How To Make Your 2021 More Safe & Secure
March 19, 2021
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Physical Security Fundamentals for 2021

 

The Importance of Physical Security

Physical security is a necessary counterpart to any residential, commercial, or industrial business. From special events to the general day to day, physical security will provide an additional line of defense against potential dangers to any establishment. Physical security can come in various forms, but we will emphasize the value and importance of security guards in this article. Forbes reported preventative measures that security guards take in physically protecting an establishment can help prevent the $50 billion loss in theft costs worldwide. How do they do it?

Fundamental Duties of Physical Security Guards

Observing, Report, and Deter A well-trained security guard will be skilled in observing and reporting. This means they are able to observe their assigned residential, commercial, or any industrial business that may require security and report their findings to the appropriate entities whether that may be the client or to the local law enforcement.  The security guards assigned to these sites will determine when to act with a heightened alertness level, and if the need arises, evacuate a situation. While the fundamental duties of a security guard are to observe and report, strong problem-solving and decision-making skills are also important tools for physical security guards in any case. Regardless of the situation, security guards can assess and determine the best course of action to deter and prevent merchandise loss, property damage, and/or danger from befalling those inside an establishment. Quick problem solving coupled with good decision-making from a security guard is the perfect pair to ensure that protection of property and accurate reporting of incidents is in the best shape it can be. 

Attention to Detail

If your security guard is observing and reporting incidents; and deterring and preventing merchandise loss, property damage, and/or danger from befalling those inside an establishment, then the next thing they need is an attention to detail. Attention to the little things can make a big difference in ensuring the safety of your establishment. Physical security guards provide a human element to attention to detail that isn’t possible with automatic security, especially in emergencies. That additional attention to detail can save your business money, time, or even lives.

Communication Skills

Although good communication is arguably essential for every job, communication for security guards is critical to their work. Many physical security guards with good communication skills will even provide customer or employee service elements to your establishment. From walking an employee to their car or giving directions to a customer, communication is an essential element of any physical security guard’s repertoire. Communication skills aren’t something you can program into your non-human security, so this extra help from a security guard might be just what you need to keep your customers and employees feeling safe.

Much More

The best part about having a security guard on your property is that they are the human element that sets them apart from other forms of security. Security guards don’t have a set number of skills; they have dynamic and varied abilities that make them a valuable investment for your establishment.

Types of Physical Security Fundamentals

Physical security is beneficial for many businesses, but there’s no “one-size-fits-all” security officer for your establishment. Let’s go over the three levels of protection that can help you determine which type of physical security you need.

Armed Security

Armed security guards are typically the most trained and certified security guards. They carry a firearm, baton, mace, handcuffs, flashlight, two-way radios or cell phone, and TASER (optional). This security guard is the most thoroughly prepared for emergencies and is usually placed as a deterrent to crime in high-risk locations. An armed security guard might be right for you if you feel that your establishment needs a very high level of security.

Semi-Armed

As the name implies, these security guards are semi-armed without a firearm. These security guards are just as trained and experienced as fully armed security guards and are typically equipped with a  baton, mace, handcuffs, flashlight, two-way radios or cell phone, and TASER (optional). A semi-armed security guard can provide a great blanket of security for any establishment, regardless of potential danger levels.

Unarmed

Unarmed security guards are fully uniformed and trained individuals who typically carry two-way radios or cell phones, handcuffs, and a flashlight. This equipment is perfect for preventing and addressing security issues in any establishment. While semi-armed and armed security officers may hold more gear, unarmed security guards are just as trained and experienced to observe and report incidents that occur on your property. Their expertise can help you find and avoid potential emergencies while also addressing crises if they occur.

What To Look For When Determining Physical Security 

Because there are many elements to consider when determining your needs for physical security, determining your business’s physical security needs can feel overwhelming. Instead of focusing on an individual security guard, put your energy towards finding a trustworthy and respected security guard company that invests in providing extensive training and experience opportunities for all of their security guards. You can be confident that any security guard you find from this company will be the best fit for your security needs. Take stock of those needs and align them with a company that is willing to not only meet but exceed your needs. With a great security guard, you’ll notice how much more at ease you, your employees, and your customers will feel as a result, and isn’t that a worthy investment?

Tom Tamar
Tom Tamar
Tom Tamar is the President & C.E.O. at City Wide Protection Services, Inc. The security firm specializes in a full range of security services, consultation and training. Tom is an active SDCAA supplier member and serves in several committees including the Legislative and Editorial Advisory Board.

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