Safeguarding your people

    We provide a fast response to your alarms and emergencies 24/7. Trust us with the keys to your property and we can thoroughly check your property in the event of a fire or security alarm, even at 1am on New Years Eve we're on standby ready to respond.

    school, college, and university key holding

    Our key holding service involves you entrusting us with a set of keys or access to your educational facility so that, in the case of an emergency, our highly trained security team can access your premises and help you. This increases you, your staff’s, and your pupils’ safety as even when you aren’t there, Chris Lewis will be on hand to protect your premises. As our team is highly trained to deal with emergency security situations, they will know the best way to handle the situation, evaluating the scene carefully and taking the best course of action as quickly and efficiently as possible.

    You no longer need to worry about an intruder taking advantage and breaking into your premises after hours, or a faulty wire causing a fire outbreak, or how to deal with this if it happens. You know that, in this event, a professional will be on hand immediately to help

    Educational environments often allocate a member of staff to respond to alarms and emergencies, but this puts them in a lot of unnecessary danger. With a key holding service, staff no longer need to endanger themselves, reducing liability

    Our key holding service leads the industry in speed of response when an alarm is triggered. We also perform drive by checks to make sure all is okay whilst the facility is unoccupied, meaning we can respond to any issue that arises instantly

    We only employ security professionals who have been accredited by the Security Industry Authority (SIA), meaning they are all highly qualified and government approved to deal with any dangerous security breach

    What does key holding involve?

    Firstly, we will inspect your premises, conducting a full site survey, familiarising ourselves with the layout of the building/s and discovering the best locations for your alarms and sensors to be placed, determining what protocol we will take should the worst occur.

    You will give us a set of keys to your educational facility, which we will keep safe within our own premises, only for use if an emergency occurs. We will give you a receipt in return to confirm this transition has taken place.

    In the event of an alarm being activated, we will send trained members of our team with the keys to investigate. When at your site we will evaluate the cause of the alarm activating, acting upon anything we encounter as quickly and efficiently as possible. Should this be a genuine emergency in which a fire has broken out or the business has been broken into, our team will alert the emergency services accordingly and also you as the facility's manager, making sure the situation is well under control.

    If a false alarm is triggered, which we will only establish upon entering the premises, a member of our professional security team will reset your alarm, secure the facility, and leave, putting the keys back into the safe storage they were kept in previously.

    Whether a false alarm or a genuine one, we will complete a report on the incident, sending all the information to the previously allocated managers of the facility through email within 24 hours of the occurrence.

    Richard Hayes Estates Bursar, St Edward's School

    “We have a long-standing relationship with Chris Lewis Fire & Security and we greatly value their product and technical knowledge, and their professionalism. They provide a very efficient call-out service if we experience a problem and their engineers are always very friendly and efficient.”

    Mick Garner Assistant Engineer Estates & Facilities, University of Southampton

    “We have a long standing relationship with Chris Lewis Fire & Security and now having them maintaining the university’s fire, intruder and access control systems is proving very useful as there’s always an engineer available on site.”

    What can we do for you?

    With over 25 years of experience in Security, Chris Lewis are trusted experts in the field who will help keep your educational premises, assets, staff, and students safe. If you’ve got a security system and want extra peace of mind that your facility will be as protected as possible, should the worst occur, it’s worth considering our key holder service. When it comes to security, whether this is just a key holder service, or an entire system design and installation, by choosing Chris Lewis you are choosing the industry's best technology and people. 

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