Checkmate Services: Advancing Security through
Leading Training and Proven Safeguarding
The increasing risk exposure to criminal and other accidents led to exponential growth in the Indian security industry. In the last few years, India has witnessed the expansion of private security agencies in double digits. As per the FICCI-Grant Thornton Report on Private Security Services in India, 2015, the Indian security services industry is expected to rise, at a rate of 20% over the next few years and is supposed to reach INR 800 billion by 2020.
The Checkmate Group is a trailblazer of Indian Security Industry. It was established by Vikram Mahurkar in the year 1986 at Vadodara, Gujarat, India, and today it is a name to reckon with in the highly competitive safety and security industry. The Checkmate group has been working for 27 years, with an exemplary vision, manpower training, management skills, and profound commitment round the clock. It supplies its services to diverse industries including Information Technology, BPOs, Petrochemicals, Petroleum, Ports Steel, Energy sectors, the IT Sector, Pharmaceuticals, Telecom, Banks & Financial Services, Consumer Goods manufacturers, and Retail, proving its professional ability and expertise to serve a multifaceted spectrum of business.
The core philosophy of the group is its relentless pursuit of excellence in its chosen areas of operations. As part of this comprehensive approach to providing clients with exceptional security, it also provides threat and vulnerability assessments, employee background screening, executive protection, and security for special events and related safeguarding services.
Checkmate has a pan India footprint in 23 states, with 63 Regional, and Subsidiary branches, site offices with a strong workforce of Guards, Security Officers, and Safety Officers. Checkmate Group’s hallmark is the ability to recruit Ex-Services man in large numbers. They offer a range of electronic security solutions, comprehensive security system, and automation solutions, which delivers feature-rich and advanced video monitoring, access control capability, fire protection solutions, and communication system solutions.
The Man behind the Brand
Vikram Mahurkar- Founder & Managing Director
Vikram Mahurkar is the main driving force behind Checkmate Services and designated as the Managing Director in the company. His commitment backed by sheer professionalism has enabled Checkmate Group to achieve greater success as a leading multinational security service provider coupled with exemplary growth in terms of revenue and value proposition. A commerce graduate; Vikram worked in Apollo Tyres from 1980 and resigned after 5 years as Assistant Sales Manager for the Gujarat Territory.
Range of Services and Operations Offered
- Manned Guarding
- Basic and Advanced Security Training
- Security Audit & Consultancy
- Fire, Safety & Disaster Management Training and Consultancy
- Electronic Security Solutions
- Cash in Transit Security
- Executive Protection
- Event Security Management
- Project Security Consultancy
- Currency Management and Processing
- Automation Solutions
- System Integrator
- Facility Management
- Building Management Systems
About Checkmate Group
Checkmate Services offers manned guarding service and cash management solutions. Over the span of two decades, it has emerged as one of the largest Indian security and safety service providers. As on date, it is guarding 1100+ customers in India out of which 35 clients are in the BFSI sector.
Institute of Fire Safety & Disaster Management Studies provides international class training and consultancy for Fire, Safety, Disaster Management, Crisis & Emergency operations. The institute is affiliated to NCVT, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship; International accreditation by JOIFF and was developed in collaboration with the erstwhile Fire Science Academy Worldwide, University of Nevada, USA.
Checkmate Facility & Electronic Solutions Pvt. Ltd offers the full spectrum of soft and hard housekeeping, facility management & building maintenance services. It also provides CCTV surveillance and alarm monitoring services customized to client requirements.
Checkmate Apparels provides all types of corporate uniforms/ industrial clothing and customized apparel solutions.
- Proven credibility for over 3 decades
- Financially capable
- Pan India footprint
- National 24-hour operations control room
- Technology and best practices in use
- Meets global standards
- Business Continuity Plan in place
- Risk Mitigation
Hallmark of Services
Customised solutions as per client requirement
Dedicated SPOCs for smooth administration
Compliant to statutory norms
Standard Operating Procedures for each activity
In order to meet the demand of trained firefighters, Checkmate Group has set up the Institute of Fire Safety and Disaster Management Studies (IFSDMS). It delivers quality training for quality performance. It has a State-of-the-Art, Advanced Emergency Response Training Centre in India’s largest Fire Training Ground with lodging and boarding facilities for 500 trainees. It conducts various short term and long-term courses for working professionals and freshers alike.
Major Challenges in the Indian Industry
- Challenges with the domestic security industry (Mitigated by their reputation & market standing)
- Challenges from International firms eyeing Indian market (Mitigated by quality services)
- Mentoring and monitoring of security employees at the operational level
Challenges in the Private Security Industry —
- Compliance concerns
The Private Security Agencies (Regulation) (PSAR) Act was passed in the parliament of India in 2005 and encouraged the states to enact & enforce it. All most all states have adopted the Act and Checkmate has been provided with a licence in all applicable states.
- Suboptimal use of technology –over-dependence on manpower
The security industry has predominantly become manpower intensive. Due to the lack of availability of skilled manpower, most of the agencies hire people to meet the basic demand of guarding entrances and exits. Being the larger security service providers, who have their training facilities; many refrain from the use of technology owing to the higher investment needs for gadgets and training.
- Talent retention –fair employment practices & career progression
A security guard has a very small career progression path. A maximum level that he can attain with adequate training is that of a ‘supervisor’, with not much increase in the money that he earns. Besides, he works on an average for more than 12 hours a day. The agencies, therefore, have to not only provide good working conditions but also use fair employment practices to retain talent.