Before You Choose A Security Consultant
So you’ve decided you need to hire a security consultant. All you need to do now is select one. What you’ll probably find at this stage is that there are so many security companies in Australia, and the problem is in distinguishing one from another. So let us introduce ourselves.
In the 30 years that we have been engaged in supplying private security services as a consultancy, we have built up contacts within the industry which enable us to advise our clients, whether they be shopping malls, factories, sports complexes, or the organisers of special events.
We can supply commercial security, executive security, personal security and the personnel and equipment that go with it – bodyguards, security guards, and surveillance equipment. We can carry out the discreet investigation of the backgrounds of prospective employees, and even cover your cyber security so your computer network isn’t compromised.
Security Consultant Expertise
There isn’t much on security matters that we cannot advise on, and what may be outside our area of expertise can be covered by one or other of our numerous contacts in the private security industry.
But first, consider the reason why you’ve decided you need a security services company to advise you. Unfortunately all too often it’s because you’ve just suffered from a breach of security and you want to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Where this is the case it’s important you don’t narrow the scope of the consultancy to just the particular way in which your security was compromised.
We have noticed over the years that very often that is exactly what does happen. When we are asked to advise on matters relating to security it is treated by our client as a damage limitation exercise restricted to the area where the breach occurred. But if, for example, you have just suffered from a burglary and theft from your warehouse, it doesn’t mean that your security measures relating to cash in transit are adequate.
It’s most likely that you or your company will benefit from a complete review of all your security measures, but the problem is that many security contractors don’t have sufficient knowledge or experience in all relevant areas of security. This is because there is very little regulation in the private security industry. There are few, if any, qualifications to bestow on those who have proved themselves or withhold from those who haven’t.
What To Look For A Security Consultant
So if you’re thinking of hiring a small security company, or even a self-styled consultant, then you should be careful. Will they be able to advise on every single aspect of your security?
Most of them limit their consultancy activities to such things as supplying security guards, or advising on where you should station your wireless security cameras and CCTV. Unless you are quite sure that you only need expertise in one particular area then it’s good practice to seek out a larger company that has recourse to security specialists covering all your business or commercial activities.
Fortunately, seeking a security consultant isn’t something you have to do very often. When you’ve found one that you can relate to and who understands your own business and its security problems, then the benefits in terms of the smooth running of your business are well worth the cost.