We Love Our Clients, so We Hire the Best!

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Weinstein Security is growing. For the right people, we have phenomenal Sonoma and Napa County job opportunities in the security industry – both full- and part-time.

With the largest security guard fleet in the area, it would be easy to sit back and take it easy, but we still have room to grow. We credit our current level of success to our commitment to building strong, long-term relationships with our clients, and to providing great-paying security jobs for our people – and we need more of those amazing people!

Our Commitment To Our Clients

We know that they are critical to our success, so we provide a level of service that goes beyond what most would expect.

As an example, we make ourselves available to them any time, day or night. That doesn’t mean we have an answering service outside of business hours. This is a family-owned business, and the owners Dan P. and Maureen Weinstein answer the phone personally after hours.

If you are the type of person who understands and appreciates our level of commitment to our clients, we have security jobs available, and you just might be a great fit.

Our Commitment To Our Team

We believe we are the best private security company around, and we didn’t get here on our own. We did it by surrounding ourselves with the best people. We appreciate our employees more than words can express, but we try our best to show it.

Here are a few of the ways we let our team know that we care:

  • Medical benefits for full-time employees
  • Matching IRA for full-time employees
  • Vacation pay for all employees
  • Overtime pay for holidays worked

As a family-owned company, our people are not just cogs in a large corporate machine. They are a part of the Weinstein Security family. We believe that this is the reason we still have people working with us who’ve been here from the start, back in 2002.

All Positions Available

We have both full- and part-time positions available, and we’re looking for security officers and security route drivers. If you act quickly, we’re offering a hiring bonus for route drivers, but it won’t be available forever. So if you’re over 18 with a current California Guard Card license and California driver’s license, like working outdoors, and are customer-focused, you just might be the right person for our team.

Be sure to check out our employment page for more information and to complete an application – we just might be welcoming you to the family soon!

6 Tips to Get the Most Benefit From Your Security Company

Security Guard JobYou’ve hired a great security company for your business. So there’s nothing more you need to do, right?

Not so fast… If you want your security service to provide the most benefit to your business, whether it’s Weinstein Security or a company local to you, there are a few tips you should follow to ensure that they are able to give you the best results possible in keeping your business, yourself, and your employees safe.

So, here are six easy-to-follow tips to set yourself and your contracted security guard company up for success.

  1. Give them a map of your building – It’s important for your security guards to know the layout of the building. They need to know where all the exits are and which parts of the building may be most vulnerable. A security guard’s eyes can’t be everywhere at once, so knowing where they should direct the most attention will make them much more efficient at their jobs.
  2. Maintain your outdoor lights – Thieves and other potential intruders don’t like light. They want to stay where they are least likely to be seen. Making sure your lighting is always working makes breaking in less appealing if they can’t easily hide from your security team.
  3. Check your cellular reception – This is particularly important when you’re looking for a new location. You don’t want your guards or your employees to be without service in an emergency, so verify that you can get a good connection all around the building. If you can, test with a few different providers as well.
  4. Don’t create obstacles – You will want to ensure that security cars can move freely and safely around the property being guarded.
  5. Communicate – Let the security guards know if you have particular areas that you’re especially concerned about protecting. More importantly, let them know about anything suspicious you may have seen that they should be on the alert for.
  6. Stay in touch – As well as communicating with the security guards, you should also meet with your security company on occasion. This doesn’t need to be in person; a phone call works just as well. The key is to give feedback, whether positive or negative. If you have small concerns, let them know before they become large ones. Weinstein Security, and any good security company, will want to correct those problems and will be glad you let them know early.

Hiring a security service is a great start to keeping your business safe. Once that’s done, following these 6 suggestions will give you the confidence that your security team can do the best job possible.

Sonoma County Security Service Celebrates 16 Years!

Unintended alliteration aside, Weinstein Security has reason to live it up a little this month – May 29 marks our 16th anniversary and we have our awesome team and wonderful clients to thank. It’s because of you that we’ve become the biggest privately-owned security company in Sonoma County.

Secrets of Success

The security service business is a competitive one. With a combined 35 years of experience in the security industry when they started, Dan P. and Maureen Weinstein were well aware of this fact. To stand out, they focused largely on two things: creating well-paying security jobs with great benefits for their employees – some of whom have been with the company since the beginning – and building long-term relationships with their clients.

This strategy has paid off well. Maureen points out that, “As a locally owned security company, we have the largest patrol fleet in our area.” This has led to gaining some “larger government and private contracts over the years,” despite competition from some very large security firms. “One of our biggest accomplishments was to be selected by Equity Office Properties as the sole provider of security services in the Sonoma County area when we were still a fairly small company,” she mentions.

Summing up the company’s success, Maureen says, “We have worked for all of it. We had a handful of amazing people that were there for us at the beginning and we had a dynamic duo of an Operations Manager and Assistant for over 5 years that just made everything work and grow for quite some time.”

We Love Our Security Guards

When the Weinsteins started the company back in ’02, they didn’t know about the economic rollercoaster ride the country would experience in the coming years; when it got tough, though, they showed their commitment to the team. At a time when many companies were cutting employee benefits, they made sure that their full-time employees kept theirs. They kept them working, too – those full-timers were working at least 32 hours per week despite difficult economic times.

Maureen recounts a time she was thanked by the wife of an employee “for having medical insurance that saved his life.” And in addition to crucial medical benefits, Weinstein Security understands that a complete benefits package should include vacation time and retirement benefits; these benefits were also maintained during the recession.

According to payscale.com, “a majority [of security guard jobs] lack any form of coverage.” The Weinsteins’ appreciation of the value of great employees is a large part of what makes us stand out from the pack.

To the Future

Weinstein Security is proud of our accomplishments over the past 16 years and we’re excited for what the future brings. We’re confident that our commitment to providing the best security guard jobs in the area, and to building long-term client relationships through excellent customer service, will continue to drive our success for the next 16 years and beyond.

Calling all high-school grads! Need a job?


Congratulations, you’re almost finished with high school. The big question is, what’s next? There are many options once you graduate. Maybe you’re moving to college. Or, you picked a college near home to save money. You could be going for the gap-year plan and are about to embark on an exciting journey around the world. Or, you’re going to start working right out of school. The good news is you have options. Not just big options like college, travel, or work, but options to help you get where you want to go. Basically, how you’ll make it all happen.

At this point in your life, autonomy is upon you. You finally get to make your own decisions and determine where life will take you. If we can make just one assumption, it’s that you’ll need some money, either money for fun or money that will support you. That’s where we can help. We have a pretty sweet opportunity for high school grads. Interested?

You can join our team as a professional security officer. It might not sound like a glamorous job, and we’ll be honest, it’s not. It’s better. A security guard position is actually pretty easy. Our security officers OBSERVE AND REPORT only. You never have to worry about dealing with anything stressful. You won’t be chasing anyone or getting involved in any physical altercations. Best of all, you’re on your own. If you’re tired of always having someone breathing down your neck, this is the job for you. We give you responsibility and trust you with it.

If you think you’re stuck making minimum wage right out of high school, think again. We pay higher than minimum wage, which means more money in your pockets. We know that living in California isn’t cheap. We want you to feel comfortable in affording your life after high school. It’s a great way to make some money while you’re in college or each summer between semesters. Summers are always our busiest time so we can give you as much or as little hours that fit into your lifestyle. We also work around college schedules all the time and would be happy to accommodate yours too.

We have a bunch of experience training people entirely new to the field. You don’t need any experience to get started. A friendly and courteous demeanor is all you need. You will learn valuable skills to take into your next job or career. Or who knows, maybe you’ll discover that a career in security or law enforcement is right for you.

Ready to apply? You can submit an online application here. Need a little more information first? You can check out our employee benefits page here or give us a call at 707.836.1022. We’ll happily answer any questions you have. If you know anyone else that might be interested, please share this article. Share on Facebook

Why Weinstein Security Could be Your Dream Job

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How could a job working in security be my dream job you ask? Well, it depends on what your priorities are. A security position has its perks but working for Weinstein Security makes all the difference.

This could be your dream job if job enjoyment is important to you. We strive to create a work environment that our employees love. You’re number one in your life, and we support that. You’re not expected to be a slave to the job. We work around your schedule, whether that’s school, family, or a second job. We also place you on jobs close to your home so you don’t spend your days or nights commuting. When you’re on the job, we do our best to kick the mundane. We have a variety of job sites to keep you interested.

We also vet all new clients to ensure job sites are safe. You’re important to us and we’ll never send you anywhere we haven’t investigated. We equip you with a Maglight flashlight and a comfortable, easy to clean uniform. No dry cleaning required!

You’re probably wondering about the benefits. We don’t blame you. You work hard and deserve to be rewarded. Our pay rates are all above minimum wage – you can explore those on our website here. Promotions and raises are based on job performance, not time with the company, so they can happen at any time. We love rewarding our employees so we do it often! Beyond that, we offer health insurance, paid vacation, a retirement savings plan, life insurance, and holiday overtime.

Sounding pretty good? We’re not even done yet. You get serious bragging rights with this company. After training, that we provide, you’ll be a licensed security officer in the state of California. The Weinstein’s have been in the security business for over 40 years and know the industry well. The company is highly regarded making it an excellent resume addition. It feels good to work for a secure, successful company with a fantastic reputation. Best of all, it’s a supportive, family-oriented workspace. You are a name, not a number.  The managers and owners will all know you by name and treat you as an individual.

If you’re ready to take the next step in your career and begin a job you can be proud of, Apply Now.

9 Ways to Know a Security Guard Job is Right For You

Security Guard JobHave you thought about becoming a security guard, but still aren’t sure? Here are 9 signs that a career in security is the right fit for you.

  1. You like to stay up late. This is a great way for night owls to make money. If you’re not thrilled by working the 9-5 grind and prefer to sleep in. A job in security might be a good fit for you. Shifts are often at night.
  2. You need a job now. Getting started in the security industry is easier than you might think. After a full day of training, you’ll be a certified security professional. You can start working in the field immediately upon the state issuing you the license.
  3. You’re interested in law enforcement. Many law enforcement officials get their start through entry-level security jobs. A guard position is a valuable stepping-stone to a future law enforcement career. Or, if you’re curious if law enforcement is a good field for you, this is a great way to find out.
  4. You want a flexible job that fits around your other responsibilities. Guard work fits well with your lifestyle. It’s a great second job and accommodates school schedules. It’s also ideal for retirees to make extra money and enjoy a rewarding job later in life.
  5. You like to move around and enjoy the outdoors. A guard position allows you to walk and stand during the shift, oftentimes outdoors. This is a great position if you’d rather not be stuck in an office building or sitting for long periods of time.
  6. You like responsibility with low supervision. Security guards are often patrolling serviced areas or on-site at businesses and events. You’ll be on your own and entrusted with the task of safeguarding people.
  7. You like working in a quiet environment with few people around. If a customer service job or employment in a busy office isn’t for you, a more peaceful job as a guard might be. There is some interaction with groups of people on occasion. But most often, you’re working solo.
  8. You want your friends and family to feel safe around you. A job in security often brings admirable skills and traits into your personal life. We find that friends and family members of our guards feel a greater sense of security. It’s one of the most rewarding aspects of a security guard occupation.
  9. You want great work benefits. We don’t blame you! Weinstein Security offers health insurance, vacation pay, overtime on holidays, life insurance, a retirement plan, and competitive rates.

We’re hiring! Want to learn more about getting started? Apply Now.

The Ultimate Guide to Securing Your Business Building

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Security is something that all business owners need to think about whether you run an office, small store, or shop. But there’s no need to let it daunt you. Or worse, put it off until something goes wrong. Let us help you determine the best security measures for your business.

The two most common and effective ways to secure your building are technology and personnel. Technology includes alarm systems along with interior and exterior cameras. A security official either remains on-site or stops by throughout the day and/or night to watch your property. You should consider one of these strategies or a combination of both. Here are a few questions to help you plan a safer space for your business and employees.

Assess your security situation and needs:

  1. Do you have any employees leaving work after dark?
  2. Is the parking lot a long walk from the building or in a poorly lit area?
  3. Do you hold cash on premise?
  4. Are there multiple points of entry to your shop?
  5. Is it important to see a video of your office interior and exterior in real time on your computer or mobile phone?
  6. Is your business ever closed without employees on site for long periods of time? Weekends, holidays, etc.?
  7. Have you had security issues in the past?

Determine what security resources you need:

If you answered yes to questions 1-3 then a security guard is a good choice for your business. If you answered yes to questions 4 and 5 then technology should be a part of your plan. If you answered yes to a combination of these questions then your best bet is to establish both methods in a complimentary way.

  • Personnel Benefits: A security guard is the best crime deterrent. You receive direct on-site customer service. A guard gives your employees a sense of security. Trained guards handle on-site crime quickly and can respond to security system alarms. They are familiar with your property layout and better understand how to approach the situation.
  • Technology Benefits: Video keeps a visual record of the intruder or issue. An alarm could scare off an intruder and will alert authorities. Footage can be monitored from home. Some systems include fire and carbon monoxide detectors. The presence of a security system could deter intruders from attempting to break-in.

Still not sure the best security set up for your business? Here’s who can help:

  • Security Guard Company – We’re here to help! We’ll fully assess your office’s needs and give you an estimate. Email us at info@weinsteinsecurity.com
  • Alarm security company – A representative can help you understand your building’s most venerable spots.
  • Insurance company – Your insurance company will help you understand your liability, deductibles, and coverage if a break-in happens. Prevention is often cheaper than dealing with a security breach.

Quick Guide: Throw a safe holiday party your staff will love

Quick Guide: Throw a safe holiday party your staff will love

Quick Guide: Throw a safe holiday party your staff will love

The holiday season is buzzing with excitement and company parties are always a highlight. Use this guide to plan a bash that your employees will love while maintaining an element of safety.

 

  1. Pick an offsite venue. The night will feel like a special occasion by being outside the typical workplace. This also reduces your total liability if something out of your control does happen.
  2. Choose a host. Ask someone that your staff is familiar with to host or even MC the event. A designated host can keep everyone engaged and having fun. They’ll make introductions, call attention for toasts, and diffuse any arguments that might arise.
  3. Remind employees that company policies (harassment and inappropriate conduct policies) are still in effect. Send a simple email a few days before the party reminding staff not to do anything they’ll regret the next day.
  4. Secure the venue. Hire a security guard to deter party crashers and monitor behavior. Unwanted guests can create friction with invited attendees. Weinstein Security’s trained security guards prevent these encounters and know what to do if anything goes awry.
  5. Offer plenty of non-alcoholic drinks and lots of water. Tasty mocktails keep alcohol free guests feeling taken care of. They are also a great alternative to guests pacing their alcohol consumption. Go one step further by making hydration convenient. Place water stations in many areas around the party. Guests can grab a sip between cocktails.
  6. Serve substantial food as guests arrive. A delicious menu is often how guests gauge a good party. Fortunately, full bellies also slow the absorption of alcohol into bloodstreams. Keeping your guests from feeling the effects too fast.
  7. Hire bartenders to monitor consumption. Hiring help during holiday parties is always a smart call. Especially when it comes to alcohol. Bartenders can observe how much each guest is drinking and identify alcohol-induced behavior. Bartenders know when it’s time to switch guests to water or mocktails. Our guards can help follow up with the bartenders’ call and walk guests to a ride home if necessary.
  8. Give a speech that shows your gratitude for a job well done. This is what holiday parties are for anyway! Thanking your team gives everyone a sense of satisfaction and keeps the mood lifted.
  9. Coordinate transportation options (Uber, Lyft, shuttles, etc.) and encourage guests not to drive. Your guests will see the on-demand free rides home as an added perk.

 

We wish you happy and safe holidays from Weinstein Security!

 

Merchants – Follow These 8 Black Friday Tips and No One Gets Hurt

Merchant's Guide to Black Friday Safety

Merchants – Follow These 8 Black Friday Tips and No One Gets Hurt

As a merchant, Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year. Shoppers throughout America look forward to the day. They plan which stores to hit and whether to camp out to catch the best sales. We’ve even heard of some people having Thanksgiving dinner at storefronts to get a head start on the lines. The buzz is exciting, but without proper store planning, the day can spiral out of control. We want to make sure that doesn’t happen to you! So, we came up with 8 tips for retailers to keep stores safe and frictionless during the busiest day of the year.

 

  1. Make online shopping irresistible. Cyber Monday doesn’t have to be the only online shopping day. You can be certain that people are shopping and looking for sales online on Black Friday too. Take this opportunity to boost online sales and reduce foot traffic at your store. Making for shorter lines, easier management of customers, and less congested aisle ways. In general, making the store safer for everyone.

 

  1. Set up a long and well-designed queue. Don’t let people mob up at the door right before opening time. A large moving crowd of people is much more dangerous than a line where only a few people can move at a time. Use stanchions to design one long line with a clear entrance. This also creates a feeling of fairness. When people line up on a first come first serve basis, they can relax knowing that they’ll get in when it’s their turn. When there’s no clear line, people feel the need to claim their space. They become aggravated when other people try to move in front of them. This can lead to arguments and, sometimes, physical aggression.

 

  1. Keep people happy. This is actually a fun way to connect with your customers and keep everyone in the best mood. Offer snacks, pass out blankets or even give them games to play. Irritated customers can become aggressive. Keep people polite and happy by reducing the things that annoy them, like being hungry or cold. Ask a few employees to come early to chat with customers and pass out goodies.

 

  1. Maintain your fire code capacity. Whatever you do, do not overcrowd your store. Shoppers are already frenzied about finding the best deals and the items they want. People can get hurt when a shop has gone over a safe capacity. This sounds obvious, but often the staff doesn’t know the store’s capacity or have a way to count people as they enter. Dedicate an employee or security guard to manning the door using a handheld tally counter.

 

  1. Organize your store well and offer a map. Create a map of your store pointing out the locations of all the sales and featured items. Hand out the map while people are still waiting in line. This gives customers a way to pass the time in line and makes their actions much more streamlined in the store. You want to get customers in and out as fast as possible. Organize your store in a logical way and offer direction to keep customers calm and happy.

 

  1. Train your staff. Start with ensuring that your staff is well trained in handling a normal day at work. They need to have the basics down before taking on a Black Friday sale. From there, train them to handle angry customers and to manage crowds. No matter how well you organize your store or design a flawless queue, sometimes people get mad. Your staff will need to know how to diffuse the situation. Go through possible scenarios and teach them proper steps for handling frustrated people. Also, make sure your team can manage and direct large crowds. Place staff members near the door and at checkout lines to direct people. This reduces confusion and helps depopulate crowded spaces.

 

  1. Take care of your staff. Your employees work hard on Black Friday, often arriving early and working late. You need them to make the day successful. But also, their attitudes have a direct effect on customer attitudes. A disgruntled employee can be hard to work with and upset customers in the store. While happy employees often keep other people happy by smiling and being joyful. Help your staff’s energy stay high by keeping them well fed. Bring breakfast and snacks and provide lunch if you can. Start their shift off well by giving them each a gift bag when they arrive with gift cards and other treats. Also, make sure to give them breaks often and to say thank you, a lot!

 

  1. Hire a security guard. At the end of the day, your staff shouldn’t be dealing with security issues. You need all your employees on hand to run your store properly. A security guard doesn’t need to know how to ring someone up or tell anyone where to find the 65” TV. They are only there to keep the peace, which makes everyone feel safer. They help enforce the rules and monitor the line, entry, and customer flow. If a customer does become a threat, security guards are well trained to handle the situation.

 

Black Friday doesn’t have to be painful! Make sure to have fun and plan ahead.

If you need security guards for your store on Black Friday, contact info@weinsteinsecurity.com. If you’re interested in joining our security team, please visit https://weinsteinsecurity.com/employment/.

A Thank You to Those that Ran Toward the Fire

It’s hard to breathe a sigh of relief when the air is still filled with smoke in Napa and Sonoma Valley. Tension has run high since late Sunday night on October 8th, 2017, when the most destructive fire in California history swept through the North Bay Area. But, we choose to lift our heads and give thanks.

Countless residents woke abruptly to pounding on their doors accompanied by a quick and stern shout to evacuate. For many, that saved their lives. Sudden fires such as this one bring on a series of split-second movements. You grab what matters, which for the most part is anything with a heartbeat, and you get to safety as quickly as possible. But some people ran in the opposite direction, they ran toward the flames. It’s to those that chose to fight for the protection of our community that we owe the deepest and most heartfelt thank you.

First responders rushed to our towns from across the country to fight the fires. They slept in tents for 2-3 hours at a time and spent their waking hours closest to the flames. The response we saw from these men and women is humbling. The devastation would have been far greater without them and we cannot thank them enough for their bravery.

We are in awe at how our community members came together during this event. Many darted next door and woke their neighbors even when their own lives were at risk. Some stood guard with hoses and put out sparks as they landed, saving homes, people, and animals. Throughout this past week, people have opened their doors, cooked hot meals for strangers, and donated valuable resources. We are grateful to be a part of this strong North Bay Area community.

We are also filled with immense pride and gratitude for our employees. Many of which still showed up to work in the midst of disaster. Some had even been evacuated themselves yet chose to protect others. The dedication and selflessness we saw this week from our team are profound. Our guards checked on homes and businesses and went above and beyond to support the community in any way they could.

Many of us are still returning to our homes hoping for the best as evacuation notices are lifted. Our thoughts are with those that have suffered losses. We received a surge in service requests this week from the community, which we, unfortunately, could not fulfill all due to bandwidth. We will continue to protect, serve, and support our community in any way we can as we navigate our recovery as a whole. We invite anyone that wishes to join us in our efforts to apply now for a security guard position. From what we saw this week, we can promise that you will be joining a steadfast and extraordinary team of people.

Thank you to all for your love, support, and courage.