As a business owner, you need to know that your assets are secure but what’s the best way to do it? With every property needing a unique response and a range of security options to choose from, creating and putting in place a security framework to protect your business can be tricky.
Thankfully, the process doesn’t have to be that hard. Understanding the type of security staffing arrangement that is right for your property is key and this can help shape the rest of your security framework.
Knowing whether you need static security personnel or a mobile patrol is paramount to security staffing. While both methods involve a human element, they are intended for different areas and have unique operational requirements that require careful consideration.
So you can make an informed choice, we’ve put together a few key points for you to consider when making a decision about security staffing for your business.
In order to make the right decision, it’s important to understand the specific needs of your property and the different security solutions that may meet these needs. It’s pretty obvious, for instance, that the security needs of a construction site are going to be different from those of say a jewellery shop. In other words, where your business is located, its assets, and its activities all affect the nature of the threats you face and the security solution most suitable. This should be borne in mind when considering the relative strengths of a mobile patrol vs static security personnel.
Static security personnel are most suited to locations where constant surveillance of people or assets operating in a fixed area is required. Whether it’s secure areas in a building or high-value stock in a retail space, static security personnel can provide constant surveillance to minimize a breach.
Mobile patrols, on the other hand, are more suited to areas where assets are widely distributed over a larger area or are physically bigger such as construction sites and industrial facilities. This doesn’t mean their monetary value is any less, but rather that they are harder to remove because of their size.
The possibility of providing additional services
When considering your choice of security staffing, try and think of the bigger picture and how it all fits into your overall operations. You might be able to enhance customer satisfaction or increase production with the right security team.
As well as asset security, mobile patrols, for example, can provide maintenance checks and report hazards, filing these during their regular shifts in addition to their normal duties This helps keep your employees safe from faulty equipment while also protecting your assets from theft.
Static personnel can also be used in other ways such as concierge security – Providing protection for your organisation and giving customers the information they need. While training will depend on your requirements, concierge security can act as retail assistants, tour guides and receptionists within the corporate sector.
You should also consider how the public perceives your company based on the choice of security personnel. Uniformed static security personnel can come across as intimidating. This could be perceived that you take security seriously or it could frighten a customer away. Equally, a mobile patrol can come across as agile, efficient, and able to respond in a precise and measured way depending on the circumstances.