Top Five Things To Keep In Mind When Choosing A Security Guard

Author: Aki Peterson | | Categories: Commercial Security , Security Company , Security Personnel

Blog by Kodiak Security Services

If you’re looking to hire security guard services, you may not know where and what to look for. It’s also highly likely that you may be persuaded by offerings that sound good but in practice, are a red flag. There are several options out there making the selection job even more difficult.

Hiring the wrong security service will not only cause frustration but also leave your business and your life exposed to vulnerabilities while searching for a substitute. It is crucial to spot the red flags and know the right questions to ask when doing your pre-selection research.

When it comes to hiring a security guard, keep in mind that you’ll be trusting the security guard company with more than just your keys. Please ensure you’ve assessed your security guard services provider thoroughly before you hire a security guard.

We have compiled a list of features that a competent security guard company needs to have to make your selection process easy, should you need to hire one. Read on to know more. 

1. Experience
Needless to say, you don’t want Bob from down the hall to keep an eye on the security cameras during commercial breaks. It is important to look at the background of the company and their experience. Try to find out where they operate regularly. Have you seen their services around town before? 

Security guards will have different skills and experience that make them relevant to different types of offices and environments. When doing your research about a security guard service, you want to make sure they have other clients with similar needs as yours.

2. Response time
When analyzing a security guard company, their response rate and quality of responses can give you a peek into the potential difficulties you may face down the road. When interacting with a potential service see if the company responded back to you in a timely manner. Also, has it been easy to correspond with them and navigate the process? Did they communicate in a clear, detailed and complete manner? In case they’re already demonstrating warning signs at this primary phase in your communication, it’s a clear red flag. 

3. Communication skills in emergency situations
An emergency is often met with a team of responders that may include security personnel, law enforcement, fire department and medical personnel. An untrained person may find this combination intimidating and overwhelming. Go for a security company that has trained security officers that are not only familiar with communicating well with each department, but also trained to handle the complexities of clear reporting and emergency response.

4. Skill
The security company that you want to hire should have extensive experience organizing and controlling large events, crowds, employee terminations, or simply promoting a general sense of safety and order in business buildings. If the public feels more secure with the presence of these security officers and is responsive to their guidance, you’ve got a winner on your hands.

5. Training 
In most cases of challenging situations, your security guards will be first responders. In an emergency, there is not always time to wait for the police or EMTs. Having a security officer on-site who is trained to operate an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) or perform CPR makes the difference between life or death. The security officer can also lend a hand during natural disasters and civil unrest. They can get people out safely and quickly during these events.

If you’re looking to hire security guards for your specific requirement, contact Kodiak Security Services - Full-service Security Guard Company in Spokane Valley, WA. Kodiak Security Services can provide your business with qualified security guards. In today’s world, the need for properly trained security personnel is more important than ever! Kodiak Security officers are ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week, vigilantly watching for and deterring dangerous activity. Together with 24-hour local dispatching, we provide faster response times anywhere in the Spokane area. You get personnel where you need them when you need them with no scheduling concerns and no training costs. We also have armed guards and conduct mobile patrols in the area. We offer crowd control and vehicle parking experts, secure construction sites, provide security for events and customer screening into businesses.

We provide Armed Security Guard Services, Standing Security Guard Services, Security Vehicle Patrol, Security Alarm Response, and more. 

We serve clients across Spokane, Spokane Valley, Airway Heights, Cheney, Post Falls, Coeur D'Alene, and the surrounding areas. 

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