Many people at construction sites,
commercial properties, and clubs and retail stores think hiring security guards
is just a matter of hiring anybody and instructing him to watch a property or
merchandise. Many clients think that providing security services is an
unskilled job and they should pay something close to minimum wage. Providing
security guards services is a professional job that requires certain skills and
a lot of training. A security company invests a lot of money training and their
people and holding them accountable. Knowing the law will protect the security
company as well as the client from major liabilities. The right training in
making good decisions will protect the client' property and merchandise.
Holding security officers accountable will ensure that security services are
performed according to the client's expectations.
I have met with project managers
from major construction companies that mainly provide construction services to
public entities. They have told me that some superintendents pay homeless
people ten dollars a night to watch their construction sites. During our
patrols our supervisors have come across some construction people that sleep at
the site with the responsibility to protect it against theft and vandalism. As
soon as the worker or the homeless person are paid for protecting the site the
construction company and their client are in an employment relationship with
the person they hired. If they get hurt performing a job they were not trained for
and they frankly do not know anything about it will result in a major liability
for the construction company. It would be better to leave the site unprotected
than to create such a huge liability for oneself.
I have received calls from clients that try to negotiate
about the price of security services. Their main arguments are that providing
security services does not take special skills. I will explain to them that our
security guards are professionally trained about fourth hours a year in many
different skills that are absolutely necessary to perform the job.
Additionally, a security company will provide general liability insurance,
workers compensation insurance and automobile insurance. The security officers
are provided with customized post orders and trained according to security plan
devised by a security consultant with decades of experience in the security
industry. Additionally, security guards are held accountable by various
electronic equipment and frequent daily supervisory visits.
In general hiring somebody from the
street or somebody that is not qualified, trained and supervised to be a
security just provides a false sense of security. In a time when many
businesses struggle it is understandable that they try to save money, but they
should not create more risks and liabilities for themselves. Many security
companies understand that businesses have limited budgets to hire security.
Therefore security consultants that have experience en expertise will come up
with a security plan that will fit the client's budget. Clients that feel that
they are exposed to some type of risk should just call some security companies
and see if they can afford professional services. They will be surprised how
affordable skilled, professional and well insured service can be.