Do You Need a Security Officer? Use This Checklist.

Do You Need a Security Officer? Use This Checklist.

At Eagle Systems Security, we understand that it’s critical for small businesses to distinguish between essential and nonessential costs. We have a checklist of 10 reasons that outsourced security may be an essential cost for your business, no matter how large or small your operation is. Though outsourced security professionals may seem like a luxury reserved for large, corporate offices and healthcare facilities, small businesses are not exempt from security risks. If you’re wondering whether you need private security officers to protect your small business, chances are, you do. Here are the top ten indicators that outsourcing security could be the right decision for you.

  • Your business is located in an area where crime is common. We get it: you can’t always control where you do business. With property prices through the roof, you sometimes have to sacrifice curb appeal for a more budget-friendly location. These areas may be hubs for crime and unsafe activity, which means the need for security officers is even more apparent. Having a security officer present discourages criminals from inciting illegal activity or targeting your business.

  • You’re unable to control who enters or exits the premises. If your visitation plan is not effective, security officers can aid in controlling traffic on the premises. Security professionals can perform tasks such as checking ID cards or name tags upon entry and/or directing foot traffic in or outside of the building. When a person’s first encounter on the premises is with a helpful security officer, they’ll know you mean business.

  • Your parking lot is not secure. A poorly-lit parking lot may serve as a source of anxiety for employees who leave or arrive at work before or after daylight. Security officers can serve as armed escorts for your valued personnel.

  • You’ve already experienced crime. If crime such as theft or burglary isn’t new to your business and staff, it may be time to bring in a professional. Security officers are trained to stop crimes before they happen and take the necessary measures to prevent them in the future.

  • Your staff arrives early and stays late. Every office has someone who is the first to arrive and the last to leave. It’s important to have someone securing the workplace for your staff while they are on the premises. According to the American Psychiatric Association Foundation, a security officer’s presence provides employees peace of mind and bolsters workplace productivity. Employees are able to work without feeling insecure about their safety.

  • You have liability concerns. If there are certain liabilities tied to your business or property, the presence of a security officer can provide an essential service. Highly-trained officers are on alert, witnessing any and all incidences on your premises and diligently preventing and interceding in situations where the safety of your people or your property is at risk. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

  • You need help with record-keeping. Security officers are able to keep a detailed log of events that occur on your company’s premises. Officers can take note of unusual changes and circumstances on the property and report it to you, and if necessary, to the authorities. Security personnel also have the unique ability to serve as an objective third-party when it comes to employee conflict or unusual patterns of behavior.

  • Your staff is already stretched thin. Every business owner knows it’s important to empower employees to do what they’re there for: their jobs. This means that non-security personnel shouldn’t be held responsible to handle security or safety concerns. If your staff’s regular workload is already at capacity, it might be time to let a trained professional carry the burden of security for your business.

  • You need help in emergency situations. Emergency situations are characteristically unexpected and can escalate quickly. It’s important to have an emergency plan in place in order to keep your customers and staff safe from harm. Security officers are trained to respond to criminal and medical emergencies alike in a manner that is composed, professional and efficient.

  • You’re worried about police response time. As you do all you can to protect your employees and customers, security officers can provide the safety and support you need when authorities do not arrive fast enough. If police and first responders do not show up immediately to assist your business’ emergency, having a security officer present provides an extra level of protection.

At Eagle Systems Security, we believe that you can never take security too seriously. If you believe that a private security officer is the right choice for your small business, give us a call today at 877-766-4610.

By |2020-07-16T20:06:07+00:00July 14th, 2020|Blog|

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