Before hiring a security guard to patrol your company's property on a regular basis, it's important to consult with several prospective providers to ensure that your needs and expectations are met long-term. Here are a few things to consider when consulting with potential security guards:
It's important to find out what types of reporting methods a prospective security guard uses to document interactions and report instances before hiring them. The security guards you consider hiring may use computer programs that are not compatible with yours without an additional fee to install the software you need, or they may use an outdated method that isn't productive enough to keep up with your business needs. Ask each security guard you consult with to provide you with an in-depth report about their reporting methods so you can ensure that they correspond to your company's requirements before deciding who to hire.
You should also find out whether or not a prospective security guard provides their services on all holidays throughout the year. If they're typically scheduled to be on duty the day of the week that a holiday falls on, will they show up, as usual, charge an extra fee for those services, or will you have to rely on a third-party service provider to fill in the gaps? By determining a security guard's holiday policies, you can figure out how much extra each holiday is going to cost you if anything and whether there are any inconveniences you just don't want to deal with as time goes on.
Another consideration to make is whether the security guard you decide to hire is willing to provide and manage their own uniforms or if you'll be responsible for doing so. If you're willing to commit to uniform management buy purchasing them, issuing them to your guard, and washing them on a regular basis, you may be able to save a little money on the overall security services you are provided as time goes on. But you may find that hiring a security guard that manages his own uniforms is well worth the cost because you'll have less to worry about as a business owner.
Finally, determine what types of mobility options prospective security guards have access to before deciding who to hire. Some service providers may be willing to bring a bike or moped with them to work so they can get around your company's property quicker, while others are only willing to walk or use transportation methods that you provide them with. If your property is too large to walk its perimeter in a matter of five minutes, you may want to consider hiring someone that has some type of transportation to get around.
These considerations can be added to a list of your personal questions and concerns and taken with you to consultation with potential security guards so nothing important is overlooked during the vetting process.Share
20 January 2017
I have always been one of those people who loves to get involved with business, but a few years ago, I realized that my company had a few security problems. We were losing a lot of money to shoplifting, and it seemed like every time I turned around another employee decided to steal from us. I started thinking about ways to make things better, and so I started focusing on creating a more secure business. This blog is all about working with security teams, making positive changes to your business, and avoiding the kinds of debilitating losses that can come from theft.