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3 manned security myths debunked

Regardless of their size, sector or location, manned security is non-negotiable for many companies.

Their physical assets and premises are simply too important to entrust to any other form of protection - they need the peace of mind that only the presence of a trained onsite security professional can provide.

And yet many harmful myths and misconceptions persist surrounding the manned security industry, as well as the field of physical security in general. Lots of firms eschew security guards for the wrong reasons, and many are ill-educated on the high standards of skills and training espoused by industry bodies like the Security Industry Authority (SIA). Others are in the dark about the qualities they ought to look for in a contractor.

Here are three of the most prominent myths surrounding manned security today. Have you been taken in by any of them?

Physical security is good enough

One of the most harmful misconceptions about manned security is that it simply isn't necessary - firms believe that a combination of other physical security mechanisms, such as electronic locks and CCTV cameras, are sufficient to prevent break-ins and burglaries.

This, of course, isn't true. Resourceful criminals often find ways to bypass these systems and even if they're caught on camera, this only provides evidence for prosecution. In order to react to and eliminate criminal threats, firms need security guards - nothing else will do the same job.

It's also worth remembering that the presence of manned security can be good for morale, too - a workforce feels safer and better respected if the employer cares enough to hire dedicated security staff rather than rely on a few locks and bolts.

The security guard stereotypes are true

Few professions are as plagued with stereotypes as that of the security guard. The media is rife with inaccurate and disparaging depictions of manned security, when in actual fact, it's a job that requires a wide spectrum of manual, administrative and interpersonal skills.

Perhaps the most crucial thing to remember is that a decent security firm will supply personnel who match the client company's working culture and ethos. This extends from simple things like uniform through to training in first aid, emergency and evacuation control, and so on. A skilled security guard is someone who contributes to your team in countless ways, not just a person left to patrol the premises when nobody else is around.

All security firms are the same

A final myth surrounding manned security today is that most firms provide more or less the same level of service. This isn't always true, so it pays to do your research and find a partner that represents a good cultural fit and can furnish you with personnel who are the best in the business.

It's important to look at accreditation and training in this regard - has your potential supplier gone above and beyond the bare minimum requirements outlined by the NSA? Do they have a good reputation in the industry? And will they work out exactly what your company needs to protect its most important assets?


Posted by Andrew Miller


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