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Is Armed Security A Good Idea?

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  • Nadra Enzi
    What do you think, is armed security a good idea? The author of this article thinks it isn t ( he s also the owner of Visual Security www.visualsecurity.net )
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 10, 2007
      What do you think, is armed security a good idea? The author of this article thinks it isn't ( he's also the owner of Visual Security www.visualsecurity.net ) .


      If you are deciding whether or not to hire armed or unarmed security, maybe this information can make your decision a little easier.

      One reason armed security may look so attractive to some clients is because it gives the illusion of a police officer and will be more of a crime deterrent. But the limits of authority are clear, an armed security officer is not a police officer. An also, there are other issues that should be taken into consideration. Such as: 1.) Most Armed Security Officers Are Not Properly Trained
      Although many companies stress firearm classes, very few enforce their policy. So it's up to the security officer to practice on his/her own. Another issue is the testing itself. It's not uncommon for those who fail their first firearms test to be allowed to retake the test with the hammer of the firearm already cocked. (This reduces the recoil action of the firearm, which gives them a better chance at a higher score). So you run the risk of having an armed officer on your property who is not even qualified to discharge a firearm in the conventional manner (hammer uncocked), which can lead to disastrous consequences.
      Note: Firearm training requires only (2) two / (8) eight-hour classes.

      2.) Armed Security Officers Cost More
      Armed Security can cost anywhere from $4.00 to $10.00 per hour more than unarmed security. That's a lot of money to pay someone who may not even be qualified and is only permitted by law to discharge their firearm in extreme situations:

      A. In Self-Defense: This means an officer must believe his/her life is in danger, which must be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt. Even highly trained and skilled police officers find this gray area difficult to navigate. So just imagine the pressure on an armed Security Officer who has received minimal training.

      B. Preventing Bodily Harm: Which means if personal injury can be prevented without the use of deadly force, officers are encouraged to do so, but only under extreme circumstances and after careful consideration should a firearm be drawn. Now remember, this is someone with minimal firearm training and no experience dealing with life/death situations. So why pay $5.00 to $10.00 more per hour for armed security when you're already paying taxes for officers trained and equipped to deal with life/death situations, namely, the Police.

      3.) Security Officer Held Totally Resonsible?
      The responsibilities of an armed guard are enormous. If an officer injures or kills anyone, the officer will more than likely have a civil suit filed against him/her, as well as criminal charges. And even though the client is not liable, the injured party and/or family of the deceased will more than likely bring suit against the client, which will result in negative press for the client's business, as well as court and lawyer fees. And in today's litigation mad society, the consequences can be very costly.

      4.) The Role of a Security Officer
      Truely effective security consist of (3) three aspects: 1.) To Deter, 2.) To Deter, and 3.) To Report. Any Security Officer properly trained in these (3) three aspects, along with a clean professional appearance is just as effective, if not more effective (not to mention more cost effective) than an armed officer. So please consider these (4) four points before hiring armed security, because as I stated earlier, the consequences can be disastrous and costly to a client's business. So please let us prove to you We are the Best Service and Protection For Your "Non-Tax" Dollars.

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