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Is An Armed Security Guard Right for You?

One of the most significant decisions in hiring a security guard is deciding whether an armed or unarmed guard is right for your business, facility or event. While the specific security needs of your business or event play a role in guiding which is right for you, understanding the advantages that an armed security guard offers can help you make an informed decision.

An Armed Guard has Additional Training

Armed security guards have advanced training in weaponry. In addition to having the same extensive training as an unarmed guard, an armed guard also has to pass state standards as well as the security company’s own internal standards. This ensures that the guard can act quickly, decisively, and appropriately in any emergency event.

Anyone considering committing a crime first evaluates the likelihood of success or the likelihood of getting caught. An armed security guard increases the risk of getting caught and so decreases the chance of a crime being committed in the first place.

Armed Security Guards Go Through Extensive Background Checks

Hiring an armed security guard through a reputable company means the guard has been put through extensive background checks. This includes an FBI background check to ensure that they are legally able to receive a gun permit. If a candidate were to have a criminal record or display any known signs of mental instability, they are disqualified from having a gun.

Armed Security Guards are a Proven Deterrent

One of the most important advantages is that armed security guards are a proven and extremely effective deterrent to crime. Anyone considering committing a crime first evaluates the likelihood of success or the likelihood of getting caught. An armed security guard increases the risk of getting caught and so decreases the chance of a crime being committed in the first place.  

Armed Guards Command More Authority

Armed guards command more authority and project a professional image. It says you take security seriously, and care about the wellbeing of your customers. In turn, customers respond positively with increased time at your business, and repeat business. It also decreases a wide range of crimes, from shoplifting to vandalism. Together, these things not only increase safety but also profitability.

Since armed guards command more authority, they also gain compliance more quickly and effectively, which is critical in the event of an emergency. With greater authority and compliance, an armed security guard can help control and direct the public in the case of fire, robbery, or threats such as an active shooter.

Armed Security Guards Can Deal with Situations Unarmed Guards Can’t

Unarmed guards certainly serve a valuable purpose and completely appropriate for many situations. But they are not right for every situation. For example, an armed security guard could handle an armed criminal where as an unarmed guard could not.

Deciding between an armed or unarmed guard is a serious decision. If you would like more information regarding armed or unarmed security guards, Call Guardian Security today.