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Security Guard Services: Finding a Good Fit for Your Jewelry Business

on Aug 25, 2016 8:36 AM

Security guard services

The jewelry industry is only one segment of a much larger market that security companies service.

However, the unique threats facing jewelry businesses mean you can’t simply choose basic security guard services and expect to maximize your safety.

Criminals targeting jewelers have become desensitized to the presence of unarmed guards and guards who are not police officers. Certainly, a guard’s presence can help mitigate theft, but the primary concern for jewelers today is smash-and-grab robberies.

During some of these crimes, robbers have actually overpowered and injured the guards who were present. These disturbing scenarios have the potential to continue — and worsen — if additional actions aren’t taken.

To help discourage criminals casing your business or to provide protection during a robbery attempt, consider these eight options for security guard services, in order of preference:

  • Police officer — uniformed, armed, active
  • Police officer — uniformed, armed, retired
  • Police officer — no uniform, armed, active
  • Police officer — no uniform, armed, retired
  • Security guard — uniformed, armed
  • Security guard — no uniform, armed
  • Security guard — uniformed, unarmed
  • Security Guard — no uniform, unarmed

Even if you have a good working relationship with your local law enforcement, not all municipalities allow their officers to work in the retail environment in any capacity. The police department that serves your area will tell you if its services are available or not.

At the very least, you should still request that police frequently patrol around your store — especially when you’re closed , have reported a suspicious incident, or have recently suffered a loss.

Police officer

If using the services of a police officer is not an option, private security guard services can still be an effective alternative. While you can trust the credentials of law enforcement, basic requirements for security guards vary by state.

By selecting a reputable security guard service, you can trust that the guards you work with are certified and licensed by the state and comply with necessary requirements. These are some specific skills that are also recommended:

  • Firearms training
  • Evacuation training
  • Active shooter training
  • Escort training
  • Handcuffing techniques
  • Certified in CPR
  • Taser training
  • Pepper spray training
  • Baton training

Having an armed guard who possesses additional skills like these may cost extra but, considering the severity of crimes in the jewelry industry, they are well worth the investment. As the Jewelers Security Alliance has noted, bold criminals do not seem fazed by unarmed guards.

However, the decision to select these services is complex and needs to be addressed under the special circumstances of each jewelry business.

That’s why it’s important to keep in mind that the presence of armed guards is not foolproof — their presence has the potential to escalate violence if the robbers are incredibly brazen.

 

An insurance agent or broker who is an expert in both insurance and the jewelry industry can help you select security guard services and strengthen other areas of your business’s security plan. Contact a Jewelers Mutual agent today and learn more about the guidance, tools, and resources available to you.

Comments

do you have specific recommendations for a guard for our shops?

rena cohen

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Hi Rena! Since every business is unique, one of our Loss Prevention Specialists could help you with advice specific to your needs. Send them a message at [email protected] and let them know you concerns. Thanks for inquiring!

Logan Moore

Do you have any broad pricing ranges for the different subcategories of security guards? Non-armed security vs armed security / police officers? I am curious how the pricing ranges go for these types of guards. It is something I am looking into for my business and something I think is vital for any business owner to know! Thank you for the informative post on the different types of security guards.

Billy

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Those are great questions, Billy! Unfortunately, even broad pricing ranges would either be too broad or potentially inaccurate because the costs vary so much. Not only does specific training or skills effect the cost (which there are many to consider), but our Loss Prevention Specialists have seen similar skill sets differ drastically by state and even city to city. If you contact our Loss Prevention team at [email protected] and provide them with more details, they can help you find a good fit.

Logan Moore

My friend is having own Jewelry shop, do you provide Security Guard Services at night also or only at opening hours? There are chances of robbery at night, for this reason at night also we need security guard.

Brooklyn Martin

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Hi Brooklyn,

We do not provide the services. However, if you or your friend have any questions about security guards, feel free to contact one of our loss prevention experts at [email protected].

Logan Moore

great insight

Veritas Security

You really do need to make sure that you're making the wise decision when hiring the right security company for your jewelry business. As the article points out, you may need to look into how severe the crimes for your kind of business are. For example, since jewelry-related crimes tend to be pretty high-tier you may need a more advanced, more serious security company.

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Rohit kanwalu

For anyone looking armed security in the NYC area contact us. We employ active/retired Law enforcement Officers for high-end retail locations. Some of our clients are Jewelry stores.

Clifford Strong

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