Don’t Let the Actions of a Few Ruin Your Special Event

Security Guard Have you ever been to an event where a couple of guys and gals had too much to drink? Someone insults someone else and soon fists and furniture are flying and the entire night is ruined. Or what about a fancy dress party where one woman’s purse mysteriously disappears and everyone has to stop what they’re doing and try to figure out where the purse ended up– and accusations of “you stole it” are doled out much to the dismay of event organizers and guests alike? Whenever you gather a group of people together, even with the best intentions, problems can arise.

Indeed, the actions of a few can ruin a special event. That’s why it’s a smart idea to hire security specialists to watch over your event and deal with any people out to cause trouble.

C.O.P. Security Inc. has trained, professional security specialists available to work your special event to ensure that guests feel safe at all times and only the people who belong there are there.

Security specialists control the perimeter of the event, look after attendees, and keep a watchful eye open for any out-of-the-ordinary activity that could be problematic. Security for special events such as wedding receptions, block parties or dinner parties can be counted on to deal with theft, conflicts, vandals or any other disruptions. Security professionals are trained to be as discreet as possible so as not to draw too much attention to the scene.

Having security professionals from C.O.P. Security Inc. at your special event means having someone on hand who is specifically trained to resolve conflicts, notice problems before they start, and make guests feel safe and at ease.

To hire special event security specialists, call C.O.P. Security Inc. at 585-750-5608 or email


How to Prevent Shoplifters From Damaging Your Bottom Line

ShopliftersIf you own or manage a store, you know that one successful shoplifter can ruin your day, if not your business depending on how much he or she steals. That said, there are some things you can do to deter and/or stop shoplifting.

Regarding store design, don’t give people a chance to easily walk out of the store with stuff unseen by the cashier(s). A checkout should be located near the exit of a store so cashiers and other workers can keep a watchful eye on people leaving the store. Also, avoid putting expensive merchandise near the exits.

If you have security cameras in place, use them to watch over the store at all times. Also utilize mirrors, to help workers see into otherwise blind spots to keep an eye on shoppers. And the more tidy and well-lit a store is, without being too cluttered, the harder it is for someone to steal from it.

Keep overtly expensive items under lock and key; use security tags on expensive merchandise.

Hiring uniformed security guards can also help deter shoplifters, since they know someone’s keeping an eye on them. What’s more, if shoplifters are still audacious enough to attempt to steal items, a trained security guard can catch them in the act and he or she will know how to properly respond to the situation.

As for store workers, awareness is key. Employees should always be aware of who is in the store– that means making sure customers are greeted. Enough workers should be on hand so that the store’s never left unattended or unwatched.

When bagging items, workers should staple or tape the bag shut so people can’t easily shoplift items on their way out.

Smart store design, coupled with the alert eyes and ears of people on duty at a store–ever vigilant–goes a long way in reducing the amount of shoplifting situations.

In Western New York (Buffalo, Rochester and surrounding communities), C.O.P. Security can be hired to help guard a store from shoplifters. Call 585-750-5608 or email today if your establishment needs proper security guards.


Reasons to Hire Security Guards For Your Business

Corporate Security In order to attract quality personnel to your business, it’s essential that you provide employees with a work environment they can feel safe in.  After all, who wants to go to work each day and worry about strangers entering their workspace or about other undesirable issues arising?

One way to ensure your employees feel safe and sound when coming into work each day is to hire a security guard or guards to safeguard your premises.  Let’s look at 3 reasons why hiring a professional security guard is a prudent investment for businesses to make.

1)      It provides peace of mind to both business owners and employees.  Having a professional and experienced security guard around will provide a presence in and around your workplace, and allow you and your workers to rest easy and focus on their work knowing that a trained guard is looking out for their well-being.

2)      A professional security guard serves as a strong deterrent.  For example, let’s say you own a retail store, and have a guard patrolling the premises.  With him or her in the store, chances are a potential shoplifter is going to think twice about hiking an item for your store.  Without their presence there, the shoplifter may feel more confident in their ability to get away with the crime, which will either mean your store loses an asset, or if an employee catches him or her in the act, the employee is now put in an awkward and potentially scary position of confronting the shoplifter.  Ultimately, who do you want confronting this person: a trained and experienced guard, or an employee that has little or no experience in this difficult situation?

3)      Security guards can serve as wonderful assets after hours.  Are you worried about your premises at night when most other employees have gone home?  Or are you worried about trespassers late at night or in the early, early morning?  If yes, having a security guard patrolling the premises and monitoring the situation will prevent issues from arising.

As well, they can come in handy in terms of making sure all is right with the building; that the proper doors are locked, the right lights have been shut off or left on etc. etc.

If you’re a business owner in the Rochester, NY area and are looking to upgrade the security at your facility, contact C.O.P. Security today.

Do I need an Armed or Unarmed Security Guard?

Security GuardsRegardless of whether you need a security guard or guards to protect your business; to maintain crowd control at a special event; to ensure the safe arrival an important person or package; or for another miscellaneous reason, you might wonder what type of security guard you should hire. More specifically, do you need an armed security guard to protect your premises and the people inhabiting the area, or can you get by with unarmed security guards?

There are many variables to be considered when making your decision, as each situation is unique. That said, let’s take a look at the different qualities of armed guards and unarmed guards, and hopefully, this information will make your decision a bit easier.

Armed Guards

To state the obvious, the biggest difference between armed guards and unarmed guards is the presence of a weapon; armed guards, at least in relation to C.O.P. Security, are properly trained in how to use their firearms, and just as importantly, are properly trained on when they should use, or at least remove their weapon. In regards to C.O.P. Security, each of our armed security guards has law enforcement training and experience, and we thoroughly screen each of our armed guards.

Due to their special training and qualifications, armed guards naturally cost more than unarmed guards do. That said, the presence of an armed guard serves as a natural deterrent to violent criminals and burglars alike, and gives you peace of mind knowing that if a difficult ordeal arises, you will have a highly trained and experienced law enforcement professional there to assess the situation and keep you, the people around you and your property safe.

Transporting a political official, safeguarding the transportation of cash and protecting a bank are three examples of where an armed guard could come in handy.

Unarmed Guards

Unarmed guards also provide a natural deterrent to people that could cause a disruption at a live event, a business, or another institution. Unarmed guards will at least make them think twice about their actions, and unarmed guards can help maintain control of different situations.

Generally speaking, their main duty is, as mentioned, to maintain order, and to observe and stay on top of situations and report any questionable behavior they see. In addition, they can serve as “gatekeepers,’’ and make sure that the only people accessing a building, an apartment complex, an event or another area are people with the proper credentials.

Lastly, they can serve as peacemakers, prevent theft, and improve the morale of people inhabiting the area they’re hired to oversee. Without question, those people will feel safer know they’re there.

Maintaining control at a live event, providing a checkpoint at an apartment or office complex, and safeguarding a retail store are just three examples of where an unarmed guard could prove to be invaluable.

So which type of guard do you need for your situation? If you would like to discuss the specifics of your needs, we can help you determine which type of guard would work best for you. To learn more, please contact us today.