Private Investigations and Personal Security/Private Security Statistics
On a national average, how much more likely is a business without professional, trained security guards to be the victim of criminal activity than one with security guards?
Also, in the long run would a company end up paying our more money for security or lose more in the event of a crime?
Thank you in advance for your time and reply.
Let me begin by apologizing for the delay in responding to your question. The holidays are a crazy time!
In my quest for an exact answer to your question, I couldn't locate any specific crime rates with respect to comparing businesses with or without security guards. I can tell you that security guards are mainly used (and most worthwhile) in areas where visibility is a key consideration. For example, convenience stores with security guards standing at the entrance/exit will definitely enjoy lower rates of shoplifting than those without guards. They are also useful in places like malls, parking garages, corporate facilities, etc.
Ultimately, what I tell anyone in your position is to a very simple mathematical formula - cost of potential loss vs. cost of security. There are two main reasons to hire private security - loss prevention or supervision.
A security guard hired through a private firm is probably going to cost you anywhere from $10-$20 per hour and even more if they're armed. This is a hefty cost to bear. It must make sense for your business. This opinion is based on a financial loss basis.
The other main use for private security is access control or supervision. This is more difficult to quantify. How much is security worth to you? A security guard controlling who accesses a building might be a tougher situation to determine what your potential loss could be. Stolen merchandise? Liability for employee safety? A liability situation is more difficult to quantify in financial terms. One big lawsuit might pay for a guard for years in the wrong scenario.
You have a very important decision to make and I hope I gave you some concrete guidelines to determine what is best for you. Please feel free to contact me with any further questions.
Wishing you good health and happiness,