Private security guards have become increasingly important in our society, and the security consulting firm is one of the fastest growing in the country. Private security guards protect their employer’s investment, enforce rules and laws on the property, deter criminal activity or other problems, and many times they are the First Responders in emergency situations.
There are three things to consider when hiring security guards for both Corporate Security Services and Residential Security Services:
1) what needs to be protected,
2) what level of protection is desired, and
3) Who is going to do the protecting?
1) The first step is to determine what needs to be protected and what the guard’s responsibilities will include. Guards engaged in personal security services also patrol and inspect property to protect against fire, theft, vandalism, and illegal activity.
2) Private security guards can be armed or unarmed, in uniform or plain clothes, posted on the property or thousands of miles away viewing video cameras that are part of an interactive system. What is the level of security needed and what is the budget required achieving that level?
3) When it comes to hiring security guards, it doesn’t matter whether the guards are employed by a security guard agency or hired directly by the end user; interviewing is essential in order to find the right person for the position. The advantage of using a security consulting firm is that the company is bonded, background checks have already been made, a certain amount of training has been completed, and the guard can be terminated easily since he works for the agency.
Armed guards are specially trained in the use of firearms and licensed to carry firearms during their shift. They must be of an even temperament and should have a good understanding of the conditions surrounding the property they are protecting. Armed guards generally make more money than unarmed guards — for obvious reasons.
It is generally not a good idea for retail establishments to employ armed guards in public areas. If someone is intent on robbing a retail business, there is no way to tell who that person might be, and the guard with the gun becomes the first target. An unarmed guard will deter thieves just as well without becoming a source or cause of violence in the event of a holdup.