Private Investigation South Africa

Thanks to silver-screen antics and moves abound, there are an endless supply of myths about private investigators embedded into our culture. Fancy cars, law breaking, immediate arrests, computer hacking – we hate to break it to you, but that’s not how it works on the job.

We know that private investigators are usually hired when something is, for lack of a better term, wrong. But it’s important to have realistic expectations when you hire one. Yes, private investigators can help you in situations where there are no other solutions, but they simply aren’t magic workers, and they can’t break the law.

What Do Private Investigators Do?

Private Investigators work independently and in cooperation with law enforcement. They provide their services to clients who hire them. The majority of the work they do is similar to that of a Detective, often conducting investigations on missing people, doing background checks on people, and researching information on legal, financial, personal or criminal investigation.

Private Investigators are not legally authorized to perform acts that would otherwise be performed by a Police Officer (e.g. arresting people or conducting warranted searches), they may carry and use a firearm provided they have the necessary permits. They are, nevertheless, often required to present the results and findings of their investigations to their clients or in a court of law as testimony and evidence.

What Private Investigators Can and Cannot Do

  • Can Private Investigators Break The Law?

Answer: No. PI’s are regular people, with regular powers. They have expertise in gaining information, but certainly don’t have special powers that say they don’t have to abide by the law. Sure, private investigators can crack a case that a normal civilian can’t. But that doesn’t mean they have superhuman powers. In fact, they’re just ordinary people.

What makes private investigators different from your average person, however, are their experience, tools, and resources. Usually, this comes from years of working on the police force, military experience, training as an apprentice, or earning a state official private investigator license.

  • Can Private Investigators Hack into Computers or Phones?

Answer: No. While private investigators have the know-how to obtain public records for personal and corporate investigations, phones and computers are subject to the law – and to technical limitations.

When it comes to investigating phones, e-mail accounts, bank accounts, and social media profiles the only way to access them legally is with the owner’s express permission. Sometimes, this causes issues as people tend to think these are the only ways of getting the information they are looking for. For instance, what if a husband wants to see if his wife is cheating on him? Surely he can just check the phone records to see if she’s calling someone else.

Even snooping through your partner’s phone has its limitations. It might be legal in some circumstances, but it may not be admissible in court. If you want evidence of your partner’s affair, you’ll have to get undeniable proof without breaking the law.

  • Can Private Investigators Follow Someone for You?

Answer: Yes! Surveillance is often the best way to get the evidence you’re looking for without getting into legal difficulty. If you think your husband or wife is cheating on you, PI’s can’t exactly get the text message, but they can put surveillance on him or her and follow them to see if they are cheating.

How does surveillances work? Usually private investigators “sit on the house, to see who’s in the house, who’s going to the house, figure out who’s there, and follow the person from the house to a different location.”

But stake-outs only go so far. They can only be conducted on public property. If they get caught on private property, and someone asks them to leave, then they must leave. And if their target leaves? Mobile surveillance is where a PI follows a person.

Modern methods also make surveillance cheaper, and less about hanging around in cars than it used to be. Modern investigators can set up remote cameras, or even track vehicles using a national database.

  • Can Investigators Be Action Heroes? 

Answer: No. On-screen private investigators are heralded as heroes with flashy cars and fancy technology, who will do anything — even break the law — to solve the case. But while Hollywood puts a glossy shine on PI life, they also make solving a case seem lightning fast. It doesn’t work that way. Private investigators spend long hours on the job tracking persons of interest to crack the case.

Instead, for cases involving surveillance or deep research, expect at least a few days or more to have your answers from your private investigator.

  • Can Private Investigators Find Most Information Online?

Answer: Yes and No! It’s not as exciting as following a potential cheater through a city, but researching is a highly useful skill that private investigators have for all sorts of cases, from skip-tracing (where they will locate someone) to asset searches.

Because investigators have access to resources and databases that an average civilian doesn’t, not to mention the experience and know-how, they can often find out things that others can’t. Looking into the background of a potential nanny or child minder, finding adoption records, or locating an ex-spouse to serve them alimony papers can often all be accomplished without an investigator ever leaving their computer.

Mantis Security Private Investigations

Each situation requires a different scope of work; most investigation services are highly confidential and are dealt with as such. In addition to 30 years’ experience in the industry, Mantis has a highly experienced Risk Manager and a qualified investigator to facilitate all investigations. Mantis’s professional competencies enable us to offer an integrated investigation framework that our clients can feed into (inter alia) in legal, accounting, and human resource and information technology functions.

If you’ve spent hours searching for something and you keep hitting dead end after dead end, it may be time to employ a private investigator to look into the matter. Private investigators routinely use human intelligence, interviews, and even paper records to get things done.

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Source credit: https://www.trustify.info/blog/5-things-private-investigators-can-and-cant-do

 

 

 

Canine Specialists And Security Services South Africa

Unlike a security or guard dog, a protection trained dog is social and affectionate animal, but possesses a natural instinct to protect and defend his pack. The dog is trained to alert you to trouble and to deter suspicious and criminal activity through fierce barking. If a perpetrator does venture onto your property, fully trained protection dogs may disable the perpetrator, on their own or on command until law enforcement arrives. These are dogs that are specifically trained to handle situations such as break-ins and home / office / event invasions and they are effective at both deterring crime and capturing predators who may make their way onto your property. Ultimately, they can keep your family and property safe from harm while providing unconditional love and affection.

Benefits of Canine Protection Services Through Mantis Security

The use of highly trained Guard dogs (K9) – in combination with specially trained security officers which are dog handlers offers the following benefits:

  • Professionally trained dog serves as a deterrent
  • Study – 83% of burglars said they would be deterred from committing a crime if there was a dog on the premises
  • Protect and alert the Security Officer and respond to eminent threats
  • Detect threats far quicker than humans
  • Selfless protector
  • Effective weapon

What differentiates K9 over Security Officers on their own?

  • Smell
  • Dog’s primary sense
  • It is 40 times better than humans
  • Dogs have 300 million sensory receptors. Human’s have a meager 5 million in comparison.
  • Hearing
  • Dogs can hear 4 x times the distance of humans
  • Sight
  • Best at dawn and dusk
  • Better than humans
  • Dogs can see moving objects better than humans

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Contract Security – Contract Guarding Benefits

With home robberies on the rise, increasing by 69.8 percent in the past nine years according to the South African Police Service’s latest crime statistics (as excerpted from this News24.com article), residential security is a growing concern for most South Africans.

While body corporates (in cases of complexes and estates) do not need to be registered with the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA), it is legally obliged to ensure that its security provider or security guards are registered and PSIRA compliant.

Although complexes have traditionally been perceived as more secure, offering resident’s greater peace of mind – this is changing, and home robberies in complexes are increasing. Homeowners in complexes and estates are often complacent, relying on the trustees or estate directors, who are not necessarily experienced in this area, to take care of security. But be warned, if your trustees are employing and managing their own security guards, this could potentially be a recipe for disaster.

Benefits of Contract Security

  • Benefits of Contract Security: Ease of Administration of Security Program

Business owners, estate managers, body corporate and homeowners alike should stick to their core competency to maximize results.  Everyone should by now have realized the value of outsourcing – whether it’s bookkeeping, IT or building maintenance business owners of this generation understand the importance of focusing on their specialty and hiring other experts to support them. The management team of a professional security firm should make a business manager’s life easier by relieving them of the stress of managing their security department.

  • Benefits of Contract Security: Guard Staffing Flexibility

Contract security guard firms have a deeper bench of talent to draw from.  If your Security Guard is going to be out ill or taking leave, that firm has other officers that can be pulled in to provide coverage during the absence.  If your business has a special event requiring extra security coverage, your contract security firm can easily bring in additional guards to support you during this time.

  • Benefits of Contract Security: Impartiality of Security Officers

It is often suggested that contract guards can more effectively enforce regulations and procedures than an internal employee.  Guards employed by a different employer have less loyalty or feelings of influence by in-house employees.  Their job loyalty is to the guard services firm that can easily move them to another location as necessary.  This produces a more consistently impartial performance of duty.

  • Benefits of Contract Security: Expertise & Training of Guards

When contracting with a security firm, you are not only hiring a security guard, but the expertise of the management team.  These managers should be your consultants, assisting in developing, implementing and refining security policies and procedures regularly.  Their experience in working with clients across the community should provide them insights that can be brought to benefit in your organization as well.  Look for a management team that is active in the security industry and participates in continuing education on a regular basis.

Contract security firms are experienced in teaching Security Officers regularly.  They have established curriculum and materials that meet or exceed industry standards.  Professional trainers are able to modify their standard training programs to meet the specific needs of your organization.

  • Benefits of Contract Security: Cost of Security Program

Most experts agree that contract guard services are less expensive than a proprietary unit.  These cost savings occur in several areas.  Most security guards receive fewer fringe benefits than the in-house personnel of a company.  More importantly, specialized security firms are able to achieve efficiencies in management and operation of a guard force that most businesses cannot achieve.  Training cost and quality can be greatly improved by a firm that specializes in conducting security training on a regular basis for larger numbers of Officers.  Guard services firms have the resources to develop appropriate equipment and training materials more efficiently.

Why not get yourself a risk-free assessment for hiring Mantis’ trained, professional contract guards? Click here to get in touch today!

 

Source credit: https://bossecurity.com/2013/09/18/advantages-of-using-contract-vs-in-house-security-guards/

Security Companies South Africa – How is Mantis Security Ensuring your Safety?

Through Mantis’ threat mitigation and management plan, you can be assured that your security needs will not only be covered, but they will be assessed and forecast in order to not only prevent and deter crime, but be ahead of the curve in future risk mitigation.

An initial thorough risk analysis and a dynamic threat mitigation and management plan will ensure that all threats are timeously identified, suitably mitigated and/or professionally managed.

The multi-layered approach allows for the full integration of all individual security elements, ensuring the delay, timely detection and appropriate response to any security related threat. In addition, this approach affords the client the opportunity to make changes to individual layers without compromising the integrity of the overall security, thus minimizing the potential resource wastage associated with ‘pre-manufactured’ security solutions.

A multi-layered approach allows for protection of all Personnel, Assets and Information by integrating the other associated HSSEC components of:

  • Health and safety in terms of the OSHAS act and other relevant legislation
  • Medical incidents
  • Fire prevention and management
  • Contingency planning
  • Natural disasters
  • Terrorism and terrorist related activities
  • Specific action plans to address the threat analysis

Mantis Security – Intelligence in Security Showcases 4-Tier Approach to Full Spectrum Security

Intelligence
Collating own intelligence through regular patrols
Looking at trends in incidents to identify risks
Attending CPO Forum Meetings to gain first-hand feedback directly from the community
Attending Police Forum Meetings to be aware of new trends in all areas.

Outer Perimeter
This layer includes all physical barriers for the purpose of deterrence, detection and delay:
Checks carried out include: Perimeter fencing (single or multiple layers) | Penetration prevention (checking for “weak” spots | Control points (booms, gates, access control points, etc.) | Lighting | CCTV Cameras (monitored on-site or off-site) | Outer perimeter patrols ( armed, unarmed, with or without canine security services)

Inner Perimeter
This layer includes all measures for the purpose of detection and intervention.

Lighting

Beams | CCTV Cameras | ATV (All-Terrain-Vehicle) patrols, foot patrols, and or equestrian mounted patrols (all armed or unarmed). Foot patrols and equestrian patrols may also be carried out (with or without additional canine security) | Intruder alarm systems integrated with pepper gas.

High-Risk Areas
This layer includes all measures for the purpose of deterrence, detection and immediate intervention. | Static / stationary guards (armed or unarmed and with or without canine security) | Control points (boom gates, access control points, etc.) | Lighting | Armed response

 

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PSIRA Guard Grading – What Your Symbol Symbolises

The mandate of the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority – or PSIRA as we know it – is derived from the Private Security Industry Regulatory Act 56 of 2001. The primary objective of the Authority is to regulate the private security industry and to exercise effective control over the practice of the occupation of security service provider in the public and national interest and in the interest of the private security industry itself.

PSIRA Trained Security Officers – Mantis Security

One of the objects of the Authority is to promote high standards in the training of security service providers and prospective security service providers. Training service providers are required by law to be registered and accredited with PSIRA before services are offered.

Key functions of PSIRA regarding Training:

  • Determine minimum statutory training standards for the industry
  • Accreditation of training centres and instructors to present PSIRA statutory courses which includes Grades E-A, Assets in Transit, Reaction Services, Event Security, Dog Handlers
  • Evaluation and processing of course reports
  • Liaison with SAQA, QCTO and SASSETA in respect of the development of NQF qualifications and programs for all categories or classes of security service providers
  • Recognition of Prior Learning

PSIRA Guard Grading – How Does it Work?

The roles and responsibilities of guards differ and are dependent on the grade that the guard has obtained. The lowest grade for security officers in South Africa is grade D, with the highest being grade A.

PSIRA Grade D Security Guards

Grade D security officers’ main function is access control.

PSIRA Grade C Security Guards

A Grade C security officer’s main function is access control of a higher risk area and supervision of lower grade security officers.

PSIRA Grade B Security Guards

A Grade B security officers’ main function is access control in high-risk areas where documentation and basic computer skills might be required.

  • A site or shift commander.
  • Managing of lower grade security officers.
  • Possible inspector doing site visits.

PSIRA Grade A Security Guards

A Grade A security officers’ main function would normally be a site manager or commander.

  • Controlling and managing a number of functions.
  • Managing the security workforce
  • Conducting risk assessments and evaluations on site daily.
  • Basic investigative skills.
  • Problem solving.
  • Designing security solutions.

 

All of Mantis security’s armed and unarmed security officers are PSIRA accredited and compliant; for information, guidance or individual pricing, click here to get in touch with us today!

Information sourced from PSIRA.co.za

 

Benefits Of Real Time Video Monitoring

Video surveillance is a controversial topic, especially with the way privacy issues are looming over our heads. At the same time, the importance of surveillance in business cannot be understated in the current social climate as it’s fundamentally important to ensure the overall safety of your possessions and the individuals working for you. As a business, it is justifiable to worry about the physical health of your employees and your office property, especially if you have a small or medium-scale outfit.

CCTV monitoring is one of the most common forms of surveillance available today. There are more than 25 million operational CCTV cameras globally, and experts believe that around 67% of the burglaries taking place in businesses could be avoided by installing real-time security measures such as CCTV monitoring.

Real Time Video Monitoring – What is It?

Remote, real-time video monitoring is just one way to protect your construction site, business, home or industrial property from vandals, vagrants, and suspicious activity. This proactive solution can deter criminal activity before it happens. Trained operators watch your commercial property in real-time and can alert local authorities, or dispatch response guards from their own control room.

Video evidence verifies there is a crime in progress, which can lead to a faster response time from police. This is only one of the many benefits of remote video monitoring.

Advantages of Video Monitoring

  • Improve Employee Productivity

It’s a simple fact that when workers know the boss is watching, they’re more than likely to work harder, but that’s not the only reason video surveillance can provide a boost to productivity. With video systems in place, different departments will be able to communicate with each other more effectively. With this greater degree of collaboration and cooperation, business productivity can only increase.

  • Resolve Conflicts

Conflicts can pop up in any number of cases. Sometimes it might be a dispute between an employee and a customer, or it could be between two employees. In instances like these, it’s helpful for the business to look at what happened and come to a decision on how best to proceed. This is possible when the company has a security camera system installed, giving proof of what happened.

  • Theft Reduction

Surveillance cameras are an excellent way to both prevent and reduce theft. The mere presence of a security camera is sometimes enough for a prospective thief to rethink their plan of action. With a surveillance system in place, incidents of theft can be reduced dramatically, saving your business money and keeping your store and offices secure.

  • Real Time Monitoring

One benefit of surveillance cameras is they provide you with real time monitoring of your place of business. You would no longer need to look through archival footage to find what you need; instead you watch things in the moment they happen. Best of all, with a remote video monitoring service, you can view it all from the convenience of your mobile device no matter where you are. This allows you to keep an eye on your property should you suddenly get worried about what is happening while you are away.

  • Improved Safety

When it comes to lone worker safety, few systems lead to a safer environment than a video surveillance system. Security cameras can monitor employees while they’re working alone on the factory floor, for example. Should an accident or other dangerous incident occur, the surveillance system can provide an immediate alert to help that employee out? In some industries, surveillance systems are needed to comply with federal and state safety regulations in the first place.

  • Digital Storage

As helpful as recording events in real time is, surveillance systems can also act as digital storage systems. All that footage can be stored digitally, giving you a large store of information which you can study and analyse for future use. With today’s security systems, finding the video footage you want has also become easier.

  • Helpful Evidence

Criminal activity can’t be avoided 100% of the time. That’s why it’s so useful that a video surveillance system is able to provide investigators with valuable evidence in criminal cases. Gone are the days of grainy footage now that most security cameras have high resolutions that can pick out the tiniest details, all to aid investigations and catch the people responsible.

 

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Source credit: https://pro-vigil.com/2017/01/26/10-reasons-business-needs-video-surveillance-system/

 

Armed vs Unarmed Security – How to Choose your level of Security

Upon first consideration, it may seem obvious that armed guards would provide more security than unarmed ones. Dig a little deeper, however, and you will see that the decision between armed vs unarmed security guards is not so clear-cut.

How can you choose the best type of guard for your setting? In deciding to provide security for your business, one of the decisions you’ll have to make is whether or not to use an armed guard rather than an unarmed one. There are some advantages and disadvantages to each, and here are a few things you should consider in order to make the right decision.

Threat Level: If the possibility of your employees or customers becoming a victim of crime is relatively low, hiring an armed guard may not be necessary. On the other hand, if there’s a medium to high risk, hiring an armed guard might be best if you are to deter would-be criminals. The presence of an armed guard is normally enough to prevent most people from committing theft, vandalism or even acts of violence, and can go a long way toward ensuring everyone on your premises is safe.

Type of Business or Activity: The type of business or activity you operate can also play a part, as the presence of an armed guard can be alarming in certain circumstances. For example, if your establishment primarily provides entertainment, having an armed guard present can put a damper on your patron’s moods, and make them less likely to enjoy themselves. On the other hand, an armed guard could make people feel more secure at an apartment complex or hotel, which in turn would make your property more desirable than others.

Cost and Training: As a rule, armed guards tend to undergo a more rigorous training program than unarmed guards do. They are also more likely to have a background in the military or law enforcement. They will also cost more due to the added training requirements, and may come with an additional insurance liability as well.

Consider Armed Guards in the Following Circumstances

In some settings, armed guards are the best fit for the security needs of the facility or event. The decision to use armed personnel should be made with careful consideration and a high regard for safety and security.

  • Use Armed Guards When Priceless Valuables Are Involved

There are some treasures that require the highest level of safekeeping. If your goal in hiring security guards is to protect valuables of great worth, such as priceless jewels or art, you may want to consider armed guards.

The presence of security guards who carry lethal weapons may discourage attempts at theft or other crimes. If someone does attempt to vandalize or steal the valuables, an armed guard can match the weapons of the criminals, who may well be armed themselves.

  • Use Armed Guards When Violent Situations Often Occur or Are Likely to Occur

Some settings are more prone to violent outbreaks than others.

One example is establishments in high-crime areas, particularly ones that operate during late-night hours, such as bars and nightclubs. Another example is hospital emergency rooms, especially those that frequently treat those involved in gang fights or other criminal activities.

When determining whether to put armed guards in your violence-prone location, consider whether the presence of armed guards will serve to diffuse tension and safeguard against violence or whether the sight of a gun may provoke further escalation.

There is no hard-and-fast rule for this; you must evaluate the specifics of your situation to determine what is best.

  • Use Armed Guards When the Guards Will Be Behind the Scenes

Although armed security guards may put business owners at ease, knowing that their goods and property are securely protected, they can also set clients and customers on edge.

Seeing an armed guard may introduce the thought that the business is not a safe place to be, so the security team must carry guns in order to protect it.

Therefore, armed guards are often best used in behind-the-scenes roles, rather than directly in the public’s eye. They can quickly appear on the scene when needed, but until then, they are able to remain out of sight of the general public.

Consider Unarmed Guards in the Following Circumstances

Although some situations warrant the use of armed security personnel, many settings can be kept secure without the use of lethal force. Business owners and event organizers can rest assured that unarmed guards provide sufficient security in most scenarios.

  • Use Unarmed Guards When You Want to Save Money

As a general rule, armed guards cost more than unarmed ones. For those on a limited budget, this may automatically make unarmed guards the most logical choice.

Beyond the increased hourly fee for armed guards, there may also be other costs that come with hiring armed security. For example, if you keep an armed detail on your premises, your insurance costs may go up.

  • Use Unarmed Guards When You Want to Avoid Liability

Property owners may be held liable for the actions of the security guards on their grounds. If an armed guard shoots someone and causes injury or death, you could be held responsible.

If you are not comfortable with this level of liability, consider hiring unarmed security, which can use non-lethal weapons to deter crime and violence. These may include tasers, batons and sprays: effective without being deadly.

If you do choose to accept the responsibility that comes with hiring armed guards, ensure they are licensed and have met at least the minimum requirements for armed security in your state.

  • Use Unarmed Guards if Access to Law Enforcement Is Quick

If police officers can be quickly deployed to your site, you may not need armed guards. Instead, set your unarmed security team up with communications tools with which they can get in touch with police.

For settings in which multiple unarmed security guards are on site, they should also have an easy way to communicate with one another, such as two-way radios.

This allows the guards to call for on-site backup in emergency situations. With backup, guards may be able to diffuse the tension on their own or maintain the situation until police arrive.

How to Make the Final Decision – Armed vs Unarmed Security

So how can you decide which type of security guards are best for your situation? There are circumstances that will be best served by armed guards, while in other settings unarmed guards are best. You will have to weigh the various factors for your particular situation when making a decision.

You don’t have to make this decision alone, however. The security company you hire can be a valuable source of information. Ask their experts for advice on whether armed or unarmed guards are best for your setting.

By evaluating the specific factors at play at your event or facility and considering the expert input of a security firm, you can make an informed, reliable decision about the best approach for your needs.

 

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Source credits: https://apbguards.com/armed-vs-unarmed-security-guards/

Unarmed vs. Armed Guard: How to Choose

Counter Terrorism South Africa – A Surety You Didn’t Know Was Vital

“At least 50 South Africans killed or injured by terrorists since 2010”; an article published in The Citizen outlines some sobering statistics.

“South African citizens are in the top 10 for nationalities targeted by terrorists. South African citizens ranked among the top 10 nationalities in the world targeted by major terrorist groups, such as Islamic State (IS) of Iraq and Syria, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab and pirates, according to the Institute for Security Studies (ISS).

Responding to The Citizen’s enquiry, ISS senior researcher specialising in counter-terrorism Martin Ewi said South Africans were increasingly targeted by terrorist organisations in Mali, Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria, Syria and Iraq. According to the ISS, the risk of kidnapping for South African citizens is particularly high in Somalia by pirates and al-Shabaab.

Ewi added that al-Qaeda and a new umbrella group called Group for Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM) in the Islamic Maghreb in Mali, the Niger Delta Avengers and Boko Haram in Nigeria and Cameroon, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Yemen as well as IS in Syria and Iraq were a serious danger to South Africans. At least 50 South Africans have been killed, kidnapped or injured by terrorist groups operating in these countries (Mali, Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria, Syria and Iraq) since 2010. South Africa is now believed to rank among the top 10 countries most attractive to terrorist or violent extremist groups in the world,” said Ewi.”

How Does Mantis Security Implement Counter Terrorism?

Mantis Security can provide protective and counter-terrorism security advice to support businesses in order to reduce vulnerability to terrorist threats. We draw on a wide range of expertise including; skilled detectives, financial investigators, intelligence analysts. We also work closely with police forces throughout the country, government departments and other agencies.

While the threat of terrorism is a rarely discussed topic, it is a very real threat.

 

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Security Consulting Services South Africa

Think you don’t need a security consultant? Think again.

In the 21st century, most businesses have really wrapped their minds around the benefits of using an outsourced consultant in key areas of their business. Curiously, one area many have been slower to adopt the use of independent consultants help in is security. Perhaps security directors and managers are reluctant because they believe security consultancies offer nothing they don’t already know. Perhaps they are fearful that they will seem like they can’t handle the job they were hired to do to executive teams, or perhaps they simply think they will be too expensive to fit within their budget.

While such concerns seem valid, other specialized industries have incorporated the use of independent consultants with vastly different results than these fears might suggest.

Outsourced Security Consultants Fill Two Key Roles for Internal Security Teams

There are two general ways that businesses have successfully used security consultant services. Either clients hire consultants on a per-project, temporary basis, or the consulting continues on an indefinite basis as a cost-saving measure to supplement their security team with particular specializations when needed.

Project Based: This, ‘classic’ independent contractor relationship allows for the provision of specialized oversight, direction, advice, or assistance on specific projects that are either directly related to security or that have a unique security need.

As Needed/Outsourcing: For smaller firms that have smaller or no internal security forces, security consultants can recommend and direct specialized security solutions as needed. This is a cost-efficient model for businesses that don’t have the need or budget for a full time security director.

Benefits of Using an Outside Consultancy You May Not Yet Have Realized

Whether you hire a security on an as-needed basis or for a specific project, the bottom line is that their job is to help you lower your risk by accurately analysing your needs. As forward-thinking security directors already understand, you cannot be an expert in everything. Thus, bringing in an outside security consultant does not make them weak or inefficient. Rather, it makes them stronger and better able to protect their business from risks.

The specific benefits of using an outside security consultant are fairly numerous. However, here are a few highlights to help those of you out there reading this that are security directors or on the executive team responsible for making your company’s security decisions get your mind thinking in the right direction:

One of the greatest benefits of using an outside consultant is that they can provide you with a fresh, unbiased perspective on security issues with your business. It’s very easy to get too close to issues and be unable to see things someone not directly involved with your businesses day to day can notice upfront.

Security consultants receive regular training throughout the year to stay up-to-date with the latest technology, trends, and best-practices in the security industry to provide the best advice and risk-mitigation strategies.

One thing many clients appreciate is the ‘neutrality’ outside security consultants can offer. This allows for real, raw and truthful reporting without fear of the retribution that may prevent internal whistle-blowers from feeling like they can come forward about existing security issues.

An independent consultant can focus solely on the security concern you need, freeing your internal security lead to be able to oversee daily activities to maintain security standards.

Experienced security consultants have so much experience implementing security measures, they are more efficient than if left to internal teams implementing such measures for the first time.

There are all kinds of specializations within modern business security and it’s unrealistic to expect a single director to acquire them all. Employing an expert in all kinds of security issues like video surveillance, workplace violence programs, creating security plans for expansions and new facilities, etc. helps by placing a an experienced, trained professional in the position to bring his particular skillset to the forefront, without diluting the workload in order to “simply get by”.

When your security director may not have the ability to sway the executive team’s opinion on an important security manner, bringing in an objective voice from an independent consultant can validate such security concerns and help secure executive support.

All of these benefits revolve around specialization and efficiency strengths that ultimately lower risk and save money.

 

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Source credits: http://enigmaeurope.com/benefits-hiring-security-consultant/

Dog Handler Grading South Africa – Mantis Canine Services

“Any Security Service Provider or Organisation wanting to provide or use dogs and/or trained handlers must comply with the minimum standards in terms of the Government Gazette No. 19067 Board Notice 120, and Government Gazette 19740 Board Notice 15.

The minimum standards determine that:

  • A security officer working with a dog must have been trained at an accredited dog training and supplier centre.
  • A Security Service Provider who provides dogs and trained handlers must be accredited as a Security Dog Supplier.
  • Clients who make use of dogs and/or handlers must ensure that their Security Service Providers comply with the relevant legislation.
  • All dogs used must have the necessary identification, and must have been trained at an accredited dog training centre.

What Grades of Dog Handler Security Guards Are Available?

  1. DH1 – Basic obedience and aggression on leash. Classification and use of dog breeds. Care and utilization of dog breeds.
  2. DH2 – Advanced obedience and aggression on leash. Working with your dog in an environment where people are present.
  3. DH3 – Advanced obedience and aggression + remote control. 5 – 10 metre distance control with your dog.
  4. DH4 – Highest level of obedience, independent work on and off leash including Attack off leash.
  5. DH5 – Substance detection (narcotics, explosives etc.) Full control of your dog while working off leash.

What Are The Benefits of a Canine-Assisted Security Guard?

Guard Dog’s Quicker Response from Faster Reflexes

“Typically trained guard dogs have faster reflexes and should respond quicker when you ask them to do something, ideally on your first command” A dog having only basic obedience training will probably need several commands before he actually completes an action.”

Guard Dog Loyalty

A dog that is trained as a watch dog is taught not to listen to other people’s commands. The dog will only listen to his owner and will not accept treats from others, so the dog cannot be bribed. This makes it difficult for an intruder to enter the house.

Professionally Trained Dog Serves As A Deterrent

A dog that appears alert, ready to react and is on a leash alongside an official-looking guard is surely one of the biggest deterrents to crime. 83% of burglars said they would be deterred from committing a crime if there was a dog on the premises.

Protect and alert the Security Officer and respond to eminent threats

A dog’s hearing and smell capabilities are light-years ahead of us humans. A dog’s primary sense is its smell; it is 40 times better than humans and dogs have 300 million sensory receptors, vs a meagre 5 million in humans.

Detect threats much quicker than humans

Reaction time from trained dogs is drastically shorter than that of an obedience-trained dog. Their faster reflexes should ensure they respond quicker when you ask them to do something, ideally on your first command.

Selfless protector and Effective weapon

A trained guard dog will attack anyone who his trainer commands him to. A well trained guard dog will also not release grip on a perpetrator until he is commanded to do so. This shows the incredible loyalty the canine offers us as humans, as well as how effective they are as non-lethal weapons. If the suspect or perpetrator is armed, the security officer in command of the dog will have sufficient chance to arm himself and react accordingly, in order to protect the life and well-being of those they are guarding, as well as the officer and the dog.

 

Unlike obedience training, security dog training may be performed at any age. A dog may acquire the necessary skills to protect your home even after he matures. However, it is important that he gets guard dog training as soon, and as early as possible, so that he won’t learn other skills that may interfere with the attack dog skills.

For instance, if a dog is trained not to jump on things, he will hesitate when being asked to jump during the guard training sessions. You can also request security services together with a trained security guard dog as security package.

 

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