Trained Security Guards Ensure Your Business Success

Trained Security Guards Ensure Your Business Success

Trained Security Guards Ensure Your Business Success You know you need policies and procedures in place to protect your company’s assets, but too often business owners don’t know where to start in terms of which security issues need to be addressed or how.  How do you, as an owner, assess your level of security risk?  How do you get up to speed on security issues that may be negatively impacting your bottom line?  How do you know if the security changes you implement are even making a difference? We can help.  Hiring a professional security guard who is supervised and trained by an established and proven company such as United American Security can be an important first step to protecting your assets.  United American Security provides security guards and guard services for both long and short-term security needs, for large corporations as well as small businesses across 18 states.  We support the security needs of our 725 valued clients by providing them with top notch security guards, over 3,000 of them. Our security officers are professionally trained and prepared to handle your unique security needs whether we are working with you to protect commercial, industrial, governmental and institutional assets.  UAS provides protection for the warehousing, distribution, transportation, manufacturing, petrochemical, corporate, distilling industries across the United States. Our track record speaks for itself.  Our clients know that UAS is committed to hiring only the best.  Why?  Because we know that high-quality security guards save you money as a business owner.  Our security guards protect your building, your employees, your equipment, even your cash on hand – all assets that can... read more
Hurricane Harvey and the United American Security Heroes

Hurricane Harvey and the United American Security Heroes

Rising Above Historic Hurricane Harvey to Provide Superior Security Services in Houston Hurricane Harvey was a Category 4 storm that dumped over 30 inches of rain in the Houston area, making it the wettest tropical cyclone on record for Texas and the contiguous United States. It submerged 25 to 30 percent of the region, damaged thousands of homes and properties, and robbed 14 Houstonians of their lives.  And all the while—over five historic days—United American Security officers, administrative staff, supervisors, and others took extraordinary measures to protect their clients from harm. Their stories of bravery, selflessness, and altruism are detailed below. Preparing for the Storm The storm was due to hit late Friday night, August 25.  Several clients requested extra assistance; coverage that meant UAS officers and staff would be away from their families and homes during the storm. Supervisors asked security officers for volunteers, and without fail, officers stepped up. “We told our guys to pack for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday—and maybe Tuesday. We thought things would be back to normal by then. But the storm went out into the Gulf on Monday and came back over Houston on Tuesday.  And that’s when things got real,” says Jeff Moore, UAS District Manager. Protecting Hospital Staff and Patients Among the UAS clients was a Top 5 Houston-area hospital, providing leading-edge care for patients from across the globe. The hospital knew there would be a need for extra coverage, so the client asked UAS for volunteers to serve during the storm. Captain Eura Patterson, security supervisor at the hospital, took the lead. Some 50 United American Security officers ultimately volunteered. ... read more
You Need A Security Guard

You Need A Security Guard

Employing the services of a reputable, licensed security agency can help offset the potential for loss and ensure public safety. But how does a small business know when it should hire such a company? What signs point to the need for protection? Do You Need a Security Guard? Based on the testimony of business owners and data related to business losses, there are a number of indicators that signal the need for a security guard, some more obvious than others.  For example, Your access control system is ineffective.  Whether you are using pin numbers, coded pass cards or keys, access to protected areas or to your building is not secure.  A security guard can help you set up entry/exit procedures that are more easily monitored using credentials that cannot be breached. Your business is located in a high-crime area.  Both employees and customers are worried about crime and vandalism in your unattended parking lot.   Having a security guard on site creates a physical deterrent to crime and reduces the likelihood that robberies or vandalism will occur.  Criminals look elsewhere; to sites with lower risks. You have lots of visitors and foot traffic “in and out” of your business.  You may also be experiencing inventory loss and can’t easily track who might be helping themselves to your stock.  Setting up a visitor monitoring system will help you and your security guard track who is coming and going.  Limiting access of clients to secure areas and setting up an inventory tracking system are services a security guard company can provide. You suspect vendor or employee theft but don’t have good... read more
Security Guard Hiring and Training

Security Guard Hiring and Training

Security Guard Hiring and Training—A Key Priority at United American Security At United American Security, security guards are the nucleus of our business. They are the faces our clients see every day and the first line of defense should something go wrong. It is this reality that informs UAS’s security guard hiring and training philosophy: we hire only the best guards and we train them to ensure the highest level of security services for our clients. Hiring Professional and Qualified Staff The hiring process at United American Security begins with the utilization of Applicant Stack, an application tracking program that allows UAS to reach millions of job seekers and manage their success from initial resume review through potential onboarding. According to Brad Montague, Corporate Director of Operations at United American Security, UAS searches for applicants with experience in security, law enforcement, or the military. Candidates must show themselves to be reliable, clean in appearance, respectful, and focused on detail. And of course, candidates must hold necessary licenses, when required, and pass both a background check and a drug test. While the bigger security guard companies—Allied/Universal, U.S. Security, G4S, and Securitas—often race through the hiring process, offering employment to unqualified guards simply to fill their numerous vacancies, United American Security takes its time. UAS makes sure there is a good fit from the start. Security Guard Training for Success Once a guard is onboard, United American Security emphasizes training like no one else in the industry. Multiple security guard management personnel—including security supervisors, field inspectors, and operations managers—may play a role in training new staff. As each site is different,... read more

Security Guards Minimize Theft

According to Wikipedia, a security guard is a person hired to protect an employer’s assets (property, people, equipment, money, etc.) from a variety of hazards (such as waste, damaged property, unsafe worker behavior, criminal activity such as theft, etc.) by using preventative measures. They do this by maintaining a high-visibility presence to deter illegal and inappropriate actions, by observing for signs of crime, fire or disorder, and by then taking action to minimize damage.   Depending on the nature of your business, the duties of a security guard will vary, but one of those illegal actions a security guard can deter is theft. Security Guards Minimize Theft There are various reasons why you should consider hiring a security guard to protect your business assets.  First and foremost, having a security guard on the premises will minimize theft. Having a security guard on site deters employees and customers from stealing.  According to 2015 data from the National Retail Federation (NRF), U.S. retailers experienced $44 billion in losses due to inventory shrinkage in the year prior. Organized retail crime and shoplifting accounted for 38 percent of those losses, while internal theft and assorted administrative errors accounted for 35 percent and 17 percent, respectively.  This is a problem. Whether the security guard makes regular patrols, monitors surveillance cameras, or helps you physically control access to your inventory, having a security guard on site reduces theft.  The National Association for Shoplifting Prevention(NASP) conducted a survey which found that around 73% of shoplifting incidents are not premeditated. With proper deterrents in place, shoplifters are much less likely to actually act on their impulses.  Seeing a security... read more
What Makes a Top Notch Security Guard?

What Makes a Top Notch Security Guard?

What makes a top notch security guard? You might be surprised to know that many of the qualities you look for in a top notch security guard are the same as those you want in your best employees.  Some skills are essential to making your security guard one of the most valuable members of your team. First of all, a top notch security guard needs the communication skills necessary to interface with the public in a positive and non-confrontational way.  Your security guard represents you with customers and employees so you want someone who is personable and professional at all times.  Even without saying a word, a good security guard acts as a visual deterrent to criminals without having to resort to weapons, so you must have someone who connects well with others in a low-key and respectful manner. Secondly, a top notch security guard is observant.  He or she needs to be alert to changes in their environment while paying attention to the comings-and-goings of those around them.  They need to be able to “read” a situation quickly and accurately, even in a fast-paced situation.  Sometimes, a guard may need to deescalate a tense situation or convince a person to leave the premises without touching them.  They may need to give or take orders.  Flexibility is the key here – so is a guard’s ability to read a situation and respond accordingly. Thirdly, a top notch security guard, like a guard provided by United American Security, is reliable.  This  means not only being on time but being someone you can count on.  Your security guard serves as your... read more

Protect Your Business Assets

Protecting your assets is a key concern if you own a business.  As a business owner, you make decisions everyday that affect your bottom line, including how to keep safe what is important to your continued success.  What is an ideal security plan for your business? Protect Your Business Assets: Analyze Needs This may seem like a daunting question, but a thorough analysis of your current assets and who has access to them is a good place to start.  Your assets include your facility, of course, but can also include customer data, merchandise and equipment. And access is not just from the obvious sources, your employees.  You should also consider property managers, cleaning crews, other companies’ employees if you share space, and vendors.  They all have contact with you and the assets you need to protect to stay in business.  A security plan needs to consider all of these variables to be effective. Once you have done that analysis, then you can work with an outside security firm such as United American Security to balance your risks and your budget.  Here are some key considerations: What are your physical security needs?  Of course you will consider upgrading the locks on any doors and windows.  But, depending on your office size and physical layout, you might consider a video surveillance system or motion sensors to trigger targeted lighting. Your business might also benefit from environmental hazard detection if you work with sensitive materials. What are your IT security requirements? Security experts can help you secure your Wi-Fi connection as well as install an intrusion detection system if appropriate. What kind of... read more
Security Guard Supervision

Security Guard Supervision

Security Guard Supervision: “An Investment in the Client” When it comes to meeting the needs of its security services clients, United American Security is all about going the extra mile. And nowhere is this approach more apparent than in UAS’s commitment to supervision. At United American Security, an on-site or field supervisor is part of every client’s team, a stable presence to ensure that security guards are meeting their customers’ needs and back-up is available should it become necessary. According to United American Security CEO Stephen Levine, “Our clients are paying to have a service performed. We ensure they get what they paying for.” Superior Supervisors, Superior Guards United American Security employs a simple, standing weekly hours equation to determine whether it assigns an on-site supervisor or a field supervisor to a particular site. In both cases, the supervisor is recognizable and extremely familiar with the guards, the post, and the client. “Our supervisors review post orders and know the orders as well as the guards,” says Levine, “so if they should have to step in, there is no a drop off in quality.” Firmly committed to best security guard practices, United American Security hires only proven professionals to fill security supervisor vacancies. By employing sharp and experienced leaders, UAS is able to guarantee clients that their security guards will report prepared, on-time, and in uniform. Guards, for their part, appreciate the support and back-up. Further, under the mentorship of expert site supervisors, security guards strive for equally high standards. As any human resources director can attest, superior supervisors inspire superior employees. Standing Out Of course, supervision is not... read more
Hiring a Security Guard Impacts Your Bottom Line

Hiring a Security Guard Impacts Your Bottom Line

Hiring a security guard impacts your bottom line.  Every month it seems there is an ever-changing set of factors that impacts your financial success as a business owner:  overall sales, employee turnover, marketing efforts, on-the-job accidents, insurance costs and even loss of stock.  How to safeguard your investment and maximize your profits is an ongoing challenge.  One strategy to protect your assets and send a message of safety to customers and employees is to hire a security guard. How Can a Security Guard Help? First of all, you may not know if problems exist unless you already have robust inventory management system in place.  Let’s just look at one security issue, that of “inventory shrinkage.” According to 2015 data from the National Retail Federation (NRF), U.S. retailers experienced $44 billion in losses due to inventory shrinkage in the year prior. Organized retail crime and shoplifting accounted for 38 percent of those losses, while internal theft and assorted administrative errors accounted for 35 percent and 17 percent, respectively. Vendor fraud and theft can also be significant sources of shrinkage. A security guard can help you analyze your situation and pinpoint the source of problems in your facility.  Do you have inventory shrinkage?  If so, is it due to shoplifting or employees who are helping themselves to inventory?  To answer that question, you and your security guard will first want to enhance security in the areas where you store your inventory.  You might consider installing cameras to monitor certain areas and putting up signage that lets people know they are under surveillance.   The security guard can also assist you in limiting access through special... read more
United American Security acquires Ft. Knox Protection in Desoto and South Padre Island Texas

United American Security acquires Ft. Knox Protection in Desoto and South Padre Island Texas

Recent UAS Acquisition: “Excellent Experience” for Texas Security Services Company United American Security acquires Ft. Knox Protection. Vince DeGeorge was amazed at how organized and accessible United American Security was throughout the acquisition process of his company, Fort Knox Protection, Inc. He calls Scott Kaeser, his lead contact during the merger, “Superman” for his superhero attention to DeGeorge, “They made sure everything was taken care of,” DeGeorge says. Growing UAS’s Presence Fort Knox Protection, Inc., specialized in meeting the security services needs for resorts, hospitals, and NASCAR. Now those clients, who date back 15 to 20 years, are part of United American Security—an occurrence that resulted in the doubling of UAS’s presence in Dallas, and the addition of new UAS locations in the Rio Grande Valley (McAllen/Brownsville/South Padre Island). “I have a close relationship with all of my clients,” says DeGeorge. “They all came over to United American Security with me.” Shared Philosophies This “close relationship” DeGeorge maintained was not an accident. “When a client would sign on with us, we made a vow to be there for them, make sure there were no problems, and take care of their business,” DeGeorge explains. “They would become part of our family.” And it was the fact that United American Security shared this approach that attracted DeGeorge to UAS as a partner. “United American Security has the same philosophy,” DeGeorge explains. UAS clients are able to connect with him, or another supervisor, at any hour of any day. The exceptional customer service that United American Security provides is not typical of what other larger, security guard companies offer. For example, the... read more

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