As a business owner, the security of your assets and company as well as your family is crucial. With a wide array of security companies that you can choose from, it is essential to hire one that meets your security requirements. Contract security offers great benefits for business owners and homeowners alike. But some people think that contracting security services is like giving the keys and alarm codes of your building to a total stranger. However, it doesn’t have to be the case if you arm yourself with proper knowledge on choosing a good security company. You just have to follow these tips before signing a contract with a security agency.
1. Know what kind of security guard you need. You can either choose armed or unarmed security guards. Unarmed officers are generally limited but they are perfect if your needs are relatively simple. For example, if you only need someone to closely monitor the CCTV footage and call the authority when something happens, hiring an armed officer to do the job is clearly a waste of money. Armed officers are great for deterring crimes. Although they are not unbeatable, they can make criminals have second thoughts about entering your building.
2. Create a list of good security agencies. You can get a couple of referrals from other business owners or search the web for reputable security companies. Either way, it is important to give yourself a number of options to choose from. Compare their services, performance records and qualifications. Check for customer reviews and the list of their previous clients. Never base your decisions on price alone because it might not be a good idea to entrust the security of your company in the hands of underpaid security guards.
3. Know how long the company has been in the security business. The longer the company has been in the business the better. It is also important to determine whether the company has a great performance record under its present management. In fact, it really doesn’t matter if the company has been in business for over fifty years if the new manager has just been on board just a few months ago. Get the director/manager’s credentials and insist on meeting him in person.
4. Know their hiring policies and procedures. It is important to make sure that you can rely on the company that you will hire. A reliable security company has extensive policies and procedures in place when it comes to hiring their employees. These should include thorough background checks, training and licensure requirements, drug screenings and more.
5. Choose a company that has a detailed contract readily available. Make sure that the provisions of the contract are fair and reasonable. If the security company cannot provide a proper and detailed contract, then by all means, seek another company. A professional and reputable security company will not provide services without a formal contract signed by both parties.