Everything to Consider Before Hiring Security for an Event

Planning an event can be stressful, especially when the safety of your guests and staff. Depending on where you host the event, certain venues or city ordinances require a security presence for events hosting a certain number of guests. Your safest bet is to look for a reliable security company and hire them for the special event. You would be able to consult with them during the planning phase to be better prepared for the big day. 

It’s better to begin looking for security weeks prior to the event to save yourself the stress of having to find one at the last minute. If you’re having trouble deciding which service to go with, consider the following….

Know What You Need

To help things move along quicker, you should know what you need for the event security and work with that. It can be as simple as having a guard at the entrance, or as complex as a team offering surveillance security. Depending on the venue, there may already be a preferred security company whom the in-house coordinator works with. 

Consider the Different Security Types

You should contact a security company and work with them to go over which types of security they offer. Would you need personal security for a high-profile person or an executive? Would you need armed security to protect high-value assets? Many start with hiring security to conduct door checks to ensure that uninvited individuals don’t enter the premises. In any case, understanding what the security firm has to offer will help the decision-making process move along quickly. 

Consider the Costs

Hiring for security can be a costly expense. However you should gather a few quotes to factor the cost of security into your overall budget. Having multiple quotes will give you an edge during negotiations which could get you a better deal when finding a company. However, as with most things, you get what you pay for. With that being said, a reputable company may very well be worth the cost, especially when it comes to safety. 

5 Steps You Can Take to Secure Your Office

Modern companies have tight security measures surrounding their digital assets and technology. After all, a single cyber attack can deplete a company of valuable and sensitive information, data, and finances. However, an equally important aspect of security for companies focuses on the physical precautions of the office space. An unauthorized person could easily infiltrate an office space and wreak havoc to not only proprietary information, but to the staff themselves. Here are 5 steps companies can take to secure their office buildings from potential threats. 

1. Inventory

Many businesses and organizations own a variety of laptops, servers, mobile devices, and other expensive equipment. Keeping an inventory of these devices is crucial to prevent any threats, especially for larger businesses that assign multiple devices to a large workforce. It’s all too easy for a device containing sensitive information to get lost or stolen which could potentially compromise the entire company. 

2. Surveillance

It’s advised to go beyond the basic measures when securing the office. Many organizations utilize a log book or implement limited access protocols to certain areas of the building. A smart card, token, or scannable device can unlock doors and record the identity of the person who enters or exits. In the event of theft or suspicious activity, a security team can analyze all access logs. 

A more practical safety measure is an effective surveillance system. Strategically placed cameras should in plain view to act as deterrent to potential criminals. Many modern surveillance systems can send email or text alerts when something appears suspicious (in addition to around the clock recording and the detection of movement). 

3. Access Control

A security gate doesn’t make sense for a company where consumers routinely walk in, but business locations that consists only of employees can implement an access control system. Restricting access to unannounced or unauthorized persons is a very simple and straightforward step towards increasing office security. Another perk is fewer solicitors. 

4. Server Rooms

The server room serves as the central hub for the office’s digital space, whether it be emails, digital storage drives, websites, etc. Keeping the server room locked is obvious, but keeping it under surveillance and under an authentication system should be a priority. It’s also recommended to use rack mount servers. Rack mount servers are easier to secure since they can lock into an enclosed gate which is then bolted to the floor. This renders the servers as physically impossible to remove without the necessary tools and equipment. 

5. Workstations

Workstations allow access to the business network, which unauthorized individuals can get to if its not secure. If a workstation computer is not in use due to someone being out of the office for an extended period of time, disconnected or move the computer to a secure location. There are methods of protecting workspaces from others in the office who many not have the authority to view certain information. For instance, many organizations implement a privacy monitor screen overlay or group those with similar tasks and responsibilities together in the same space. 

Protecting Your Marijuana Business

“No one wants to think of robberies and burglaries, but they are a reality for all businesses, particularly retail operators. Even if your staff or employers are not talking about robberies, they are thinking about them. Most robberies are premeditated and depend on an element of surprise and confrontation. This means that robbers are looking for weaknesses in a business’ security that would make the operation a tempting target. ” – Americans for Safe Access (ASA)

Here are some pointers to improve cannabis security

 

Recognize the Local Requirements

Each state has its own set of requirements and regulations for dispensaries or cultivation facilities. Additionally, local governments may have other requirements on top of state and federal laws. Regardless, licenses are required to develop and maintain an adequate security plan that must be approved by the Cannabis Licensing Official. The purpose of the plan is to prevent unauthorized diversion of cannabis, material, protecting the health, safety, and welfare of workers and the public, restrict access to legal consumers, and deter trespassing and theft of cannabis products. By extension, the security plan should include additional strategies for on-site protection from power outages, fire, chemical spills, and address other applicable issues such as storage, access control, credentialing, security officers, cameras, alarms, and internal theft.

 

Ensure the Surveillance System is Visible

Visible cameras work as a deterrence, especially when they are visible to the public. When potential thieves or criminals see the camera system, they may think twice about breaking in. The surveillance camera should clearly view the exterior of the building, the floor, and the backroom area.

 

Hire Cannabis Security Guards

It’s important to ensure that the security guards are especially trained for cannabis dispensaries. Having a security guard can ensure that only qualified individuals may enter the facility. If a dispensary has a check-in system, the security guard may help facilitate that process.

 

Keep an Eye Out For Inside Jobs

Many crimes committed within the cannabis industry are perpetuated by employees. It’s important to keep track of the on-goings of the backroom area where products are scaled, packaged, and disposed of. Many things could potentially go wrong at the crops, processing facilities, or logistics stage. To help mitigate these issues, it’s important for organizations to complete through background checks on the individuals they’re hiring. Additionally, in the state of California, all individuals handling cannabis projects must pass a background and Live Scan at an authorized facility.

 

Perimeter Security

If fencing is a part of your security plan, you should consider details such as location, fence type, and height. Fencing should protect the dispensary or crop while ensuring there are no blind spots for intruders to conceal themselves.

 

Lighting

Having adequate lighting is an excellent deterrent for trespassers and intruders. Consider having motion-detectors to work in tandem with lighting. Check with your city or county for local ordinances. Nonetheless, install enough lighting to minimize shadowy areas where intruders may hide.

 

Cameras

It’s recommended that camera systems are operating 24/7 to eliminate any gaps in coverage. Surveillance recordings should be kept for at least 90 days as they’re subject to inspection by cannabis licensing officials. It’s also a good idea in the event that management needs to review any breaches in security. Keep all cameras in locations that minimizes any blind spots. Also, it’s recommended that cameras have clear views of all doors and entrances.

 

Floor Plans

Floor plans should be designed to reduce security risks. The floor plan should identify the activities that will take place in each area, including limited-access areas. Video systems should allow for the identification of visitors, unlocking doors, broadcasting of emergencies and announcements. It’s also highly recommended to have alarm systems that detect movement in all enclosed areas within licensed premises. Panic buttons located throughout the facility, which once pressed, will alert appropriate personnel and send notifications of an emergency situation. Some systems are set up so that an audible alarm will sound. Other systems will trigger a silent alarm while notifying local law enforcement. In the event of a burglary, employees may enter a duress code, which will also trigger a silent alarm and notify law enforcement.