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
Special Requirements for Hospital Security Guards

Special Requirements for Hospital Security Guards

The proper protocols The main responsibility of a hospital security guard is to ensure that a hospital building is secure, and that it’s occupants are safe. But, there are some special requirements for hospital security guards that you may know of. Why do these guards need to have special requirements? Well, it’s not an additional course or certification, per se. Rather, hospital security guards need to be prepared for working with sick people. They need to be aware of what to do in case of a medical emergency. Furthermore, they need to know how to act around people with infectious diseases. Here is how United American Security guards stand out. These additional requirements are important for working in a hospital setting. 1. Certified in First Aid. All United American Security guards are certified in first aid/EMT and CPR if they are working in a healthcare or hospital setting. All guards ave training related to  on-site medical emergencies. They are well versed in how to cooperate with first responders to ensure safety and security for hospital staff and patients. 2. AED/O2/Blood Bourne Pathogens Experience. United American Security Guards will know what to do if there is an accident on the job like a heart attack or other serious medical condition. Rather, guards are trained to follow procedures to handle these types of incidents safely. 3. Inoculations and Disease Prevention. Working in a hospital means that there is a lot of sickness and germs. All United American Security Guards have the proper vaccinations needed for working in this type of facility. In order to avoid spreading disease further, these vaccinations are... read more
Hospital Security Guard Job Responsibilities

Hospital Security Guard Job Responsibilities

Securing sick people What do hospital security guards do? You’ve probably heard of them before, or seen them in movies or TV shows where a criminal is in the hospital. Hospital security guards ensure that hospitals remain a safe place. So, you may be curious about specific hospital security guard job responsibilities. Whether you are new to the security guard industry, or interested in switching to a new sector, learning about what hospital security guards do can be helpful for your career choices. Here, we cover the top three hospital security guard job responsibilities. After reading this post. you will be familiar with this specific area of security guard work. 1. Keeping people safe. Just like any other security guard job, your main priority is to keep people in the hospital safe. This includes patients, visitors, and the hospital staff. Think of a hospital security guard like a hospital police officer. While you won’t have a weapon, you will do whatever it takes to keep the hospital secure. This includes patrolling the halls by foot. You may also be stationed at a gate where cars drive through to check on guests and patients as they enter the building. 2. Prevent danger. Hospital security guards will take preventative measures to ensure that the building is safe and secure. This includes checking fire alarms and any situations that may be a fire hazard. It also includes installing security alarms and running drills for things like active shooter threats or other dangerous situations. As a hospital security guard, it’s your job to ensure that the building and it’s occupants remain calm and... read more
Asset Protection Security Guards

Asset Protection Security Guards

Preventing crime There are many different types of security guards for businesses and lots of ways that guards can help your business to stay secure. While some security guards work to keep people safe, keeping items safe is important too. If you are worried about the physical items within your business, you should consider asset protection security guards. This subset of security is exactly what it sounds like. Rather, asset protection security guards work to make sure that the assets of the business remain safe and secure. What they do Asset protection security guards have a variety of roles and responsibilities. Their overall goal is to monitor places that hold valuable items, such as stores, distribution centers and/or corporate facilities. By having guards stationed at these places, the rate of crime can be reduced. Furthermore, asset protection security guards can assist with managing investigations related to crime within the business. This may include fraud, theft, safety or workplace violence. While asset protection security guards do not replace police, they can help with investigations by being a consistent presence of authority at the workplace. Asset protection security guards will work with a business to learn about its mission and values and help to promote these ideals within the business. The goal of an asset protection security guard is first and foremost to keep the assets of the business safe. But, guards also want to enhance the overall experience of customers and employees at the business. This, in turn can create a better work environment for everyone. How it works Asset protection security guards can work by monitoring CCTV feeds, by... read more

United American Security Opens New Office in Kansas City/St. Louis

United American Security Opens New Office in Kansas City/St. Louis Doug Weishar had been in the security business for decades. First with the Kansas City Police Department, where he earned the rank of Major, and then with ISS / UniGuard, a facilities services business with a security services division. But when United American Security acquired ISS’s UniGuard in April 2018, Doug was thrilled. “We are very excited to be part of a true security company that’s not entangled with other business,” Doug says. “We’re very comfortable with the management here. And the fact that UAS is growing – not just from acquisitions – but from within, organically – it’s a very exciting thing.” “We feel very fortunate to be under the UAS umbrella and we look forward to what comes next.” Excellent Customer Service When United American Security acquired UniGuard, almost the entire UniGuard team was retained, a fact that brought Doug great relief. Along with Doug, UAS welcomed Paul Sapp, who brings 17 years of experience with UniGuard and now serves as UAS’s Assistant Branch Manager in Kansas City. Jeff Hurley, Eddie Taylor, and James Talbert act as UAS Operation Managers and Jon Talbert as the Office Manager. “Our team’s retention is great for the clients,” says Doug. “We have relationships with our customers, so our retention helped solidify our ability to provide them with great security service.” All the Kansas and Missouri clients have reacted very positively to the transition, shares Doug. “They know we must have been doing a great job if another company wanted to buy us.” “Growing U.S. Footprint” The new United American Security... read more
Security Guards for Reception

Security Guards for Reception

The first face you see When people enter your place of business, whether you work in manufacturing, corporate, or another type of industry, they want to feel safe. What better way to feel safe than to have security guards for reception? Security guards make the perfect person to have at the reception desk if your place of business deals with sensitive information that needs to be monitored. When a guard is the first person that guests see, it can reduce the risk of theft and increase security of sensitive information. How it works Think of Security guards for reception like any other type of reception position. But, know that security guards offer an extra layer of security. Guards at United American Security are trained to gather information on guests to make sure that they can be trusted to enter a facility with valuable assets. For example, a security guard will ask guests for identification. They will go further than a regular receptionist by keeping track of ids and having them on file. In case anything goes awry, a security guard will be able to quickly track down who has been in the building to hopefully catch a thief. Furthermore, positioning a uniformed guard at the reception of area of a business sends a signal to guests, and employees, that they are being watched. Just this act in itself can cut down on illegal behaviors internally within the business. For example, if you wonder about employees taking information that does not belong to them, having a security guard at reception is a very subtle way to reduce this fear. A... read more

Manufacturing Security System Monitoring

Keeping products safe If you work in manufacturing, then you are no stranger to keeping your products safe. When your entire business revolves around the goods that you create, anything that jeopardizes these goods can be devastating. Therefore, it is critical for manufactures to have security systems at their buildings to ensure that everything is safe. However, who is responsible for manufacturing security system monitoring? If it’s someone on your staff, or an executive of the business, you are making a mistake! Rather than take your valuable time monitoring these systems, hire a professional to do it. There is where security guards are great assets for manufacturing security system monitoring. Here, we explain which types of systems security guards can monitor for those who work in manufacturing. CCTV CCTV stands for closed circuit television. These are the typical security cameras that you see at businesses. CCTV provides an extra layer of protection for manufacturers that need to make sure that their goods are safe. Rather than having an alarm system, that will sound if an unauthorized person enters, CCTV keeps tabs on your goods no matter what. Having a dedicated guard to monitor these systems can cut down on internal theft, if that may be a concern for you. Security guards are trained to monitor CCTV to make sure that your belongings are safe. Access Control Systems Access control systems are things like pin pads, thumbprint IDs and other verification systems that grant access to secure areas. It might seem like these systems are foolproof, since they can only be accessed by people who know a code, but often... read more

Ed Petok Brings Unparalleled Security Management Experience to South Florida

Ed Petok Brings Unparalleled Security Management Experience to South Florida United American Security has never been one to settle for mediocrity. Quite the opposite in fact. But when it hired Ed Petok three years ago, it raised the bar on its already extraordinary standards. As Regional Manager for South Florida, Ed provides his security guard clients in West Palm Beach, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale with experience that cannot be matched. Vietnam to New York to Florida Ed is a decorated Vietnam veteran and a former NYPD detective. For the last 13 of his 30 years with the NYPD, he served on a special task force under the direction of Rudy Giuliani. In 1998, Ed retired and moved to Florida for a quieter life. A few years later, former boss and now-friend Giuliani called Ed and asked if he’d be interested in joining the security guard industry. Ed was up for the challenge and re-entered the workforce in in 2002. Eventually he left his first security employer and found himself working for Stephen Levine, now CEO of United American Security. When Stephen made the leap to UAS, he asked Ed to follow him and Ed was happy to do so. People Person Before Ed joined the company, UAS’s presence in South Florida was nonexistent. Today, after three years managing the West Palm Beach and Miami/Fort Lauderdale regions, Ed boasts an excess of 8,000 hours per week billed and 200 employees under his purview. His success is not an accident. “I’m consistent.  I follow up and follow through with all my clients on a daily basis.  That keeps the business stable... read more
ISO 9001 Certification and Security Guards

ISO 9001 Certification and Security Guards

Manufacturing Security What is the ISO 9001 certification and why is this important for security guards? Read on to find out more about the ISO 9001 certification and security guards. As someone in the security business, it’s important to be familiar with it since you may end up working with a company that follows these guidelines. The certification Simply put, ISO9001 is an internationally recognized quality management system. Rather, think of it as a set of policies, processes and procedures required for planning and execution (production/development/service) in the core business area of a company. For example, ISO 9000 refers to areas that can impact the company’s ability to meet customer demands. In order to be ISO 9001 certified, a company has met the requirements put forth in these policies/processes and procedures. Another important fact about the ISO 9000 is that the old standard, the ISO 9001:2008, will be obsolete coming up in September 2018. It will be replaced by ISO 9001:2015. How it works How does a quality management system work? It integrates various internal processes of a business while providing a process approach for project execution. This allows a company to identify, measure, control and improve the various core business processes that will ultimately lead to improved business performance. How security guards are impacted Manufacturers are familiar with the ISO 9001 certification, but security guards? Maybe not so much. At United American Security, we are unique. Our approach to security is embodied by the ISO process. Our processes are defined, our people are trained and every aspect is reviewed to ensure we deliver the best manufacturing security guard... read more

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