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7 Basic Fire Safety Tips for Home and Work

Mantis Security - Fire SafetyIn this article we are going to provide 7 basic fire safety tips for your home and workplace. No Matter if you are at work, home, or school, it is important to always practice fire safety. 99% of fires are caused by human error and the lack of fire safety information, therefore, prevention is essential. These tips will help you avoid fires, and remember, it is important to have fire insurance

1. Install fire alarms

Make sure you have a fire alarm installed in your home, school, or workplace and train everyone on how to use it. Correct fire safety training will increase the chances of survival if everyone knows how to react when the fire alarm sounds.

2. Be aware of all exit locations

Know the exit locations of your building, apartment, or home. If you have a disability, it’s important to have an escape plan and to thoroughly understand basic fire safety. If you have difficulty getting out of a burning building, you should know which exits you can access from each room. Install a medical alert system if possible that can alert firefighters if you need assistance. Remember, you have less than three minutes to escape a fire. So, make sure you know where to go before the fire starts.

3. Have a fire safety plan in the workplace

Everyone in the company should understand basic fire safety and should have gone through some sort of fire safety training. Contact a professional security company like Mantis Security who can provide such training. You should assign a person to oversee fire safety. This person should have thorough knowledge of fire safety regulations, be calm under pressure, and be able to communicate effectively. Once you’ve developed a fire safety plan, you should practice it quarterly and with every new employee.

4. Install smoke alarms

Smoke alarms are easily the most important part of fire safety. If you have them in your home, your risk of dying in a fire is decreased by 50 percent. If you do not have a smoke alarm in your home, contact one of the many fire protection companies in south Africa such as Mantis Security. It is important to know that smoke alarms should be installed on every level, in every bedroom, and outside sleeping areas. The more bedrooms you have, the more smoke alarms you need. Similarly, if your workplace is larger, you should have multiple alarms in the same area. A smoke alarm can save your life by being an early warning signal that a fire is breaking out. It increases reaction time and allows for a quicker evacuation of the area or building affected. Ensure that your alarm is checked regularly for a low battery.

5. Make the kitchen a kid-free zone

Always enforce a “kid-free zone” in your kitchen. A fire in a home is often caused by unattended cooking activity or unattended children who do not practice basic fire safety for kids. Keeping the kitchen clear of combustibles is the best way to prevent a fire from spreading. Educating your children on the dangers of the kitchen can help prevent fires all together!

6. Keep an emergency kit at hand

Always keep an emergency kit at hand, especially when you’re cooking. It is also crucial to have a fire extinguisher near every possible hazard, including the attic if you have one. You should make sure it’s fully charged and operating when it’s needed and that everyone in your home is educated on how to use one.

7. Dispose of cigarette buds correctly

Smoking is a major cause of workplace fires. In addition to being unsafe, smoking is alsoMantis Security - No smoking area harmful to elderly people, children, and people with underlying health conditions. Smoking can be dangerous, especially in a home with oxygen tanks or a workplace with highly flammable items. If you are smoking at work, ensure that you are smoking in a designated smoking area and disposing of your cigarette buds correctly. It’s also important to use a heavy ash tray and smother the flames with a lid.

This article only covers some of the many basic fire safety tips you should know. There are many recourses online and at your local library to further educate yourself and those around you. Mantis security understands the fire regulations South Africa and provide fire safety training to our employees and customers. 


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Compliance In The Security Industry

Written by Eyal Ben-Shir

“The cost of non-compliance is great. If you think compliance is expensive, try non-compliance.” former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty

With the current economic climate and the need for all types of security growing rapidly, clients are asking the fundamental question, do we need the services of a compliant security company? This blog post will look to clarify what compliance is in this growing industry and the advantages of teaming up with a compliant security company. We will investigate the ramifications of noncompliance and how it can develop with harmful effect. This is vital to investigate as the threat of crime looms large and it is up to each stakeholder to understand the preventative measures one should take to mitigate this.

The Goal of the Security Industry

“Prepare and prevent, don’t repair and repent.” – Anon

Everyone in the security has a duty and responsibility to provide safety and peace of mind to their customers and the communities they serve. No matter what the position or title conferred on any security professional, security companies should adhere to the overarching mission of protecting people’s lives, properties, and information. To battle the complex nature of crime, we need to possess clarity of the overall mission to guide us better. Breaking this complexity down to this fundamental principle allows us to understand the finer nuances and prepare for the tasks needed to achieve the overarching mission of safety and security for all. Better decisions lead to better actions which develop into better results in the long term.

Proactivity and Compliance

“You have to think a little smarter, be proactive, not reactive.” – Frank Abagnale

Proactivity in the security industry involves understanding and committing to compliance. Compliance is generally defined as the obeying of a particular law or rule, or of acting according to an agreement. Compliance in the security industry is paramount to improving employee satisfaction levels and improved security awareness levels. If we do not follow the compliance standards or measurements, then we cannot hold ourselves up to rate our security efforts honestly and realistically. According to the Private Security Industry Regulation Act (Act 56 of 2001), the purpose of the regulation is to regulate private security in South Africa. Furthermore, the basic objective is to create a trustworthy, legitimate, and competent private security industry for all.

Non-compliance to this code of conduct may result in the imposition of fines, suspension, or withdrawal. This act and code of conduct indicate the minimum wages payable, Sunday premium, sick leave, annual leave, study leave, family responsibility leave, provident fund, annual bonus, and night shift allowance. These regulations stipulate other statutory payments such as UIF, COID, Training, Uniform, and cleaning allowances. If we do not follow these crucial requirements, we are circumventing the minimum standards which may have a deleterious impact on the emotional, psychological, and financial aspects of security employees and companies.

Examples of this can lead to minimal or poor training, inadequate salaries, unfair compensation, no time off to recuperate, financial penalties, or jail time. Security officers who have no off time or work for fly-by-night companies may be disgruntled with their employers and their standard of performance may rapidly disintegrate in criminal activity or collusion on the sites at which they work. Impaired performance may reduce levels of vigilance, observation, and awareness. This is not what clients deserve or need at their sites. Instead of inviting more problems in, we need to mitigate and eliminate these risks before they can occur in the first place.

Pricing to Ensure Compliance
“Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.” – Henry Ford

Safety and peace of mind require the strictest of standards and if we want to engage with a compliant security company, then the service pricing may be higher. However, we cannot compromise on security standards and by trying to pay less for this, clients can fall into the trap of lacklustre service delivery and innumerable potential issues. Compliance and regulations do change fairly frequently but it is up to the security providers to keep abreast of all these developments. Ethics falls into the domain of professional standards and the security industry needs to constantly treat all members of staff with dignity, integrity, and respect.

Pricing is a persistent concern due to the current economic climate in South Africa and worldwide due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic. We live in uncertain times nevertheless security is essential to improving the quality of life for all. If we take shortcuts with ensuring our safety, then we can encounter disastrous outcomes and further financial losses. A worthwhile investment in security accumulates to better loss prevention, avoiding and detecting criminal activity before it reaches our doorsteps, and having happier staff overall.

To render a quality security service, adhering to strict compliance regulations will improve the security efforts required for a safer society in totality. Compliance is vital to the security industry, and we need to heed this urgent call for compliance. Mantis Security is fully compliant with the PSIRA Act, is a member of the Security Association of South Africa (SASA) and adheres to all fair business practices. If you are interested in upgrading your security solutions or having one of our knowledgeable staff discuss an integrated solution of guarding and technology for you, look no further than the leading contract guarding specialists in South Africa, Mantis Security. We can conduct a free risk assessment on your property, business, or establishment. Our related services also include employee vetting and screening.

Put Security in Trusted Hands with Mantis Security, call us today, 

Johannesburg: 0861 101 000

Pretoria: 0861 101 000

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The Need for Effective Leadership in the Security Industry

The Need for Effective Leadership in the Security Industry

Written by Eyal Ben-Shir

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“Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.” – Peter Drucker

As we enter 2022, it is vital to take stock of the innumerable lessons we have had to learn during the tumultuous year of 2021. There has been a fair number of challenges, obstacles, and difficulties we have had to experience. Effective leadership is critical in determining the trajectory of success in these uncertain times. This blog post aims to elucidate what effective leadership is and what security professionals need to focus on going forward. Crime is constantly changing and the leaders in the security industry need to lead with empathy, strategy, and tenacity to combat these new threats.


“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” – Winston Churchill

Leadership means different things to different people. However, multiple definitions of leadership focus on the process of inspiring people to work together to accomplish shared goals and to convert vision into something practical. In the security industry, security teams need to work together as a collective cohesive unit. Possessing integrity, courage, adept people skills, dignity, and adaptability are the essential tools in the leader’s toolbox.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the security industry has had to continually alter their strategies, budgets, and resources to deal with new threats. People have suffered increasing levels of stress due to new economic restrictions and hardships as a result. An effective leader needs to show concern and compassion for the wellbeing of their teams to mitigate this risk. Excessive levels of stress tend to impair performance and productivity. Research from an organizational psychological perspective has shown that stress-related illnesses is the leading cause for low productivity levels in the workplace (Dean, 2002). Immense pressure at work has led to stress, which made it the number one factor causing illness (Dean, 2002).

Moreover, effective leaders need to treat their teams with dignity and develop strategies to further reduce job stress during this precarious time we find ourselves in. Listening and observing well is paramount and great leaders can identify the important subtle verbal and non-verbal cues. There is a person behind each company number, and security leaders must inspire confidence in all their employees.


 “Take the long way. Do the hard work, consistently and with generosity and transparency. And then you won’t waste time doing it over.” – Seth Godin

Transparency is the antidote to uncertainty and illuminates the way forward. Transparency in the security industry builds trust with clients and allows security leaders to participate in open communication with their staff. Without transparency and trust this can escalate into debilitating issues such as loss of reputation, crimes being committed and substandard work performance. Transparency allows for collaboration and simplifying complex issues into workable solutions. This will allow for an attitude of teamwork and aligning leadership with the staff on the ground. Without proper alignment, the staff cannot relate to leadership and vice versa.

Clearly defined goals, relevant metrics and the correct tools may allow for achievable and clarity regarding objectives overall. Recent research has indicated that performance appraisal when undertaken in the right manner can contribute significantly to employee motivation (Tuytens & Devos, 2012). Performance appraisals should be relevant to the specific job roles and need to analyse an employee’s performance from different angles. If there is more clarity, then the result will be a cheerful outlook and greater understanding. Research has indicated that positive attitudes may be a significant determinant of an employee’s level of motivation and work performance (Idowu, 2017).

Security Knowledge and Development

“Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.” – Jim Rohn

The main goal in the security industry is to protect people, property, and client’s information. The successful security leaders do not forget the main mission and emphasize these fundamentals to their employees. Without a solid foundation then the security planning, strategy and execution cannot materialize. With crime changing so rapidly, it is vital for the security leader to be knowledgeable about these changing threats. Networking with fellow security professionals and being acutely aware of the industry trends is likely to give an added advantage.

Possessing attention to detail is a crucial ingredient to combating crime. Leaders in this industry need to be constantly educating themselves, attending security training and gain the relevant experience to gain a holistic understanding of the landscape of crime. By applying this in-depth knowledge rooted in the fundamentals, it will allow for the adaptation to these dynamic threats. Understanding emerging technologies and security improvements is a prerequisite to the health and growth of any security business.

Developing the current security team and investing in their ongoing training, development and evolution will allow for the promotion of key staff members to engage in higher levels of management and operations. This may improve work performance, trust, transparency, and other attributes mentioned earlier in this blog post. This will also pave the way for future security leaders in the up-and-coming generations to shine. It is up to the leaders today to teach, mentor and guide the next leaders to emerge.

To conclude, each attribute mentioned previously is vital to the sustainability of the security industry. All these points mentioned above are fundamental to making clients feel safe, secure, and heard. If you are interested in upgrading your security solutions or having one of our knowledgeable staff discuss a guarding solution with you, look no further than the leading contract guarding specialists in South Africa, Mantis Security. We can conduct a free risk assessment on your property, business, or establishment. Our related services also include employee vetting, background checks, domestic awareness training and state of the art screening.

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The Qualities of a Great Security Officer

The Qualities of a Great Security Officer

Written by Eyal Ben-Shir

Mantis Security

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“Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well” – John W. Gardner

Service delivery and trust are cornerstones in the security industry. If you offer guarding or any security related offering, it is imperative to hire or cultivate great people in the process to achieve successful outcomes. This blog post will look at key qualities of great security officers and how it relates to quality service delivery. Without considering the role of great people, it may prove to be detrimental overall. We need to clarify what distinguishes the great security officers.

Humility and the Willingness to Learn

“Faster. Stronger. Smarter. More humble. Less ego” – Jocko Willink

Security officers are placed in different environments characterised by various threats and risky situations. It is important for a security officer to be receptive to innovative ideas, ways of operating and welcome constructive criticism from supervisors. This allows one to develop his/her skills and fosters an attitude of humility. Humility allows a security officer to accept their own strengths and limitations. Humility promotes the openness to different perspectives, and this is crucial when security personnel deal with clients and the public.

The willingness to learn ensures that anyone in the security industry can keep up with emerging trends, recent technology and changing processes. Each person learns in diverse ways, and it is vital to establish the learning styles of any security officer so that training is beneficial for all. Learning can take place anywhere and at any time if one has a humble and open attitude. In the security industry, we all need to constantly educate ourselves and seek to improve daily. Without the willingness to learn, complacency can creep in and erode into service delivery. The consequences of this include stagnation, breakdown of trust, incidents and not learning healthily from mistakes. Clients demand great service and trust however without the foundational qualities of humility and learning, we cannot expect to achieve these shared goals. Great security officers look to impart knowledge to others whilst retaining that student’s mindset of learning from everyone. They tend to have healthy self-awareness and can take any criticism as an opportunity to sharpen and hone their skillsets.


“Power really is a test of character. In the hands of a person of integrity, it is of tremendous benefit; in the hands of a tyrant, it causes terrible destruction” – John Maxwell

Integrity is a constant pillar in the security industry. Clients pay hard earned money and expect their property, people, and information to be secured. Clients have expectations and the way to meet these important expectations is through a relationship of integrity. The core of integrity is about doing the correct thing even when it is unrecognised by others or convenient for you. Integrity has been suggested to be the antidote to self-interest and arrogance. A great security officer must have integrity entrenched in their values. This allows the client to have peace of mind and feel they can trust the officer at their home, business, or site. Without integrity, nefarious and tragic incidents could take place which may derail the relationship between the client and the security service provider.

Accurate information leads to better decision making but if a security officer forges or covers up any piece of information, this may result in a crime being committed. This can damage the security officer’s and the security provider’s reputation. Before employing any security officer, the necessary vetting and background checks should be conducted before hiring. Integrity is present in thoughts, actions and attitude and a great security officer embodies integrity in everything he/she does.

Observation Skills

“The price of peace is eternal vigilance” – George C. Marshall

Excellent observation skills allow security officers to notice threats, risks, and anomalies in the environment in which they work. Great security officers can detect, deter, and delay any irregularities and act accordingly. This also relates to quick reactions and a great security officer needs to gauge the situation as effectively as possible. He/she needs to pinpoint anything out of place and time. Being able to think on his/her feet and responding with composure are the hallmarks of a great security officer.

Being calm and situationally aware relates to superior observation skills. Certain situations may prove dangerous however situational awareness could mitigate further risks. Situational awareness is being aware of what is happening around you and identifying threats vigilantly. The ideal security officer can circumvent any obstacle and ensure he/she fulfils the greater mission of securing the client’s peace of mind and overall safety.


“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others” – Tony Robbins

The above qualities are all crucial however adept communication skills allow a security officer to express and verbalize effectively with all people. All clients have different requests and perceptions that a security officer needs to work with. Great security officers listen attentively, acknowledge what is being said and produce creative solutions to solve all complicated problems and issues on site. This translates in dealing with the public properly and ensuring superior access control. Highly trained and great security officers can also read nonverbal cues and observe body language. This may be the difference to thwarting a potential threat proactively or letting a crime be committed before it is too late.

Comprehension and understanding falls under this attribute of communication as security protocols may change and a security officer needs to be informed of these changes. A great security officer can converse with various levels of management, colleagues and this tends to be extremely useful in emergency situations. Excellent communication leads to strong teamwork, and this can further enhance the trust and service level delivery between the client and security provider.


“The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur” – Vince Lombardi

Drive is the mechanism which propels all the actions and decisions of the great security officer. Drive refers to the energy, passion, and enthusiasm of a person. The great security officer needs to possess genuine passion and drive to immerse him/herself in the security industry. A security officers needs to value human life and driven to help others. Without drive, the effectiveness of a security officer is diminished. This drive applies to anyone in the security industry as we will all face obstacles and problems which will need our intervention and ingenuity. The great security officer will prepare for the worst scenarios and are proficient at deescalating threatening situations.

To conclude, each attribute mentioned previously are like the tools needed for our handy toolboxes. Each tool is vital in delivering excellent service and making clients feel safe, secure, and heard. If you are interested in upgrading your security solutions or having one of our knowledgeable staff discuss a guarding solution with you, look no further than the leading contract guarding specialists in South Africa, Mantis Security. We can conduct a free risk assessment on your property, business, or establishment. Our related services also include employee vetting, background checks, domestic awareness training and state of the art screening.

Contact us on 0114871000, email or visit our newly updated webpage on We are also on social media applications such as Facebook and Instagram.

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The Future of Guarding and Security and How to Adapt with These Changes

The Future of Guarding and Security and How to Adapt with These Changes

Written by Eyal Ben-Shir

“Change begins at the end of your comfort zone” – Roy T. Bennett

As we experience the difficulties and challenges sprung to us by the recent COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to look at guarding solutions and evaluate its overall place for the future. Security companies in South Africa are making the move towards using off-site monitoring, CCTV cameras and technology. Some schools of thought adhere to technology only or others adhere to manned/physical guarding. This blog post will argue in the benefits of using a blended approach of labour and technology to ensure safer communities, properties, and information. We will define various terms and we aim to clarify these important concepts in an educational manner for all our readers. This is an important topic as we need to be receptive to change and learn from all the seismic shifts in the security industry.

In simple terms, a security officer is a person employed to protect people and properties from crime, accidents, fire, and suspicious behaviour. A security officer needs to undergo specific industry related training and gain the relevant experience to perform his/her duties effectively. Extensive interventions, further training and proper supervision will allow each security officer to flourish further in their careers. Proper screening and vetting of potential security personnel for any prior criminal activity is mandatory. Scenario-based testing will unveil the security officer’s current knowledge regarding the security industry and the level at which he/she is currently at.

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest” – Benjamin Franklin

Following from this, we are dealing with human beings who each come with their own narratives, histories, personalities, and backgrounds. To ensure the optimal working relationship between employer and employee, attention must be shown towards the development of each security officer. He/she might even become a supervisor, manager or become part of the upper tiers of operations and/or management. It is the duty of the training staff to make training sessions enjoyable, productive, and engaging for all. Each person needs a tailored and specific approach to learning. Adept trainers need to understand the different learning styles that suit each person best and adjust their training to ensure that the trainee receives the most benefit. Furthermore, reinforcement of training, recognition, mentorship, and proper succession planning will allow for more employees to flourish. Happy employees will be more productive and have increased work-life satisfaction. According to recent psychological research, job satisfaction and life satisfaction are strongly related to desirable outcomes in work and life such as: higher job performance, organizational citizenship behaviour, lower absenteeism, and organizational commitment (Diener and Tay, 2012).

Following from this, the right trainers and management staff will allow employees to develop more effectively and even if there are contentious issues, more empathetic and holistic approaches can combat this. This can include personalized one on one mentoring sessions, proper discipline, and regular performance appraisals. This involves time, money, and effort however if done correctly, it can lead to security officers better protecting clients’ assets, people, and information due to improved job and life satisfaction.

“It’s not about your resources, it’s about your resourcefulness” – Tony Robbins

It is vital to consider how resourceful your security provider is. Resourcefulness is the ability to overcome difficulties by using clever and efficient ways to solve these difficulties. In South Africa specifically, innumerable industries have been impacted negatively by the COVID-19 pandemic and as a result there have been disruptions in essential industries, business closures, trade disruption, reduction in productivity, decreased income and countless related consequences. This spills into the security industry as there is a clear link between crime and economic inequality. Security companies need to rely on dynamic, cost effective and technological products and services to aid in the fight against crime. All this links to the fact that resourcefulness is invaluable. Security professionals need to be inventive, enterprising, and tenacious going forward.

Moreover, we cannot just buy all the cameras, the latest security gadgets, and equipment without first analyzing each product carefully. Security companies must operate within restricted budgets due to the new economic landscape. The best use of technology needs to combine with making cost effective use of our budgets. High-definition cameras, off-site monitoring, guard management software and access control systems are part of the holistic package that an effective security provider can use. However, a key reminder is that solely relying on technology without adequate training, supervision and human intervention could be detrimental to the overall goal and purpose of security which is looking after and protecting people, clients’ assets, and information. Sufficient product knowledge on the part of security professionals and consumers can lead to better decisions made. Emphasis to the type of property and site is critical. Quality risk assessments will determine which technology is correct for that site. Being resourceful with technology and guarding is likely to achieve better outcomes in terms of security measures and protection.

“Synergy – The Bonus that is Achieved when Things Work Together Harmoniously” – Mark Twain

The final piece of the puzzle for effective security in this ever-growing industry is synergy between personnel, technology, client, and overall cost. Without all these crucial elements working together harmoniously then this will result in subpar service delivery or catastrophe. The security industry is based on trust, and it is the duty of security professionals to carefully listen to the client’s needs and see how they can input value into the safety and lives of their beloved clients. To conclude, we need to pay attention to the fluctuating economy due to COVID-19, superior guarding solutions, the proper training and improved work-life satisfaction of security officers, conducting quality risk assessments, applying resourcefulness, and achieving total synergy. To reach the overarching goal of safety and security, it all boils down to implementing a tailor made and specific solution to the needs of all clients.

If you are interested in upgrading your security solutions or having one of our knowledgeable staff discuss an integrated solution of guarding and technology for you, look no further than the leading contract guarding specialists in South Africa, Mantis Security. We can conduct a free risk assessment on your property, business, or establishment. Our related services also include employee vetting and screening.

Contact us on 0114871000, email or visit our newly updated webpage on We are also on social media applications such as Facebook and Instagram.

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You will always need a security officer

Many advocates want to do away with a physical guard. The supporters of these views state many compelling reasons and will try to convince you that cameras and analytics etc. are enough of a deterrent by themselves.

That will also say their control rooms are efficient, staffed with highly trained personnel and this, linked with armed response, is enough to ensure safety. This is a good selling point and can sound very convincing. However, to execute this effectively is extremely costly and the final solution is not always what should be in place to provide complete coverage, but what the company perceives you can afford.

The fact of the matter is that guarding relies on the ‘human factor’, which can be unpredictable and frustrating at times. We have the exact same number of problems with equipment-only systems, which can be affected by power failures, equipment failures or the ‘human factor’ on the other end of the equipment.

Taking into consideration that we live in South Africa and the big ‘Eskom problem’, our first problem to consider is electricity, to keep your system running and in good order. There will be an argument for inverters and generators, all of which comes with its own price tag and continued maintenance costs.

In a non-guarding system, where you only have cameras and analytics and electric fencing, beams Wi-Fi etc., if any of these technological systems incurs a problem (electricity, no data etc.) it affects your whole system and will render either one and in many times all your failsafes obsolete. This is because of one outstanding component, human participation and intervention at site level.

The best and most complete method of protection for your home, complex or business premises is to make use of an integrated security solution where all the above-mentioned electronic measures are actively involved in protecting your site, with the human presence as well.


Why is a well-trained security officer important?

1. First line of active monitoring (already on site, not 5-10 minutes away as per armed response time, if traffic is good).

2. Immediate client and control room contact and service.

3. A physical and visible human deterrent.

4. An additional point of contact to control room/armed response when other sources are not available.

5. Not stationed in one place but actively patrolling (depending on site), which gives the element of surprise and unpredictability.

6. You do not need to plug in, reboot or recharge the officer.

7. Is able to do those little jobs which go unnoticed until they are not available, such as receiving parcels/post, checking that the bins have been placed, etc.

8. Placing a guard completes your ‘total’ security complement and makes for an integrated security solution.

Mantis Security uses a smarter security vision where guarding, CCTV, videofied, analytics and electronics are integrated to bring you a total security solution. The company’s solution gives clients a ‘full circle’ option:

• CCTV cameras around your premises/home/facility. Your CCTV system (linked to the control room) can be linked to a data analytics device (Mantis e-guarding and off-site monitoring).

• Data analytics linked to your system provides accurate feedback on events and movement, which in turn gives you accurate data on trends in and around your facility. These analytics are shared with the client frequently.

• ATG (at the gate) scanner and verifications system at the entrance and exit (biometric systems optional depending on the risk profile assessment)

• Videofied alarm systems do not need electricity and provide an additional system/alarm, with immediate activation on intrusion via a 30-second video clip to the control room or your phone. These images can immediately be identified and cut out most false alarms, because the occurrence can be identified in real-time and be reacted on if required.

• The completion of this circle is your actual security officer on site and the 24/7 control room with highly trained personnel.

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Warehousing & Stock Loss Control South Africa – Why Warehouse Security is a Need, not a Want

Stock loss control is something that should be front-of-mind for anyone in the wholesale distribution business. In the simplest of terms, stock loss control involves having greater oversight over one’s stock, designing the necessary systems to identify the causes of shrinkages and implementing an effective action plan to minimize the risks associated with any stock control losses. Some refer to it as “internal control” or even as an accounting system set up to safeguard assets. Let’s take a look at why stock loss control is so important as well as what’s involved in developing an effective system.

What is Stock Loss Control & Why Is It Important?

Understanding what you have, where it is in your warehouse, and when stock is going in and out can help lower costs, speed up fulfilment, and prevent fraud. Your company may also rely on inventory control systems to assess your current assets, balance your accounts, and provide financial reporting.

Stock loss control is also important to maintaining the right balance of stock in your warehouses. You don’t want to lose a sale because you didn’t have enough inventories to fill an order. Constant inventory issues (frequent backorders, etc.) can drive customers to other suppliers entirely. The bottom line? When you have control over your inventory, you’re able to provide better customer service. It will also help you get a better, more real-time understanding of what’s selling and what isn’t.

But what if you don’t have the capacity to carry out internal stock control systems and audits? Then it’s time to consider outsourcing this vital process to professionals.

The Benefits of Outsourcing Stock Loss Control

Benefits of Outsourcing Stock Loss Control  – Improve Overall Process Efficiency

Every manufacturer becomes more competitive when they can focus on their core business. Efficiencies gained from outsourcing inventory management allow a company to:

  • Maintain focus on core competencies
  • Avoid outlying, resource-intensive tasks
  • Reduce or eliminate the presence of theft and syndicates, either within the company or external threats.

Benefits of Outsourcing Stock Loss Control  – Free Up Resources

Every company has a limited pool of capital, both monetary and personnel. Tying up either of these reduces efficiency. Freeing up capital as management time and resources makes sense because this can:

  • Trim management administration costs
  • Reduce sourcing and shortage issues
  • Minimize management distractions
  • Reduce the chance of disciplinary hearings as a result of internal theft.

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Does Your Company Need a Security Guard? 5 Simple Questions to Determine Your Need for Increased Security

Safe-guarding your place of business and making sure it is maintained as a safe and secure environment should never be taken lightly. On-site security professionals that have been trained to provide a uniformed presence can be a great asset when it comes to deterring criminal activity.

Having a security officer onsite can also help with any situations or circumstances that might give you cause for concern and will be noted and detailed in written reports, a valuable asset should there be further issues or problems. Working with an onsite security company will ensure you are provided with superior resources and can do much to improve your level of safety.

How to Determine If You Need a Security Guard at Your Company

  • Is Your Company Located in a High Crime Area?

High crime doesn’t necessarily mean a bad neighbourhood. It could also include a warehouse located in a sparsely-populated rural area, for instance. There is a potential for a higher number of break-ins in that case as well.

  • Are You Experiencing Retail Theft And Shrinkage?

Data revealed that retailers in the USA lost nearly $44 billion from theft in 2014 (that’s around R 580 907 800 000.00 – or five-hundred and eighty billion, nine-hundred million, eight-hundred-thousand – and a few rands) with 34 percent of that number coming from employees. As such, practically any retail setting would benefit from the presence of a security guard.

A well-trained, licensed guard will take steps to limit liability and reduce shrinkage, saving the business money. That’s a fact the small business owner shouldn’t miss when considering hiring a security company.

  • Do You Have Concern Over Safety Issues?

If you think you have one or two safety issues, in reality, you probably have dozens. Having someone dedicated to safety, who knows what to look for, who can pick apart what’s safe and unsafe and needs to be improved upon is very useful. A security guard would know what to look for.

  • Do You Serve Alcohol on the Premises?

Anywhere alcohol is served, especially in excess, is a good place to have a security guard present. A business’s liability can get expensive if a fight breaks out resulting in injury to persons or property. The guard’s presence acts as a deterrent. He can move quickly to prevent incidents before they escalate.

  • Do You Have Building Traffic Concerns?

Businesses that have a lot of people entering and exiting a building can utilize guards to monitor traffic, check people in and out and give out IDs or name tags.

The physical presence of a professional, courteous guard puts the public at ease and creates a safer environment that criminals will be less inclined to target. It also sends a signal that you care about public safety and are taking steps to protect your customers or visitors.

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Security Companies South Africa – Mantis Security Ensuring your Safety 24/7

Through Mantis’ threat mitigation and management plan, you can be assured that your security needs will not only be covered, but they will be assessed and forecast in order to not only prevent and deter crime, but be ahead of the curve in future risk mitigation.

An initial thorough risk analysis and a dynamic threat mitigation and management plan will ensure that all threats are timeously identified, suitably mitigated and/or professionally managed.

The multi-layered approach allows for the full integration of all individual security elements, ensuring the delay, timely detection and appropriate response to any security related threat. In addition, this approach affords the client the opportunity to make changes to individual layers without compromising the integrity of the overall security, thus minimizing the potential resource wastage associated with ‘pre-manufactured’ security solutions.

A multi-layered approach allows for protection of all Personnel, Assets and Information by integrating the other associated HSSEC components of:

  • Health and safety in terms of the OSHAS act and other relevant legislation
  • Medical incidents
  • Fire prevention and management
  • Contingency planning
  • Natural disasters
  • Terrorism and terrorist related activities
  • Specific action plans to address the threat analysis

Mantis Security – South Africas Intelligent 4-Tier Approach to 24/7 Full Spectrum Security

Collating own intelligence through regular patrols
Looking at trends in incidents to identify risks
Attending CPO Forum Meetings to gain first-hand feedback directly from the community
Attending Police Forum Meetings to be aware of new trends in all areas.

Outer Perimeter – CCTV Cameras (monitored on-site or off-site)

This layer includes all physical barriers for the purpose of deterrence, detection and delay:
Checks carried out include: Perimeter fencing (single or multiple layers) | Penetration prevention (checking for “weak” spots | Control points (booms, gates, access control points, etc.) | Lighting | CCTV Cameras (monitored on-site or off-site) | Outer perimeter patrols ( armed, unarmed, with or without canine security services)

Inner Perimeter
This layer includes all measures for the purpose of detection and intervention.

Lighting & CCTV Cameras

Beams | CCTV Cameras | ATV (All-Terrain-Vehicle) patrols, foot patrols, and or equestrian mounted patrols (all armed or unarmed). Foot patrols and equestrian patrols may also be carried out (with or without additional canine security) | Intruder alarm systems integrated with pepper gas.

High-Risk Areas
This layer includes all measures for the purpose of deterrence, detection and immediate intervention. | Static / stationary guards (armed or unarmed and with or without canine security) | Control points (boom gates, access control points, etc.) | Lighting | Armed response


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PSIRA Registered Security Companies List | Determining Guard Security Grading in South Africa

What are PSIRA Security Grades?

Here is a The mandate of the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority – or PSIRA as we know it – is derived from the Private Security Industry Regulatory Act 56 of 2001. The primary objective of the Authority is to regulate the private security industry and to exercise effective control over the practice of the occupation of security service provider in the public and national interest and in the interest of the private security industry itself.

PSIRA Trained Security Officers – Mantis Security Grading

One of the objects of the Authority is to promote high standards in the training of security service providers and prospective security grading service providers. Training service providers are required by law to be registered and accredited with PSIRA before services are offered.

Key functions of PSIRA regarding Training:

  • Determine minimum statutory training standards for the industry
  • Accreditation of training centres and instructors to present PSIRA statutory courses which includes Grades E-A, Assets in Transit, Reaction Services, Event Security, Dog Handlers
  • Evaluation and processing of course reports
  • Liaison with SAQA, QCTO and SASSETA in respect of the development of NQF qualifications and programs for all categories or classes of security service providers
  • Recognition of Prior Learning

PSIRA South Africa Guard Grading – How Does it Work?

The roles and responsibilities of guards differ and are dependent on the grade that the guard has obtained. The lowest grade for security grading officers in South Africa is grade D, with the highest being grade A.

PSIRA Grade D Security Guards

Grade D security officers’ main function is access control.

PSIRA Grade C Security Guards

A Grade C security officer’s main function is access control of a higher risk area and supervision of lower grade security officers.

PSIRA Grade B Security Guards

A Grade B security officers’ main function is access control in high-risk areas where documentation and basic computer skills might be required.

  • A site or shift commander.
  • Managing of lower grade security grading officers.
  • Possible inspector doing site visits.

PSIRA Grade A Security Guards

A Grade A security officers’ main function would normally be a site manager or commander.

  • Controlling and managing a number of functions.
  • Managing the security workforce
  • Conducting risk assessments and evaluations on site daily.
  • Basic investigative skills.
  • Problem solving.
  • Designing security solutions.


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