Are you planning to hold a special event? You’re going to need to hire one or more security guards.
Holding an event has a number of security challenges. There’s a chance intruders and gate-crashers will want to make their way in. Crowd trouble is a real possibility, especially if alcoholic drinks will be offered. You also cannot rule out emergency situations, such as a fire.
Security guards will help with these situations. But how do you find the best guards for your event?
Here is a quick guide on how to rent a security guard you can count on to do the job competently.
Independent Contractor or Security Company?
When looking for security guard services, you have two options: Rent an independent/freelance security officer or give the job to a security company.
Which one is ideal for you? It all depends on the size and nature of your event.
If you’re planning a small event of, say, 20-30 people, or there is one point of entry and exit, a single guard could suffice. In this case, you can go for an independent contractor.
But if it’s a large event, you’ll require the services of two or more guards. Go for a security company. This option promises seamless security services at your event since you can ask the company to send over guards who have a working relationship.
This is far better than hiring two or more independent contracts who have never worked with each other before.
Is the Guard Licensed?
Most states require security guards to obtain an occupational license or complete a certification process before seeking employment.
As such, ask whether the security guard you’re looking to rent has an active license or certification. Crosscheck their details with the relevant agency in your state.
If a candidate for the job is cagey with their licensure or certification information, move on.
You: “How long have you worked as a security guard?”
Potential guard for your event: “10 years.”
You: “That’s a lot of experience. You’ve got the job!”
If you rent a security guard based on the collective numbers of years they have done the job, you could end up with the wrong fit.
What you need to do is look at whether the guard has vast experience providing security in special events like yours. If you’re planning a wedding, for instance, you want a security guard who has spent most of the 10 years securing weddings.
And don’t just take their word for it. Ask for a couple of customer references, call them and verify the information.
Industry Awards Matter
Nothing demonstrates competence and excellence like a professional award.
If a company has won a security guard company award in the recent past and meets all the other requirements, bingo! You have just met the right fit.
And if you’re dealing with an independent security guard, give preference to one who’s an active member of an industry association, such as the International Association of Professional Security Consultants.
Rent a Security Guard and Enjoy Your Peace of Mind
Events are part of life, and most people enjoy attending them. When you’re the planner or host, though, the same cannot be said. From keeping everyone comfortable to ensuring their safety and security, there’s a lot on your plate.
Luckily, you can rent a security guard to help manage the crowd and ensure the event ends without any incident. Plus, we’ve told you how to find the best guard, so your job should be easier.
And that’s not all. We have more hacks to make every aspect of your life easier.