The pros and cons of private security

The pros and cons of private security

When it comes to safety, it is best not to compromise, especially with the crime rate increasing in South Africa. Whether you are looking to outsource security for your neighbourhood watch, family or employees, it is imperative that you make sure you receive the best service within your price range.

As with anything, however, there are pros and cons to hiring a private security team.


What are the pros?

If you are a business looking for extra security, outsourcing an already trained team from a registered company saves you time and money. You save the cost of having to train, register and insure your own security staff.

Costs for payroll, timekeeping and additional human resources are also avoided.

Another advantage of hiring a security company is flexibility.

E-zine says: “Another golden advantage you get by hiring officers from reputed security agencies is flexibility. You can increase or decrease the number of security officials on duty as you please. You can choose to terminate a security guard without the need of a policy write-up or employee union issues. This is another advantage you get when you hire security guards on a contractual basis from security agencies. If you don’t like the quality of service being provided to you by the agency, you can simply opt out of the contract without incurring any additional payments or fines.”


What are the disadvantages?

When you outsource a team instead of going through the recruitment and training process at your own expense, you do not get to know the people who are hired to protect you. Outsourcing security means that you have to rely on the judgment of the recruiters at the security company.

There is also an issue of accountability. If anything goes missing at your establishment, you need to request books, logs and timesheets from the company in charge of the security team, which may put a halt to any internal investigations. Also, there is a chance that private security guards do not feel any loyalty towards the company, as they don’t enjoy the same benefits that full-time employees do.

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