Safe-guarding your place of business and making sure it is maintained as a safe and secure environment should never be taken lightly. On-site security professionals that have been trained to provide a uniformed presence can be a great asset when it comes to deterring criminal activity.
Having a security officer onsite can also help with any situations or circumstances that might give you cause for concern and will be noted and detailed in written reports, a valuable asset should there be further issues or problems. Working with an onsite security company will ensure you are provided with superior resources and can do much to improve your level of safety.
How to Determine If You Need a Security Guard at Your Company
Is Your Company Located in a High Crime Area?
High crime doesn’t necessarily mean a bad neighbourhood. It could also include a warehouse located in a sparsely-populated rural area, for instance. There is a potential for a higher number of break-ins in that case as well.
Are You Experiencing Retail Theft And Shrinkage?
Data revealed that retailers in the USA lost nearly $44 billion from theft in 2014 (that’s around R 580 907 800 000.00 – or five-hundred and eighty billion, nine-hundred million, eight-hundred-thousand – and a few rands) with 34 percent of that number coming from employees. As such, practically any retail setting would benefit from the presence of a security guard.
A well-trained, licensed guard will take steps to limit liability and reduce shrinkage, saving the business money. That’s a fact the small business owner shouldn’t miss when considering hiring a security company.
Do You Have Concern Over Safety Issues?
If you think you have one or two safety issues, in reality, you probably have dozens. Having someone dedicated to safety, who knows what to look for, who can pick apart what’s safe and unsafe and needs to be improved upon is very useful. A security guard would know what to look for.
Do You Serve Alcohol on the Premises?
Anywhere alcohol is served, especially in excess, is a good place to have a security guard present. A business’s liability can get expensive if a fight breaks out resulting in injury to persons or property. The guard’s presence acts as a deterrent. He can move quickly to prevent incidents before they escalate.
Do You Have Building Traffic Concerns?
Businesses that have a lot of people entering and exiting a building can utilize guards to monitor traffic, check people in and out and give out IDs or name tags.
The physical presence of a professional, courteous guard puts the public at ease and creates a safer environment that criminals will be less inclined to target. It also sends a signal that you care about public safety and are taking steps to protect your customers or visitors.