It can be helpful to be on the same page as your security guard services when it comes to expectations and goals. However, a lapse in communication or a lack of understanding can result in tension, confusion, frustration, misunderstandings and even breaches of contract.
To avoid this and to get the services you need for your home, business or company, it’s smart to be able to communicate with your local security guard company on their terms.
The following glossary of terms will help you understand words and phrases commonly used by local security patrol companies and keep you operating on the same page.
armed security guards
Security guards may be armed, depending on the company they work for and the needs of the company by which they are hired. Armed security guards must have the correct training and certification to carry weapons.
Also known as: armed guards, armed security patrols, armed security forces
contract security services
Contract security services are security patrols provided by a specialized security company to a client company on a contract basis.
Also known as: contract security guard services, contract security patrol services, contract security companies
Certified Protection Professional
Certified Protection Professionals are professional security contractors have the correct education and experience and can meet certain competency standards and pass a test to become named Certified Protection Professionals. The CPP test is given by ASIS International and the Professional Certification Board.
Also known as: CPP, certified security professional, certified security guard
The effort to reduce crime and to deter criminals is known as crime prevention. Crime prevention is used reduce crime, enforce the law and maintain criminal justice. Crime prevention strategies can be utilized in businesses, industrial areas, shipping centers, stores, offices, neighborhoods and other residential and commercial situations.
Also known as: crime reduction, crime prevention strategies
crossing guard services
Schools, colleges, and businesses near dangerous or busy roads may require the services of security guards to help students, employees, customers and others to safely navigate. Some Contra Costa County security guard patrol companies have professional crossing guards whom they contract out to local schools and businesses. These professionals are trained and knowledgeable to help identify traffic hazards, use traffic control devices and methods, understand local traffic rules, and navigate bad weather and heavy traffic to help patrons cross safely on signaled and unsignaled intersections near schools and businesses.
Also known as: professional crossing guards, school crossing guards, professional traffic control services
A series of security layers such as barriers, gates, locked gates and doors, CCTV and security systems, security patrols, security guards, sensors, alarms and more can be implemented to make it hard for criminals and thieves to get into buildings, breach perimeters and steal items or perpetrate crimes.
Also known as: security systems, multi-level security systems, layered security systems, layered security protocol
loss prevention officers
Loss prevention is the prevention of theft, shoplifting, and other loss of property, merchandise or money. Loss prevention often includes the use of plain-clothed security guards and video surveillance systems. Loss prevention officers may walk throughout the building (often in retail stores, warehouses, office buildings and other businesses where theft may occur), view CCTV and security recordings, act as store employees or shoppers to blend in to better see theft or problems, and look for employee theft and shoplifters.
Also known as: theft prevention, merchandise theft prevention, loss prevention strategies, shoplifting prevention, shoplifting officers, undercover loss prevention officers
mobile security patrols
Mobile security patrols move around buildings and properties. Mobile patrols often walk premises, scan property perimeters, ensure doors and windows are secure, verify that employees are safe, watch for unauthorized vehicles or individuals on the property, watch for other safety hazards that threaten the property or individuals on the property they are assigned to protect.
Also known as: mobile patrols, mobile security services, walking security services
personal protection services
Personal protection, including personal property protection, may include the services of a security guard officer or teams set aside to provide protection and security services for individuals and/or their personal property. This may include protection after a personal threat, protection for high-profile executives and professionals, personal property protection for those who have received threats or need additional security, and more.
Also known as: personal property protection, personal security guards, individual security detail
Physical security guard services are those meant to deny access to unauthorized personnel , criminals, attackers, trespassers and others from accessing buildings, facilities, stores, industrial facilities, and other locations. This may include armed and unarmed security guards, physical barriers, CCTV and alarm systems and more.
Also known as: plant security, building security, trespassing prevention, secure buildings services
private security company
Private security companies are those independent or franchise security guard contractors and companies that work to provide security for people and/or property, rather than public crime prevention services such as the police. This may include crime prevention, patrol services, crime detection, crime and theft investigation, witnessing and being a witness against crime and criminal perpetrators, and apprehending criminals and trespassers.
Also known as: private security contractors, private security guard services, independent security services,
residential security guard patrols
Residents of private homes, apartments, condos, gated neighborhoods, and more, may need private security services. This may include security at entrance gates, mobile security services, security guard patrols, home and apartment monitoring services, property security checks and patrols, building opening and lock-up, threat assessment for condos/apartments or gated neighborhoods, and more.
Also known as: home security guards, residential security services, neighborhood security guard services, home monitoring services, gated community security services
Identifying risks and vulnerabilities of people property, businesses, residential areas and other individuals and locations is known as risk assessment. Risk assessment services often include evaluating the risk and potential source of risks, and outlining what it would take to minimize the risk.
Also known as: risk evaluation, risk minimization, minimizing potential risk, risk management
risk management services
Together with risk assessment are risk management services. Good risk management services may include personal and business surveillance, theft deterrent, night security, high-risk termination assessments and planning, workplace violence, personal threats, public safety threats, and others.
Also known as: business risk management, personal risk management, commercial risk management services
The auditing and examining of a business, security service or existing security program that evaluates the efficacy and function of the security personnel and security guard services.
Also known as: security surveys, commercial security audits, commercial security surveys
A professional security officer who is paid to protect property, assets or people. Security guards may be uniformed, plain-clothed, armed or unarmed and usually are assigned to protect property and individuals using various methods.
Also known as: securing officer, security officer, professional security guard, security personnel, professional security services, watchguard
Security patrols are those that include physical checks and monitoring of buildings, grounds and facilities by professional security guards. Patrol may performed on foot or by vehicle.
Also known as: security guard patrols, professional security patrol services
security technology services
Security technology includes technology-integrated security services such as electronic monitoring, wireless camera surveillance, video security monitoring and more to provide security services in conjunction with technology to provide more consistent and reliable security services to local businesses and firms.
Also known as: CCTV security systems, security guard technology
special event security
Security guards that provide private and public security services at special events are known as special event security services. Special event security can include event security planning, threat assessment, crowd control, emergency response and more. Special events covered by security guard companies in Contra Costa County may include public and private events such as concerts, sports games, entertainment events, business and corporate events, and more.
Also known as: special event security patrols, private event security, professional special event security patrols
Surveillance is the observation of a location, activity or individuals. Security surveillance may be done by a person, either undercover or in uniform, or by digital means that are monitored by security personnel.
Also known as: security surveillance, surveillance personnel, private security surveillance
unarmed security guards
Contra Costa County security guards may be armed or unarmed, depending on the company they work for and the needs of the company by which they are hired. Unarmed security guards patrol using nightsticks, mace, pepper spray, tasers and other non-deadly-force items, but do not carry guns.
Also known as: non-armed security guards
Uniformed officers are professional security officers who provide security services while wearing a uniform. This uniform may be a professional uniform for the company they are representing or for their security company, and may even include tactical uniforms. Uniformed officers are in uniform to be more visible and to prevent crime based on their presence.
Also known as: uniformed guards, uniformed security patrols
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