12 Feb Top 5 Things to Consider While Choosing Your Security Service Provider
Choosing the right security firm for your business isn’t a decision that you can take risks on. Being with a security guard supplier that you can’t completely rely on could involve serious risks.
In many major cities of the UK including London, Leeds, Manchester, Midlands, and Wales, security guard services play a crucial role in protecting the lives and property of people and providing much needed security to businesses, religious and educational institutions, banks, hotels, public or private events, and other vulnerable locations and assets. Having a lot of security firms across the UK, it becomes increasingly hard to find a security company that you can rely on.
Here’s some important points to consider which could help you find the best security company in London or anywhere else in the UK region.
1. Is the firm experienced for working with a client from your industry?
Security guards have a set of skills and experience that makes them suitable for a similar range of businesses and environments. It’s the same for manned guarding companies. For example, a security company having experience in protecting schools or universities would hire security guards with similar skill sets and experience. They will have a very different skill set and training from what’s needed in a bank or a hotel lobby.
While choosing security providers for your firm, make sure they have experience with clients similar to your industry, whether in size, type or profession.
2. Have they been offering security services in your city?
Check to see if the security provider you’re considering is providing security to other clients in your city. It could be a huge advantage since their security team is already familiar with the security situation in your neighbourhood. It would be better if they have multiple locations in your city since they’ll have additional security, supervision, and reinforcements nearby.
3. What do their clients say about them online?
There’s no better way of knowing about a company than what their clients have to say about them. Almost every company now has a Google listing and digital presence where you can find reviews about them.
4. How do they price their services?
Some companies might provide lower rates than others. While it’s important to find a cost-effective solution that fits your budget, a firm that’s providing very low prices compared to their competition could mean other compromises down the line
Lower initial costs can be deceiving
If they offer lower initial costs, they might have a lot of hidden costs for which would normally be included in the overall costs by more reliable security providers.
Minimum wage guards
A security company providing their services for lower costs could have their security guards on the minimum payroll and with less employment benefits. Low wage employees generally have less loyalty to their employers and their clients. Apart from being a moral concern, this could be an obvious security concern. Low wage guards could also mean a less skilled and poorly trained security.
MPD FM provides competitive wages to its manned guards and security personnel since their job satisfaction is as important as their skill, training and equipment for their effectiveness on site.
5. Do guards have a strong backup or support team?
One of the benefits of having security guards on your premises is a strong response capability. You might already have cameras installed but they won’t do much if you don’t have a strong 24/7 support team, which is critical not just for you as the client but also for the guard.
This curated list would hopefully help you pick the best security company suited perfectly to meet your needs.
Having more than 18 years of industry experience, MPD FM is proud to be a leading and trusted supplier of security services across the UK. Our SIA-licensed security guards and officers are well trained to offer a comprehensive portfolio of services according to the client’s requirements. MPD FM’s security services have been approved by major accrediting organisations in the UK including SIA ACS and NSI Gold. Our commitment and continual efforts to innovation and team development have enabled us to rank among the top 5% of reputed ACS approved contractors.
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