You want your business, building, customers, and employees to remain safe at all times.
Sometimes—due to factors beyond our control—thefts, burglaries, vandalism, or other issues can happen.
That’s when you need to decide if you’re going to hire security guards. But how do you decide who to hire and what criteria matter most for the selection?
Read on to learn more about what to consider when hiring security guards for your business.
When looking to hire security guards or other services, certification is pretty important. So is licensing. Every state has different licensing requirements. Some states, like Colorado, don’t have broad licensing requirements but still require training time and some professional development for those wishing to work as security guards. Every state requires prospective guards to be of sound mind, at least 18, and not have any previous felony convictions.
When you hire a security company to monitor your facilities, you want to make sure they can fulfill the terms of the contract and that your contract is pretty flexible. So, what does contract flexibility actually mean? To have a flexible contract means that the terms of the contract can be altered when needed to suit the evolving needs of an organization. It can affect all of the service or part of the service depending on the contract. Better flexibility helps foster a more cohesive relationship with a security vendor while allowing both parties to get the job done to the best of their ability. Using a flexible contract format as opposed to a traditional format can make for better decision making and improve efficiency under most circumstances.
Part of finding and hiring reputable security guard services is looking for something that’s unique and able to adapt to your needs. Selecting a firm that uses a managed security model—a specialized way of handling day to day operations for a business—can give you access to the services you need for your business. Whether it’s a regular security officer patrolling the grounds, an alarm system, intermittent driving patrols, or a CCTV system, managed services are malleable enough to fit just about any business need.
It should go without saying that your security team should be trustworthy. And with fraud being such a prevalent, growing risk these days, it only makes sense to check into such things. But how do you gauge that trust and find out about the firm’s reputation? The first step is to ensure they have an actual physical address. The second is to read about them a little bit before hiring them and, of course, you should talk to the representatives of the company. Ask them about previous work and how they might handle certain situations. If you’re feeling especially curious, you can check their social media and Yelp reviews. Finally, licensing and certification (like we mentioned before) both go a long way to demonstrate the positive reputation of a security company.
As you go through the process of acquiring a great security company, be sure to ask them about their client history. Having a solid track record of happy clients can indicate a high quality company. A track record shows what the company’s done in the past and how well they’ve performed. Assessing previous work can help you decide if the security company is right for you. Also consider checking out testimonials from other clients and talking to some of the other clients to see how well suited to your organization the security company might end up being. Doing a little bit of research on the company and some leg work to assess its reputation will save you any potential trouble down the road.