One question that we have as a security agency often come across is, “shall we hire armed security or unarmed security?” Well, the answer to this question cannot be a simple yes or no. There is a complete analysis that goes into this. You need to understand your security needs and consider several other factors before making a choice.
Thus, to help you out, we have listed a few factors that you need to look at before hiring armed or unarmed security.
Fill up the Questionaire
Before moving ahead, let us get a few things clear. Here is a questionnaire that you can answer to know your needs better.
- Do you observe a specific threat to your property?
- What are the main concerns you feel you have for your property?
- Is your property private or a public space?
- What’s the perception you are trying to gain by hiring security?
- What is your budget?
You can answer these questions considering the following factors.
Factors to Consider
Here are some factors that will help you make a better choice.
- Understand your security needs
Firstly, you need to understand whether your property is an easy target or not. Terrorists and other criminals go to places that are crowded with low defense. If your property is a public place like a mall, park, etc. it might be under the criminal’s radar since many people visit it and security is often low.
- Main concerns
This includes whether your property is in a high-risk area or you are worried about possible attacks for the kind of business you run. Are your employees in any sort of danger? If the answers to these questions are yes, then maybe you need to go for armed security as that makes intruders think twice before entering.
This is something very important for you to know. Armed security is bound to cost you more than unarmed security because of their training requirements and insurance liability. Whereas, unarmed security costs less. Thus, considering your security needs, you can allot a budget for the same and hire accordingly.