Patrol services are often used by individuals and businesses to deter crime and prevent property damage and theft. Highly visible officers are an ideal security solution for all types of businesses. Here are just a few of the business types that often rely on patrol services for security and protection.
Neighborhoods and Owners’ Associations
Professional patrol services can help neighborhoods feel safer by keeping a watchful eye on homes and properties. Armed or unarmed security officers often patrol neighborhoods in marked or unmarked patrol vehicles. Patrolling with a marked car discourages criminals from acting, while unmarked cars allow officers to effectively patrol without appearing obvious to the public. Patrol services can help minimize common residential crimes, such as thefts and vandalism. Having security officers in the neighborhood can also be useful during large gatherings or neighborhood events. Most importantly, patrol services can give residents in the neighborhood peace of mind.
Retail establishments often encounter security issues, such as thefts, loiterers or harassment from panhandlers. Patrol services can help retailers remain safe and free from individuals who may attempt to disrupt normal business operations. Onsite security officers can provide a wide range of benefits to retail spaces, such as parking enforcement, removal of solicitors, removal of panhandlers, protection of employee vehicles, protection from after-hours thefts and on-call response for when criminal activity occurs in or around the retail space. Security officers can provide protection around-the-clock, during business hours or at night when the space is unoccupied.
Business Parks & Corporate Offices
Business park and office security is a major concern for many business owners. Theft, vandalism and other crimes can occur in these areas and without proper patrolling, may go undiscovered. Business owners and tenants can feel more secure with professional patrol services. Businesses can count on patrol services to monitor CCTV cameras, evict loiters, stop unauthorized visits, prevent graffiti, enforce parking rules, report hazards to management, cease unauthorized gatherings and disperse homeless in and around the office or business park. Security guards are well-trained and know how to respond to emergencies and challenging situations.
Schools & Higher Education
Patrol services are often used by schools, dorms, colleges, libraries and various institutions of higher education. A hired security officer acts as the first line of defense against theft and other criminal activity and is trained to interact with students and the public. When hired to patrol a school or similar establishment, a security officer will survey the premises for suspicious behavior, divert dangerous situations, monitor the building for illegal activity, investigate signs of property damage and listen to the safety concerns of students and faculty. Patrol officers may also collaborate with local law enforcement to help ensure that any incidents are quickly and safely handled without causing personal injury or property damage.
Film producers and directors often rely on security patrol services to keep order on set for the safety of all crew and cast members. Patrol officers can help keep the premises safe in a number of ways, such as by providing crowd control to prevent unauthorized individuals from disrupting the scenes. A patrol officer can also escort VIP staff if the film includes high-profile celebrities that may attract fans. Film sets often contain expensive cameras, props and other equipment; a security officer will help keep the set free from property damage and will help prevent thefts and vandalism.
Patrol services are a must for construction sites. Armed or unarmed security guards help protect construction sites against criminal activity that could result in downtime, job delays and increased insurance premiums. Construction sites also contain expensive equipment and supplies that could become damaged or stolen during criminal acts. With patrol services, construction site businesses can maintain a high level of security during important projects and prevent costly interruptions. Patrol officers can be stationed at gates, monitor equipment and materials, escort visitors and perform foot and vehicle patrols. Patrol services are often used round-the-clock on construction sites.
Parks & Community Areas
Parks, community areas and other public spaces can succumb to thefts, vandalism and other crimes. Having patrol services can help ensure that visitors to these public areas remain safe and that the community spaces stay free of damage. Security officers often patrol parks and community areas by foot or bike in order to easily intervene when they come across suspicious of potentially hazardous situations.
Contact the Security Patrol Services Professionals
Patrol services provide many functions, from crowd control and threat identification to property patrolling and conflict de-escalation. By retaining professional security services, businesses can also reduce their liability. To learn more about patrol services or to acquire security officers to patrol a business, contact the security experts at APG today.