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Security Guards and Companies — Boston

Posted by Amy Hite on Oct 11, 2016


Security guards have long been regarded as the only effective solution to protecting Boston shopping centers, apartment complexes, construction sites, storage facilities, car dealerships, office buildings and other types of commercial real estate businesses. While human presence on-site can go a long way in keeping criminals at bay, it may not be the most cost-effective solution.

Cost Limitations

For some commercial properties in Boston, having a security guard on-site can be cost prohibitive. According to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are over 21,000 security guards employed in Massachusetts The average pay rate for these guards is $15.16 per hour but can be a bit higher based on a variety of factors including experience level and whether the guards are armed or not. Because armed guards must have training in addition to a license to carry firearms, their rates are typically several dollars per hour more per guard. The costs for both can increase for nighttime shifts as risk increases.

In addition to salary, security professionals must go through training, be given uniforms and equipment, and because of the potentially dangerous nature of their jobs, often need to be provided with benefits.

Types of Security Guard Services

Most security officers are private employees who work for a firm that provides security personnel to businesses. Security guards can also work for the business directly. The responsibilities of a security guard differ from one job to another. Some guards may be required to patrol parking lots while others will be stationed in front of monitors that are connected to security cameras placed throughout the premises. Patrolling guards might be required to drive a motorized vehicle like a golf cart or Segway or walk a particular route. They may also be asked to escort office employees or shopping center patrons to and from their cars at night.

Another job function of a security guard may be to control gate access at a multifamily apartment complex, office building, warehouse, construction site or other type of commercial business. Other guards are hired to protect valuable items and displays. They may be seen at places like the John F. Kennedy Library & Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, Prudential Center Skywalk, and the New England Aquarium.

Remote Security Guards

Many businesses in Boston rely on a security guard to monitor their property and look for anything suspicious. However, one person cannot be everywhere at the same time. A property may even have areas such as alleyways and rooftops that are not accessible to security guards. Even if a guard concentrates on the most problematic areas, he can still miss something. Hiring a team of guards will add a cost that many Boston area businesses cannot afford.

Stealth Monitoring’s live remote security guard services have been used to both replace and augment traditional security guard services with more effective results and less liability at a fraction of the cost – up to 80% less. Remote video monitoring is the ability to view on-site security cameras and other related equipment off-site. Unlike most event-based virtual guard providers, we offer proactive video monitoring before an alarm, event, trigger or beam has occurred. Stealth’s 24/7 live monitoring utilizes state-of-the-art video analytics and offers all the fundamental advantages of a traditional security guard and more:

  • Proactive Response: Highly trained site operators are able make judgements and respond appropriately, just as a security guard would. Moreover, live voice down audio deterrents are just as effective in repelling intruders as security guards are.
  • Extensive Site Coverage: Video monitoring technology allows operators to simultaneously cover many areas and view them at any time.
  • Cost Savings: Security guards do provide a valuable service, but they cannot be everywhere at the same time. In order to get 24/7 coverage, you would need to hire a team of guards.
  • Quicker Response Time: Live video monitoring gives authorities confirmation that there is an event happening in real-time. Trained operators witness suspicious activity in progress which results in much quicker response times since the police raise the priority level when they can verify an incident in progress.

Stealth’s trained monitoring operators can keep a watchful eye on your property 24/7 in Boston and in nearby cities like Belmont, Brookline, Cambridge, Dover, Lexington, Needham, Newton, Wellesley, Weston Winchester, and others in Massachusetts.

Having an outside remote video monitoring system can save a commercial real estate property time, resources and money while providing accurate, timely responses. Secure your bottom line now. Call (866) 382-3873 or fill out this form to request a quote.

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