Common Mistakes People Make When Securing Their Business
Whether you’re running a small business or an established organization, it is essential to keep your office or premise safe and secure at all times. Setting up 24-hour CCTV systems, installing burglar alarm systems, or hiring trained security guards are a few effective security measures you can undertake to prevent becoming an easy target for criminals.
Unfortunately, when business owners hire security agencies or install security systems, they often overlook important factors or commit costly errors during the selection process. A few mistakes can expose confidential business data and even threaten the safety of employees.
To prevent any grave repercussion, Kodiak Security Services has put together a list of the most common mistakes people make when securing their business.
1. Thinking cameras installed at the business site will deter crime
Cameras only work if someone is watching them and can report the crime right away. Even then, by the time police respond, the suspect could be long gone with your property! Camera systems today allow you to live stream video to your device and send alerts when they are motion-activated. I’ve found many clients don’t bother setting up the alert features in the first place, or get so many alerts due to wildlife or the neighbor’s cat that they turn off their alerts altogether. This makes the camera system useless. Since most thieves wear hoodies or disguises, it’s very difficult to catch anyone with camera footage. It’s important to know how to use your camera system and understand its features.
2. Picking a security guard company solely on low prices
It’s been said, “You get what you pay for.” There is often a direct correlation between the quality of the security services offered and the price you’re charged. Consequently, the lowest bidder might not have the best service options. You might save money by picking a cheap service provider, but you will pay later when they fail to provide adequate security. Instead, look at the company’s reputation in the community and talk to other businesses that have used them in the past to make a more informed decision about which security company to hire.
3. Hiring a security agency without reviewing their license and certificate of insurance
Simply having insurance is not enough. The security company that you select should have coverage levels that can adequately fund your defense if needed. They should also have auto liability and worker’s compensation coverage.
4. Assuming all security guard companies offer different uniform options
What uniform would fit best in your business environment? Would police-style uniforms work best? Perhaps polo shirts, a suit, a tie or even plain clothes would be more effective. Your guards may not need to look like a SWAT team or military operatives. They should, however, be in a professional uniform selected with your site in mind. A uniformed guard team can have a significant impact on the effectiveness of the security team.
5. Not checking a security guard company’s reputation
Google has made it incredibly easy to check, double-check and browse different companies. Check out the company’s online reviews. View their social media pages and see what information they post and what’s being said about the company. Also, check the company’s Better Business Bureau rating.
To avoid these and other mistakes while securing your business, reach out to the experts at Kodiak Security Services. As a full-service security company in Spokane, WA, we can provide your business with trained security guards whenever and wherever you need them, with no scheduling concerns and training costs. We also offer armed guards, vehicle patrolling, crowd control and vehicle parking experts, secure construction sites, provide security for events and customer screening into businesses.