Businesses Need More Than Just “Hardware Security”

cropped view of security guard using metal detectorMany businesses use hardware, like metal detectors, locks and cameras, for security purposes. That said, businesses need more than just hardware security options. It’s best to hire and utilize professional, trained security guards who can provide an active response to any issues at any given time.

Active Security is Key

Having human security guards means you can better protect your building and all that’s in and around it. Security guards act as real-time eyes and ears as they patrol the grounds and notice anything unusual or out of the ordinary happening– they’re often able to prevent crimes from occurring just by being vigilant and/or vocal.

Passive security is good, but active security is better. Machines can do a lot to help protect a business from harm, but human security guards are able to adapt to situations quickly, make informed decisions and take initiative as well. If they see a threat, security guards can investigate and respond to that threat like no machine can. A camera can’t escort someone out of a building but a person can.

Guards Deter Criminals

Keep in mind that criminals don’t want to deal with human security guards. Thus, having security guards on the premises acts as a deterrent to potential break-ins and thefts.

Whether you need a security guard to patrol the grounds or perhaps act as a bodyguard, these days it just makes sense to invest in people who can be there for you, truly protecting you and your assets when needed. Sure, hardware security is helpful, but there’s nothing quite like professional human security guards to make sure your business is protected from all sorts of bad situations.

In Western and Central New York, when you’re looking to hire security guards, call C.O.P. Security at 585-750-5608. You can also email rbarton@copsecuritycorp.com. C.O.P. Security generally covers Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and surrounding communities.

What Can We Learn From Recent School Shootings?

Male security guard talking into radio outside of a school It’s a difficult question, but one that should be asked: What can we learn from school shootings?

Sadly, school shootings have seemingly become an annual event here in the United States. Scarily, those are just the tragedies that do happen; who knows how many close calls we have that we don’t count but were prevented thanks to the brave work of teachers, counselors, security personnel, resource officers and even fellow students.

It’s become a huge, hot button issue in the United States as we figure out how to solve the crisis. As such, in order to better our future, it’s important we learn from the past. With that in mind, what are some things that we as a society can learn from previous school shootings?

Domino Effect

For starters, people always watch what other people do. When one school shooting happens somewhere you can almost expect another to happen elsewhere because someone somewhere heard about it on the news and were, sadly, encouraged to do such a heinous thing as well. Though most people are good, God-fearing people who have no interest in shooting up a school, there are bad, evil people out there who have lost their empathy for humanity and have an ax to grind. They take out their anger and frustration by using a gun to shoot innocent kids. Is this horrible? Definitely. Is it quite the sad reality of the world we live in today? Yes.

Hope For the Best, Prepare for the Worse

Most educators think– and hope– that shootings won’t happen at their school. And they’re probably right, because statistically, school shootings are not a common, everyday occurrence around the country. That said, educators need to be watchful and prepared “just in case.” Every school, no matter how big or small, needs to think about school safety procedures. Sadly, every school in the U.S.A. needs to plan for a potential school shooting situation “just in case.”

Prepare the Educators and Facilities

drug and gun free school zone sign at a school yard. From door locks to video surveillance systems, most schools have taken measures to help deal with school shootings. But what about an actual shooting taking place? Will door locks and videos fix the problem? Probably not.

Hire a Security Presence

Besides educating educators about protecting themselves and their students if/when a shooter enters the building, it’s also a good idea to hire security guards to patrol the premises and be there– at the school– should a shooter make their presence known.

Would you rather find out your kids were shot and killed at school or that a shooter came there but was apprehended by a trained security guard, protecting the innocent from harm? Not only are security guards trained for the moment, but they also use their experience and knowledge to prevent terrible situations from escalating.

In Western and Central NY, you can hire C.O.P. Security Inc. of Spencerport, NY, to watch over your school; Please call 585-750-5608 for more info.

Should Nightclubs Have Private Security?

Male Security Officer Standing In Night Club

When you think of nightclubs, and getting into them, you usually think of bouncers. They’re usually the big guys out front who determine whether or not people get into the club, and if someone is causing trouble, they’ll literally toss them out to the curb– bounce them out of the club!

Bouncers definitely serve an important role at many nightclubs, but then there’s this question to consider: should nightclubs have private security? The answer is yes.

Why Nightclubs Should Have a Security Presence

Nightclubs are known for crowds and intoxicated people. There can be physical and verbal altercations, as well as shootings and thefts, among other problems. Therefore, it makes sense to hire and utilize private security to help manage any and all problems that come with a night at a club.

The majority of people attending nightclubs don’t cause any trouble, but then there are a few “bad apples” who do. Security guards should be physically present at nightclubs to provide a sense of safety and security to patrons and staffers.

Security guards can help manage access to the premises of a nightclub, as well as managing capacity such that the venue doesn’t exceed capacity and face fines or worse. Guards can also check IDs to make sure people are “of age” to be there.

Nightclubs do need rules, and those rules need to be enforced. Security guards help enforce the nightclub’s rules. If dangerous situations arise, guards can handle them, hopefully in a peaceful and effective manner. If law enforcement needs to be called in, guards will be the first people they’ll communicate with, in order to assess the situation.

Do you own or manage a nightclub in Upstate New York, specifically Rochester or Buffalo or somewhere in between? If you’d like more information about hiring security guards for your nightclub, please call C.O.P. Security at 585-750-5608 or email rbarton@copsecuritycorp.com.

A Security Guard Provides Much More Than Just Protection

Security Guard in Mall

Thinking of hiring a security guard for security purposes? That’s a great idea. Keep in mind, though, that security guards do more than just stop bad things from happening…

Traffic Director

In many settings, whether it’s a parking lot, a retail store or a hospital, a security guard can help guide people to where they want to go. Maybe they can help a person find their car in a parking lot, or direct them to the check-in area of a hospital, which tends to be maze-like, right?

Customer Service

Besides guiding people to where they want to go, security guards often engage in customer service duties. There are a wide variety of roles a security guard may find themselves in during a shift, whether it’s assisting disabled or elderly people, helping others carry heavy items and/or providing their opinions on products and such. Having a security guard “around” helps give peace of mind to those in the vicinity, and it can actually help elevate people’s moods and improve their attitudes, too.

Property Damage Deterrent

Security guards on the premises can actually help increase profits and property values. Just their presence helps reduce crime and property damage. This, in turn, can encourage more business since people know they’re in a secure place/environment.

First Impressions

Meanwhile, security guards often serve as greeters, especially if they’re stationed at a front desk, door or gate. While monitoring who comes and goes, a security guard also serves as a “first impression” for an event or place. When they offer a warm and direct greeting, that not only helps people feel welcome, but also reminds them that security is present.

First Responder

Finally, security guards can help deal with emergencies such as natural disasters and/or medical problems… If someone is having a heart attack, a security guard is trained to stay calm in that situation and can get other people “out of the way” until medics arrive. If a fire is in the building, security guards can calmly lead people out of the building safely.

C.O.P. Security is a private security company in Rochester, NY. If you’re looking to hire security guards, please call C.O.P. Security at 585-750-5608.

How Security Guards Stay Safe in the Field

Security Guard Holding Up Hand to Prevent Trespassers

Security guards have a job that puts them at personal risk while doing their duties. How do security guards stay safe in the field?

Who watches the watchers? Criminals and people up to no good are often on the lookout for anyone who wants to thwart their plans. Therefore, security guards have to outsmart them. They can vary their routes so they’re not predictable.

For instance, if criminals always know when and where guards are, they know exactly where to attack them. But if guards vary their routes and such (including arrival/departure times), that throws bad guys off, and that’s a good thing. Smart guards are intimately familiar with their working environment(s), knowing where stairwells, doors and exits are.

What about protective clothing and equipment? Maybe guards wear bulletproof vests. Maybe they carry weapons on their person. And, since they have to be active at certain times, it’s important that their clothing doesn’t restrict movement. Good footwear is key, too. Guards can utilize security equipment to help stay safe in the field. Equipment might include mobile phones, radios, CCTV, and/or alarm systems.

Security guards should know their limits. They should be trained to handle several situations, and if there’s a need for back-up or police officers, guards should know how and when to call for help. Safety tools in place might include panic buttons and notifications, especially for workers who work alone– that way, they can “check in” with someone else if they desperately need help for whatever reason.

C.O.P. Security of Rochester, New York, provides security guards for a variety of places and situations in Western and Central New York, including Buffalo and Syracuse. From foot patrols to camera surveillance, C.O.P. can fulfill your private security needs. Please call 585-750-5608 or email rbarton@copsecuritycorp.com for more information.

Avoid These Red Flags When Hiring a Security Company

Security Guard Checking Security Cameras

Do you work for a business and you’re tasked with hiring private security to help protect that business, including its property and people? What should you avoid when hiring private security?

First things first– avoid hiring a company that’s not going to tailor their services for your business. No two businesses are the same, so each company has uniquely specific requirements. Do you want your security team doing things their own way, paying no attention to your wants and needs? Of course not! So make sure the security team you employ is willing to tailor their service to your particular business. They’re there to serve you!

Next, you want to avoid hiring security that’s unnecessarily too aggressive in their operations. After all, you don’t want to have a potential lawsuit on your hands. Ideally, security guards should be about prevention– helping prevent incidents and crime– rather than escalating problems where they get totally out of hand.

Also, don’t make the mistake of not reading any reviews before you hire security. There are online reviews, and you can also consider asking for references to call, before you sign any contracts. It’s important to know whether past clients were satisfied or not… and why.

Will a security team wear a certain uniform or not? Does that matter to you? Avoid hiring security teams that don’t want to dress the part.

Ask if a security company is licensed and see if that license is current or expired. You want to make sure they’re legally licensed to provide services for your business. Also check their insurance coverage.

Finally, avoid the mistake of immediately hiring the lowest “bidder” among competing companies. You get what you pay for, so if a company’s price seems too cheap, you might end up with more headaches than results.

Are you looking to hire security in Upstate (Central and Western) New York? Consider C.O.P. Security– call 585-750-5608 for details.

The Debate of Hiring a School Security Guard

Security guard in front of school

If you’re of a certain age, you can remember a time when it was pretty much unthinkable that violence would occur at school. Today, however, it’s almost become “the norm,” sadly, and that’s why many school districts, whether rural, suburban or city, hire school security guards.

The Debate on Whether Schools Need Security Guards

There is a debate on whether or not to hire guards for schools, because there are pros and cons to having them there, highly visible on school grounds. Some people might ask, “Do we really need them?” Others might say, “Can we afford them?” Then, of course, there are people, especially parents, who say, “Of course they should be there! I want my kid protected!”

The Pros

Having school security guards can be a good thing if you want competent and caring adults monitoring school grounds to help prevent crimes and/or intervene if and when something’s “not right.” Guards help ensure that people and property don’t get hurt or damaged, so that’s a good thing. Meanwhile, their presence lets people know they’re being watched and if they do something wrong there is someone watching who will report them to authorities– and they’ll likely face consequences. Furthermore, schools today can have emotional, physical and even sexual abuse going on between students, teachers, employees and/or visitors– a lot could go wrong if no one’s watching, right? Imagine if a stranger finds their way into a school, and they have a knife or gun and want to do harm… a security guard would be the person to notice them and call the cops. Guards are also on the lookout for any would-be robbers who want to steal computers or oddballs who want to kidnap kids.

Reasons Why Some Are Skeptical

security guard using walkie talkie at school

What, then, would be some reasons people might object to having security guards in schools? For starters, it might make the students nervous or scared to have uniformed authority figures around them. They might feel so distressed that they avoid coming to school. Is this a bit irrational? Sure. But it happens. Also, there’s the cost. School budgets are notoriously tight, and for that reason there might be objections over paying guards to be there. With that, there’s also the cost of insurance for school security guards, which could cost “too much.”

If you ask most parents, though, paying school security guards to be present and working on the grounds of their kids’ school is totally worth it. They want to know their kids are protected from potential harm, and in today’s day and age, with all the crazy, somewhat unexpected violence happening in schools, having guards there becomes a necessity.

In Western and Central New York, if you need to hire school security guards, call C.O.P. Security at 585-750-5608. We have years of experience providing private security services, and all of our guards are fully trained and equipped to handle all types of situations. Although we’ve made our name in the Rochester area, we also provide schools security services throughout Western New York, including but not limited to Orleans County, Ontario County, Monroe, County and Wayne County.

Should Your Business Beef Up Security?

Young businessman checking in at a security gate

C.O.P. Security serves several Western and Central New York counties, including ones around the cities of Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse.

What are some reasons your Western or Central New York business needs to beef up their security presence?

Employee Safety

First, do you have employees who have to walk to their vehicles in the parking lot late at night? If so, wouldn’t it be good to have a security guard escorting them to their cars? No one likes to be alone at night in a dark parking garage or parking lot where anyone could be up to no good.

Location

Next, is your business located in an area where crime is on the increase? Have you noticed more car break-ins lately? Are there shifty characters walking the streets, harassing people for money? Are the streets littered with trash and seemingly abandoned by people who care? If your business is located in a “bad area,” then it makes sense to have a security presence. This is especially true if the police have decided to delay their response and/or kind of given up responding to calls in the area. 

Issues From Within

Finally, what about your employees? Can you trust them? Maybe you have a whole bunch of new hires and they aren’t the exact employees you wanted to hire, but they were who were available… And some of them might want to stir trouble… Having a security presence at your business can help keep an eye on employees who may be stealing from you; They can also protect law-abiding employees and visitors from any potential criminal on your premises. You might want to consider hiring armed security guards– those with weapons help deter most criminals.

If you want to hire security guards for your Western or Central New York business, call C.O.P. Security at 585-750-5608 or email rbarton@copsecuritycorp.com for more information.

Why Parking Garage Security Guards Are a Smart Investment

Picture of Parking Garage

Thieves and malevolent opportunists like to operate at night, when it’s dark outside. This way it’s harder for people to notice what they’re up to. And they’re usually up to negative things that can annoy otherwise respectable and nice people. For instance, take parking garages. These places can be downright scary at night. You’re walking in the stairwell, and it’s 1am in the morning, and there’s some rambler muttering to himself in a corner. He looks at you and starts asking for money. Do you feel safe? No way.

Parking garage security guards are a smart investment if you want the people who use your garage to feel safe, especially in the wee small hours of the morning– those overnight times when few people are around and there can be a general feeling of creepiness in the air. After all, strange things can happen at 4 in the morning!

Basically, it’s a good idea to have security guards walking the premises and/or monitoring security cameras to make sure nothing weird or bad is happening in parking garages. This will ultimately help people using the garage feel safer– including “employees and customers.” It’s nice to know there’s a guard to “walk me to my car so I don’t feel alone.” Furthermore, it’s a good idea to have guards watching over expensive vehicles so they don’t get broken into or otherwise damaged by miscreants.

Security guards can also make sure parking garage rules are followed. They’re the eyes and ears of the garage, always on the lookout for anything out of the ordinary. Deterring vandalism and theft are high on their priority list.

Rochester’s C.O.P. Security provides parking garage security guards in Western and Central New York. Please call C.O.P. Security at 585-750-5608 for more info.

Should a Business Park Have a Security Presence?

Business Park Security Guard Monitoring Video Surveillance

No matter where they’re located, business parks should have a security presence, especially in today’s world. Ideally, businesses in business parks want to keep their employees and visitors safe from harm. They also want to make sure their money, equipment and valuable assets are protected from thieves. Business parks can benefit from having security cameras as well as armed or unarmed guards roaming the premises.

Security Risks

What are some of the security risks for business parks? Vandalism is a big one. It’s not unusual for graffiti artists to “use” walls to “create their art.” Vandals can also break into businesses or parked vehicles and steal things. Guards can be on the lookout for unwanted visitors who loiter on the premises, and/or bother people such as asking for donations. It’s a good idea to have security guards on the premises, especially at night, to help prevent muggings and physical assaults.

Business parks have a lot of people (and vehicles) coming and going at different hours. Guards can help enforce parking and visitor rules. They can also monitor suspicious behavior and report incidents to local authorities.

If you want to help provide peace-of-mind to your business park tenants, hire security guards to patrol the premises both day and night. Their presence lets tenants know you care about their safety. They help “keep the peace.”

In Rochester, New York, and surrounding cities and counties, C.O.P. Security is the private security company to call (and hire) for business park security needs. Please call C.O.P. Security at 585-750-5608 or email rbarton@copsecuritycorp.com  for more information. You can also use the online contact form, here.

C.O.P. Security has been serving Rochester and the surrounding area since 1997. When you need dependable professional security, trust C.O.P.