Security Concerns for High Rise Buildings

Security Concerns for High Rise Buildings

Stay safe in an emergency One of the scariest places to be in an emergency is the top floor of a high rise. These buildings feel very secure, rather, you don’t need to worry about thieves breaking in through a window. However, they have their downside. For example, if there was an emergency in the building and you were at at the top floor, it would be difficult to quickly escape. Furthermore, if the elevators are inoperable, you need to be able to walk down many flights of stairs. This is where security guards come in. They can help to address security concerns for high rise buildings to keep people safe. Here are some common security concerns for high rise buildings, and how security guards can help. Elevators. As described previously, elevators pose a major obstacle when it comes to evacuating a high rise building. In many cases, the elevators are turned off during an emergency to keep people safe. By this, we mean that if someone tries to use an elevator when there’s a fire and gets stuck, they will probably die. So, while disabling elevators during emergencies can save lives, it also makes it difficult for people on the high floors to escape. There can be jams in the stairwell, OR, if someone is in a wheelchair, they may be stuck. This is where security guards come in. Hiring a security guard for high rise buildings will make it easy to address situations like how to evacuate when elevators don’t work. Safety Threats. Ever since 9/11, high rise buildings can be a target for safety threats and... read more

United American Security Opens New Office in Colorado

United American Security Opens New Office in Colorado To meet the needs of clients in the Rocky Mountain area, United American Security has opened a new office in Commerce City, Colorado, just outside Aurora, and 15 minutes from Denver. With the addition of the Colorado office, UAS now has a presence in 20 states across the country. Security Expertise in the Oil and Gas Industry The Aurora office was established, in part, after a rather large energy company, based in Colorado, awarded United American Security a major contract. The contract requires the services of some 25-30 security guards, an assignment that could present transition challenges to some security services companies but one that UAS was able to easily adopt. Since its inception in 2010, United American Security has safeguarded the properties of numerous energy sites, and according to Brad Montague, UAS Corporate Director of Operations, “we’re well versed in everything concerning energy districts.” When assigned to chemical plants, UAS staff undergo tailored training to ensure optimum safety and security effectiveness. “We deal with homeland security in these kinds of accounts,” says Montague, “so there are different regulations to abide by, different training to complete.” Owing to this specialized experience, Montague explains, UAS has emerged as an industry leader in providing security services to petroleum refineries/distributors and other oil and gas companies. A New Team United American Security Vice President John Nail, who already oversees offices in Arizona and Florida, will head up the Colorado office when it officially opens August 1. Assisting John will be a general manager and a full management team. “This is our first contract in... read more
High Rise Security Guards

High Rise Security Guards

Keeping Crowded Buildings Safe High rise security guards are an important aspect of making sure a building is safe. There’s probably a guard at the lobby of most high rises. But, having more guards stationed around the building is a smart idea.  In fact, there are many different aspects to high rise security. Here are a few examples that will give you an idea of what, exactly, this specific subset of security does. The Environment. The unique vertical layout of high rise buildings means that security needs to approach keeping these buildings safe with a different perspective than regular jobs. For example, if there was a fire in the building, how would everyone stay safe? When you are dealing with many people spread across lots of building floors, their safety becomes more complicated. There is only one way out of the building – going down. Compared to other sprawling buildings or buildings with only a few floors, making safe exits in case of an emergency requires more planning. The Location. High rise buildings are typically located in more urban areas. If an area is up-and-coming, the surrounding location could still be dangerous. When there’s a new high rise building in the middle of a not so safe area, tenants and residents can become a target for theft. High rise security guards can patrol the area around the building to help deter criminals. The Systems. When you are dealing with a residential high rise building, there are many opportunities for alarm (literally). By this, we mean that there are lots of times that a smoke alarm can go off, or... read more
What to Know for Hiring Security Guards

What to Know for Hiring Security Guards

Hire Correctly Hiring a security guard takes some thought. First, you will want to make a list of things that you need your security guard to do. For example, it’s quite different if you expect your security guard to foot patrol vs. sitting in a room monitoring CCTV. Based on the activities that you’d like your security guard to before, there will be different characteristics you’ll look for in your new hire. Furthermore, you will want to be sure that any security guard you hire has the right qualifications. To help you, we’ve compiled a list of what to know for hiring security guards. Before You Begin. Prior to beginning your security guard search, do your research on the agencies. It’s best to go with a company like United American Security who helps to place the very best security guards in your business. This will certainly make your hiring process run smoothly. Once you’ve found the right company, here are some further considerations. Consideration One. Make sure that the company offers a training for their security guards. This will ensure that the guards all have similar expectations for handling certain situations. For example, if a crisis were to arise, you want to be sure that the guards work together and enforce the same protocol. That’s just one of factors of what to know for hiring security guards. Consideration Two. Ask the company if they screen their security guards. This can range from a background check to regular drug testing. You want to be sure that the guards you hire check out and don’t have a questionable past. Ask the... read more
How to Earn More as a Security Guard

How to Earn More as a Security Guard

Get what you deserve. Have you ever thought that it was time for a raise in your current security guard position? You may or may not be aware of the credentials needed to get to a higher pay grade in the security guard industry. If you’ve been thinking that it’s time for a raise, here is what you should know before approaching your boss. Rather, if you think that you meet the following criteria, it may be time for a raise. Here is how to earn more as a security guard. Lots of Experience Perhaps the most obvious, but before you can begin to earn more as a security guard, you are going to need a lot of experience. If you’ve been in the industry for only a year or so, it may be premature to ask for a raise. On the other hand, if you’ve been steadily working in the same field for several years without a raise, if could be time to have that conversation with your boss. Another option? If you’ve recently switched careers to become a security guard, you could also be entitled to a raise. Say you previously worked as a police officer or you were in the armed forces. These job duties often go hand in hand with security guard experience. So, you could be due for a raise if your experience comes in the form of another similar background to security guards.   Extensive Training Security guards who have more training can demand higher ways. If you’ve recently completed an advanced security guard training, you may want to think about a raise... read more
Security Guards Save Businesses Money

Security Guards Save Businesses Money

Increase your bottom line Did you know that security guards at your workplace can actually be a cost saving strategy? Yes, you pay upfront costs, but the benefits of security guards end up paying for themselves. Here are five ways that security guards save businesses money. If you are considering hiring security guards for your business, United American Security can meet you needs. 1. Decrease crime. First and foremost, hiring a security guard will reduce the amount of criminal activity in your business. Whether you work in an environment where goods or cash could be stole, or you are suspicious of internal crime within your company, security guards can help. When you have a guard join your staff, they will be a visible presence that will deter criminals from committing crimes. When you’ve gotten rid of crime at your place of work, you will make more money. 2. Decrease stress. When you’ve hired a guard to keep a watchful eye on suspicious activity, your stress level is greatly reduced. Thanks to security guards, a business owner has one less thing to worry about. After all, running a business is not easy work! 3. Increase surveillance. Security guards can assist in “behind the scenes” work of a business that helps to keep people and goods safe. Rather, security guards can monitor security systems for dangerous threats. Hiring a guard to watch closed circuit TV and keep a close eye on alarm systems will improve the businesses security and reduce the chances of burglary and/or fire. 4. Increase employee work satisfaction. People need to feel safe in order to be productive... read more
Security Guards for Employee Termination

Security Guards for Employee Termination

Do You Need Security? Employee termination is never an easy subject. If you run a business, then you know this is true. Also, if you are an employee, you know this is true. While employee termination is never an easy subject of conversation, it happens all the time for businesses. So, what should you do if you know that you will be terminating an employee and there might be trouble? Security guards for employee termination can help cut back on any workplace drama that results from a termination. While a disgruntled employee may not physically harm his or her coworkers, they can still be a threat to your business. Rather, a bitter employee could retain emails and trade secrets. So, it makes sense to hire security guards for employee termination to make sure the process goes smoothly. Your workplace. Security guards for employee termination do more than just making employees feel safe. If there is a guard on site, the fired employee will think twice before acting out and causing a scene. Just the presence alone of a uniformed officer can increase the chances of good behavior and ensuring that the termination process goes smoothly. Furthermore, when an employee is fired unexpectedly, you run the risk of business property being damaged. It’s not totally uncommon for businesses to have to deal with broken doors, chairs, or even electronics if a person gets physical after hearing the news that they were let go. You can literally save thousands of dollars in property damage by hiring a security guard for employee termination. How it Works. A security guard can escort the... read more
How Security Guards Keep Businesses Safe

How Security Guards Keep Businesses Safe

Protecting your place of work Security guards help keep people safe. They also help to keep physical structures safe. While the safety of individuals is often times the first thing that comes to mind when you think of security guards, keep in mind that they can do more than that. Rather, hiring security guards to survey a property where business is conducted is a smart idea. If you think that a business is fine as long as there are people working inside the building, think again. Here are some things that can happen on a business property even during normal business hours. Keep the following things in mind for how security guards keep businesses safe. Loitering. Individuals who loiter outside of businesses are definitely a nuisance. Did you know that they are often times committing a crime too? Loitering can deter actual customers from entering a place of business since it can make the area look sketchy. Here is where security guards come in. Security guards can keep the property that belongs to a business secure by asking loiterers to leave or preventing them from coming to a certain spot in the first place. Vandalism. Vandalism can be an issue for businesses. This is anything that causes damage to a property. Things like graffiti, breaking windows, or damaging any physical structures all fall under the umbrella of vandalism. If you think that vandalism could be a problem for your business, consider hiring security guards to prevent it from happening. If your business is in a unsafe location, this is an extra smart idea. Having a security guard who patrols... read more
Warehouse Guards Improve Security

Warehouse Guards Improve Security

Keeping lots of goods safe If you work in a business that has a warehouse full of your products, you should consider hiring security guards. Warehouse guards improve security of these buildings and what’s inside them. Guards can perform a variety of different duties when it comes to warehouses. So, if you are considering hiring a warehouse security guards, you want to make sure that they will do the following things. Monitor Access Points. Warehouses are not like stores in the sense that the goods inside are not open to the public. Therefore, a security guard will monitor access points to identify strangers. A guard will ask someone to leave if he or she has not cleared to be on the premises. This maintains security of your goods inside the warehouse. Furthermore, security guards can ask for identification of visitors who are coming and going from the warehouse. This reduces the likelihood of theft since their information is on file. Supervise Transportation. Security guards will lend a hand in supervising transportation of goods to and from a warehouse. They can perform visual or physical inspection of vehicles carrying goods to ensure that everything is in its place. Electronic Monitoring. A security guard will be able to monitor CCTV, fire alarms and other alarm systems in your warehouse. This will reduce the risk of any damage occurring or theft taking place. Detail Incident Reporting. Security guards are very useful in creating reports if a crime was committed at a warehouse. For example, security guards can help to solve a crime if something like goods or information has been stolen. Security... read more

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