According to Brandon Welsh, David Farrington, and Sean O’Dell in Effectiveness of Public Area Surveillance for Crime Prevention, just a security guard’s presence is enough to deter crime in some of the worst neighborhoods in the United States. Crime rates will decrease around your business even if the security guard is unarmed. This is extremely important for small business owners because it often takes only one act of crime to throw the entire business under.
The magnitude of benefits from having even one security guard around your small business is extraordinary. Not only will hiring a security guard give you and your employees a sense of security, but it will attract more customers because they will feel safe as well. In addition to security, these officers offer a wide range of services, including customer service ambassadors and surveillance monitoring.
So how can your small business reap the benefits of hiring security guards? First you have to find the ideal security guard agency for your company. This will require some research. You want to make sure that the security that you are hiring is adequate enough for your location. For example, if your business is located in the suburbs, you may require a less advanced security guard than if your business was located in the city. Next, factor in the cost. Determine your current budget and figure out the maximum amount of money that you can spend on security. Finally, find the security that matches the quality you need with the cost that you can afford. You may not be able to afford the best security in the world, but do you really need it? As stated before, just the presence of a security guard is enough to prevent crime. So make sure to carefully balance out both location and cost of security.
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