A harsh media report has cast doubt on the safety and efficiency of armed security guards. However, the report ignored how private security personnel supplement regular police and, working independently, help to reduce crime. ADS Guards, a premier Bay Area security guard company, takes safety and security seriously and believes it’s important to address claims in the report and inform the public about the reality of security guard companies.
Conducted jointly by the news network CNN and the Center for Investigative Reporting, the account outlined such issues as the absence of federal training standards for security guards and the lack of information on how many times security personnel misuse their weapons. The story contained several reports of improper actions by private security personnel, including one in which a guard fired his weapon in response to an unruly crowd. The investigation also revealed cases in which guards had criminal records or histories of alcohol or drug offenses. According to the report, more than half of the states do not require examinations to determine whether a guard is authorized under federal law to carry a firearm and a few states aren’t even required to conduct criminal background checks.
Every security guard company is different, but the majority of security companies conduct extensive background checks on those seeking employment as armed guards. Additionally, applicants are often given regular alcohol and drug tests, as well as undergoing a psychological exam to determine their personal suitability. Security companies often hire men and women with law enforcement or military backgrounds, and a significant number of guards are also employed by regular police agencies. California enforces stringent standards for people wanting to become a security guard, but to ease your mind, always speak with a knowledgeable expert within the company about the hiring and training procedures for every security guard.
Approximately 1 million private security guards work throughout the U.S., providing protection for corporations, shopping centers, power generating stations, airports, banks, hospitals and private communities, and the mere presence of an armed security guard can be a powerful deterrent to those considering illegal activities. If you’re considering hiring a security guard company, turn to ADS Guards, a trusted provider of security guard services in the Bay Area for over 20 years. We are happy to answer any questions you may have, discuss any concerns, and can provide a security guard immediately if necessary. Give us a call at 1-800-794-1550. We look forward to hearing from you!