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...

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...
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...

Security Guards Save You Money

Security Guards Increase Your Bottom Line Security guards save you money as a business owner.  Have you ever considered hiring a security guard to increase your bottom line?   There are multiple reasons to hire United American Security to protect your assets.  This can include hiring a security guard to protect your building, your employees, your equipment, even your cash on hand – all assets can be lost or damaged through criminal activity such as theft or vandalism, but also by severe weather, unsafe worker behavior or waste. You hire a security guard to maintain high-visibility and to deter illegal and inappropriate actions.  The guard watches over your property or employees by direct observation or by means of an internal alarm or video system.  If something is amiss, your security guard documents all incidents and warns and escorts trespassers off your property or calls emergency services, such as police or other first responders when appropriate.  You benefit from additional eyes and ears by reducing the costs associated with your lost or damaged assets. Security Guards Minimize Your Risks To minimize risk to your business, you should consider three inter-related policy components:  1) workplace security; 2) emergency planning; and 3) the proper insurance coverage.  Increasing  your workplace security is where hiring a security guard comes into play.  But before you decide to use security guards, you should ask your insurance agent about how this affects your liability coverage. If your guards will be armed, or if you will be using unattended guard dogs, you don’t want to incur liability by being sued by an intruder.  Your insurance agent will protect...

Employee Theft: 5 Things You Need to Know

Theft and fraud cost companies millions each year. How to prevent your employees from walking off with office supplies, merchandise, trade secrets, and even cold hard cash. If you’re not worried about the potential for employee theft and fraud in your small business, perhaps you should be. According to a 2008 report by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the median loss by businesses with less than 100 employees was $200,000 per incident. And if that weren’t bad enough, the problem only grows in a weak economy. “Employee theft always gets worse in bad economic times,” says Timothy Dimoff, founder and president of SACS Consulting & Investigative Services in Akron, Ohio. “Some employees may steal more to survive, but often the larger reason is that they steal because they feel a sense of entitlement to make up for a lack of compensation they believe they should be receiving.” Some steal cash or data; others lift items that fit into their handbags or briefcases, such as office supplies, gadgets and USB drives. How can you protect your company? Here are five essential tips for entrepreneurs. Employee Theft: 5 Things You Need to Know – AOL Small Business Don’t miss out! Free Seminar event. June 23rd, 2010 Holiday Inn Strongsville, OH Workplace Theft: Are Employees Biting The Hand That Feeds Them? & Social Networking: Policies, Procedures and Pitfalls. Space is Limited…Sign Up Today! To Register, email me at:...

Workplace Theft: Are Employees Biting the Hand That Feeds Them? & Social Network: Policies, Procedures & Pitfalls

Wednesday June 23 2010 Holiday Inn Strongsville, OH 8:30 (Continental Breakfast served) 9:00am till 11:30am (speaker) 11:30am-12:00pm (Q&A and informational sharing) Industrial Security Service, Inc will be hosting a FREE educational seminar addressing Workplace/ Employee Theft & Social Network: Policies, Procedures, and Pitfalls. In our continuing effort to assist companies with operational excellence, we have asked Tim Dimoff of SACS Consulting to speak on the following topics: Examine myths, facts and realities surrounding this growing problem Understand more ways to be vigilant Learn methods to prevent, deter, and investigate workplace theft Discover the ethical dilemmas and business challenges of these great communication tools What are the real risks of social networking sites Establish policies & procedures Don’t miss out! Register today, seats will go fast. Register to...
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