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Security Officers for Your Business: What You Should Know

February 20, 2019

Depositphotos_35856013_xl-2015-minMost businesses consider security a huge priority, as your property, employees, clients, and information all need to be protected. Although security cameras and access control are fairly common, many businesses don’t consider the added benefit of hiring private security officers to patrol your building. Security officers can add an extra layer of security to your business with real-time monitoring and reactions to suspicious activity. If you’re considering hiring security officers for your business, we’ve compiled the information you need to know.


Benefits of Security Officers for Businesses

Promoting a Secure Building

One of the most important benefits of a security officer is that they will keep your business secure. A security officer can watch for any suspicious behavior in the building and stop it before it becomes an issue. They can act quickly in the event of a threat and are highly trained to handle threats efficiently. When you have security officers in your business, you can feel certain that any potential issue or threat will be handled quickly and efficiently.

Monitoring Entrances

Posting security officers at the entrances of your building can help promote security. Security officers can monitor the entrances and ensure that everyone who enters the building is authorized to be there. Security officers can keep track of everyone who enters and exits the building in order to monitor any suspicious activity, keep out unauthorized visitors, and promote the overall security of the building.

Enforcing Rules

Security officers can help enforce the rules of your business. If your building has restricted areas, they can help ensure that unauthorized individuals keep out of these areas. If your building houses valuable equipment, security officers can help ensure that this equipment is protected, making sure that no one misuses or damages it. They can also help deter and prevent theft of any valuable equipment or information in your workplace.

Monitoring Surveillance Equipment

Security officers are highly trained to monitor surveillance equipment. If your building has security cameras, security officers can help monitor the equipment and watch for any suspicious activity or threats. If a security officer spots a threat, they can quickly signal for another security officer to respond quickly and appropriately. When you have security officers monitoring your surveillance equipment, you can be sure that your building is protected.

Patrolling Parking Areas

For large-scale businesses, security officers can be very valuable in protecting your parking garage or parking lot. Unfortunately, workplace parking areas often attract theft, as cars are left unattended for such a large portion of the day. Security officers can patrol these areas and help deter theft. If a security officer notices an attempted break in, they can quickly stop a person in the act.

Writing Accurate Reports

One of the more overlooked responsibilities of a security officer is the writing of reports. Security officers are highly trained to write detailed, accurate reports of any issues that occur including theft, criminal activity, or safety issues. These reports are very useful when presented to the police and to ensure that these issues to not occur again. Documenting security issues is an important part of a security officer’s job because it will help them prevent similar issues from occurring in the future.

Emergency Response

Security officers are highly trained in emergency response. For this reason, security officers are valuable assets in the event of an emergency. If the emergency is related to an individual, such as an active shooter situation, security officers will be able to stop the attacker and protect your employees. In the event of fire or other similar emergencies, security officers will be able to keep calm and provide all employees with proper directions on where to go and how to proceed. If there is ever an emergency situation in your business’s building, security officers will be one of the best tools you have to protect you and your employees.

How to Find Security Officers for Your Business

Research Security Company Websites 

The most effective way to make sure you are hiring the best security officers is to do some research on potential companies beforehand. Go online and search for different security companies in your area. Create a checklist of qualifications that your business is looking for and after analyzing different security company websites, pursue the one that offers the qualities you need. Be sure to also look into the company's background to make sure they are a credible and reliable source. 

Look For Training And Licensing Requirements

An essential requirement when finding your security officers should be that they are extensively trained and licensed to work in the field. Make sure the company you hire provides only well-trained and licensed security officers. Without a professional company facilitating the officer, you would not have the needed affirmation that the officer will be capable of doing the job correctly and offer the services you require. Therefore, licensed security officers will be able to ensure proficiency and expert security services, instilling confidence that you’re hiring a true professional, completely capable of protecting your property and residents. When speaking with a company, make sure their security officers are trained, licensed, and required to pass an extensive background check.  

Analyze The Security Company's Credibility

How long has the security company been in business? What do other people say about the company and the security officers they provide? These questions are important to consider before hiring a security company to keep your business and its patrons safe. A company with experience and good reviews will be more efficient and have the ability to protect your business and get the job done right.

It's important to know that every business will have a few bad reviews and shouldn't be written off immediately because of it. Rather than instantly seeking another company, research whether the bad reviews have been addressed by the company to find out if there was a diligent attempt to right the wrong. Although a few bad reviews are inevitable, be sure the security company has more positive reviews than bad. 

Require A Security Consultation

The first step is to research different companies for yourself but it is also important that you are able to communicate with the company and learn more about them as they learn more about you. A company that offers a security consultation will allow you to build a professional relationship so the officers are able to efficiently immerse themselves within your business and the security company can offer you not only safety assurance but also tips to enhance your overall security. 

Therefore, utilizing a risk assessment of the property will help to analyze each and every entry point, visitor access, hallway cameras, etc. as you’ll obtain a better understanding of needed safety measures. Not only can you see what areas require an upgrade but also have the opportunity to learn more about innovative security technology that advances safety measurements altogether.

Top 10 Organizations that Can Use Security Officers

1. Retail Stores

2. Hotels

3.Residential Communities

4. College Campuses

5. Hospitals

6. Construction Sites

7. Museums

8. Car Dealerships

9. Shopping Malls

10. Office Buildings


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