Retail Security in Hastings & East Sussex

Continental Security | Retail Security

In the current series of phased ‘return measures’ to Retail Business Operations after the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, we at Continental Security understand and have identified that assistance towards the safe, successful and effective management of retail operations is essential, and that deterrence and prevention of crime is made further necessary at this difficult time to guard against any additional loss of revenue. Continental Security is aware of the restrictions and efforts being made on management and by staff time engaged in dealing with such measures against theft, the follow-up measures and having staff deployed as a deterrent on the front line. With a return to ‘non-essential’ shop opening petty crime and thievery is notably returning.

With a proven track record and established partners such as Mitie, NHS, University of Cambridge, East Sussex County Council, and Continental Security have been operating in support of NHS Covid-19 Operations continuously during the crisis responding immediately to NHS requests for additional security support in Trust hospital locations and Partnerships, Testing sites and back up facilities. Support continued supplying security services to assist the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) system and Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Services (HMCTS) and the many branded supermarkets operating within the effective control measures and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) processes.

Continental Security dedicated Retail Security and Supporting Services, (SIA licensed in both covert and overt operations), strive to minimise ongoing losses by identifying and restricting shoplifting, misappropriation, and theft. Continental Security officers are also trained in the control of entry and egress to premises, distancing, and line control, monitoring and accountability of a number of customers on-site, and any search and screening measures anticipated.



This standard is based on a number of quality management principles including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach and continual improvement. ISO 9001 helps ensure that customers get consistent, good quality products and services, which in turn brings many benefits.

License Number: FS 594265

The ISO 14001 standard specifies a process for the control and the continuous improvement of our environmental performance. The management tool enables Continental Facilities Management Group to identify and control the environmental impact of its activities, products and services; to continuously improve its environmental performance; and, to implement a systematic approach to set and achieve environmental objectives and targets.

License Number: EMS 620397


An Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Management System provides a framework for an organisation to identify and control its health and safety risks, reduce the potential for accidents, comply with legislation and improve operational performance. 

License Number: OHS 620398

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Hastings Crime Rate

Hastings is the most dangerous major town in East Sussex and is the second most dangerous overall out of East Sussex’s 108 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Hastings in 2021 was 100 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to East Sussex’s overall crime rate, coming in 48% higher than the East Sussex rate of 68 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Hastings is the 40th most dangerous major town, and the 625th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2021, Hastings had the worst crime rate in East Sussex for possession of weapons, with 22 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.24 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2021 was also a bad month for Hastings residents, when it was East Sussex’s most dangerous area for vehicle crime, recording 89 crimes at a rate of 0.95 per 1,000 residents. Hastings recorded 28 reports of other crimes during July 2020, making its crime rate of 0.30 the worst for other crimes in East Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Hastings are violence and sexual offences, with 4,177 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 45. This is 8% higher than 2020’s figure of 3,863 offences and a difference of 3.36 from 2020’s crime rate of 41. Hastings’s least common crime is bicycle theft, with 61 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 7% from 2020’s figure of 57 crimes.


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