December 2021 - NPB Security | Perth Security Guards, Mobile Patrol and Crowd Control

Tips to keep you and your belongings safe this festive season

December brings about the best time of the year – the festive season!

While we all enjoy this time with friends and family, celebrating the year with colleagues, taking a well-earned holiday or attending an event, it’s important to remember some easy steps to protect yourself and belongings.

The NPB Security team is passionate about safeguarding the people of Western Australia and their assets. We’ve been leading the industry for 11 years, working with clients in the retail, hospitality, mining and construction sectors.

Earlier this year we became a proud sponsor of Constable Care’s City After Dark Program and shared some tips to help you stay safe and happy this holiday season.

Christmas Celebrations         

  1. Stay with your mates

Look after your friends on nights out and keep in touch to make sure everyone gets home safely.

  1. Don’t leave your drink unattended

Only leave your drink with close friends or colleagues; unfortunately, not everyone has good intentions on a night out. Better yet, take your drink with you if can.

Site Closure

  1. Lock away items and signage

Before closing for the year, be sure to secure any items on site that might be attractive to passers-by! This includes signage, traffic cones or anything else that is easily moveable and might end up in the wrong hands.

Christmas Shopping

  1. Hold onto your bags

Heading to the shops in December can be stressful. With so many people around, always have your trolly and shopping basket within easy reach and keep your handbag or wallet on your person.

Secure your Home

  1. Be aware of what items are on display

Leaving the blinds open to share your Christmas tree lights, wrapped gifts and decorations is a great way to spread festive cheer along your street, but be aware of what you are leaving on show to passers-by.

Be sure to lock your windows and limit the items on display that may attract unwanted attention.

  1. Don’t leave signs you’re away

Before you head off on a holiday, ask a relative, friend or neighbour to check on your home in your absence. Simple things like collecting your mail and taking your rubbish bins in and out will help create the impression that someone is home.

Sensor lights and lamp timing switches are a worthy investment as they can deter any unwanted visitors from approaching your house.

Events

  1. Ask for help from a security guard or police officer

Security guards attend events to keep you safe, so if you need help don’t hesitate to ask for it.

  1. Stay hydrated

We are proudly working at some of Perth’s most exciting events this festive season. At the peak of summer, remember to drink plenty of water! Many event locations have water stations, so there is no excuse to be dehydrated this season.

Enjoy this wonderful time of year, celebrate safely, and treat yourself to some Boxing Day specials.

NPB Security working with Uniting WA

NPB Security is proud to be working with Uniting WA, providing security at Koort Boodja, a transitional accommodation program for people experiencing homelessness.

Uniting WA Operations Lead Emma White said the program is an interim solution to the current housing crisis.

“The aim of the program is to provide safe and supported accommodation for rough sleepers, including specialised support services, cultural support and capacity building to maintain a future housing tenancy,” Emma said.

“Given the complexities and challenges that a person may present with, Koort Boodja reduces the barriers for a person to access accommodation and works with each person on an individual basis to develop safe plans so that they can safely reside at the service.”

Supplying security guards for ten years, Emma said NPB has provided a valued and important service to Uniting WA over the years.

“We have sought the support of security personnel who work respectfully with people accessing our homelessness services, to maintain the safety of the service and the people who access it, whilst ensuring that they do this within our values and expectations of a trauma-informed approach,” Emma said.

“NPB has been open to developing the skills of their security personnel to ensure that they can work with compassion, empathy, and respect.”

Uniting WA are also responsible for the newly renovated Tranby Engagement Hub (Tranby), which assists adults in crisis, in and around the City of Perth.

Officially reopened in June 2021, Tranby is the first co-designed and purpose-built crisis intervention space in WA that supports an active referral and engagement model for people experiencing homelessness.

Emma said there has been lots of positive feedback from people accessing the newly transformed space, which was designed in collaboration with people who have experienced homelessness.

“Some of the initial reactions we observed were feelings of being overwhelmed at how much the space had been transformed and how nice it felt to have a new space to access that was designed and built specifically for them,” Emma said.

“The innovative and careful co-design collaboration process means the new Tranby can truly meet the needs of the people it supports by facilitating intentional and purposeful engagement with every person who accesses the service.

“Our team provide essential services such as showers and meals, and we also work one-on-one with people to understand their individual needs, supporting them to access the services that are right for them.”

Director Scott Parry said NPB were proud of their relationship with Uniting WA and look forward to supporting their mission for years to come.

There are several ways you can support Uniting WA, through financial contributions, the donation of items or advocacy.

 During summer, we find that there is an increase in demand for thongs, sunscreen, insect repellent, underwear, toiletry and hygiene items,” Emma said.

Contacting your Federal member of Parliament and making homelessness an election issue is a great way to support those experiencing homelessness.

If you’re in a position to donate, items can be dropped directly to Uniting WA or to the NPB Security office and will be delivered on your behalf.  Make a financial donation via the Uniting WA website, or take your eligible containers to a Containers for Change depot and donate the refund to Uniting – donation code: C10277586.

 

 

Security Start Success Story – Meet Steve Waddams

NPB launched their Security Start Program earlier this year as a way to help those looking to get started in the industry, with the significant upfront costs a common deterrent.

The pathway provides financial assistance for a select number of participants, enabling them to obtain their Security Officer Licence, with a guaranteed position at NPB on completion.

58-year-old Steve Waddams is the first person to complete the course and commence work with NPB Security. Having worked in a variety of roles over his career, in what he refers to as an ‘eclectic background’, Steve was in search of a new opportunity that provided stability and a decent income.

Now a qualified guard and working regularly with NPB’s client Dan Murphys, we caught up with Steve to find out about his experience of the program and how he is finding his new role.

Q. Why did you sign up for Security Start?
Steve: Firstly, it would guarantee that I would have a career. Even though I’m 58, it’s never too late to start something new.

 Security Start also appealed to me because it offers to pay for the course, which I’m then able to repay at a reasonable rate from my salary. It is a very helpful way to get started in the industry.

Q. What do you like about security work?
Steve: I love meeting people! Being a security guard means you can meet and greet people from all different backgrounds. I can chat with probably anyone on any level, so although you are in a position of authority, I find the job can be done in a very friendly and polite manner.

Q. How have you found working for NPB?
Steve: Excellent, I have really enjoyed it. They’ve given me as much work as I can handle and there is a great support network at NPB. I know the operations team work incredibly hard to please everyone.  They give you a lot of thought, crafting rosters to suit you – which is fantastic.

 Q. Would you encourage others to participate and how easy was the process?
Steve: Yes – I have already been encouraging plenty of people.

NPB use integrated training which makes it very easy, even for people like me who haven’t been in the classroom environment for 45 years. I was encouraged by Scott and David to take the opportunity and was given loads of confidence. I would highly advise anyone from 18 years of age to 65 to investigate the program and see if the training would suit them.

Q. Is there anything else you would like potential participants to know?
Steve: I think people should know about the support network at NPB. There is no I in team, from colleagues, to management, operations to reception, everybody has been ever-so-helpful. They are happy to share their own time to pass on advice, knowledge, and expertise, and I really do feel like part of the team and family working for NPB.

 Dave and Scott are very approachable as employers, as approachable as any colleague that I chat with, so they should be commended on that!


NPB Security is dedicated to making meaningful changes to the industry, ensuring the best available service for their clients. Several positions remain in the Security Start program. If you are interested, you can find out more and consider applying
here.