Security Guards: Risking Their Lives to Protect Your Property and Business

It’s clear that the job of a security guard has a certain amount of risk. Proactively protecting people and property means you will at one time or another run up against those who are not behaving appropriately. When that happens, security guards act to protect others and the property to which they are assigned.

That’s why it is sad when the news media runs stories about security guards that show them in a bad light. Are there guards that misbehave? Sure, just as there are employees in every industry that behave badly.

But right now, guards are receiving some unfair negative attention from the media. This is happening because the media is reacting to the misplaced negative feelings about police from some sectors of the society. These feelings are spilling over to the security industry because of our pseudo-law-enforcement role.

Today, the security industry has never been stronger. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are over 1,077,500 security guards working in the U.S. Of that number, only a handful of officers are having negative headlines written about them.

In addition, guards are performing acts of heroism. Here are just a few examples from 2015.

Recently security guard Cory Lapp saved the life of a Buffalo racetrack customer after the man experienced a heart attack.
In Virginia, J.J. Williams, a mall security guard, saved a baby’s life by providing life CPR after she quit breathing.
Thomas Elio, a campus security guard, performed the Heimlich maneuver on a student who choking, saving his life.
In addition, within the last year, two security guards gave their lives to save others.

On New Year’s Eve 2014, security officer Richard Williamson sacrificed his life to save a number of teens and families at a Southern California roller rink. This man gave his life to keep others safe!
In February, San Jose security guard Manuel Alvarez Zuniga saved his co-worker’s life by stepping in front of him when shots were fired in their direction after a store robbery. Zuniga was killed.
The security industry typically attracts veterans, firefighters, former police officers and paramedics. These are individuals who are accustomed to helping others. It’s no wonder, then, that when you dig a little deeper, you find stories such as these

The security guards at American Security Force do not have similar stories. They are highly trained officers who carry out their jobs as professionals, handling every type of security scenario assigned to them.

Do you need help you with your security needs. Call us today at 877-722-8585 to learn how our professional team can help you.

Tips for Property Managers to Help Keep Your Property Safe

office building security guard company los angeles

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.

Security company for office buildings and properties in Los Angeles.

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.

 

 

 

Your Property: Saving Money and Staying Secure with Advanced Technology

security guard industry use of mobile phone

It’s safe to say that the digital revolution has touched nearly every aspect of our lives. That includes the security industry.

It used to be that security guards worked their posts with only some basic tools. They used a two-way radio to communicate and wrote down what happened in a logbook.

New technology and software applications have it made it easier, quicker and more efficient for a security guard to do his or her job. They can now operate in a much more streamlined way, with real-time reporting.

Mobile app for security guards

American Security Force has developed GuardTrack for that purpose. It is a mobile and web-based app that security officers use on company-supplied smartphones. This solution allows clients to track officers while they are on the job in the field.

GuardTrack eliminates the need for bulky two-way radios. The need for recording events with paper and pen is also rendered obsolete. Security officers can record what’s is transpiring in the app form wherever they might be.

It provides a real-time view into what is happening. Security officers have the ability to take photos or record video and upload them to the app, as well, allowing managers and clients to get a better understanding of what is happening.

Onsite security guards can even stream real-time video. This is incredibly helpful especially in big areas and events where you have a whole team of security guards all spread out at any given time from mall security to special event security.

All of this provides peace of mind for clients. They can log in from a desktop or laptop computer and see where guards are stationed, read real-time or archived reports, and see photos and video.

Need a security guard provider that not only utilizes the leading-edge technology, but also plays a role in developing it? Then call American Security Force today.