California private security guards services

Unfortunately the world is not a harmonious place and sometimes you need extra security to avoid any dangers. This can happen even in the most beautiful places, such as California. The private security guards services ensure you the safety that you need, anytime you need it. In case you have a business in California or you feel threatened in any way, the best option is to hire California private security guards services.

California is the number one state according to its population and one of the largest economies in the world. It is home to numerous tourist attractions such as the Yosemite National Park, Disneyland or the Golden Gate Bridge. It also is one of the most diverse places on the planet and owns an incredible variety of flora and fauna. Its cities are some of the most developed and modern cities in the world.

Despite all this, California is not free of crime. Like any other place, it cannot be completely safe. Under special circumstances, you might even require private security guards services to protect your well-being or your business. These services are a guarantee that you’ll be protected against any harm and that you’ll be properly defended any time it’s necessary.

The private security guards services provide services that are meant to focus on the safety of persons or businesses. They include analysis of potential harms, the management of risk and crisis or physical defense for people and goods. The private guards like firstsecurityservices.com are security professionals who have been intensively trained to respond immediately to any potential danger and to act accordingly.

They are definitely more effective than regular camera surveillance or alarm systems as they can monitor any circumstance that might be threatening for you. On the other hand, they can react in real time and their intervention could not only prevent you from being injured but it can even save your life.

First and foremost, you should definitely think about hiring California private security guards service for your business. Your employees can’t keep up with all the possible circumstances that might occur and their inability to cope well with things that jeopardize the business could make you lose money and time. Each employee should do his job and focus only on his own tasks. Involving them in security issues won’t only be very ineffective, but the whole business will slow down. And security should only be handled by specialists who are trained regarding any safety breaches that could occur.

Private security is very efficient for personal use as well. If you are a VIP, a wealthy person or just someone who feels threatened and fears imminent dangers, you should use the services of a private security guard company.

There are quite many private security companies in California such as American Guard Services, Inc. or Condor Security of America. They offer a variety of services meant to protect every aspect of your life and/or business like loss prevention, investigation, armed and unarmed guards or off duty police officers.

Think about your situation and choose a company that best suits your requirements. Most companies will offer you customized services as well. You have the option to ask them to check visitors and vehicles, to lock doors at a certain time of the day or any security-related concern that you might have.

California private security guards services are a good option to maintain your own safety, the safety of your family and the proper professional observation of your business. The private guards will make sure that you get all the attention and that your integrity won’t be damaged in any way.

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Where Security Guards Outnumber (and Sometimes Outgun) the Police

Even McDonald’s has heavily armed guards roaming their parking lots. Many of the private security guards wear military style fatigues and carry Uzis or pistol-grip shotguns (amazingly, most municipal transit police officers, such as the PMT of Mixco and PMT of San Lucas do not carry guns).

At times it is hard to tell them apart from soldiers or police officers. I once went to Banco de los Trabajadores in Los Proceres shopping mall in Guatemala City and there were as many security guards as bank tellers. The bank was a small branch and had six guards dressed in fatigues and wearing bullet proof vests. They looked as if they were ready to go to war. This is understandable, as bank robberies are common in Guatemala. I remember every few months the daily newspaper Al Dia would run a cover article with a graphic picture of the latest bank robbery’s bloody aftermath.

Photo: A security guard working for the Grupo Golan security company in Antigua, Guatemala.

With the crime situation in Guatemala being as bad as it is, the private security business has been booming for a decade. It’s estimated that there are up to 150,000 private security guards in Guatemala. They vastly outnumber the police, at just 25,000.

This has become a trend in countries that reeling from high crime rates. In South Africa, there are an estimated 400,000 private security guards working for over 9,000 security companies. This is more than the total number of police and soldiers in the entire country. As in Guatemala, they are extremely well armed and many look as if they are members of elite military units. Some of them are even trained by their companies in military tactics. There are also South African security companies that have helicopters and armored personnel carriers and resemble small armies.

In Guatemala, relying on private security can be problematic. Private guards are low paid and many lack any significant training, even though they carry heavy weaponry. Unfortunately, the entire industry is unchecked for the most part. Because of this, the government created the Private Security Services Department (DIGESSP) in 2010 and passed a law that required security companies to be registered with the new agency. Companies would be listed in a database and be subjected to checks and balances. Security companies were given had two years to comply, but only 140 have registered so far. Hundreds more are still operating without government oversight.

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In Guatemala private security guards are ubiquitous. They can be seen patrolling supermarkets, malls, office buildings, parking garages, restaurants, churches, factories, gas stations, taxi stands, and city buses. Even McDonald’s has heavily armed guards roaming their parking lots. Many of the private security guards wear military style fatigues and carry Uzis or pistol-grip shotguns (amazingly, most municipal transit police officers, such as the PMT of Mixco and PMT of San Lucas, do not carry guns). At times it is hard to tell them apart from soldiers or police officers. I once went to Banco de los Trabajadores in Los Proceres shopping mall in Guatemala City and there were as many security guards as bank tellers. The bank was a small branch and had six guards dressed in fatigues and wearing bullet proof vests. They looked as if they were ready to go to war. This is understandable, as bank robberies…

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Government Policing Does Not Mix Well With Private Security

Recently, public police departments in the Des Moines, Iowa area have been charging businesses and private homeowners for responding to false alarms — that is, alarms generated by business or home security systems that were not the result of apparent criminal activity. For example, an alarm may be activated when debris blows by a motion sensor, and the local police department is then notified and it responds.

According to The Des Moines Register, this has been occurring a lot recently. Des Moines police responded to 3,806 alarms last year, more than 90 percent of which were false; West Des Moines police responded similarly with a 95 percent false alarm rate; and Urbandale (part of the greater Des Moines metropolitan area) police encountered a 91 percent false alarm rate.

Perhaps not surprisingly, local police departments are not pleased with this development.

 

“It’s something we try to manage because alarms are good in theory and they do catch burglars and robbers and we get notified quicker. But on the other side we spend a lot of time spinning our wheels going to false alarm trips,” Urbandale Police Lt. Rob Johansen said. “It’s kind of a catch-22 for us.”

As a result, fines are now issued for false alarms. In Des Moines, for example, the first false alarm gets a fine of up to $500, and $750 for each false alarm after that. This has netted the city about $700,000 since 2008 when fines were first issued. Other local cities pass out lower fines for false alarms, but the idea is the same — false alarms will cost you!

For the casual observer, this seems to make sense — why should law enforcement officers waste their time with these false alarms? The typical false alarm requires 20 to 40 minutes of an officer’s time. This is time lost from performing standard patrols, or responding to crime elsewhere.

Public law enforcement, which we all are forced to support via taxation, is a service that garners wide-ranging support from most people and political backgrounds. In one poll, 83 percent of the American public supported giving the police more power to stop and search people who looked like terrorists. After the Boston Marathon bombing, 91 percent of Massachusetts residents favored the police shutting down parts of the city to look for the second bombing suspect, whom they arrested after being notified of the suspects location by a private citizen.

What all of this support indicates is the basic human need for security. Like food and shelter, people require security. Society requires the protection of property, which can be complemented by professional security forces. Nowadays, these are almost always public law enforcement departments who respond to reports of lawbreaking. However, it’s interesting to note recent situations where people have sought private security due to inadequate public security systems. (See here,here,here,here, here.)

This indicates a couple of things: first, alternatives to publicly-funded police departments exist, including private security monitoring systems for businesses and homes, human patrols who alert public law enforcement agencies, and security agencies hired to watch over employees and property. The Pinkertons are perhaps the most well-known example of this. Second, at least in some areas, public law enforcement is deemed inadequate by the local population; that is, people feel the need to purchase extra security services in addition to those that they are forced to pay for through taxation, and yet, when these private services come in conflict with the state’s security forces, private citizens find themselves paying even more.

This begs the question of why should people pay for the same thing twice. In a particular area, if policing is not maintaining order, why shouldn’t the people there be allowed to choose whatever service protects them to the extent that they are willing to pay?

It seems that some Des-Moines-area businesses were not getting the security they needed from public police departments, and they sought extra security. To make matters worse, false alarms will now cost the businesses more via fines, at $1,000 per hour or more. Business owners are being taxed twice. Surely, at such a high price, totally private security systems would be a much more attractive option.

Here we find the unfortunate outcome of mixing private security with the state’s mandatory and monopolistic security force. Citizens are forced to pay for services that are not sufficient in this case, and are then penalized further when their private security systems bother the public security service provider.

When given the choice, private security systems would vary widely from region to region based on the needs of the customers. In some places, no formal security may be required, while in others, something resembling a public police department would be created (for large cities and businesses, perhaps). But, upon failure of the current system in any particular place, the situation could be changed relatively quickly by withholding funding or resources paid to the private security service provider.

There is nothing magical about the protection of persons and property. The fact that public law enforcement departments use a one-size-fits-all model and resemble each other wherever you go, regardless of the local realities, is the result of state monopolies on security services and the public’s unfortunate support for government police even where they fail to protect or serve.

 

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Dave Albin conducts process development research and provides technical support for a food equipment manufacturer in Iowa. Send him mail. See Dave Albin’s article archives.

 

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by Dave Albin via The Mises Daily

When government police fail to provide adequate protection, people turn to private security. Yet, when private security becomes inconvenient for the monopoly security force (i.e., the state), purchasers of private security are punished.

Recently, public police departments in the Des Moines, Iowa area have been charging businesses and private homeowners for responding to false alarms — that is, alarms generated by business or home security systems that were not the result of apparent criminal activity. For example, an alarm may be activated when debris blows by a motion sensor, and the local police department is then notified and it responds.

According to The Des Moines Register, this has been occurring a lot recently. Des Moines police responded to 3,806 alarms last year, more than 90 percent of which were false; West Des Moines police responded similarly with a 95 percent false alarm…

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Oakland Neighborhood Uses Crowdfunding To Pay For Private Guards

Lemley and some of her neighbors wanted private security guards to patrol their streets. To raise money, they launched a page on Crowdtilt.com, urging people to contribute to the cause.

“It’s been about a week and we’ve raised around $20,000;” Lemley said. In just a few days, another group of Rockridge residents raised more than $13,000 on Crowdtilt, while a third group raised more than $1,000.

Does private security even work? One swath of the Oakmore neighborhood in Oakland hasn’t seen a home burglary for seven months, since hiring a private guard.

Not everyone is convinced. “What would be nice is if the city council would figure out a way for the police department to fill in the holes,” said Alex Circiello, a lifelong Rockridge resident.

Circiello said he worries that bringing in private guards to each neighborhood will have an isolating effect. “We have our own security forces and the next block over has their own security forces and we’re no longer a functioning city that has a police department,” he said.

Lemley said the guards are on a trial run. $24,000 would buy six months of 12-hour patrols, five days a week.

“If this is something people want, we can come together and do it. And at the same time if it’s not, then it can stop,” she said.

The neighbors are considering donating any additional funds they collect to neighborhoods that cannot afford private security.

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OAKLAND (KPIX 5) — Fed up with rising crime, residents of Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood have turned to online donations to pay for private security guards.

The push for guards began after several casual carpoolers were robbed at gunpoint on the morning of September 23rd.

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Rockridge resident Amy Lemley is a neighbor of one of the victims. “There’s been a more serious uptick and I feel like a more brazen nature,” Lemley said.

Over the past six months, there have been 28 robberies, 32 burglaries and eight assaults in this enclave. “Let’s use modern technology to try to bring the community together,” Lemley said.

Lemley and some of her neighbors wanted private security guards to patrol their streets. To raise money, they launched a page on Crowdtilt.com, urging people to contribute to the…

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