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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Muhammad Baig: President at Baig Security

Baig Security was founded by Muhammad Baig in 2020. As a Sheridan alum, Muhammad developed a passion for promoting safety and security. His academic background in Human Resource and Business Marketing led to him starting Baig Security, ensuring all his clients and employees have the best work experience and a safe work environment.

Safety is the #1 priority at Baig Security. Because safety is so important to us, we want to provide the best solutions to ensure just that for all of our clients. We have two offices in Burlington and Hamilton but we service all of Ontario.

Baig Security’s vision is to become the best security company in Canada.

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Baig Security is committed to going above and beyond to provide the highest quality in security services in Ontario. Offering a range of services from commercial and residential services to monitoring port and dock to insurance and private investigation services. We provide customized solutions no matter the size of your business and to meet your needs.

At Baig, we pride ourselves with providing highly trained professional security guards who are always ready to safeguard your business, people and assets. Each client gets top notch customer service.

Since he started Baig Security, Muhammad Baig has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Under 40 Security Industry Professionals by SP&T News! The growth of Baig Security could not have been possible without the strong and dedicated teamwork of our employees and the leadership of Muhammad Baig.

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Baig Security president, Muhammad Baig

Looking to learn more about our services, what we do or have questions you need clarified? You can contact us by email at [email protected] or request a quote on our website at www.baigsecurity.com 

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October 28: Security Networking Event

Join us on October 28, 2022 at 4pm on Instagram Live for our Security Networking Event.

Security Networking with THIS IS SECURITY and Striker Tactical Systems.
We will be discussing topics on the security industry and innovations.

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Join us to learn more about what we are doing as industry experts and more about each company.

THIS IS SECURITY is network and system of strong individuals and companies in the security and investigations industry. They aide recruiting staff, turnover solutions, and providing a safe working environment for immigrants and international students in the security field.

https://www.instagram.com/security.networking101/

Striker Tactical Systems is offers security development courses, safeguard exercise and self defence fitness programs for individuals in the security field.

https://www.instagram.com/strikertacticalsystems/

You don’t want to miss this one. Come ready to get your questions and concerns clarified.

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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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Small Business Showcase – Summer 2022

Baig Security is excited to announce that we will be hosting our second online Small Business Showcase. After receiving amazing feedback from our last event, we could not be more happy to share these news.

When?

The Small Business Showcase will take place from Monday, August 22 to Saturday, August 27, 2022. It will last a total of 5 days filled with fun events, games, surprises and valuable information about the security field and Baig Secured!

Add to your calendar!

Attached above is a visual calendar breaking down how the event will take place.

See you there!

This will be an event filled with various amounts of valuable information and an opportunity for everyone to network and showcase their business! You do not want to miss out.

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7 Best Workplace Safety Blogs

Number 1: Safety Spot

https://www.safetyspot.ca/Blog.asp

The Safety Spot writes blog posts about injury, management, fall protection, human resources and much more content surrounding workplace safety. 

Check out their article on “Ways to Boost Mental Health in the Workplace.” 

Businesses often assume that their employee’s mental health isn’t something they should stick their noses into. When workers have poor mental health, it leads to poor work and productivity, leading to unsafe work procedures.

Let’s face it – work is stressful. Whether it’s taking orders at a fast-food drive-through or if you’re a parts driver for a mechanic shop. Here are a few ways employers can help boost mental health in the workplace.

Read more at https://www.safetyspot.ca/Blog.asp?id=33&title=Ways-to-Boost-Mental-Health-in-the-Workplace 

Number 2: Workforce Compliance Safety LTD.

https://workforcecompliancesafety.ca/blog/

The Workforce Compliance Safety blog is an excellent resource for Canadians. It discusses specific occupational hazardous safety legislation in different provinces and writes about other education options, how to make a safety culture in your company, and much more. 

Check out their article, “Top Five Construction Hazards & Safety Solutions.”

Health & Safety is a crucial part of operating a successful business. It’s important to remember that all companies risk accidents and injuries occurring in the workplace.

However, effective health and safety policies are crucial in high-risk workplaces like factories and building sites. Workers in the construction industry are often exposed to many types of hazards such as falls from height, being struck by factory vehicles, and suffering injuries due to operating large machinery.

Read more at https://workforcecompliancesafety.ca/construction-hazards/ 

Number 3: Work Safe for Life

https://www.worksafeforlife.ca/

Work Safe for Life is a Nova Scotian website with great blog posts about Safety Plans, Injury Prevention, Industry Safety, and much more! They have lots of checklists, resources and further reading as well. 

Check out their article, “Slips, Trips and Falls.”

You can take many simple steps to help protect you, your employees, and customers from a slip, trip or fall. We’ve compiled valuable tools to help start or continue your journey toward a workplace free of slips, trips and falls. 

Read more at https://www.worksafeforlife.ca/Home/Injury-Prevention/Protecting-yourself/Slips-Trips-Falls 

Number 4: Canadian Occupational Health and Safety Law

https://www.occupationalhealthandsafetylaw.com/blog/

The Canadian Occupational Health and Safety Law website is an informative blog following updates for OHS and more legislation affecting workers in Ontario. This is a good blog for both employees and employers to be up to date on new requirements for safety and advice.

Check out their article, “Alberta bans mandatory high heels in the workplace.”

Effective January 1, 2019, employers in Alberta can no longer require workers to wear footwear that may pose a health or safety risk to workers. This change was made by an amendment to Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Code. 

Read more at https://www.occupationalhealthandsafetylaw.com/alberta-bans-mandatory-high-heels-in-the-workplace/ 

Number 5: OSG

https://osg.ca/blog/

OSG’s safety blog has some great listicles that give relevant tips and ways to support employees in being safe at work. This includes safety during covid and much more.

Check out this article called “8 Ways to Keep Employees Safe During Ontario’s Reopening “.

At the start of this year, Ontario moved into Step Two of its Roadmap to Reopen with modifications to slow the spread of the Omicron variant. This COVID-19 variant continues to create health and safety challenges for organizations as the province moves into the next phase of reopening. Below are some strategies to help keep everyone in your workplace safe as the area continues lifting restrictions throughout the coming months. 

Read more at https://osg.ca/8-ways-to-keep-employees-safe-during-ontarios-reopening/ 

Number 6: E-safety First

https://esafetyfirst.com/blog/

E-safety first has a wide range of informative safety articles. This includes how to get forklift licenses, AODA compliance, and conflict resolution. 

Check out their blog post called “Conflict Resolution Strategies at the Workplace. “

Dynamic collaboration is encouraged daily in the workplace. Therefore some degree of conflict is inevitable. No matter what the cause is, the dispute can lead to big problems if it’s not managed effectively. Conflict can stimulate innovation and ultimately bring people closer together than separate them.

Read more at https://esafetyfirst.com/blog/conflict-resolution-strategies-at-the-workplace/ 

Number 7: Public Services Health and Safety association

The PSHSA follows the latest OHS news, research and trends across Ontario and beyond. They have everything from Abestos awareness, safety for small businesses, PTSD in the workplace and much more. 

Check out their post called “Say What? Investigating the Long-Term Impacts of Noise”

Sound is a natural part of our surroundings, but the difference between sound and noise is in the eye of the beholder, or rather, in the ears of the listener. For instance, heavy metal music can be a harmonious medley to one person and a bothersome cacophony to another person. While we may have different tastes in music or opinions of what sounds are enjoyable or unpleasant, noise is defined as unwanted sound and can be hazardous to a person’s health when exposed to levels that are too loud for too long and often enough.

Read more at https://www.pshsa.ca/blog/say-what-investigating-the-long-term-impacts-of-noise 

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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/