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7 Benefits for Businesses Who Hire Security

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When you need professional security services to keep your business safe, there's no shortage of companies and firms to work with. Hiring an armed guard from a reputable and established partner can help to protect your business and its assets while keeping costs realistic.

You don’t need an armed security guard. Nothing bad ever happens at your organization. It’s a quiet place with happy employees.
Sandy Hook Elementary School felt the same way, right before an armed assailant opened fire, killing 27 — 20 of whom were children.

Unfortunately, we live in a world where tragedy can strike anywhere at any time. A well-trained, qualified, and experienced security professional from a reputable company will not just keep your company safe, they will also deter against other forms of criminal mischief and threats, both internal and external.

Here's 7 Benefits That a Security Guard Can Provide

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1. Greatly Reduced Liabilities

Hiring and training your own security team is a big deal. You want to make sure any actions they take won’t become your liability! This typically results in a highly ineffective security team.

If you hire and train your own security team, your business is fully liable for what they do. This is not a good thing for your business or organization. Giving someone a badge and a gun is a very big deal. When you outsource these needs to a security or detective agency, the security personnel will be covered by their agency’s insurance – not yours.

At the end of the day, it’s clear who is responsible for what officers or guards do in an emergency; and its direct impact on your business. Critical Tip: This shift of liability generally does not occur if you choose to hire off-duty police officers employed by a government agency or department. They are shielded by layers of policies, laws, case law, and qualified immunity. Keep this in mind.

As the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. Most security companies don’t provide armed services – because they won’t pay the wages that trained and qualified professionals require. Further, most security companies refuse to let their guards or officers intervene in any situation – requiring them to be nothing more than a witness – as this reduces their insurance costs, and reduces their own potential liability. Let that sink in…

Security companies that keep the cost of operations and personnel minimal, can, in turn, provide services at a significantly lower cost; even when it results in an ineffective or inferior service for their clients, further jeopardizing life and property. Many of the security companies that do offer armed guard services will grossly underpay their personnel. This results in underqualified security guards who lack the proper training and experience to do their job effectively; which can lead to disastrous consequences.

2. Save Money

How does spending money result in saving money? Let’s explore. In this case, we’re talking about training your own security force. The training can cost tens of thousands of dollars per person and can take nearly a year, not to mention the cost of equipment, gear, oversight, and the actual employing and insuring of your own security team.

A contracted security company or private police agency will provide you with a professional officer or team who has had the training, a background check, interviews, experience, and many other accolades, none of which is on your dime.

Pro Tip: Professional security services provided by TSE are generally 100% tax deductible for all for-profit entities. Additionally; most insurers offer significant discounts for security services implemented by businesses and other organizations.

3. Increased Flexibility

By outsourcing to a competent and reliable partner, there will be far fewer scheduling hassles; and virtually no HR issues. If there is ever a problem or you want to increase or decrease your security personnel, all you need to do is send an email or make a phone call. It is typically a very streamlined and simple process.

If a contracted security professional becomes ill or injured on the job, the company will have a replacement security guard at your business to replace them, and, you won’t have to worry about worker’s compensation matters. It’s a process you likely won’t even notice.

The right firm for your business will be able to handle all of your needs seamlessly so you don’t have to worry about coverage, too few or too many officers; or anything else like excessive force or harassment.

4. Improved Image & Relations

We’ve all walked into a building or seen it in a movie; where as soon as you go inside, the first you see is a security guard. Your first reaction to this site is completely based on the appearance and demeanor of the guard – which if we can be honest, is oftentimes poor.

The key here is to have the right partner, who employs great officers – ones who pay attention, are polite, professional, authoritative, and have excellent communication skills. By achieving this, no one will come in and “get the wrong idea”.

Beyond the ability to deal with emergency situations, proper safety and security will involve a certain level of customer service; a key to increased employee retention and productivity, happy customers and clients, as well as repeat business. Security personnel can assist customers and visitors by directing them where to go, evacuating employees and visitors during emergencies, escorting employees from and to their vehicles, rendering first aid, and much more.

5. Peace of Mind

As a business owner, executive, stakeholder, or similar; the last thing you want to worry about is security. You want to focus on growth and creating the best products and services possible. You want to make your employees and clients happy so that you can retain both. The peace of mind you’ll receive knowing that your assets, workers, and customers are safe while on your property is invaluable.

Hiring a recent graduate off the street and paying them $18 an hour may seem like an inexpensive and good idea, but what will they do in the event of an actual crime? How will they react? Having a professional team who knows when, what, and how to properly respond to and mitigate situations is one of the best reasons to outsource your security needs.

6. Area Monitoring

What good is having dozens of the latest and greatest security cameras if no security professional is there to monitor them – and understand what they’re seeing? Many law enforcement and security professionals are extensively trained to look for signs of criminal activity or how to react preemptively to red flags and stop crime before it happens.

In addition to monitoring the area via CCTV, those monitoring can coordinate real-time response with other security officers, management, fire and rescue, and so on. They can watch and monitor any kind of employee registrations like checking for key-card badges, parking authentication, and the like.

They can also assist with the monitoring and patrol of your grounds at all times of the day and night – including during the opening and closing times. Without hesitation, they will be the first ones in and the last ones out. Every day. Without fail.

7. Deterrence Factor

While everyone knows that some security measures are not taken seriously – thus providing zero deterrence to crime; this is not absolute. This all comes down to the individual security officer or guard. The badge is of little value if the person wearing the badge is unprofessional or ill-equipped.

Criminals are criminals for a reason. They go after easy targets for a quick and easy score; and by their very nature, they don’t follow laws. Easy targets are key here – as most criminals take the path of least resistance; meaning they will strike if there is no security, and just as easily if ineffective or inattentive security guards are present.

A proven tactic that gives a criminal reason to pause is by making it riskier for the criminal. The easiest way to accomplish this is a well-trained and experienced professional on location. A competent professional is a sight of antipathy by criminals – as they convey actual authority and pose a very real risk to criminals. You can’t fake effective officer presence, it’s either there – or it isn’t. When effective, most – if not all criminals will have second thoughts. They’ll immediately think of prison and the potential real-world consequences of their actions.

In Closing

Times have changed, and crime continues to be a significant threat without boundaries. Why wait for the worst-case scenario to happen? Don’t sell your business, employees, and customers short. You deserve real and effective solutions to protect what’s important. You need a true partner with an organization who has your back; and will always put your interests first. Hiring security can seem like a daunting task, but with the right partner – the process becomes easy and seamless.

Tri State Enforcement Regional Authority is a multistate organization that supplies mission-critical public safety services, special police services, advanced protective security and armed guard services, court and judicial services, and related law enforcement and emergency services; for and on behalf of public, private, and government sector markets through cooperative and service contract agreements.

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