Crime does not prevent itself, but business owners should not be overeager in protecting their goods. There are risks in hiring live guards. The security industry lacks oversight. In some states no background check is required for prospective employees, no fingerprints are taken, and no standard training routine exists. That is, if there is training.
Fresh security guards can easily make mistakes if they feel they need to prove themselves. Luckily, most of these mistakes will only result in awkward fumbles or an offended customer, but these misunderstandings and lapses of judgment can lead to much more serious consequences.
Armed security guards are dangerous. They can be forced to make snap decisions that could take someone's life. In the case of one security guard, one boy was killed and another injured because of poor judgment and his employer's oversight in hiring him. This person had already had been arrested for several alcohol-related offenses. He had been dishonorably discharged from the Navy as well.
Further, there is a chronic lack of training in the security industry, and in some states training isn't even required. Fresh guards will have to rely on past experience and their ability to cope with new situations to do their job.
The lack of training and oversight can create a perfect storm that can result in loss of life and lawsuits, both of which a prudent business owner should be eager to avoid.
Security industry leader Stealth Monitoring offers unique proactive live surveillance that can detect and deter crime for greater security while reducing security guard and other expenses. A trained Stealth operator can see unusual activity, activate an audible warning to deter criminals, and call the local police about a crime in progress ... all without the liability of armed security guards making tragic mistakes.
Please contact Stealth today for more information to protect your property and outdoor assets. Visit our web site to see actual videos of security guards sleeping on the job and criminals being apprehended through live video surveillance.
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