With an increasing crime rate and a terrorism threat level currently set at SEVERE, many companies and organisations are looking to the private security industry to bolster their defences. Businesses and establishments have a duty to keep their facilities safe, and this often means managing visitor traffic, providing access control, responding to emergency situations, monitoring CCTV, meeting governmental security requirements and so on. It’s a lot! For many organisations, hiring professional security is the most cost-effective, efficient and safe way to get on top of it all.
That said, there are some myths surrounding the private security industry that prevent some organisations taking advantage of services. A good contract with an expert security provider will bring increased efficiencies, better value and more thorough, coordinated and comprehensive security processes. This will ensure that your organisation continues to run as productively and as safely as possible.
In this article, I’ll look at five private security myths and show you why they’re just that – myths.
Myth 1 – Security Contractors Don’t Know My Business
Because a good knowledge of what you do and how you do it is crucial to developing a thorough security plan, the best security companies make understanding your business their top priority. At the same time, they will likely have worked in your sector before, and will bring with them plenty of relevant industry experience and expertise. This combination ensures that the provider understands and works around any company idiosyncrasies and nuances whilst keeping your business maximally secure and compliant.
Myth 2 – Our Organisations Don’t Share the Same Values
The best security partnerships are based on one principle – keeping your customers, employees and property safe. This common goal ensures that security staff quickly become part of the team, and good leadership makes sure that they quickly understand and integrate with your culture. By providing security staff from the local area, it’s likely that the guards working with you will already have a good knowledge of your organisation and of the local community. In addition to extensive general security training, each guard will be given on-the-job training to provide them with a solid understanding of your environment and values.
Myth 3 – There Are Hidden Costs to Private Security
A good security contract is more cost-effective than maintaining an in-house security team. A quality provider will listen to your specific requirements before creating a security solution to match your needs – including any budgetary requirements. Because all costs are outlined in the agreement, by using a private security provider you will be able to see exactly where your money is being spent. And, by alleviating the costs and managerial issues that come with developing in-house training, providing uniforms, managing payroll, recruiting, ensuring compliance and all the rest, your organisation will be better off financially.
Myth 4 – Security Providers Supply Inflexible Off-The Shelf Services
Good security providers understand that off-the-shelf security packages don’t work. Each organisation is different, and a good security solution takes account of any unique factors and nuances. A good contractor will only supply properly trained SIA-licensed guards. Though training practices vary, guards will have received health and safety, fire safety, first-aid, data protection, risk assessment training and more. Unlike in-house security teams, it is illegal for contractors to employ guards without an SIA license. As such, you can be sure that each guard has been properly vetted and trained for the task in hand.
Myth 5 – People Visiting My Organisation Would Prefer In-House Security
Any visible security presence is a good thing. Having security on-site reduces the threat of crime, violence and other disturbances. But consumers are unlikely to have a preference in terms of who’s employing guards – the only thing that matters is that they’re there. Moreover, good security providers have powerful brands and reputations, and seeing these will act as a further marker of trust to consumers and visitors – and an additional deterrent to criminals!
Churchill Security is a national security provider. We provide the most highly-trained, SIA-licensed guards to ensure that our clients’ staff, customers and property remain secure. Our cost-effective security solutions are tailored to each of our clients’ specific requirements. Get in touch to see how we can make your organisation safer and more efficient.