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Should Harlow town centre have a private security firm like Frinton?

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A private security firm would be a “negative” influence on Harlow, according to town experts. A pub manager was one of several to say he did not want to see Harlow follow the lead of Frinton, where hundreds of residents pay a firm to patrol their streets after their nearest police station closed. AGS Security is funded by 300 people paying 2 a week to drive around the town each night between 7pm and 7am as a deterrent to unruly behaviour. They have no powers and residents still phone 999 in an emergency . The patrol is specifically designed to make residents feel safer at night.

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Gary Bellamy, manager of The Greyhound pub, Broadley Road, Harlow, said: “We never get a lot of trouble but if there is any I would rather call the police directly.

“If anyone did cause trouble they would be barred for good . If everybody barred people who cause trouble they would have nowhere to go. “That’s what needs to be done.”

He added: “If we do that have a private firm we take power from the Government into private hands . They are already being lined up to go private. “I am not keen to see it at all.”

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Owen Jenkins, former coordinator of the group and who still volunteers, said: “I would not favour something similar coming to Harlow.

“My personal view is that when there is an inclination of keeping order they tend to get heavy handed. “We avoid trouble and try and prevent trouble from happening . We are not seen as a threat and we do not get any abuse from people.

“If they security see a fight they will try and break it up or become involved . We will contact the police immediately.” Frinton adopted the system in 2015 . In May last year the BBC reported Frinton residents had raised concerns about patrols door knocking late at night . AGS apologised. Harlow councillor Maggie Hulcoop said: “The PCSOs do a wonderful job, they give a strong presence.

“I would not want a private security firm in Harlow, they would not do the job . There powers are limited . Would young people respect them or ignore them?

“It leaves a lot to be desired .

It would not make me feel very secure .

I think that money should be going to the police.”

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Security checks at certain Premier League grounds could be a lot …

For most people, a job is just a job to get done, get through, so you can get on with your life.

It should not be like that for security . Not at football stadiums . Not today. We’ve seen this in plenty of places: those responsible for making sure no-one takes anything they’re not supposed to into a ground offering the most laissez-faire approach to frisking. Even as a journalist, when you’re carrying a bag absolutely ram-packed with a laptop, chargers, microphones, notes, food and then you have all that covered with more clothes you’ve stored for extra layers, you barely get checked .

You might get asked to open your bag and you’ll half-way do that for one part of it and show the clothes and explain it’s just a laptop and stuff beneath and that’s usually enough to get you on through.

Security Checks At Certain Premier League Grounds Could Be A Lot ...

The security in some places operates on blind faith because what they’re really asking you when they ask to see your bag is basically just for an alibi if their boss accuses them of otherwise . They’re not performing these checks to really maintain safety – or because it’s important . In some cases, they’re just doing it out of obligation, because it’s on their job descriptions. It’s a task that needs done and a box that needs ticked. Most people would do anything to avoid a fuss, never mind a confrontation so we’re in serious danger that some elements of security have slacked just to make things a little more convenient.

At White Hart Lane on Saturday, when Tottenham Hotspur welcomed Bournemouth, some footage captured outside the ground was a real eye-opener. The security checks were minimal to say the least . Two fingers grazing the top of the sleeve, a quick pat on the ribs, away you go .

Sometimes neither the sleeve nor the ribs were even felt. Basically just an open, welcome invitation. But Tottenham Hotspur have since responded on the matter.

“We’ve been made aware of the footage, the contractor has apologised and we have taken appropriate action as a result,” the club said.

Still, the matter that split opinion. It should be remembered that this job directly affects the safety of thousands of people so perhaps being lenient isn’t the best standard. We’re not going to church after all.

Security checks at certain Premier League grounds could be a lot more stringent

For most people, a job is just a job to get done, get through, so you can get on with your life.

It should not be like that for security . Not at football stadiums . Not today. We’ve seen this in plenty of places: those responsible for making sure no-one takes anything they’re not supposed to into a ground offering the most laissez-faire approach to frisking. Even as a journalist, when you’re carrying a bag absolutely ram-packed with a laptop, chargers, microphones, notes, food and then you have all that covered with more clothes you’ve stored for extra layers, you barely get checked .

You might get asked to open your bag and you’ll half-way do that for one part of it and show the clothes and explain it’s just a laptop and stuff beneath and that’s usually enough to get you on through.

Security Checks At Certain Premier League Grounds Could Be A Lot More Stringent

The security in some places operates on blind faith because what they’re really asking you when they ask to see your bag is basically just for an alibi if their boss accuses them of otherwise . They’re not performing these checks to really maintain safety – or because it’s important . In some cases, they’re just doing it out of obligation, because it’s on their job descriptions. It’s a task that needs done and a box that needs ticked. Most people would do anything to avoid a fuss, never mind a confrontation so we’re in serious danger that some elements of security have slacked just to make things a little more convenient.

At White Hart Lane on Saturday, when Tottenham Hotspur welcomed Bournemouth, some footage captured outside the ground was a real eye-opener. The security checks were minimal to say the least . Two fingers grazing the top of the sleeve, a quick pat on the ribs, away you go .

Sometimes neither the sleeve nor the ribs were even felt. Basically just an open, welcome invitation. But Tottenham Hotspur have since responded on the matter.

“We’ve been made aware of the footage, the contractor has apologised and we have taken appropriate action as a result,” the club said.

Still, the matter that split opinion. It should be remembered that this job directly affects the safety of thousands of people so perhaps being lenient isn’t the best standard. We’re not going to church after all.