Inadequate security on construction sites, retail stores, sports venues, and special events can cost businesses much more that the cost of pilfered equipment or merchandise. The world has entered an era characterized by heightened international and political conflict, an increasingly mobile, urbanized, and prosperous society, and an emphasis on sophisticated production processes and digital technologies. As a result, patron and employee safety has become an even greater concern for businesses and entertainment venues. The ability to keep unauthorized people out of dangerous or business-sensitive areas such as server rooms, warehouses, and infrastructure controls is mission critical. And establishing a person of authority who can manage foot and vehicle traffic in response to emergency situations can prevent a difficult situation from becoming a tragedy.
Security guards also make physical barriers and electronic surveillance more efficient. These non-human precautions – reinforced concrete barriers and cameras at pay stations, for example – create important deterrents, but arenas, office buildings, and other facilities with multiple entrances and much foot traffic require more guards to project a secure presence. By checking locks, monitoring CCTV cameras, and “walking the beat,” human guard not only provide greater security, but give employees and customers the perception that the organization employing them is caring and proactive when it comes to their safety. Cameras are an important component to the safety of any premises, but guards possess several critical attributes cameras will never acquire:
Perception, intuition, and the ability to sense when “something doesn’t feel right”
Evaluation skills to understand when a situation may turn dangerous
Communication empathy, and people skills to diffuse a problem before it gets out of hand
Familiarity with employees, so they can intercept people trying to access facilities using stolen credentials or spoofed access codes
Production facilities, shopping malls, office buildings, schools, theaters, arenas will find it advantageous to employ sufficient security guards to not only prevent theft, accidents, fraud, and vandalism, but also to instill confidence and loyalty among customers and employees. Despite what Hollywood would have us believe, most security work does not involve heroic foiling of international sabotage and shootouts with criminal masterminds. Simply having trained and vigilant uniformed security is often enough to send potential wrongdoers looking for easier marks.
Whether you need around-the-clock, armed surveillance or security for a one-time event, it pays to protect your business, your guests, and your reputation by hiring a team of qualified, trained security guards. Engaging a reputable firm to supply qualified employment candidates and/or fully vetted temporary guards will take much of the risk and hassle out of accomplishing your security demands. KTBlack Services, for example, not only conducts complete background checks on every candidate, but also painstakingly matches guards to the specific job. Our security guards are experienced in all types of surveillance, monitoring, motorized and pedestrian patrols. As one of the largest and most respected firms in the employment industry, we can supply you with the perfect doorman or a full squad of armed, certified guards for even the most sensitive assignments.