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...

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...
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 Services in Texas: A “No Brainer” Choice for a Texas Security Company Owner

Security Services in Texas: A “No Brainer” Choice for a Texas Security Company Owner Jeff Moore, the owner of Top Gun Security and Investigations, completed the paperwork to officially merge his security services company with United American Security on April 19 2017. It was his birthday and “the best birthday present I’ve ever received,” he says. Indeed, it was a win for all involved and the feeling Moore experienced after the final signing was mutual. With the acquisition of Top Gun Security, United American Security tripled its presence in Texas, doubling its presence in Houston and creating new United American Security locations in Dallas, San Antonio, Corpus Christie and Austin.  United American Security is now able to provide better security services to more clients throughout the Lone Star State. Focus on Customer Service “My biggest concern was keeping the employees who had been with me for as long as 15 years,” Moore says. “These people helped me grow my company. United American Security was happy to have them, and that was extremely important to me.” United American Security as welcoming as he could have imagined. UAS subscribes to an open door philosophy, he says, and management is in constant and close contact with all levels of staff. He describes an atmosphere where there are no barriers in communication between security guards, field officers, supervisors, corporate staff, and executive management. “Heck, even the CEO made his cell phone number available to every employee that transitioned from Top Gun. How often does that happen?” As for the staff that followed Moore, “They love the new benefits.” United American Security has the...

Security Services in Houston

United American Security Offers Security Services in Houston With over two dozen clients served in and around Houston, United American Security has certainly made a name for itself as a premier security guard company in Texas.  Our expansion is just beginning! More high-end security services are coming to the Lone Star State as UAS looks to have offices in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and the Valley by the end of 2017. Jeffery Singletary serves as the Houston Regional Manager and could not be more thrilled with the firm’s local success. But he is not surprised either. The United American Security Difference Singletary remembers early conversations with United American Security when he decided to fold his security guard company into UAS and join the team in 2015.  “They wanted me to be happy, they wanted my employees to be happy, and they wanted my customers to be happy.” “This is the way UAS operates,” Singletary continues. “It’s the reason I joined forces with them, and it’s the reason we’ve been so successful growing our brand together in Texas.” Singletary is not alone in his impressions of the company. United American Security is known throughout the security industry for offering unparalleled customer service. With a personal manager who knows every client, coupled with a corporate office that provides 24/7 support, there is no delay when a customer requires service. Clients are able to reach a supervisor immediately, and that supervisor is always knowledgeable about the customer’s situation. The security guards feel the love too. With direct deposit, access to health coverage and vacation benefits, our security guards and management enjoy employment benefits...
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