked.”

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Armourguard receives 95% in our latest Health and Safety SiteWise audit

Thu, October 13, 2016

SiteWise is part of Site Safe New Zealand, one of the most influencial leaders in creating positive Health and Safety change in the industry. SiteWise is a prequalification system that many businesses use to evaluate potential suppliers health and safety capabilities in tendering situations. 

This year our Site Wise Certification was renewed by Site Wise and we recieved a 9% increase on our previous score of 86%.

We are now currently sitting in the top 20% of all SiteWise assessments.

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Graffiti quickly canned at Naenae Station

Tue, September 27, 2016

Being new into the Armourguard team didn’t get in the way of Security Officer Kristen Rostenberg taking fast and decisive action that led to three graffitists being apprehended.

Kristen’s role involves monitoring cameras on the Greater Wellington Regional Rail Network, and reporting incidents and issues as they occur. At the time of the incident, Armourguard’s Wellington team was only two weeks into a six-year contract to provide Transdev Wellington with guarding, patrols, train marshals, cash services, CCTV monitoring and surveillance, and special event guarding services.

The job got off to an eventful start for Kristen when the Naenae Railway Station Subway was hit by four instances of graffiti within three days.

He promptly advised the client after each event, providing detailed information that made it easy to locate the CCTV data quickly and get it to Police. It became clear that all the incidents had a common offender, who was accompanied by one of two other offenders.

One evening, a couple of days after the last event, Kristen spotted all three awaiting a train at another station so he quickly called the Police and advised them about the offences and where they could find the perpetrators. Three apprehensions quickly followed.

The client later wrote to say how impressed they were with Kristen’s powers of observation, diligence and willingness to go ‘the extra distance’ to do a great job

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Part of the Team

Tue, September 27, 2016

Security is so important to the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) that it regards Armourguard personnel as being part of its own team.

We have been providing security services to MSD for several years. It is our largest Manned Services customer, utilising a quarter of our entire workforce!

Our guards perform a number of duties for MSD, including providing security at more than 140 Work and Income NZ (WINZ) offices and seven Child Youth and Family (CYF) residences nationwide.

Mark Painter (MSD’s Manager of Health, Safety and Security) says MSD has been impressed with Armourguard’s great service.

“Security has always been important to us. Our people and our clients need a high level of assurance that they can be safe and the Armourguard team provides that in a very professional and responsive way. Our WINZ and CYF residential home managers appreciate knowing that the guarding team have the right training and personal skills to keep everyone safe. We appreciate Armourguard's responsiveness and commitment to having a strong partnership with us.” 

 

Mark went on to say that MSD was impressed with how Armourguard rose to the major challenge of doubling its WINZ guard force almost overnight following last year’s tragic shooting at their Ashburton centre.

“That was a major ask and few – if any – other security companies would have been able to bring on and train so many new people in such a short time.”

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Supervisors central to superior service

Tue, September 27, 2016

Many ‘moving parts’ are involved in delivering excellent security services — from having a great team of frontline people, through to strong back-office support and the latest communication and reporting technology.

We believe there’s another important element — having a strong team of supervisors — and that is a point of difference between Armourguard and many of our competitors.

In all we have nearly 60 supervisors in our guard, patrols and cash businesses nationwide. Supervisors have busy jobs because they are the interfaces between our frontline people, the customers and the company.

It can be tempting to cut out the middle layer so as to gain cost-efficiencies, but we feel this is false economy because the trade-off is less efficient and effective service. That’s why we have invested in ensuring our supervisors have the right knowledge and skills to ensure we deliver excellent service.

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AN AMAZING AMBASSADOR

Mon, April 25, 2016

Security Officer Nathan Lauaki is doing such a great job at an Auckland mall that one of the shop owners wrote to say how much he is pleased and satisfied with Nathan’s performance.

The shop owner commented that Nathan is friendly but strictly follows the correct guidelines and never compromise the rules; he also skillfully handles situations that arise.

Every day, dozens of Armourguard security officers support retail and shopping mall owners around New Zealand in providing a safe and pleasant environment and shopping experience for their customers. 

Our guarding team do far more than simply keeping the peace; they are valuable ambassadors for the malls.

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PRICE ONLY ONE PART OF THE EQUATION

Mon, April 18, 2016

Having the right people on the job can make the difference between good – and a great – security service delivery. The old saying of ‘you get what you pay for’ is every bit as true in security as it is in other industries.  That’s why it’s important to look beyond price alone when choosing a security services provider. When you focus on quality – and all of the training, processes and best practices that make it happen – then it will become clear who the low-cost, poor performance contenders are.


Having quality expectations and being prepared to pay a fair price for the job will help you to select a security provider that can truly support and execute on your security needs. When your employees and property are on the line, it’s important to be able to trust that you have the right team on your side.

Contact us to find out more about how we can do a great job of protecting your people, property and possessions.

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AUCKLAND AND PALMERSTON NORTH TEAMS ON THE MOVE

Mon, April 11, 2016

Both centres’ spacious new offices have been fitted out especially for their needs and also provide a far more professional environment in which to host visitors.

We have purchased the premises in both cases, demonstrating that Evergreen (our United States-based owner) has a long-term commitment to Armourguard and our customers.

Here are our contact details (note that only the physical addresses have changed – all other details remain the same):

Auckland office:

5 Kellow Place, Wiri, Auckland 2104

PO Box 11184, Ellerslie, Auckland 1542

Phone: (09) 580 8000

Palmerston North:

47 Bennett Street, Cloverlea, Palmerston North 4412

Box 1502, Palmerston North Central, Palmerston  North 4440

Phone: (06) 357 0607

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NRL AUCKLAND NINES

Mon, April 04, 2016
More than 200 Armourguard security officers from Auckland, Hamilton and New Plymouth did a great job keeping the arriving and departing crowds flowing smoothly at the NRL Auckland 9’s on 6 and 7 February.
 
Around 37,000 fans attended the event, held at Auckland’s Eden Park.
 
The team’s role was to ensure patrons taking trains and buses to the event arrived and departed safely.
 
It was a big job, particularly at the end, but they rose to the challenge and ushered 12,000 people safely onto trains within 40 minutes of the game finishing.
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WHAT IS A NZ SECURITY ASSOCIATION AUDIT AND WHY IT MATTERS

Mon, March 28, 2016

Armourguard recently passed a NZ Security Association (NZSA) audit with flying colours.

The Association is this country’s largest representative body for the security industry. Its independent audits are designed to provide a quality assurance for its members’ customers by enabling security businesses and their operations to be compared against the NZSA’s Codes of Practice.

Importantly the audit process also brings areas for improvement to the security company’s  attention.

Unfortunately not all security companies are audited, so it really is a case of ‘buyer beware’ for those who are using an unaudited provider’s services.

We’re pleased to say that Armourguard received excellent feedback when we passed our audit. Not that this came as any surprise because we know we have a great team and a great business - but it was good to have the NZSA’s independent endorsement of what we already knew to be true!

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READIER THAN READY FOR THE NEW HEALTH AND SAFETY LAW

Mon, March 21, 2016

It will be more important than ever for businesses to make sure that employees and contractors know how to work safely once stronger health and safety regulations come into force on 4 April.

Amongst other things, the law will place greater onus on ‘PCBUs’ (Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking) to keep employees and others safe in relation to the work being done. In the case of security services, both Armourguard and our customers are PCBUs.

We believe that, as a security services provider, we provide an important interface between our customers, their customers and employees, and our own employees.

Even though the law does not classify security services as being of high risk, our frontline people perform important roles in what can quickly escalate into challenging situations. That’s why we have gone to great lengths to ensure that we and our people are well and truly ready for the new law.

This is so much so that we have received feedback that our health and safety systems are leading the field in New Zealand’s security industry. Furthermore, we are also ACC accredited, as well as Prequal and Site Safe accredited – with scores of 87% and 86%   respectively.

Even though a score of 75% is considered excellent, we are looking  at ways to further strengthen what are already outstanding health and safety practices

Anthony Wildish – (Senior Supervisor EHS and Compliance,  Armourguard Security)

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VALENTINES DAY QUAKE

Wed, March 02, 2016

Big quake all in a (busy) day’s work for Christchurch team.

It was the biggest earthquake in several years, but the Christchurch team took the Valentine’s Day quake in their stride and won high praise from customers in the process.

Ben Wooding, who manages Armourguard’s central and lower South Island regions, says everyone quickly swung into action after the shaking  stopped.

All of the alarms started going off and our people ended up attending 80 activations in a three-hour period, compared to the normal five or  six.

What’s more, our Patrol team had to go and physically check a customer’s 21 bank sites throughout Canterbury – some of which were up to 150 km away, says Ben.

And what a great job they did – so much so that several customers got in touch to thank the Armourguard team for their great work in checking their  sites.

Ben says everyone has learned to quickly get on with things after an earthquake, despite it admittedly being a nerve-wracking experience

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Evergreen Appoints General Manager

Thu, February 26, 2015

Evergreen International today announced Ian Anderson’s appointment as its General Manager of Evergreen International NZ & Fiji.

This role has direct oversight of Armourguard Security in New Zealand, and Evergreen Fire and Security Fiji.  Ian will be responsible for ensuring both businesses’ guarding and cash infrastructure, IT systems, and people operations continue to deliver high quality, high value service to customers.

Ian has longstanding security industry experience, including six years as General Manager for Armourguard and ADT Security in New Zealand and Fiji when both businesses were owned by Tyco.

It is an exciting time for Evergreen in this part of the world and Ian’s appointment will provide even greater support and focus to the continued development of our businesses.

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Tips for Businesses these holidays

Fri, December 05, 2014

Businesses can adopt some simple measures to help protect their properties from burglars over the holiday season - our busiest time for alarm call outs.

Summer shutdowns and skeleton staff levels provide opportunities for unwelcome visitors.  It is important that businesses take time to carefully evaluate their security measures to avoid having finding their premises have been damaged or broken into. 

The best defence is prevention and planning to make premises unappealing to burglars. 

Some simple steps to keep your premises secure over the coming weeks include:

  1. Arrange additional mobile security checks during the day.
  2. Arrange to check on the welfare of staff working alone over the holiday period.
  3. Check your access control configuration for the statutory days and shutdown periods.
  4. Put mail, courier deliveries, daily newspapers and milk deliveries on hold.
  5. Make sure all windows and doors are properly closed and locked.
  6. Secure all vehicles, plant and equipment.
  7. Messages indicating your business is unattended will alert opportunist burglars, monitoring your calls remotely or contracting an answering service are good alternatives.
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Celebrations to avoid noise complaints

Fri, December 05, 2014

With the party season in full swing, our noise control officers are gearing up for a peak in noise complaints that come from the many Christmas and New Year celebrations.

While many people like to throw Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties, there are just as many people that look forward to a quiet peaceful break and many others who will still be working.  Party Hosts can adopt some simple measures to avoid disgruntled neighbours and protect their celebrations from noise complaints:

  1. Be considerate towards your neighbours. Maintain a reasonably moderate level of music and noise, and reduce volume levels after midnight.
  2. Inform your neighbours about your party or even invite them to it! They are less likely to complain if they are prepared for the event or are attending.
  3. Establish a set end time for the party and make sure everyone is aware of it.
  4. Don’t allow guests to stand around in groups outside the venue in residential areas as groups talking often become very loud.
  5. As it gets later in the evening shut doors and windows and encourage people to move indoors to minimise noise from escaping.
  6. Consider hiring a professional security officer to provide assistance in dealing with any disruptive behaviour that may contribute to noise levels.
  7. Keep an eye on your guests and how much they are drinking. Be prepared to take action if things get out of control.
  8. Wind-up the party by gradually turning down the music.
  9. At the end of the night, encourage guests to go home quietly and not linger outside the venue or in surrounding streets.

Know the Rules:

  • The Resource Management Act 1991 is the main control over noise in New Zealand.
  • Under The Resource Management Act 1991, when a noise control officer attends to a complaint they must decide whether the noise is excessive.
  • Excessive noise is defined as any noise that is under human control and of such a nature as to unreasonably interfere with the peace, comfort and convenience of any person.
  • When investigating a complaint, if the attending noise control officer believes the noise is excessive they will issue a direction notice to the person responsible for the source of the noise to reduce the noise to a reasonable level. This may be done verbally or in writing.
  • This direction must be enforced in most cases for 72 hours. If this is breached and excessive noise continues, a noise control officer accompanied by a Police Officer may take any steps necessary to stop the noise. This usually includes but is not limited to: seizing the source of the noise e.g. a stereo, removing parts from a noise source or locking up the noise source so it can’t be used.
  • Breaching a noise direction can lead to an instant infringement notice fine of $500 or a fine of up to $10,000 after prosecution.
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On duty at Whangarei Hospital

Mon, November 03, 2014

The Northland District Health Board has appointed Armourguard as its security provider.

Northland District Health Board plays a critical role delivering health services to the people of Northland.  That role is demanding given the circumstances that people can find themselves in when seeking healthcare services - patients, families, friends and hospital staff can at times be under great stress.  So its important the security team on the ground at Whangarei Hospital reflects the community, is empathetic and provides a reassuring presence to create a sense of safety and security for all.

Armourguard’s Northland Regional Manager Warwick Taylor says “we are particularly keen to introduce our specialist health security model built up over decades in the health sector elsewhere in the country, and provide real value to the Northland community”.

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Award winning effort

Fri, October 17, 2014

Congratulations to our Hutt City Safe City Ambassador team, who recently won a Safe City award for their contribution towards reducing alcohol related harm in Hutt City.

The team reduce problems in public spaces and provide support to people in the community.  Patrolling Hutt City's hotspots from 1400 hours to 0100 hours every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.  They check a range of sites, alerting police to antisocial or criminal behaviour, reporting graffiti and lighting that is not working.  They also help members of the public with everything from providing directions, to assisting people who feel unsafe.

Team leader Lawrence Joe say the Safe City Ambassadors have become well-known and respected by Police, retailers and the public:  "we all enjoy helping to make Hutt City a safer place".

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All aboard

Mon, September 01, 2014

From today Armourguard is providing guards at Auckland's train stations (including Britomart), bus stations and ferry terminals as part of the Auckland Transport security contract.  We will also be escorting parking wardens, patrolling all Auckland Transport facilities and providing specialist staff for events such as the Auckland Santa Parade.

Mark O'Brien Armourguard General Manager Manned Services says "this is a great opportunity for Armourguard to assist the community and Auckland Transport help people get to where they want to be, when they want to be there."

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New owner for Armourguard

Thu, December 05, 2013

Evergreen Capital, a New York-based investment firm has purchased Armourguard.

Armourguard is the only New Zealand business in Evergreen’s portfolio, which also includes companies from Fiji, Europe and the United States.  Its businesses operate in the telecommunications, real estate, chemicals and plastics, and automated payment processing sectors.

General Manager Cash Services Brian Pickering says 'this is good news for Armourguard and our customers because it gives us far more say in the way our business runs.  As a result, we can now more rapidly respond to customers’ needs and market opportunities.  The nature of our business remains unchanged, we continue to be one of New Zealand’s largest and most trusted security services providers, offering cash management and transit, guard and patrol services nationwide."

At present we have more than 1700 permanent employees, and many hundreds more who work for us on a temporary or casual basis.  Armourguard has 14 branches, which are based in: Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, Hawke’s Bay, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Wellington, Nelson, Blenheim, Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill.

The business is headed by a management group that consists of:  Mark O’Brien (Manned Services), Brian Pickering (Cash Services), Shane O’Halloran (Risk, Health and Safety, and Human Resources), Nick Thomson (Finance) and Ian Anderson (Business Improvement).

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