It seems you can’t turn on the TV or get on social media without news of some violent tragedy in America. Whether it was the nine people shot to death at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina in 2015, the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012, or indeed the thousands of people who died as a result of the September 11th terrorist attacks in 2001, the world seems like a dangerous, unpredictable place.
It’s that need for safety which has led more and more businesses and private facilities to hire security officers as part of their working staff.
Private Security Increasing Through 2016
Private security has been one of the fastest-growing industries in America since 2001, and except for a brief lull in 2003 according to this source, the industry’s growth has been steady. From maritime security to prevent pirate attacks, to armed guards patrolling hospitals in order to make healthcare facilities less of a target, more businesses are hiring security officers.
This isn’t a fear reaction, either; security officers provide real, tangible benefits to their clients.
Security officers act as a visible deterrent to criminals, and in the event something does go wrong (fire, injuries, fight, robbery, etc.) security officers can provide on-the-scene help. Security officers also provide peace of mind for employees and customers (who can feel safer knowing there’s someone looking out for them), and they can help business owners get lower insurance rates (since security guards being on-site should, at least in theory, make the need for insurance claims go down).
Will Growth Continue?
In an uncertain world people want something they can count on. That’s why private security is expecting a 17 percent growth rate by 2016. While projections past that year are still positive, no one can say for sure how the industry is going to shape up at this time.
If you’re an Atlanta-area business who is looking for a security company you can count on, simply contact us today to find out more about the services we offer our clients.