Crisis Communication: Victims and Villains

There’s really no other way to keep your business safe from intrusion or other potential problems. In the event of a break-in or similar occurrence, these systems can automatically dispatch police and sound alarms to scare off intruders. 

Small businesses, restaurants, retail storefronts, and multi-location commercial buildings all need to have proper security systems in place. Even home offices should be protected with some type of security, camera, or monitoring platform. 

If you just run a website, blog, or consulting service from your home, you probably don’t need a complete business security system. But if you keep inventory, cash, or sensitive information there, you may want to reconsider. A simple DIY home security system might be worth installing, even for the most basic businesses.

In every state, the requirements to be licensed as a security guard fall short. In Texas, for example, you only need to complete a 48-hour class to be an armed security guard. To become a licensed Personal Protection Officer only requires an additional 16 hours of training, all of which is conducted in a classroom. In under two weeks, you can go from never having seen a gun to holding a State license saying that you are qualified to protect a client and everything that entails. Unfortunately, this training only serves as an introduction to a few broad topics without ever teaching, reinforcing, or testing real skills. I believe there are eight critical skills that every protection professional should possess.

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