Security Guard Costs in Crime and Theft Prevention

Security guards are a popular option for business and property owners in crime and theft prevention and protecting assets. Security guard costs must also be considered. The demand for security is high, according to the Houston Chronicle, “The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates there will be 195,000 new security officer jobs between 2010 and 2020, or a 19 percent increase. This growth in demand is higher than the general growth of 14 percent for other occupations. Demand is expected to be strong in the private sector, as more businesses hire private security officers.”
As a result of this occupational influx, security guard costs are expected to rise. In the same article mentioned earlier, “The median salary for security guards was $24,380 in 2010.” This cost is only the median; expect to spend more for quality and experience. But is the cost worth it?
Life is unpredictable, and risk is always a factor when hiring people to maintain security. Anything can happen. The manager of an industrial site in Georgetown thought he was wise in hiring security officers to guard his assets worth millions of dollars. But according to the newspaper “During the attack … one of two security guards claims he was held at knife point before being tied up by the robbers, who carted away the material in a canter truck.” And as if things could not get any worse, “the guard situated at the eastern side of the building said when he arrived at his location, he was attacked by two men from the canter. He said the man told him that the two men held knives to him while four other men removed the steel rods and packed it onto the parked canter truck.”
This theft resulted in the loss of over a million dollars worth of steel rods, leaving the security officers victims of a violent crime. Other factors are also involved that do not involve potential physical injury to a security officer, such as human frailty, which was also expressed in the suspicions of the manager of the site mentioned earlier, who “believes the guards were asleep at the time of the attack”. Is there another security measure that could get better results?
In a study on video cameras as a crime prevention tool, “(a) the use of cameras reduces the levels of crime, whether property crime (robberies and burglaries), crimes against people or both.” Security cameras are visible deterrents to potential thieves and proven aid in helping reduce crime. A surveillance system was what the site lacked that lost over a million dollars, and could have answered the suspicions of the manager concerning the sleeping officers.
If security guards are a part of your crime and theft prevention approach, please consider security guard costs and effectiveness and the integration of live video surveillance to supplement, reduce, or even replace guards.
This industrial property and warehouse is not a client of Stealth Monitoring. Stealth proactive live surveillance can detect and deter crime, while reducing security guard costs. A Stealth operator could have seen unusual activity such as sleeping guards and trespassing thieves, activated an audible warning to deter the criminals, and called the local police.
Please contact Stealth today for more information to protect your industrial property. Visit our web site to see actual videos of criminals being apprehended at warehouses, office buildings, shopping centers, and other businesses.

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