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.