Strong Leadership Yields Success

Strong Leadership Yields Success

Strong Leadership Yields Success Scott Leonard currently leads United American Security’s Mid-Atlantic region, the company’s largest region.  Before joining United American Security, Mr. Leonard built and sold several other security guard companies. Prior to that, he worked as a police officer. And his first job was serving our country in the United States Navy for eight years. On the face of it, Scott has had a variety of roles: manager, police officer, Navy officer. But in Scott’s eyes, “I have basically done one thing my whole career.  I have been a positive leader.” A Home Run The United American Security Mid-Atlantic Region is lucky to have Scott at the helm. In the security services industry where discipline, law enforcement, and business skills merge, Scott’s background is a home run for the company. His history as a police officer provided him with the experience of diffusing difficult situations.  Between the Navy and the police force, Mr. Leonard also learned to handle weapons responsibly.  Recognizing the importance of these skills, some states, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey, actually require licensed security officers to have a law enforcement background. During his time as a security guard company owner, Scott mastered the nuances of building a business. “You must have a business sense to be successful managing a large region like UAS’s Mid-Atlantic region,” emphasizes Scott. “You need to know how to run a profitable business. You must grow revenue and watch the bottom line at the same time. Our company does a little over 100,000 security hours per week; that’s over 5 million man-hours per year. More than 99.9 percent of the... read more
Security Guards for the Workplace

Security Guards for the Workplace

Your Business in Important Why would you need a security guard for the workplace? It might seem like a workplace is a totally safe environment, but you may be surprised to realize that this is not the case. In many situations, a guard can help to relieve tension and threats in a work environment. If there is a disgruntled employee and your work has trade secrets, a guard can help to protect intellectual property. Guards can also help keep employees generally safe. After all, an employee who feels safe is going to be a more productive employee, which will help your bottom line. Here are the top 3 reasons for hiring security guards for the workplace.   1. Keep Employees Safe Employees are the most essential part of any business. Without their hard work and dedication, a business would not be successful. Keeping employees safe should be at the top of any business owners mind. How can security guards help do this? To start, if the business is located in an area that is not safe, especially at night, guards can help to ensure that there are no dangerous situations. This includes criminals lurking who could take advantage of an employee who goes outside after dark. Security guards can be used to escort employees to their vehicles after hours. The mere presence of a guard can deter criminal activity from happening. 2. Keep Customers Safe Along the same lines, security guards can help to keep customers safe, especially if they are visiting a place of work at night. If your business sells goods, customers can be targets of criminal... read more
The Benefits of Increased Security

The Benefits of Increased Security

Experience the Benefits of Increased Security What does increased security mean to you as a business owner?  We hear a lot about the need for increased security or the benefits of increased security versus the costs, but what exactly does that mean? What exactly are the benefits of increased security? Let’s start with the obvious:  The American Heritage Dictionary of the American Language defines “security” as Something that gives or assures safety. Freedom from risk or danger; safety. Freedom from doubt, anxiety, or fear; confidence. So, in essence, the benefits of increased security include freedom from those worries that keep you, as a business owner, up at night.  And, one of the best ways to put your mind at rest is to increase security at your worksite by hiring a trained, professional security guard such as those provided by United American Security.  You can post signs and put up a camera, but there is no substitute for hiring a security guard as an essential member of your management team. Why Hire a Security Guard? A visible security guard at your place of business provides a clear symbol of safety.  Security guards reduce inventory loss and sends the message that you want to provide a safe and secure environment for your customers and employees.  It shows that your company is serious about deterring and combatting crime.  There are tangible reasons why hiring security guards can immediately reduce and prevent your inventory loss due to shoplifting and/or employee theft. A security guard can protect your manufacturing operations and corporate facilities during off-peak or down times. A security guard can be positioned at... read more
Florida Armed Security Guard Certification

Florida Armed Security Guard Certification

Further your career Now that you have your Class D license, its time to move on to the Florida armed security guard certification. This is known as the Class G license and allows you to carry a weapon while working as a security guard. Consequently, this license requires more training and education since you are working with a deadly weapon and will be expected to use it if a life threatening situation were to arise. A Class G license is different than a Class D license. In order to pass this course, you will need to be comfortable with more advanced security guard meaures.   Class G License Details How Long is the Class? The Class G license is a 28 hour course that consists of a state mandated curriculum. The breakdown is 12 hours of legal aspects of carrying a firearm. Safety and mechanics of firearms is another 11 hours. Another hour is dedicated towards taking an exam. Finally, up to 8 hours can be spent on firearms qualification. This includes practical shooting exercises and qualifying rounds. It is important to include this variety of topics in the Class G Florida armed security guard certification to ensure that guards are properly educated on all aspects of using firearms for safety. Who Teaches the Class? The class must be taught by a Florida licensed professional who holds a Class K firearms instructor license Is Anyone Exempt? If you have a background as a law enforcement officer, or have worked in a prison and used firearms before, you may be exempt from taking the 28 hour course if your training... read more
Florida Security Guard Certification

Florida Security Guard Certification

Start Your Career What does it take to get your Florida security guard certification? If you live in the state of Florida are are curious about making a career switch, consider beginning with your basic security guard training. Read on to find out if this is a good fit for you. Professional Background If you have a background with helping to keep people safe, a career in security would be a good fit for you. Previous employment includes areas such as the military or armed forces or police training. These fields are nice fits if you are looking to become a security guard because many of the skills transition over nicely. A security guard’s main responsibility is keeping people and property safe. Someone with this type of background is already experienced in protecting others. If you do not have a background in security already, don’t worry. It’s never too late to start your Florida security guard certification. Regardless of your previous work history, the Florida security guard certification requirements are rigorous, but attainable by someone who does not have previous experience. Requirement Breakdown What exactly is needed to become a security guard in Florida? Passing the Florida “Class D” license is the first step. This course consists of 40 training hours. Students learn the basics of security. Think things like keeping people physically secure, dealing with threats, and what to do in emergency situations. The class also helps to train on how to write incident reports, how to conduct interviews, and of course, how to prevent threats from happening in the first place. This class must be taken at... read more
Security Guard Roles and Responsibilities

Security Guard Roles and Responsibilities

Security guard roles and responsibilities are essential to helping prevent incidents that create havoc and endanger the lives of civilians.  Recent events in Las Vegas and elsewhere involving terrorist attacks attest to that .  Although the problem of terrorism is relatively recent, and combatting terrorism requires specialized resources, it goes without saying that security guards at a facility – whether a casino or a warehouse, can make s significant difference in efforts to combat crime and to protect customers. Security guard roles and responsibilities are a key component to securing any facility. One of the primary duties of a security guard is to make his or herself clearly visible.  A guard on duty is proven to deter burglars, shoplifters, or assailants.  Being visible is one of the ways by which a security guard prevents theft, damage, personal injury, and other criminal acts. Security guard roles and responsibilities include being vigilant.  He or she watches out for behaviors that are outside the norm that may signal negative or harmful intentions. A good security guard has good observational skills – using the sense of sight, hearing, and smell to determine what might be out of the ordinary. If a cable is burning or a chemical is leaking, a good security guard picks up on that.  If there is an odd sound, perhaps someone is trying to open an outside door, a good security guard is tuned in.   Most important, a good security guard should be able to interpret quickly whatever he or she senses so that the guard can function as your eyes and ears to make sure that your business interests... read more
United American Security Protects Florida Clients from Hurricane Irma

United American Security Protects Florida Clients from Hurricane Irma

United American Security Protects Florida Clients from Hurricane Irma As Hurricane Irma barreled toward the mainland last month, hundreds of thousands of Floridians vacated their homes and traveled north. Residents and tourists clogged the freeways, trying desperately to escape the wrath that Irma threatened. It was the single largest evacuation in the state’s history. United American Security officers stayed behind. They had a job to do. Our Security Officers Stepped Up The forecast was dire and United American Security received numerous requests from clients throughout Florida for additional support in the days prior to Irma’s arrival. “We asked our officers to help out and they really stepped up,” said John Nail, UAS Vice President of the Southern Region. Bringing their own food and water, officers “hunkered down” in pairs to provide coverage throughout the ordeal. They worked 12-hour shifts, sometimes benefiting from an onsite shower, sometimes not. “It was a hardship on them,” Nail shared, “and they did a great job.” Rising to the Occasion UAS Operations Manager Alejandro Veliz, from South Florida, had received evacuation orders. His family began to pack up, but Veliz wanted to stay behind. He was committed to his work and was happy to move into the hotel room that UAS offered him. And operating from there, Veliz was tenacious in his protection of his team and his clients. As the storm wreaked its havoc, Veliz ensured UAS officers were where they needed to be and he maintained constant communication with them throughout the 2-4 days that followed. “And when it was over,” Nail explained, “he made sure people had fuel for their vehicles.”... read more
Professional Security Services

Professional Security Services

Professional Security Services Provided by United American Security While there are numerous security companies you could choose to address your short or long term security needs, we at United American Security believe our company offers the best combination of price and service available.  Hands down.  You will certainly find other companies that promise to protect your assets, but we guarantee that you won’t find a company that out-performs or out-delivers United American Security. We speak with the confidence that comes from a proven performance record and the ongoing feedback we solicit from our clients. Professional security services provided by United American Security can make a big difference to your bottom line. Currently we serve clients in eighteen states, providing guards to protect commercial, industrial, governmental and institutional assets. UAS provides protection for a wide variety of clients working in the warehousing, distribution, transportation, manufacturing, petrochemical, corporate and distilling industries.  We employ over 3,000 security officers around the country, all of whom are professionally trained and prepared to handle your unique security needs.   And, to make sure that we provide you with timely customer service, we maintain regional offices in key cities around the U.S.  We encourage you to call the office nearest you for information about the other companies we protect in your area. Midwest Headquarters (Cleveland): (216) 898-9970 Mid-Atlantic Headquarters (Virginia Beach): (757) 495-0145 Florida Headquarters (Tampa): (727) 873-7993 Texas Headquarters (Houston): (281) 664-1297 We believe our website says it best:           We find the best people Our site managers are involved in a thorough screening and hiring process that focuses on finding high-caliber... read more
Security Guard Training

Security Guard Training

Security guard training is a high priority at United American Security.  We pride ourselves on the exceptional caliber of our security guards.  We are  committed to providing you with professional security services that are second to none in the industry, and the feedback we receive from our 725 clients across 18 states consistently indicates a high level of satisfaction with the 3,500 security guards we are proud to employ. The guards we carefully select and train are the essence of who we are as a company – they represent United American Security in the field and serve as your first line of defense should something go wrong.  We hire only the best – we pay our security guards well and we provide ongoing training to ensure the highest level of security services for our clients.  We invest in our security guards, just as you d0 – we invest time and money into their selection and into their high quality training. What exactly does high quality training encompass?   Here are just a few of the topics we stress with our security guards, depending on the nature of their assignment and your needs as one of our valued clients: Ethics and professionalism Security policies and procedures How to conduct an effective investigation Observation techniques Crowd control Building relationships with law enforcement Patrol procedures Operation of security systems Criminal and civil law Emergency medical procedures and first aid Effective monitoring of entry/exit patterns Use of force Workplace violence Shoplifting strategies General fire prevention and safety Evacuation procedures This list of topics is designed to illustrate the depth and breadth of the security guard... read more
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

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