Security is Essential When you own a business in the Philadelphia area, you need to consider utilizing security services to protect your business, merchandise, and whatever other valuables you have at your business — and it’s likely that you already are. The thing is, you’re probably not a security expert, so making the choice between armed and unarmed security services in Philadelphia can become overwhelming and confusing.
Fortunately, in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas, Tactical Response Security specializes in offering a wide variety of professional, reliable security services to our service area. We can help you determine what type of security you need, how you can passively improve the security of your facility, and so much more. In today’s blog, we’re going to be sharing some tips about choosing between armed and unarmed security, what you need to consider, and how you can get started. If you need security services as soon as possible, contact us now
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Before we dive into things you can consider to choose between armed and unarmed security, let’s clarify the difference between each service, even though it may seem straightforward. Armed security services include intensively-trained security professionals who are armed with a lethal weapon. Unarmed security services utilize security personnel that are not equipped with a lethal weapon, but can be equipped with a number of non-lethal tools like batons, pepper spray, and even tasers. Our unarmed security guards also undergo rigorous training to ensure they’re well equipped and prepared to offer you security services.
Now, that we have clarified the differences between unarmed and armed security services, let’s cover some things to take into consideration when you’re making a decision between the two.
Which Risks Do You Face?
The first step in determining whether you need armed or unarmed security is to assess the different risks and levels of risk that face your business. In short, a business facing a lot of risks and/or high-risk situations, you should absolutely consider using armed security. For instance, if your business works with high-profile merchandise, holds or transports a lot of cash, or hosts large events, armed security can work in your favor. Additionally, if you run a business that shelters a large number of people or is situated in an area with a considerable crime rate, armed security may be the right choice. As you can see, this still isn’t an exact diagnosis — however, at Tactical Response Security, our team provides high-quality risk assessments
to help you better understand what risks are prevalent, concerning, and need to be addressed.
What is Your Budget?
Next, you should take a look at your business’ budget and how you can meet your security needs while not stressing your finances or profits. As with most considerations surrounding armed or unarmed security, your budget will depend on your personal situation, and no two business budgets are the same. Armed security services are more expensive than unarmed security, so that is another thing you will need to consider and weigh against the risks when you’re making your choice. Fortunately, Tactical Response Security can help with this too — we want you to get the security you need for the peace of mind of you and your customers. This means, after assessing your risks, we’ll work with you through these elements of choosing your security services so you have the best fit for your needs and budget.
What is Your Business Image?
Maybe you like the idea of an armed security guard, but you own a business that hosts a lot of families and is targeted towards children. Or maybe you like the image an unarmed security guard provides, but you operate a high-risk business that needs tight security. These are things you need to consider and implement into your decision making. Security has the potential to provide peace of mind, or conversely, make people feel uncomfortable, untrusted, and under a too-watchful eye. For example, consider a mall or shopping center — most times, an unarmed security guard is enough to deter shoplifting and provide peace of mind to shoppers, all without being too intimidating or seeming out of place, as an armed security guard likely would. There isn’t any golden rule to determine which security services are right for your business image or aesthetic, but when you partner with the experts at Tactical Response Security we’ll be able to identify each aspect to consider, what we think is best, and which options you have available when choosing the type of security you’re going to recruit.
Consulting with the Professionals Although we have been touching on this point throughout this blog, the most effective and efficient way to determine which security options are right for your business is to connect with the experts at Tactical Response Security so we can help you make the right choice.
While there is no doubt that you know your business, customers, and location, it’s more likely than not that you aren’t as well-versed in security. We are, and every day we use our expertise to help keep our customers safe, secure, and at ease. To get started with our company, contact us today.