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4 Ways Managing Your Own Security Guards is Costing You

In many cases, it may seem logical to hire in-house security guards to keep your building, property, employees, assets, and customers safe. Many believe that keeping your security services in-house is a cost savings solution. In reality, outsourcing your security guard protection to a reputable and experienced security services company is usually a more affordable, effective, and time-saving choice for businesses. Let’s take a look at four (4) of the ways self-managing your security team is costing you and why you will want to make the switch and outsource your security needs.

1. Personnel Quality

Security service contractors, such as BlueChip Pros, have designed their business model to properly source, screen, hire, train, and manage a large-scale security workforce of security guards, project managers, and supervisors. In addition to the on-site personnel, professional security companies will have robust and dedicated human resources and operations departments that are particularly equipped and trained to manage a security workforce. They know the ins and outs of the business and how to deliver consistent reliable staff and services. The most professional and highly-trained security guards also usually prefer to work with a security services provider because it commonly provides more advancement opportunities and they can gain higher levels of training and or job placement while staying in this industry. 

2. Employee Availability

Regardless of the size of your company, most in-house security programs suffer from having only the minimum number of security guards needed to provide a constant level of adequate coverage. As a result, there is a high probability that your security team will not be as vast as the staff available at a professional security guard company. Therefore in the event of a major emergency or if there are too many call-outs, companies commonly find themselves short staffed and unintentionally create issues of liability. On the other hand, hiring a professional security guard company means that you can feel confident that your security services have a larger pool of qualified guards available to support your building and employees.

3. Administration Time

Outsourcing your security guard services to a company means that you won’t have to worry about the administrative aspects of managing your security team and you can spend more time focusing on your core business. It is very common that many companies assign the responsibility of managing their building or facility’s security to a person who already has a full-time job within the organization and is wearing too many hats. Hiring a company like BlueChip Pros will allow you to have a dedicated team that will ensure your security department is getting the proper levels of management while you focus on the company’s primary goals.

4. Hidden Costs

Most companies believe that they can save money by hiring their own security guards however this is usually not the case. Often the costs associated with hiring, uniforms, equipment, vehicles, additional insurance, and other overhead costs will far exceed those of outsourcing professional security services. Companies such as BlueChip Pros are able to spread their costs over a larger portfolio, therefore, reducing the cost of running your specific program. Security services contractors are purchasing uniforms and equipment in bulk and are able to negotiate better pricing. Last, but certainly not least, you and other management staff will not need to spend your time managing security personnel and employment issues related to the security of your business. If you were able to quantify the time lost to managing security employee turnover alone it would represent a significant amount of time and money that could be better spent on your core competency.

If you have been managing your security services yourself then you may not have realized how it can cost you. Hopefully, this has helped you have a better understanding of where you can look to reduce some of your costs while raising the standard of security in your property and facility. Please continue the discussion by letting me know your thoughts and don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.

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