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From retail shops to corporate skyscrapers, commerce needs to be secured. Each business needs to take a tailored approach to its security needs, but not every company knows the full extent of security services that are available. A 24-hour diner may only need a security officer present on Friday and Saturday nights to handle rowdy teenagers after the mall closes or intoxicated club patrons that show up for a bite to eat after last call. A tech company may still need uniformed security officers at the main entrance and to patrol the grounds, but they also may need corporate espionage experts as well as 24 hour surveillance IP hosted cameras to monitor and track all employee and visitor activity to protect trade secrets.

Uniformed Vs Plain-Clothes Security Officers

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The most visible part of business security are its uniformed officers. Most security guards wear uniforms with a badge, similar in appearance to what sworn law enforcement officers wear. Some corporate and hospital environments opt for security officers to wear dress trousers, dress shirts, and ties and blazers with patches identifying them as security. They may higher safety consultants to work alongside these officers to ensure everything is done correctly. Retail environments often have uniformed officers, but they also employ plain-clothes officers trained in identifying, preventing and responding to retail theft. They are formally known as loss prevention officers and are employed to reduce shrinkage from both public and employee retail theft.

Armed Vs Unarmed Security

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Security officers are almost always the first responders to any urgent or emergency situation. The most probable situation for businesses that contract security services is a medical emergency. Special situations may require security officers trained in first aid. However, the other side of security is protection of staff, clients and the general public against any and all acts of violence. The mere presence of uniformed security officers, whether armed or not, is a deterrent to many crimes including theft, muggings, and minor altercations that may lead to assault. However, there are some situations where highly trained armed security officers are a necessity. Properties, buildings and environments that are at higher risk for more serious crimes, or places where serious crimes have already occurred, are examples of where armed security may be a better option. The fact remains that security can respond in seconds where it may take sworn law enforcement several minutes.

Specially Trained Security Details

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Today’s professional security needs have come a long way from the mall guard stereotype. Casinos, banks, multinational corporations and other business entities often have the need for elite security personnel that have training that exceeds that of many sworn law enforcement officers and even military personnel. Though most situations do not require security personnel with this advanced level of training, they are available to fill ever expanding needs. Specialty security units may have paramedic and SWAT training as well as training to protect against computer hackers and corporate espionage. Some teams have expertise and experience in moving valuables and VIPs through high risk areas and are trained in weapons and urban combat, tactical driving, civilian protection and even high risk entry to facilitate protection, recovery or extraction of key personnel, equipment, data or corporate secrets. They equal or exceed the training of elite law enforcement members, but instead of being sworn to provide services to the general public, they are under contract to a corporate employer.

The security needs in the realm of business varies greatly. Many places still need just a night watchman to keep an eye on things after hours. At the other end of the spectrum are businesses that may need highly trained private security officers to protect human assets, move millions of dollars in cash safely to the bank, or counter hackers and corporate spies. Then, there are all of the areas in between. The important takeaway is that there are private security agencies and personnel that can fill any business security need. These needs are so great that even the federal government has turned to private security contractors to conduct security operations to protect civilian contractors working in foreign countries. As hostilities, spying, hacking and theft against businesses continues both domestically and abroad, the need for better private security options for businesses will continue to evolve.

About the Author:

Lee Ying has over 10 years experience in the tech and security industry. He currently writes for various websites, if you would like to contact him you can find him on LinkedIn: Follow me on Twitter @LeeYing101