In the private security business, it’s important private security companies supply adequate training for their employees. It is only fair that the clients paying for their services receive the protection they are seeking. A recent incident in Austin, Texas has shed light on the conduct of private security contractors and has even brought to light the idea of a cardinal rule in the private security industry.
In this case, there was a car burglary at a local apartment complex. Like most well-managed apartment complexes there was a security guard on duty. The car burglar fled the scene when he was spotted and that’s when the security guard broke code. He chased after him off the property.
The outcome of the situation was why the incident received a good amount of media coverage. A police officer was shot, the burglar was gunned down, and a security guard was involved in aiding local law enforcement. Regardless of the outcome and the fact that the security guard is now looked at as a hero, the cardinal rule was broken.
The Cardinal Rule you ask. DON’T EVER LEAVE YOUR POST.
When it comes to private security, a private security contractor isn’t paid to protect society, rather he or she is paid to protect a piece of property, an item, or an event. In this instance, leaving the scene left the apartment complex vulnerable to other breaches.
So in the event you are looking to hire private security contractors or the service of a private security company make sure you do your research. Here are a list of tips to help you through the process:
- Research reviews
What better way to get to know a company than reading reviews by past or present employees. Glassdoor provides a great platform that allows for just this. By reading these key insights you will have a better feel for the company and how it stacks up against other private security companies. For contractors, looking for testimonials or reaching out to past clients to get a recommendation will help you in your decision process.
- Read about their policies
Companies should do a good job of laying out their company policies and code of conduct on their website. By reading this you will be reassured that in the event something does go wrong you will know they will handle it in a professional manner.
- Look into how their contractors/employees are hired
Most companies will post their requirements for future employees or future work. Those requirements should include some sort of formal training and/or a training academy and most importantly a drug screening process.
- What is their expertise
There are several levels of private security and you want to make sure you hire the right company. For example, there are companies that specialize in combat and are licensed to carry automatic weapons. You’d hate to hire them for a private party.
So when you are looking to hire your next private security company or private security contractor don’t sweat it. Take your time, do your research, and make sure they understand the Cardinal Rule. Never compromise when it comes to your security and always choose the best security company possible. Keep safe!