By: Joel Logan, COO at Reliance Security
When examining your organization’s security detail, it shouldn’t be looked at as an end point, but rather a goal that can be achieved through ongoing review. This is why it is crucial for businesses to conduct bi-annual assessments with their security providers to ensure they are properly protected.
Crime statistics are continuously changing and organizations that regularly monitor their surroundings, and are familiar with local data, are less likely to be caught off guard if or when an event does occur. For instance, spikes in crime typically occur in the summer when children are out of school and during the holidays when individuals are desperate for money.
Security assessments will reveal if the level and scope of services under contract are adequate given the current climate. Perhaps your organization should move from a courtesy patrol to an armed or unarmed protection plan. Consider the cost/benefit ratio. For instance, if you manage a residential property, you will likely want your residents to feel safe. Any graffiti or police activity could negatively impact your reputation and prevent residents from moving-in or renewing a lease. If providing residents with a safe community is a top priority, be proactive before residents perceive a reason to move.
A successful relationship with a security provider is based on trust, communication and alignment of goals. It is important you meet with your security provider at set intervals or when adverse situations arise to review your contract, plans, objectives and processes.