Posted by Howard Trott on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Under: Guest Security Articles
Let's face it; VIP's are not just people who walk down a red carpet amid throngs of popping flashbulbs and screaming fans. Today's VIP may be the CEO of your corporation, or the keynote speaker at your next big industry convention. Corporate security encompasses many images, from the gentleman opening up the door to the car while holding an umbrella, to the guard standing at the doorway checking badges and credentials. Today's face of corporate security has changed. Many times you may not even realize that there is security present. The person may blend in and be providing a more vigilant but subtle presence, so as not to alert or alarm others. Because Corporate Security has so many facets to it, it can be hard to know what is available, or what to look for when comparing companies.
Plan for Security In Advance of the Event
Do you have a special corporate event that is in the planning stages? The best time to start looking at your security options for that event is as soon as possible. The sooner you start, the easier it will be to match the rest of your event to the flow of the security plan that is in place for the event. A good security plan needs time. The more time that an agency has to create a plan, and refine it, the better overall security will be when it comes time for the event. Let's look at some of the questions and options that you might want to consider, when looking at once Security Company over another and comparing pricing and services.
Know What You Want and Need Before Hiring a Security Company
Before you start interviewing security companies, you need to know what you want. What kinds of security will you need? Are you going to need transportation/transfer security? That means accompanying certain VIP's from their destination points, (like the airport) and accompanying them to their hotels. Will you be requiring armed or unarmed guards at the event? Will any need to be in or out of uniform? In some cases, like a jewelry convention, where items of great value are going to be present, like expensive works of art, it's important that there be a visible security presence as a deterrent, but there are other places, where it's more important that personnel blend into the background more. Are they going to be in or out of uniform? Most corporate events are spread out over multiple venues, some may be indoors and some outdoors, such as team building components. There may also be after-hours events where the hotel bar is closed off to everyone but VIP's, or a special outing is planned. Security firms need to have the big picture, as so much of their success depends upon planning, logistics, coordination and distribution of their security personnel during the event.
Specialized Security vs. General Security
Another thing to consider, are their areas of specialization. This may have a marked influence upon their rates. If a firm specializes in Corporate Security, they may charge more, but you will be working with a firm that does this sort of thing every day, they do it well and they have developed skill sets that may be worth what they charge. On the other hand, a General Security company may have all sorts of security services available, but with no real specialty. In most cases, they won't charge as high as a black label firm would, but you are not getting the refinements of a specialty company, and they may be re-purposing general staff for your event that most of the time, are standing guard in a mall somewhere or sitting at a guards kiosk; Whether or not this is the right move for you, depends largely upon your assessment of your own risk profile. Generally speaking, the more at risk, the further you should lean towards looking at a specialized agency. Going in with a clear outline of your needs, and an understanding of the risks involved can help, but consulting with a security professional is always a wise choice as they may be able to provide valuable insights and suggestions to help best meet your needs.