WHEN HIRING A SECURITY COMPANY YOU ARE ENTRUSTING YOUR PROPERTY AND YOUR SAFETY TO A COMPANY AND THE PEOPLE THEY EMPLOY.
The keys to selecting a security guard company are:
1. Knowing what to look for, and
2. Knowing the right questions to ask
Armed with a few tips for researching potential security companies, you can begin to identify the security professionals you can trust:
Make sure the company is licensed and insured
Licensing and insurance protects you, the client, from doing business with fraudulent companies. Security guard services are regulated under Florida Statute 493 which requires all contract security guard companies and the security guards they employ to be licensed by the State of Florida. Security guard companies operating in the state of Florida are also required to carry at least $300,000.00 in general liability insurance. While State law requires that contract security guard companies employ licensed guards, some might not. Don't assume the guard that will be protecting your property is licensed.
Don't assume cheaper is better
Prices of guard service will vary, but cheaper is often not better. These companies will most likely provide you with a lower level of service.
Find out how the company monitors its security guards
Many security guards are on duty during the night, on weekends and at off hours when the security company's office is closed. Nonetheless, management and supervisors should be in contact with guardson duty to ensure a consistent level of service.
The best judge of a security guard service is a current client. Ask for current references and contact them. Find out how long they have been using the guard service, what specific services they are receiving and what their experiences have been. Get as detailed as possible.
Advantages of contract security guard services vs. in-house services
•level costs – no overtime due to call offs, vacations and holidays
•no human resource duties•shared liability
•a broader knowledge of security expertise
•availability of extra personnel for emergencies & special needs