You’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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Don’t create obstacles – You will want to ensure that security cars can move freely and safely around the property being guarded.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Have 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re interested in joining our security team, please visit https://weinsteinsecurity.com/employment/.
There are many high-tech security options out there, but don’t underestimate these tried and true methods. Here are our top 8 ways to ward off unwanted late night visitors to your business building.
- Use motion Lights. Motion sensing lights flood a small area with bright light when movement is detected. The abrupt change in lighting calls attention to the area and startles a burglar.
- Parking lots should have good lighting. Keep parking lots and the surrounding areas well lit to make it hard for trespassers to hide or sleep.
- Keep garbage cans and dumpsters locked. Eliminate dumpster access to anyone not affiliated with your business. Locking up the trash keeps scavengers searching for food or other discarded items away from your property.
- Keep your property free of debris. A maintained property sends the signal that it is well cared for and most likely supervised. Intruders prefer neglected spaces where they won’t be bothered or removed from the property.
- Trim bushes as a deterrent for people trying to hide or sleep. Transient individuals look for areas hidden from view and that provide shelter. By keeping the bushes trimmed you’ll remove these secluded areas.
- Janitors need to keep doors locked while cleaning the offices. Late night cleaning crews make themselves and your building an easy target if doors are left unlocked while they work. Intruders can easily sneak into the building unnoticed through the front door.
- Install security cameras. No one wants to be filmed while committing a crime. Security cameras around your property add an extra risk factor for burglars. A camera is also useful for identifying a criminal if a crime is committed.
- Hire a security officer. This is the most effective burglar deterrent available. The presence of a security officer signals to intruders that they are entering a highly monitored area, making your business less approachable. Security officers will also escort trespassers off the property when necessary.
It’s always smarter to be proactive than reactive when it comes to the security of your property and the safety of your employees.