Manned guarding is where you have a particularly vulnerable site or something that is at high risk.
In these circumstances manned guarding (security guards) is required because mobile security patrols would not be sufficient.
It would be where you want a man on site, patrolling and carrying out visual checks to ensure your property is protected.
The benefits of manned guarding could be:
- Ensuring nothing of value goes missing.
- Immediate attendance to any situation.
- Visual deterrent.
In the ideal world you as a client pay us for ‘nothing’!
In other words if we are doing our job correctly nothing will happen on your site and nothing will go missing so you will be delighted to pay us for ‘nothing’. So at the end of the shift you will receive a report showing that nothing has happened due to our presence.
So whilst we joke that you pay for nothing what we really want you to understand is that due to the manned guarding your site is well protected and you are able to continue with your project without interruption.
Our experience has shown us that it is not so much the loss of the property in terms of cost that is the main issue, it is usually the time cost in replacing the stolen property that proves the biggest loss factor for the business.
Projects have deadlines, penalties, cash flow and other costs and finding replacements for stolen property can carry the biggest cost of all which is why the cost of manned guarding can be minimal in comparison.
Security Guards Typical Duties
The typical ‘Day in The Life of a Security Guard’ for one of our team starting a nightshift would be something like this …
- The nightshift guard would receive a handover from the manager on site who would inform him of any changes that have happened during the day such as new valuable equipment on site or valuable equipment that has been removed during the day.
- Everyone then leaves the site and the guard proceeds to lock down the site.
- This would be followed by a full perimeter sweep to ensure everything is okay at the beginning of the shift so you know the integrity of the perimeters.
- The guard now knows ‘the lay of the land’ before the shift starts.
- Throughout the night they would use our software system to follow their duties and procedures agreed with the client in the contract.
- These duties could be anything from feeding the fish in the fish tank to regular patrols at set times. Every client has their own requirements and these are programmed into the software.
- At the end of their shift they would then have a hand over with the site manager in the morning and present a report of the nights events, if any.
- If there has been an incident during the night we have a full report procedure in place documenting everything that occurred which would also include a mobile patrol attending the incident to support the guard on duty.
This is typical of one of our manned guard contracts where our software enables us to provide 100% transparency on the services we provide.
Work Ethic & Accountability
You the business owner are paying for a service so how do you know we are delivering the service we agreed and promised?
Unfortunately, like many other industries, the security industry has many ‘stereo types’ when it comes to security guards and security patrols.
How Our Software System Delivers
The software system we use gives us that accountability. We can actually track that the guard is doing what you are paying him to do.
As a back-up we also deploy our mobile patrols on unannounced visits to those sites where we have security guards which achieves two things:
- Checks that everything is okay and there are no issues.
- Checks that the security guard is carrying out the required tasks.
Our mobile patrol may call once, twice, or even three times in one night and our main reason for carrying out these visits is to ensure our guard is okay, but it also adds an extra layer of accountability and lets them know we are checking and monitoring their site and their role on that site.
We also have GPS on the mobile patrol vehicles so we can check that when they say they are visiting a site they are actually visiting that site. Again 100% transparency and accountability.
For us, it’s about total transparency. You pay for a service and we want to ensure we deliver that service which is why we also carefully select our team so that they add value to our business and deliver the right service for your business.
Typical Clients For Manned Guarding
The typical companies using manned guarding would be construction companies. These are the temporary projects that require a physical presence on site whilst the work is being carried out.
Another popular use for manned guarding is for reception at sites such as factories so that the security company takes responsibility for checking people and vehicles in and out.
By having a security man on site they are also covering the fact that should an incident occur they have a licensed person on site.