Armed Security Guards in 

Charlotte NC and Asheville NC

 

Hiring a professional security guard to patrol residential or commercial property is one of the best ways to deter crime. However, there is a major difference between unarmed and armed security. While ordinary security guards are ideal for low-level threats like vandalism, a security guard licensed to carry armed weapons may be more appropriate for areas at a higher risk of serious crime. Learn more about the benefits of hiring BlackStone Security Group armed guards in Charlotte, NC and Asheville, NC.

 Benefits of Hiring Armed  Security Guards

Affluent neighborhoods, places of business, and institutions like banks may be motivated to hire professional security guards who are trained in firearm protection. To be sure, a guard who is armed offers a higher level of defense than a guard who is not carrying any weapons. This is particularly true if a security guard is hired to protect an at-risk area or individual. Other benefits include:

Another major benefit of hiring security officers is the faster response time. When a security officer is on duty, the response to potential crime is immediate and security concerns can be handled without delay. If a security officer apprehends a criminal, they can temporarily detain the individual until law enforcement arrives, which de-escalates the situation safely.

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Significant Crime Deterrent – Armed Security 

Our Mission

Security guards are charged with the safety and protection of individuals and private property for the purpose of preventing unlawful activity, such as harassment, theft, and vandalism. The basic duties of a security officer include crime deterrence, observation and detection of suspicious activity, and reporting unlawful activity to law enforcement.

More Significant Crime Deterrent

In general, having an armed guard on the premises can offer more protection, especially because an unarmed guard will have no defense against an armed criminal. An armed guard is specially trained in how to handle firearms and when firearms should be employed to defend a client or client’s business. Wealthy individuals and businesses have more to lose and are generally considered more high-risk.

Criminals are often more dangerous or more motivated to be violent if they are after a high-value item, such as money, jewelry, or other luxury items. However, even an armed criminal will have second thoughts about targeting a person or location that is protected by an armed guard.

High Level of Training and Experience

Additionally, an armed detail will also have a quicker response to crime. An armed guard can subdue a violent criminal or trespasser much more quickly than an unarmed guard because an armed guard has a higher level of training. Not only is an armed guard trained in how to safely handle a firearm and apprehend criminals, but an armed guard will also have extensive training in traditional security guard roles, such as surveillance.

Most armed guards have extensive experience and on-the-job training. Many armed guards have a background in the military or law enforcement, and much of that experience translates neatly to private security. An armed guard with a high level of training and experience can quickly identify weak points in your security as well as detect suspicious activity to prevent crimes.

Firearm Training

If an individual wants to become an armed security guard, it’s also necessary to undergo firearm training. Firearm training involves obtaining a valid pistol license. Individuals must also complete a 47-hour firearm training course that is designed specifically for security officers before applying for a Special Armed Guard Registration. For armed guard, annual in-service training courses must be completed each year.

Common Duties for Patrolling Security Guards

Security guards on patrol can perform several essential duties. A state-certified security guard will be trained to secure the premises of the property, inspect weak security points such as access areas, and monitor for any obvious security risks like suspicious people or suspicious activity. Some security guards will also be trained to civilly arrest and detain suspicious individuals or report security incidents to local authorities.

For certain residential and commercial properties, it may be necessary for security guards to control access to the property. A security guard at a gate or booth can verify that individuals requesting entry to the property are on an approved list. This list can include business owners, spouses of employees, contractors, or other visitors. Individuals who are not authorized on the property can be turned away by the security guard.

Differences Between Foot Patrol and Vehicle Patrol

Certainly, both foot patrol and vehicle patrol can be very effective for deterring crime and ensuring any property is safe. However, foot patrol may be better for inspecting the property or patrolling smaller properties, whereas vehicle patrol may be more appropriate for larger properties so patrols can be completed in a shorter amount of time.

Foot patrols are ideal for detecting security risks that may be missed by video surveillance, such as trespassers, safety hazards, property damage, or signs of suspicious activity like broken windows. Vehicle patrols can be conducted with cars, bicycles, golf carts, and ATVs to respond to immediate security alerts that are detected by CCTV surveillance. Vehicle patrols also make it easier for multiple security guards to respond to security issues.

Importance of CCTV Monitoring

Contemporary technology has made security monitoring more convenient than ever. CCTV cameras can be installed in multiple locations to detect security threats in real time, particularly in areas such as access points. Video security monitoring can be observed by trained security guards so that threats of suspicious activity can have an immediate response.

CCTV security monitoring is also important for evidence later on. If there is a security incident such as theft or vandalism, recorded CCTV footage can be used to identify suspects and record the crime. CCTV footage also protects residents, employees, visitors on property, and security guards who respond to security issues.

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When you hire BlackStone Security Group in Charlotte, NC, and Asheville, NC to handle your security patrols, your residential or commercial property can benefit from customized security. Patrols can be armed or unarmed, depending on your preference, and we can monitor additional tools such as camera surveillance can increase the security of your property.

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