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Hire a Private Security Guard Service or In-house Security – Which Is Best for Your Business?

by | May 7, 2018 | security guards

You want to keep your business safe and secure so customers feel comfortable and your investments are protected. You can use Absolute Investigative, Fingerprinting, and Security Services or a Private security guard service and in-house security staff can both handle this job, but you have a few things to keep in mind when deciding which is best for your company.


Your first thought may be to hire security staff directly for your business. The usual logic is that you have better control over a person who is directly employed by you, compared to an outside service. However, you run into a number of logistical concerns that can quickly make this route a problem over the long term.

The first question is whether you know what makes a good security guard. A person’s resume might look great, but that doesn’t provide you with insight into the particular characteristics that make someone capable of being vigilant while looking over your property. Do your business policies and training materials cover what you expect out of a security guard and the acceptable actions to take in the event of a break-in or another problem?

Once you do hire someone, you’re also responsible for providing the equipment they need to do their job and handling all the overhead associated with an in-house employee. The payroll taxes and other money you pay on top of their wage can put a dent in your budget.

Finally, if you want to have an armed security guard, you have to face questions about liability and whether you would handle the weapon purchase and policy. For many business owners, this is a responsibility they don’t want to add into the mix.


A private security guard service comes fully equipped and trained, with extensive experience in many situations. You don’t have to worry about any overhead payments associated with these guards. Instead, you simply pay the negotiated price with the private security company and end up with plenty of room in your business budget that you can use elsewhere.

You also gain the flexibility of bringing in security guards on the schedule that makes the most sense for you. An in-house guard always has set hours, and if you have them on for full-time work, you could end up with a lot of time that is spent sitting idle. If you try to hire someone for sporadic, as-needed work, you probably won’t get access to high-quality talent that’s capable of protecting your business as if it was their own.

One of the other advantages of a private security guard service is that you can get access to off-duty and retired police officers. These guards have been through countless stressful situations and know how to handle anything that comes their way. Plus, you have the added peace of mind that comes from having a law enforcement officer close at hand should something go wrong, even if it doesn’t directly relate to their security duties.

It’s an unfortunate fact of life that many businesses need security guards for protection against people who have malicious intentions. While an in-house employee may seem like the right idea at first, the advantages of a private guard service tip the scales overwhelmingly in that direction.



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