Are you thinking
of hiring a private security company? If so, what are some things you should
keep in mind?
For starters, legitimate security companies are licensed. In New York State, for instance, requirements to be a licensed “Watch, Guard or Patrol Agency” include:
• You must be 25 years of age, a principal in the business and have passed the examination within the last two years.
• You must be free of disqualifying criminal convictions.
• You must demonstrate either two years’ experience or two years’ equivalent position and experience. Experience is defined as two years of full-time security experience, such as sheriff, police officer, or security guard in a governmental agency or with a licensed private investigator or WGP agency. “Equivalent experience” is defined as two years in a position where the primary duties were the performance of security guard services or two years’ experience reviewing and supervising the work of at least three persons performing security services.
• All applicants must be fingerprinted.
When you’re looking to hire a licensed private security company, sometimes working with a smaller company is good because your property is their priority. Don’t be afraid to screen guards before they work on your property to ensure that they’re physically and mentally fit to do the job and meet your specific needs. You can also ask for proof of insurance– it’s best to work with a company that’s properly insured.
Other considerations include whether or not guards have advanced training, problem solving skills, a range of specialties, poor versus excellent communication, and how professional/friendly their demeanor is. It’s always a good idea to check with different types of businesses who’ve used a company’s services before and get their opinions on whether or not they were satisfied with the company overall.
In Western and Central New York State, call C.O.P. Security for your private security needs. The number is 585-750-5608.