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5 Tips for Choosing the Right Security Service Provider

Do your homework before you hire to keep your employees and your business safe

Posted by Timothy Dimoff on September 24th, 2014

Chances are at some time your corporate security needs will require the use of an outside security service provider. It may be for patrolling your premises, to help you with general security, or even in a crisis. When this happens, the correct selection of a provider is essential.

Here are a few tips to help you choose the one that fits your needs best out of the many options out there.

Service Standardization

The selected provider should have the ability to standardize and proactively enforce its service standards throughout your and their organizations. This includes operational procedures, supervision, etc. This limits liability and creates defined benchmarks that are easy to measure and manage.

Central Management

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Effective management of the security service provider should take place via a central point of contact to allow for more effective management. If multiple locations are involved, feedback and guidelines can be relayed back and forth to the central point of contact.

Timeliness and Flexibility

The selected security provider should have the ability to respond to security issues in a timely manner and with the necessary tools. This can range from patrol vehicles to armed officers. The benefit to you is manageable, standardized services regardless of the situation.

Provider Reputation

Make sure the provider you hire has a good track record and reputation with law enforcement and emergency response services. This can help you in various ways both routine and in crisis situations.

Global Presence

If your firm has overseas operations, it is beneficial to you to hire a firm with a global presence. A single provider for all operations will ensure streamlined management, consistency in standards, capitalization of networks, a better return on your investments and more.

With safety and security at stake, the correct selection of an outside corporate security provider who can become a partner in the achievement of your goals is not something to be taken lightly. Put in your due diligence and choose wisely.

Timothy Dimoff
Timothy Dimoff

President, SACS Consulting & Investigative Services

Timothy A. Dimoff, CPP, president of SACS Consulting & Investigative Services, Inc., is a speaker, trainer and author and a leading authority in high-risk workplace and human resource security and crime issues.
He is a Certified Protection Professional; a certified legal expert in corporate security procedures and training; a member of the Ohio and International Narcotic Associations; the Ohio and National Societies for Human Resource Managers; and the American Society for Industrial Security. He holds a B.S. in Sociology, with an emphasis in criminology, from Dennison University.

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