Things to Keep In Mind When Outsourcing Security Services

When you own a business, security is one of the topmost concerns that you should have. Not only does this protect your business but taking the appropriate security measures can also work toward decreasing your insurance premiums as your business will be low risk. However, opting to outsource security services for your business is not simply about selecting the first security company that you come across. There are a number of considerations that you should keep in mind to ensure that the security services provided will meet your business' individual needs. 

Ensure you have a risk assessment conducted on your business

When outsourcing security services, you need to now the type of coverage that you will require before you enlist their services. The only way that you can do this effectively is by having a risk assessment conducted on your company. This risk assessment can be carried out by the company you are considering as a service provider or by an independent organization. Some people prefer an independent company's assessment so as to get an objective assessment. When conducting a risk assessment, several aspects will be covered. These aspects include:

  • The potential of break-ins and vandalism to your business premises
  • The potential of theft on your business premises
  • The countermeasures that would need to be employed to keep your business safe
  • The cost to benefit analysis of security services

Once potential risks have been identified, the security service provider can discern what measures would be best suited for your type of business.

Establish the terms and conditions of your security services

Since the security services provided for companies will differ from one business to the next, it would be pertinent to establish the terms and conditions that are related to your own company's needs. These terms and conditions do not only stipulate what is expected of the security officers appointed to your premises but will also state the different services that are included in your individual security package. Some of the terms and conditions that you should be aware of before opting for security services include:

  • The liability in the event of a security breach
  • The procedures in place for visitor management
  • The provision of surveillance cameras and how frequently they will be monitored
  • The availability of response teams or if you would have to depend on local authorities
  • The choice of having uniformed security personnel or opting  for plain clothes
  • The insurance provisions in the event of vandalism or burglary on the premises