Security Service That’s A Cut Above

security guard talking on a radio as he delivers our security serviceAmerican Security Force Security is dedicated to providing the best possible security service to our customers. To help make that a reality, we ensure that our guards receive the best training possible.

The State of California has mandated stringent training standards for security guards in the state. We go further. Each of our officers receives a combination of classroom instruction and on-the-job training.

This instruction ensures a higher level of protection to you and it goes above and beyond what other security companies can provide. In fact, we believe our team is of a higher quality. That can be seen by the fact that we pay our officers above industry standards. We’re proud to do this and it has an added benefit to our you: Paying our team well reduces turnover and offers stability for the officers at your site.

Your Action Plan: Part of our Security Service

The State of California also mandates businesses to have on file an Emergency Action Plan. Among other things, the plan defines escape routes employees should take in the event of an emergency, procedures for employees who need to remain behind, post-evacuation procedures, and identifies rescue and medical roles.

When assigned to your business, our Security Officers are trained to learn the layout of your workplace and how to implement your emergency action plans. They coordinate with on-site and outside emergency personnel to direct the safe and orderly evacuation of customers and employees to emergency exits, evacuation routes, and assembly areas during an earthquake, fire or active shooter situation. American Security force officers are also trained to report injury information to emergency responders and shut down critical operations of your business, if needed.

Utility Management

In addition to providing traditional security services, our guards are also trained to know the location of your utility generation and distribution systems within your facility. This is to support operational reliability and to also enable security officers to provide assistance during emergency response procedures. The utilities that our officers will become familiar with include water main and gas shut off valves, fire risers, electrical panels and alarm systems. Our security officers are also trained to inspect and operate fire extinguishers and other fire protection devices.

Customer Service

American Security Force officers are well-trained to provide the highest level of customer service. We believe that being friendly, helpful and approachable is often the best deterrent to criminal and suspicious activity.

We also believe that the way our officers look has much to do with how they are perceived. Most security companies provide their teams with dark-colored uniforms and bulky equipment belts. This makes for an intimidating, hostile and non-approachable appearance.

Our Security Officers, on the hand, wear light blue shirts without their equipment being visible. Customers are much more at ease and our officers find it easier to communicate with them.

The light-blue uniforms also call attention to the presence of our officers. Customers are more at ease, because they are consciously aware that their business is being monitored and protected.

These facets of our service take a backseat to our traditional security services. However, they are important features that our officers take with them when they are at a customer’s site. They help deliver added value to our customers and help enable us to provide a superior level of security service.

Lobby Security to Protect Your Business

Silhouette Of The Security GuardOne of the most important security areas of any business is one that is often over looked. It’s the lobby. The lobby is the main entryway for visitors into your business.

But the lobby is more than just an entryway or a place of welcome. It also serves as a buffer. It is that area where visitors enter and can either be allowed access to your facility, or be denied and turned away.

Thus, your lobby, from a security point of view, serves a vital purpose. It is the first security area inside of your building and it is where your employees will encounter visitors who may be angry or disruptive. For those visitors who are irate, if they refuse to leave when asked, or push into the business further, they are trespassing. Every state has legislation regarding this crime, and it is more common than you might think.

The City of Mesa, AZ has decided to combat the trend of business trespassing by posting tips on their website for dealing with business trespassers.

Criminal trespassing occurs in the education sector, as well, where the reasons behind the act could be due to deeper, darker motivations. In 2013, for example, a Philadelphia area school went on lockdown after a trespasser was seen loitering in the hallways. He was later arrested outside of the building.

In the State of California, where the number of gun murders and hate crimes rank as the highest in the nation, many businesses still don’t think of their lobbies as a security area. In fact, there is often little or no security there making it the most vulnerable point of entry to their facility. Because it is the public entranceway, attitudes toward allowing access during business hours can often be lax by employees.

If an angry visitor does enter your lobby, what do you have in place to keep that person from getting access to the rest of your facility? To really keep your building secure you need to consider enhanced lobby security that includes the highly trained security guards from American Security Force.

Onsite security guards have an immediate impact. Often the mere sight of a security officer will cause trespassers to reconsider their plans. For those who choose to continue on, the posted security guard can physically intervene and halt any further penetration into the building. Onsite security guards keep your employees safe, and offer a level of protection that is unmatched.

The security experts at American Security Force are experienced at developing specialized security solutions. We can assess your security situation and make recommendations for a plan based on your individual needs. That plan might involve technology solutions, live security guards, or both. Every business is different, and needs vary. Our team will recommend the best security solutions for you.

In a world where tempers seem to flare more often, and respect for others seems to be a thing of the past, onsite security guards are an effective, affordable means for protecting your employees, and your most valuable investment, your business.

Call American Security Force today at 877-722-8585 to see how we can help secure your business.


California Hate Crimes: Keeping Your Business and Property Safe

Hate crimes, social problem concept with a dark grey brick wall with spray can paint painted on the building structure as a symbol of racism and race discrimination as an illegal racial act of hatred and vandalism based on fear and xenophobia.In December, the F.B.I. released its Hate Crime Statistics report for 2013. The data on these Hate crimes was collected from law enforcements agencies around the country.

The report showed that 5,922 hate crimes occurred that year, involving 6,933 offenses and 7,242 victims. Law enforcement was able to identify 5,814 offenders responsible for these crimes.

These incidents can occur against people and organizations. Those involving people include offenses such as intimidation, assault, rape and murder. Incidents directed at organizations or institutions take the form of property damage or destruction and vandalism.

Acts against people accounted for 63.9% of the total offenses in 2013. That comes out to be about 4430 incidents.

California Ranks High for Hate Crimes

The State of California ranks first in the number of hate crimes across the nation according to the F.B.I. statistics. Its total of 1012 incidents is far and away the most of any other state. The second leading state, New York, experienced 655.

That means out of all of the 50 states, California had 14.6% of all hate crimes in 2013!   Those incidents involved one murder, one rape, 235 occurrences of intimidation, 239 assaults, and 149 aggravated assaults.

Hate crimes by their very definition are crimes of emotion, and because of that, can occur anywhere or at anytime against any segment or group. If they occur at your business or property might involve lawsuits and, ultimately, higher insurance premiums.

The saddest thing about these incidents is that they can be avoided. The best deterrent for hate crimes is security.

The security guards from American Security Force are highly trained and professional. Often, their presence alone is enough to keep criminals or those who might engage in intimidation or assault from doing so for fear of being apprehended. They are also trained to detect threats from others, and are able to predict and prevent violent behavior before it happens.

California is a beautiful, diverse, exciting place to live and work. Don’t allow the threat of hate crimes or other incidents to invade your business or property. Call us today at 877-722-8585 and learn how we can help keep you secure.



Best Security Guard Company in Los Angeles and Southern California

Security agent watching Los Angeles downtown areaAs one of the leading providers of specialized security solutions in Southern California, American Security Force believes that hiring a security company is more than just a business expenditure. It is an investment that goes towards protecting your company’s assets and personnel. To justify that investment you need to know that you are getting value for the security dollars you’re spending.

To ensure you get that value, choose your security provider wisely. Look for a security company that will place the needs of your organization first, and one that will be transparent and reactive through the course of their service to you.

As you assess security providers, make sure the communication channels with them are open before you sign the contract. Are you comfortable dealing with them? Gauge their responses as you ask them about their services.  Are your questions being answered in a way that alleviates your concerns?

You will want your security partner to listen to your needs, goals and concerns and then provide you with solutions that are appropriate to your situation. If they have no recommendations, perhaps this is not the best company for you

When interviewing companies, ask them how they support their security guards in the field. What type of people do they hire for guard positions? Does the company invest in security training for its personnel? Are the guards equipped with everything they need to do their jobs properly? Do they use new technology?

These are important questions because it will be the guards who will implement the security plan at your property. Knowing how the security company supports them informs you of how the guards will perform. A security provider that empowers their employees to do their job correctly will have guards with better attitudes that will go the extra mile for the client, and be better able to provide the appropriate level of service.

If you’re curious about the particular guards that will be posted at your property, ask to meet them.

Nowadays scammers can even come to your house and pretend to represent security companies.

Above all, trust your gut. If you feel uncomfortable about any aspect of the proposed security service, don’t sign the contract. Talk to another company.

American Security Force is proud to offer highly trained and professional security guards to businesses throughout Southern California. Our goal is to provide innovative and custom-crafted security solutions that meet your needs. Our guards are equipped with the latest technology that allows for real-time, remote monitoring.

Find out how we can help you with your security needs. Call American Security Force today at 877-722-8585.

How to Protect Your Property From Copper Theft

protect your building from copper theft los angeles securityWe’ve seen this before in years past. When the economy turns down, copper thefts increase. That’s because there’s always been a demand for the metal. It is used in electrical work, plumbing, HVAC units, gutters, appliances and fiber optics.

Copper is also relatively easy to steal. It’s everywhere in the form of copper pipes, tubing and electrical wiring. The metal can literally be found in nearly every structure and construction site. When people are not around, thieves can have an easy time removing large quantities of the metal.

After stealing it, robbers sell copper for scrap. In recent years, prices have remained high, at about $3.00 per pound. This fact, along with a growing demand overseas, makes copper very attractive to would-be robbers.

Across the country, copper theft has grown to become a $1 billion industry.

When copper is stolen, the cost to businesses is much more than just the dollar value of the stolen pipe and wiring. According to, each dollar of stolen copper costs businesses $100 to replace.

To get at the copper, thieves often rip up walls and ceilings or destroy property. The damage they cause far exceeds the dollar value of the stolen copper. Insurance claims typically follow to get the property repaired, which can result in increased premiums.

Finally, there is the cost of employees’ time and lost productivity. Instead of having them do their regular jobs, they are now dealing with the aftermath of the copper theft.

The time, effort and cost involved after a copper theft could easily be avoided, though. The key is to keep a security guard detail at the property.

How to prevent copper theft

Onsite security officers bring a four-fold advantage:

  1. Their presence alone will prompt most would-be robbers to move on;
  2. They can stop robbers who make it onto the property before a theft begins, and damage is caused;
  3. They can call law enforcement after apprehending robbers and ensure prosecution;
  4. Staffing security guards is a much cheaper option than the cost of the damage caused by a copper theft.

Here’s a news clip about how thieves stole $40,000 in copper pipes from a construction site that had no security cameras or onsite security guards protecting the site causing delays and making the construction more costly.

The allure of easy money makes copper robbers brazen.   Nothing illustrates this point better than a recent story about burglars stealing copper from a Utah highway construction site. They made off with six miles of copper wire!

Tenants in a St. Louis apartment complex in July lost their water service when three thieves sawed through the water mains in the basement and walked out with the copper pipe—in daylight. To make matters worse, they did not turn off the water! The apartment complex experienced damage from the flooding.

Later that month, the copper pipe inside the very Montgomery, AL apartment where Rosa Parks lived when she made civil rights history was removed. The copper thieves heavily damaged Park’s former home.

California is not immune to this trend, either. It is one of the top five states for copper thefts. In 2013, robbers caused entire Fresno neighborhoods to go dark by stealing the copper wiring from street light maintenance boxes. Thieves even took the wiring from freeway lights, signs and metering signals, putting drivers at risk.

In Sacramento, there has been a rash of copper thefts from public utilities over the last three years.

Ninety per cent of these thefts occur at night when people are not around. To reduce the likelihood of serious copper losses, and the resulting costs, businesses need to secure their properties with onsite security guards.

American Security Force is Southern California’s leading security guard supplier. We develop specialized security solutions to meet our clients’ needs. Our officers are highly trained and experienced professionals and can supply the needed security to thwart would-be copper thieves.

To learn more about how we can secure your property from copper theft, call us at 877-722-8585.



Can Your Corporate Culture Influence Workplace Violence?

workplace violence securityThe workplace often mimics trends and attitudes in the real world. People bring their different temperaments, talents and convictions into work with them.

When they conflict with another person’s, tempers could flare and if pushed, violence might result.

In 2009, there were an estimated 572,000 nonfatal violent crimes in the workplace, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Crime Victimization Survey.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) reports that between the years of 1992 and 2012 there were over 14,000 workplace homicides. That’s an average of 700 workplace murders per year!

A 2012 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report shows violence was the cause of 17% of all U.S. work related deaths.

From these statistics, it’s safe to assume that businesses are not immune from the violence happening in our larger society.

While having a security guard from American Security Force onsite can often reduce bullying or workplace violence, a further step that businesses can take is addressing their culture. Part of that is taking on the long-standing attitude toward that witnesses have about reporting what they see.

In American culture, there is an unspoken rule going back to when we were children that you don’t report friends or co-workers to superiors if they are doing something wrong. Put plainly, you don’t “rat” on a friend.

This unspoken rule has allowed bullying and hidden workplace violence to go unpunished. Often times, business leaders will look the other way as long as nothing serious happens, excusing the behavior with platitudes such as, “Boys will be boys,” or, “That’s the way it’s always been here.”

Those attitudes only enable the wrongdoers, and breed complacency within the culture, giving the impression that nothing will change. The result is that good employees who have experienced bullying or violence leave. Those left behind are not the productive, caring employees that you truly want working for you. With this group, the opportunity for workplace violence increases.

Here’s an example video showing you how workplace violence can escalate:

When this is happening, a transformation in the corporate culture is needed. Your goal should be to have employees feel safe enough to report bad events to their superiors when they see them.

Changing corporate culture to minimize workplace violence

To achieve this transformation, a total evaluation of the culture is needed. Policies and practices need to be assessed. Those that support the goal of creating a safe, respective workplace should be kept or created. Those that don’t meet that goal need to be thrown out, or revamped.

A good rule thumb while going through this assessment is to remember that corporate culture that you’re trying to create comes first and should have primacy over policy. In other words, your policies must support the culture.

It is also a trial and error process. Managers might notice that day-to-day policies simply aren’t supporting the culture. If that is the case, senior management needs to be open to making policy changes that truly will transform the culture.

The U.S. Department of Labor has instituted a Workplace Violence Program that can be used as a guide to help your business identify strategies to transform your corporate culture. A safe, respective, workplace creates a workforce that is more loyal and productive. In the end, that means a more profitable business for you.

OSHA also has information to help employers to comply with the OSHA law at their website.

To learn more about keeping your workplace safe, visit our website at You can also call us at 323-722-8585 to speak to one of our representatives.



Tips for Property Managers to Help Keep Your Property Safe

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Property managers have a long list of concerns. Things like budgeting, tenant liaison, maintenance, janitorial services, supplies, and communication with tenants and the board are just a few. Also on that list is keeping the property secure.

There are multiple ways to do that, but the most efficient is to post a security officer onsite. American Security Force specializes in supplying highly trained security officers for your business. The presence of a live person is an effective deterrent. Thieves and vandals are less likely to approach and enter your property when a security guard is there.

That’s because live guards represent the perfect security triple-threat to wrongdoers: They can observe a crime, or one about to happen; they can call for backup or for the police; and they can intervene directly in stopping or apprehending criminals.

Thieves and vandals understand this triple-threat instinctively, and stay away when live guards are present.

In addition to onsite security, property managers can take steps to secure their property further. It starts with removing the opportunity for criminal action. Encourage your tenants or employees to keep valuables out of sight. Remove them from desks, move them away from doors and windows, and be sure they are not visible in cars. Remove the opportunity and thieves will pass by.

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Installation of security cameras and remote monitoring security is a necessary step for property managers to take. Lights with motion detectors can increase the nighttime illumination, making the property less attractive to criminals. Lighting on timers has the same affect, and provides the illusion that someone is actually present to turn them on.

Maintenance on buildings is on going. There’s always something that needs done. When working outside, remind crews that they should not leave tools and ladders laying out over night. These can be used to reach or pry open windows and doors. Building materials such as 2×4 studs or bricks can also be used to open locked doors or windows, or to vandalize the property.

The doors and windows themselves should also be reviewed to make sure they are secure. Outer doors should be constructed of either metal or solid wood and have deadbolts installed.

Make sure your windows lock, and if you are located in a high-crime neighborhood, install bars on the ones located on the lower floors. It’s also possible to install burglarproof glass on those windows that are easily reached.

If you do have security guards, the ecurity guards must have an hourly plan on the premises and need to stay alert. They cannot and should not be allowed to sleep on the job like in the video below.


Finally, getting to know the neighborhood you are in is very important to keeping your property secure. If you have residential neighbors nearby, get to know them. They can often tell you what is happening at your site when you’re away.

It’s also good to learn the routines of those who travel past your property. Often just watching the goings-on outside can give you a clue to whether or not your site is being observed.

These simple tips will add to the security of your property, reducing crime and vandalism, and ensuring the safety of your tenants or employees.

If you’re looking for more information about ways you can secure your property, view our website to see how we help businesses with our security officers. You can also contact us or call us at 323-722-8585.




Remote Monitoring Gives You Peace of Mind…And is Easier on Your Budget

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Business owners and property managers in Southern California deal with many issues. One that might keep them up at night is worry over what is happening at their property after hours, while they are not there.

One answer that might help is having a security guard on the premises. But because of budgetary concerns, that is not always the right solution for all businesses.

But, as it has done in other industries, technology can provide an alternative.

Recent advances in wireless and internet technology have made remote monitoring a more affordable security option for businesses.

Today’s technology allows for smaller cameras with better resolution that can operate wirelessly. This means that cameras can be placed anywhere, without the need for running electric and video cables.

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To make use of this advanced technology, American Security Force upgraded our entire technology infrastructure.   The upgrade included new modems and fiber optic cable to increase video download speeds. In addition, we created an advanced, command center that will allow us to remotely monitor the properties of our clients who enroll in our Remote Monitoring service.

It provides an affordable alternative to 24-hour, onsite security guards for clients with budget constraints. The service is simple and straightforward.

We install high-resolution, wireless cameras around your business property. Our staff will then monitor your property remotely, at our command center. If there is a problem, we will call the proper authorities.

As part of our Remote Monitoring service, we also offer a reception service that can take calls for your business after hours.

Our Remote Monitoring service provides property managers and business owners with the peace of mind of knowing that their property is being monitored when they are away. It is also an attractive alternative for those with tight budgets. You won’t spend the additional money to have a security guard onsite after hours.

To learn more about our Remote Monitoring service, visit our website You can also call us at 323-722-8585 to speak to one of our representatives.

Is This The Future of Security for Your Property?

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Technology seems to move at an ever increasing pace these days. At times, it seems like we are living in that distant-future that we imagined as kids.

Here’s further proof that we are and it’s impacting the security guard industry.

Meet the K5 Autonomous Data Machine. It looks like a combination of a Dalek from the TV show Doctor Who and EVE from the movie Wall-E. K5 was designed to operate in a security capacity. It has the ability to patrol an area, and recognize and report any anomalies it senses.

K5 has no weapons. But it has been equipped with GPS, laser-ranging technology, and an array of sensors that detect movement, sound and changes in temperature and barometric pressure. If an anomaly is detected, K5 can emit an alarm and uses Wi-Fi to connect with the command center and call for human backup where security guards can respond within seconds.

Are robots replacing security guards?

The Microsoft campus in Silicon Valley is the first business to use K5. They currently have five of the 300-pound, five-foot-tall units on patrol. If someone attempts to tamper with or harass K5 while it is policing an area, it will emit an alarm and contact the command center. Then an operator can talk with anyone there using the proprietary, browser-based software.

The company Knightscope of Mountain View, California developed the security robot. Along with the five patrolling at Microsoft, only two others have been constructed by the company thus far.

Is K5 meant to completely replace security personnel? Stacy Stephens, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing and cofounder of Knightscope says not necessarily. Her description of K5’s role in security is that it, “…takes away the monotonous and sometimes dangerous work, and leaves the strategic work to law enforcement or private security, depending on the application.”

Knightscope is hoping to begin employing the robots widely in 2015. The charge will be just $6.25 per hour.

With a new technology like K5, the real question remains, is it ready for the real-world security challenges it will meet? The following might be an indication that it is not. During an interview for their article on K5, a reporter witnessed one robot roll off a sidewalk and topple over. It needed human help to stand it upright again.

While K5 represents and interesting first step in automated security guards, it is not the final step. K5 can only detect and report. It is not able to intervene, or use good judgment. Only human security officers can offer those services. You probably don’t want to use a K5 in a high-security-risk area, either, because of its limited abilities. Humans would be the best choice. Its physical form of movement, rolling on wheels, also means that it can’t be used well in areas with stairs or sidewalks.

But K5 is intriguing. It offers an interesting look into the future. K5 shows us the possibility of what could be a high-tech, security augmentation that is just around the corner.

For more information about onsite, specialized, security solutions for your business, call us at (323) 722-8585, or click here to contact us.

Why Your Company Needs Security Officers

Corporate security guards Los AngelesWith domestic violence on the rise, and the continued threat of terrorist attacks, the security industry has gone through an incredible evolution in the last two decades. The once small, niche industry has grown to become a mature, professional sector supplying highly trained and qualified security officers.

Gone is the stereotype that television and movies created of the lazy, uneducated and inept security guard watching over a quiet warehouse. When you think of today’s security offices words such as trained, experienced, qualified, professional and helpful come to mind.

The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 illustrated the need for enhanced security throughout our country. As private security companies responded, organizations such as the National Association of Security Companies (NASCO) set high standards for security personnel and promoted ethical conduct from companies. This helped to transform the security sector into the professional industry it is today.

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Modern security guards still provide basic security functions, but they also do much more. Recognized as necessary business assets, the today’s security officer provides a level of customer service to the public that leaves lasting, positive impressions. Often, security officers are the first level of contact between the public and a business, and that contact needs to be professional, polite, helpful, and courteous.

Security officers work in a variety of professional and government settings. From Fortune 500 companies, to local government buildings, you will find highly trained, on-site professionals providing a secure environment.

These are not the only settings, though, where modern security officers work. You will find them providing security for celebrities, politicians and business executives. They secure large events, keeping those in attendance safe, as well.

Today’s security officers also help protect those working in TV and film, one of Southern California’s largest industries. Not only do officers secure the studio grounds but they also provide crowd control when companies shoot on location.

Hospitals are another place where security officers can be found. Hospital security officers provide helpful information and guide visitors and patients to their destinations. They provide traditional security for the facility, as well.

You’ll also see security officers at hotels, resorts, grocery stores, receptions, retail stores and endless other events and venues. Wherever large groups of people gather, you will find security personnel providing helpful customer service and protection.

American Security Force is honored to provide security guards and specialized security solutions to Southern California. We’re gratified to be part of an industry that sets high standards, and proud that our trained security personnel meet and surpass them.

Are you looking for a specialized security solution from a leading security provider? Call us now or contact us for more information.