As a Property Manager, you are responsible for entire communities. You obviously have a lot on your plate every day. When you make the decision to select a security company, the process can be daunting. There are ten reasons you should consider a mobile patrol security service and why it’s very different than what you typically see in your market.
Staying vigilant 100% of the time is a difficult job, and for some, staying awake is a nightly battle. A mobile patrol doesn’t allow time to fall asleep because the officer is constantly patrolling from one property to the other. Staying in one location leads to officer fatigue and even sleep.
2. GPS Tracking
Do you ever wonder where the security is located? Signal 88 Security mobile patrol uses GPS to track the officer’s location so clients know where their security personnel are at all times.
3. Visible Presence
It is imperative that security is easily identifiable. A mobile patrol demonstrates a strong visible deterrence with flashing lights, well-marked and branded vehicles, and consistent movement throughout your property. This lets other residents, guests, and other people in the community know that your property has security on-site.
4. Economical Cost
A mobile patrol service provides you with a security presence all night long and typically at a cost much less than a traditional, often times called “dedicated” security service.
5. No Idle Time
It’s often said that idle time can get you into trouble. If that’s true, what do you think happens at 4 a.m. when nothing goes on? Mobile patrols eliminate idle time because the officer is always on the move, actively patrolling.
6. When Friendly Becomes Friendship
If you spend multiple hours a day or night on one property, your security personnel are likely to make some friends. That can be an issue and lead to bad decisions by an officer. During a mobile patrol, officers have enough time to be knowledgeable and friendly, but not enough time to develop friendships, which can skew judgement.
7. Quality of Candidate
A mobile patrol security officer has a lot more responsibility driving a company vehicle. Officers working in an active, mobile patrol require more training and skill than someone who sits in a guard shack for several hours a shift.
8. Actively Patrolling
An active patrol security officer is more likely to hear, see, or smell something going on because they are roving your property. Officers who are restrained to one property may become tired of circling a single property and eventually find their favorite place to sit idle.
9. Unauthorized Activities
Most people love a great movie and security officers are no different. Some officers are willing to do anything to pass the time as they count the hours left in their shift, especially if they know nobody is watching them. During a mobile patrol, the GPS alerts and internal vehicle cameras will monitor an officer’s activity. This approach is a shift away from the industry standard of sending a supervisor around to check on guards once or twice a night.
10. Quick Response
Mobile patrol security officers can respond quickly because they are mobile. This is a huge benefit to communities of all sizes. It only takes a couple minutes to respond in a car an officer is already driving. With multiple vehicles patrolling the area, quick response time is vital to deterring crime and disturbances.
There are many ways to provide security. The Signal 88 Security mobile patrol security approach addresses issues commonly found within the security guard industry. We utilize advanced technology including GPS tracking, video cameras that record both the interior and exterior of the patrol vehicle, on board laptops that allow typed, real time reports, and cloud-based software including a reporting database.
Signal 88 Security is a proud member of the National Apartment Associations National Supplier Council!
Written by By Joseph Marshall, Owner, Signal 88 of Northeast Ohio