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Armed Security Guard Company Services In Johannesburg – Are They the Answer to Your VIP Private Event Protection Problems?

The management and the executive officers of a security company are the best determinants of the service a client will receive. In order to be licensed as a qualified manager for a security company by the Johannesburg  South Africa security officer must have worked a minimum of one year. Naturally, there are some other requirements and a test that has to be passed, but that is the most difficult and important hurdle. One year of arm guard experience will not suffice to run a professional guard company and ensure professional, reliable service to clients.

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As a client, one should always ask to meet with one of the executive officers to ensure that one is hiring a security company that understands all aspects of the security business. Many security guards and clients are under the false impression that a security company is simply an agency that provides security guards. A good security company will have a proven concept of hiring the right people, holding them accountable and adding value to the client’s business.

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Holding security officers accountable means establishing checks and balances with security guards, supervisors and the client. There should be electronic equipment used, which will provide the client and the supervisors with a report of the security officer’s activity throughout his shift. Supervisors should be visiting the site frequently to check on and coach the security guards. They should also frequently check in with the client to ensure customer satisfaction.

Many clients might wonder how a security guard can add value to their business side from just providing security services. An excellent security company will find many ways by going beyond their post orders to add value to their client’ business. In a jewelry store the main responsibility of the guard is to protect clients and property, but smiling and being professional and courteous with the customers will improve the atmosphere in the store.

Security Company Management

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The management and the executive officers of a security company are the best determinants of the service a client will receive. In order to be licensed as a qualified manager for a security company by the State of California a security officer must have worked a minimum of one year. Naturally there are some other requirements and a test that has to be passed, but that is the most difficult and important hurdle. One year of guard experience will not suffice to run a professional guard company and ensure professional, reliable service to clients.

As a client one should always ask to meet with one of the executive officers to ensure that one is hiring a security company that understands all aspects of the security business. Many security guards and clients are under the false impression that a security company is simply an agency that provides security guards. A good security company will have a proven concept of hiring the right people, holding them accountable and adding value to the client's business.

Hiring the right people means a rigorous interview process by human resource professionals, who will choose the best of the best from a pool of candidates. It also means a proven background check procedure, which will ensure with a criminal background and a history of violence are not hired. A good security company will protect its clients and itself from liability by choosing the right security guards candidates with the necessary experience in the security industry.

Holding security officers accountable means establishing checks and balances with security guards, supervisors and the client. There should be electronic equipment used, which will provide the client and the supervisors with a report of the security officer's activity throughout his shift. Supervisors should be visiting the site frequently to check on and coach the security guards. They should also frequently check in with the client to ensure customer satisfaction.

Many clients might wonder how a security guard can add value to their business side from just providing security services. An excellent security company will find many ways by going beyond their post orders to add value to their client' business. In a jewelry store the main responsibility of the guard is to protect clients and property, but smiling and being professional and courteous with the customers will improve the atmosphere in the store. A security guard at a construction site will save construction people a lot of time by limiting access of job seekers and keeping a log of visitors. Hotel security guards can help the hotel save costs by handing out newspaper or assisting the bell desk if necessary. A great security company will employ security consultants that will come up with innovative ways to provide value beyond the regular security services. It is important for clients to identify that they are dealing with a company that will add value by requesting a meeting with one of the managers of the company.

What is the Purpose of Security Systems?

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Starting a security company is just a matter of paying a license fee, holding a security qualification and having two people give you a reference. This is about the level required and a person can set up a security company. Think about this when you decide to use a security company to provide you with security guards to protect your valuable assets and employees. Who is the security company owner and what proof have they provided of their ability to protect your valuables

How much practical experience have they had in preparing and organising the security procedures and methods to protect you

What guarantee do you have if some of your valuable information, assets, or employees are injured because their security failed as promised

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To manage the risks to your business better you will need to do a little research before you decide to contract a security company to protect your business. I know of very few clients that actually do a check of the security company and just assume that they know what they are doing because they say they do. I have often been tasked to fix up the mistakes made by selecting the wrong security company after they have cost the client thousands of dollars due to service failures.

When you start looking for a security company in Johannesburg I recommend that you ask for their company brochure and material. I know that it is just advertising material and someone in marketing put it together, but consider this: if they make statements of guarantees or claims of ability you could possibly have enough evidence weight if you needed to pursue a court case. More importantly it is difficult for their managers to argue with you when you ask that they do what they say in the brochure.

There are a lot of ex-police members that go to work in the security industry as managers or specialised consultants. They are generally very capable people and have a great passion for protecting people. You do need to be aware of some key differences between an ex-police security manager and a career security professional.

  • Career security professionals work in the industry as their chosen career path and not as a fall back job when they leave the police service.
  • Police members are trained in community policing and have a $2 Billion funding purse to provide the latest in equipment and resources when they go to work. Private security have little resources and need to rely on their own skills to solve problems.
  • When a situation gets tricky the police members called in lots of back up and never worked alone. Security guards almost always work alone and the closest back up is over 1 hour away if at all.
  • Police members are used to having firearms and batons when dealing with drunks and robbers but the security guard only has a radio most of the time.

With all this in mind, who do you think has the knowledge, skills, and abilities to better fix your problems and stay within your budget.

© Copyright 2008 by Paul Baker

Hiring A Private Security Company

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So, you have put together your security company. You have an office, a patrol vehicle and you have your business cards ready to give away. What do you need now? Well, you need what every company needs; customers. Getting customers is what most new companies struggle with, especially if they are in an area saturated with competitors. Your security company needs to find a way to compete with the other security companies out there, and you need to develop new accounts and get new customers.

Get the Word Out
If you want new customers, you have to make sure customers know who you are and that is where advertising comes in. Advertising in a local newspaper, on the radio, or even on television, are all effective means to advertise your company. The only problem related with these methods is that they do cost a lot of money and you may not get the return that you want with these methods. Try a small amount of advertising to start to see what your return on investment is. If you get more customers than you expected, then increase the amount you advertise.

Clients are the lifeblood of any company, especially a security company. If no one pays you to offer them security, then you won't have much to do and you won't make any money. This may seem obvious, but there are many companies that have failed because they did not realize how important it is to acquire and retain customers.