Practicing Security for the Holiday Season

At BAIG Security, safety is our #1 priority. We will provide you with some strategic safety procedures you can implement for the safety of you and your business this holiday season.

No matter the type of business you conduct, these tips will be effective in offering security.

PROTECTINg your people/staff

One of the most important assets to your business is your staff. Everyone deserves and should work in a safe working environment under safe working conditions. To protect your staff, some strategies to put into place are:

  • Conduct a special hiring for the holiday season to have security guard(s).
  • Employees that have high risk roles and positions retrain them on best safety practices that meet the standards of the company.
  • Conduct staff training on security protocols and how best to de-escalate any potential threats they may encounter.
  • If the company chooses to go without a security guard, assign specific staff/supervisors/managers for crowd control and monitor occupancy numbers inside business. Conduct exercises to practice.
  • Implement strategic audits that focuses on internal controls.
  • Ensure all staff are aware of emergency protocols and where to go if there are any impeding threats to the business.
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Protecting assets

  • All assets are accounted for on a product list. 
  • Ensure all high value assets have security equipment attached and secured.
  • Communicate with security company about holiday predictions and expectations.
  • Install physical barriers for crowd control and monitor traffic flow.
  • Schedule and assign specific staff to have access to security systems and conduct Open and Close procedures for the business.
  • Hire security guard services for high-risk departments or site locations. 
  • Test all security systems and equipment before the holiday rush.
  • Establish and constant revision of protocols for high value items.
  • Give assigned security codes for management level staff for moving high value items.
  • Review safety plans and ensure there is an Incident Response Team available for all shifts.
  • Ensure there is a process for disposing of garbage and securing exterior bins.
  • For Closing procedures ensure security lights are left on and merchandise is removed from windows.
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cOMMUNICATION

  • Conduct safety talks prior to each shift before and during the holiday season rush.
  • Have designated areas where staff can go to check for daily message.
  • Create code words staff can use to seek security support.
  • Ensure the contact list for managers are UpToDate and readily available.
  • Have your local police department phone number in an accessible area and ask them for any plans specific to your business that can be implemented.
  • Review the security plans made by Mall management or property owner and share your security plan with them.

Having security is vital to operating your business during the holidays. Always be prepared, know your business protocols and train all staff to be vigilant, alert and how to de-escalate any potential threats to safety and security.

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5 Myths About Security Guards

Security Guards have several myths that have been associated with the profession over the years. It is important that we debunk the myths, so there is a better understanding of the important roles’ security guards play in our lives.

Here are 5 common myths about security guards:

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# 1: They must have a big physique and macho

Stereotypically, people associate security guards with a burly physique and a larger built body. However, security guards do not have a set image as there are security guards with many different physical characteristics that make them just as good to do their job well. In fact, the best types of security guards need to be quick with their thinking and their instincts, proactive and able to de-escalate all situations when needed.

Some businesses prefer a specific type of security guard, such as night clubs that fits the typical stereotype. Other businesses such as a corporate setting or those that offer residential services, may not want a security guard that fit the burly stereotype. The business owner may want a different built security guard because of the image they are trying to achieve. In all cases security guards have to be physically fit, able to use their judgment, be alert and vigilant, and provide the highest level of professionalism required to do the job. 

# 2: They do nothing or they don’t really do much

In movies and television shows many people associate the image of security guards as lazy and lethargic. Assuming security guards only sit in a booth all day watching TV and reading magazines in an uneventful and dull work environment. However, this is so far from the truth, security guards are the first line of defense before police arrive at a scene and they must investigate by taking notes and recording any incidences that happened. Security guards are the first people that the public go for directions or ask for assistance; they have to attain a high level of professionalism by providing customer service and doing so would require being knowledgeable and vigilant on the job.

# 3: No formal training needed

Security guards have to be trained with how to react in case of any emergency situation and hold to secure different types of events or site location. training involves making sure our security guards are always alert, knowledgeable and responsive to all types of situations. At Baig Security, our security guards have to go through a standard training before joining their workforce to ensure that our clients receive the best experience possible and they can focus on their other business operations.

At Baig Security, we offer a range of security courses to get your properly trained for any security job!

Click the link to find out more. Security Guard Training – Baig Security 

# 4: Security service is too expensive 

Every company needs to have well defined security solutions. The misconception is that only larger businesses have the means to hirer security services to protect them. At Baig Security, we offer competitive prices to fit every size business and satisfy the needs of your business. Whether your budget is small or large, every company benefits from security guard services at their site locations or business events.

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# 5: Security guards are meant to be intimidating

Security guards are hired to regulate different business operations to create and maintain a peaceful working environment. They ensure the safety of the employees, the business and its valuable assets.

However, they are not hired to intimidate or instill fear in any person. A security guard is there to deter any unwanted persons or suspicious activities that may pose a threat to your business. They are trained to apply their skills to solve any security problems that could potentially Occur. Security guards are put into place to provide a sense of security and safety. They should offer a level of comfort to the public to trust that the security guard is doing their job and going above and beyond to safeguard them at work.

At Baig Security, we believe in going above and beyond to promote safety. Learn more about how we are redefining security in 2022. Click the link for more information https://baigsecurity.com/2022/10/03/redefining-security-at-baig-security/

Security guards play a big role in society and their work should be respected and acknowledged.

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Redefining Security at BAIG Security

Traditionally, when people hear of the term security, they think security guards, finances and personal safety.

At Baig Secured Security we know that with the ever-changing environment of the world, it is important to be aware of the way in which the world is changing and adjust to meet the needs of our clients to ensure optimal safety of their property, their people and their business.

Using our industry expertise, we aim to provide exceptional security guard services to ensure that you are protected against threats. We ensure that you feel safe, so your mind is at ease while running your business, having your event or working at your site location.

Three ways Baig Security is going above and beyond to secure you and yours:

  • Proactive rather than Reactive

At Baig Security, we plan and prepare for all types of situations that could potentially arise at your event or site location. We ensure our staff is trained and are able to identify and ready to prevent any potential situational problems. We do not delay in our actions because we care about safeguarding your business and its people.

  • First responders/key holders at your place of residence or business

We ensure our security guards are accessible and easy to be recognized. They are well prepared to answer or clarify any questions wherever they are stationed.

  • Always being alert

We provide you with exceptional security services needed to protect you from vandalism, break-ins, arson, and trespassing. To ensure optimal security, we have our eyes and ears peeled for all situations and ready to take action when needed.

As industry experts, we work with innovative technology solutions to report real time information for our clients. Clients are able to use Live GPS Tracking to see the security guard on duty and how we protect our clients property. Safety and security is our top priority.

We provide professionally trained uniformed Security Guards, Mobile Patrol, Private investigators, and Loss Prevention Services. We offer services in Construction sites/Monitor Division, Port/Dock, Insurance Services Division, Commercial security, Home security, Manufacturing, Concierge Services and Retail.

Let us help you secure your business, people and assets.

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Security Guards: Expectations Vs Reality

We interviewed two security guards about their experience in the security industry

The first person we interviewed is RyanJohn Staples, you can check him out on LinkedIn here: Ryan’s Linkedin. He has 4 years of security Guard and loss prevention investigations experience. When asked what led him to become a security guard, RyanJohn said:

“Got asked to start as a doorman with a bar once I turned 19 then within a year became head of security for a couple of years and started with a few companies’s not long after.”

We also asked him what he thought a security guard would be like and he said: “From first starting off at the local bar I expected it to be slow some nights and full of incidents and issues on other nights. All in all, I find as long as you treat people with respect no matter the incident and remain calm you will have great days. I always tell people new to security to absolutely never take anything personally and always be professional as we are the ones to defuse any issues that may occur.”

According to RyanJohn nothing for him changed in terms of expectations and reality while working in the security industry. We also asked RyanJohn if he could change anything what would it be his response was “More in-person training courses would be a bonus. I am always looking to learn new things to better myself, gain more knowledge.” 

Another question that was asked is how has covid affected his work.

He said “ Gave me more opportunities and more jobs.” 

If there was anything that could change about being a security guard RyanJohn said he would prefer more in-person training as he is always looking to learn and gain more knowledge.

Another guest we interviewed was Damien Rickus, you can check him out on LinkedIn here: Damien’s Linkedin. His background experience is in the Armed forces and he has also been  Security Officer. One of the questions we asked Damien is about what led him to become a security guard as we wanted to learn more about what inspired him to become one.

He said  “It is a good career path when you become self employed as you can be earning £20 up, the main reason is that I can gain so many qualifications and have access to similar career paths through the same courses.” Another question that was asked was what did he think working as a security guard will be like and he said “I thought that security guards be under pressure from employers and that there would be something happening every day”

How did that differ from reality?

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“There’s not much happening every day in the sense of this is serious, I learnt that the main thing is to be vigilant to deter crime and help the community but keeping everyone safe due to the fact that security guards are trained in first aid, fire safety and security, this means we are ready to tackle a multitude of problems.”

Damien also answered our question related to how covid affected his work and said “Covid has shut down a lot of venues meaning work has not been available however once everything opened back up there are more jobs for security than the country has guards.”

With his experience as a security officer and working in the armed forces, we wanted to find out if he could change anything about being a security guard what it would be and he said “I would change the pay rate as security and safety are essentials in the world if the pay increased the number of trained guards would increase making the nation a safer place to be.”

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What’s it like being a security guard?

We interviewed three security guards about their experiences on the job. 

The first guard we interviewed was Chris Ballantyne. He’s had 3 years working in health care security after graduating from the Protection, Security and Investigations from Georgian College. 

What led you to become a security guard?

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“I wanted to become a security guard in order to build an excellent foundation and reputation for a further career in law enforcement. Working in a hospital, we work alongside law enforcement almost daily, building rapport as well as getting a brief sneak peek into their procedures.”

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When asked What do you like about the job? Chris said, “Knowing I’m building my knowledge and resumé base for my next career, the people are awesome, and it’s not the same thing every day, always a little different.”  

Chris says that working as a security guard, he found he dislikes, “Unfortunately the pay, sadly in New Brunswick security is a tad underpaid, even when calculating cost of living factors percentage-wise, it’s still low in my opinion, but many careers are lower paid in the Atlantic provinces of Canada.”

Next, we interviewed Damien Rickus, who has been working as a security guard since March 2021.

Damien became a security guard because being a security guard was one of the three career paths I chose when leaving secondary as there can be a lot of progression within the security business from a static guard up to close protection and going from employee to employee self-employed into a business owner.

When asked, “What are some misconceptions people have about security guards? “Damien said:

“The biggest misconception people have about security guards is that we are lazy and have no clue of what is happening around us; this is untrue as a security guard needs to be fully alert at all times also we have a multitude of tasks and training in which we need to complete in order to keep every person as safe as possible.”

Check out Damien on Linkedin

How many hours do you work as a security guard?

The majority of shifts are 12 hours; however, you can work a 15 hour shift if your company lets you do so; signing the opt-out agreement is the best thing to do as you can then work 5 days out of 7, making for a total minimum of 60 hours in a week.

How much do you make as a security guard? Do you feel it’s fair to pay?

Chris says, “$16.50/hr. I feel it’s low compared to where I used to live, which was about $10/hr more. The hospital there and here are similar in size (the one I currently work at is technically bigger by bed count), thus serving a similarly sized community.’

Damien has similar views stating, “The majority of pay for security staff is around £10 per hour; I believe this to be unfair as there ate costs that we security personnel have to endure to qualify and get our badges”.

What are some of your responsibilities?

Chris, who works in healthcare security, says his responsibilities are:

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Maintaining secure entrances (Locking doors, making sure windows and doors are closed, not damaged and functioning as intended. Maintain parking lot standards (written warnings, counts of spots). Assist staff with upset or possibly violent patients, visitors etc.

Whereas Damien says, “The responsibilities of a security can include, first aid, patrols, access and egress control, CCTV monitoring, key keeping, some receptionist responsibilities (if working in a gatehouse), spotting potential threats.”

Phillip Brigante is currently working as a security officer who previously worked as a security police officer in the air force. His military training is what led him to become a security guard. One thing he enjoys about the job is being able to help people and find there’s nothing he dislikes about the position. He shares Chris and Damien’s views on the common misconception of being a security guard is that they are seen as rent-a-cops. 

Check out Phillip on his Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/phillip-brigante-a174aa20b/

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What’s it like to work in the Security Industry?

We interviewed four different security professionals to find out firsthand what it’s like to work in the security industry? 

Featuring Gerry Markee, RyanJohn Staples, David P Bradney, and Cole Nethercott. 

We had the first question: What are your views on the security industry?

Gerry Markee is a retired Security Trainer, Union Executive and Steward. He was employed in Hospitals and Museums for over 40 years. Gerry worked in Health and Safety and as a consultant in Security Legislation that updated the Security industry legislation. 

When asked about his views on the security industry, Gerry said, “Disappointment. Despite legal changes demanding better training, employers and governments will always fight to keep wages and costs as low as possible, creating, for the most part, a job ghetto. Management is often incompetent, anti-labour, and not above breaking laws due to serious ethical failings”.

David P Bradney is retired as a Colonel after 27 years in the United States Marine Corps in 2017. He worked as a combat veteran with deployments to Somalia, the Philippines, Iraq, and Afghanistan. In addition, I participated in numerous Theater Security Deployments and diplomatic missions throughout the Asia-Pacific Region, East Africa, and South America. David has been the Central Region Vice President for Gardaworld security services in the US since 2017, where he led and managed branch teams delivering security services across ten (10) states from Texas to South Dakota.

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Davids’s experience in both the Security and the Military means he has amounted a lot of knowledge over the years. He said that the trends he noticed are, “The industry will continue to experience steady growth across the world, but hybrid solutions are becoming more necessary due to rising costs in labour and growing statutory and regulatory restrictions.

Check out David on LinkedIn

The number of security providers will continue to contract because of mergers and acquisitions. This M&A activity is so prevalent now because most smaller providers are unable to compete in terms of cost and resources with the largest companies even at the regional level.”.

How do you feel covid has affected the security industry?

Cole Nethercott is an experienced security professional of 3+ years with a demonstrated history of working as a security guard within the industry. When asked how he felt COVID-19 had affected the security industry, he said,

“I feel that it has been good for the industry; as Security, we need to be able to adapt to situations and adapt quickly. I feel like security guards, and companies have done that and have done it well to the best of their abilities. I feel that we have more of a role in the day to day operations and actually have a voice with our clients now more than before”

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I would like to see better training for the security industry, higher standards, and better relations with LEO’s; an example, in Ontario, Canada, the security course to receive your security license is only 40 hours, I’d like to see that become maybe a month, going over items more in-depth such as fire response and fire panel operations, basics of computer and CCTV operations (hands-on), better medical training rather than just the basic emergency level, hands-on radio operations (I’ve trained too many guards that don’t know how to use a radio or even turn it on, I understand there is a starting point for everyone for the knowledge base, but that should be covered in the security course). I feel that there should have been more awareness brought about security guards being part of the frontline at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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How do security guards impact workplace safety?

RyanJohn Staples is a Security Guard with four-plus years of experience and a demonstrated history working in the security and investigations industry. 

Ryan’s views on how a security guard impacts workplace safety are,

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“Security guards promote a safe workplace for everyone, and it brings peace of mind to others as we’re usually the first contact before police are called upon for assistance if an incident occurs.”.

Check out Ryan on his Linkedin

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How to become a licensed private investigator?

First things first, are you eligible to become a private investigator?

Who can become an investigator?

To be eligible for a private investigator licence in Ontario, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be eligible to work in Canada
  • Have a clean criminal record

What type of investigator do you want to be?

This is an important next step to starting a P.I career. You might be surprised to know that they do more than just discover affairs! There is a wealth of different career paths you can take as a licensed investigator. 

Different Private Investigator Paths

The following are some of the career paths that come with working as a private investigator:

Personal family investigations

A family investigation generally involves working with divorced people and child custody. 

DIVORCE & CHILD CUSTODY 

Crimes against persons

Child custody investigations

Cyber extortion and bribery

Art and jewelry theft

Attorney legal support

Litigation support

Genealogy, probate and estate

Lost and unclaimed assets

Workers compensation fraud

Corporate crisis management

Workplace drug trafficking

Fraud and forgery investigations

Brand protection

Manufacturing and industrial theft

You can also specialize in surveillance, fraud, motor vehicle investigations, insurance and cyber forensics.

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Steps required to be licensed as a private investigator

Basic training course

Check out our Private Investigator Training course. This specialized 50hr online course meets and exceeds the syllabus requirements of the Ontario Ministry of the Solicitor General. It is delivered 100% online and has been updated recently to reflect any changes in relevant legislation. Upon sign up, our Private Investigator students receive a comprehensive practice test to complete at their own pace to further prepare them for the provincial exam.

As a licensed private investigator in Ontario you will have to deal with challenging situations and will require proficient training to be able to handle them. We offer a comprehensive private investigator program that is aligned with the Ontario Ministry’s 50hr syllabus and meets Ministry requirements. Our curriculum will also give you all the practical tools and training you need to be successful.

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Apply for a private investigator licence

Once you’ve successfully completed your private investigator training course you will need to apply for your license. Once you receive it you can start practicing as a private investigator. 

What is the cost of obtaining a private investigator licence?

The cost varies based off of course provider, our course is $229.

Interested in learning more about our training courses? Go to this link www.baigsecurity.com/training for more information.