How Can Security Guard Liability Impact Your Business?

November 03 2017
Security Guard Liability

Can security liability put your commercial property at risk? Many shopping plazas, car dealerships, and residential properties utilize a third-party security guard service, but what if the guards are not trained or equipped to handle criminals or escalated incidents?

Security guards at an Indiana fairground faced the same risks and dangers as police officers. However, they did not have the training, backup, or materials to handle the situation.

At the fairground, two men attempted to break into a pickup truck. Security guards approached the suspects, who left the truck and fled the scene in a van. On their way out, the suspects hit a security guard and broke his arm.

Some commercial properties and residential sites can afford the liability that comes with security guards and they need their real-time capabilities. Many properties feel that security guards are simply the standard way to protect their property, but for them, the increased security guard liability is too great. Another factor to take into consideration is that security guards are not public servants and can sue your property if management’s negligence is the cause for injury or death on the job.

To reduce security guard liability, many commercial properties are choosing remote video monitoring as an alternative solution.  Remote video monitoring has many of the same advantages as security guards. Trained video monitors can watch your property and deter criminal activity. If vandals attempt to tag a shop or wall, a trained commercial surveillance operator can activate an on-site speaker warning, letting them know  they are being watched, in real time. If the situation escalates, the operator can call the police.  Local authorities tend to respond more quickly to these calls because they are crimes in progress.

UCIT Online and Stealth Monitoring are the leader in remote video surveillance in Canada and the U.S, with over 400 employees, 9 offices, and 3 live video monitoring control centers. UCIT proactive video monitoring watches over 16,000 IP and CCTV security cameras. Our security solutions feature advanced technology and can detect and deter crime while reducing security guard and other expenses. UCIT’s remote monitoring service can reduce or even replace security guards at a fraction of the cost. A remote surveillance operator can see suspicious activity, activate a speaker warning, and call the local police.

Please call toll-free (866) 756-7847 or contact UCIT today for more information to protect your outdoor assets. Visit the UCIT web site to see real videos of criminals being arrested at construction sites, multifamily apartments, shopping centers, office buildings, warehouses, auto dealerships, and other commercial real estate properties.