Security is important? Why?
“Security is useless. The only reason we have security around is because they are constantly scaring us into believing that we need them. If we didn’t have security around us, what’s the worst that could happen? If we didn’t spend money on that garbage we’d have more money to grow our businesses!”
Let me tell you why we need security. So, listen up all you managers, business owners, and anyone else who think security is a cost center and doesn’t produce any profit and only drains your accounts.
It is true that security rarely actually adds anything to the bottom line of your company. There is usually nothing tangible to point at and say “We added X amount of $ to the company bottom line and thereby saved you that money”.
But on the other hand you should contact your insurance company and see how much they can save you by hiring security officers or a patrol of your facility. How about adding security equipment so no one can gain access and steal items? And possibly adding the necessary software to prevent someone from hacking in and taking company secrets out of the computer?
All of these can save you more money than you spend on security. And hiring a security company to station officers or patrol your facility a couple of times per night can save you more than that. One client I worked for when I started added more than $30,000 to their bottom line by adding security officers when they were closed.
Workplace violence (WPV) is a very serious issue for any business of any size. It can happen in businesses with as few as 10 employees and obviously large multi-national corporations and the federal government.
Is it a foregone conclusion that you’ll have a crime, violent or otherwise, in your business any time soon? No, it’s not. According to the FBI, crime is actually down, but I don’t necessarily believe their stats.
WPV affects more than 75 million employees a year in the United States. More than 15 million of them are actually assaulted, threatened, or bullied. And if it turns deadly…
If you have 10 employees who witness a murder at your site let me tell you what the financial impact can be. This is an average number of course and every single case will be different. But if you have 10 witnesses and 1 death you could be looking at a hit of around $6.5 MILLION. The question then becomes, how much will your insurance cover?
As for theft in the workplace, most thefts are committed by employees accounting for roughly 81% of all losses. Losses in the retail sector is over $150 BILLION per year! How much lower would that Double Mocha Latte’ be if those losses didn’t occur?
Too many people who are experts in their field are quick to disregard security professionals as simple-minded, plodding, and paranoid fools. Yet, we are expected to treat every word they say as gospel, whether they are speaking proven facts or prognosticating.
Security is as important as a business keeping accurate records of what they’ve spent and earned. In a perfect world, there would be no place for me and the millions of people who provide protection, in one fashion or another, to the world and companies. And that would be okay by me if my job was to go the way of the dinosaur.
Our jobs in security, when done right and with the professional diligence our clients deserve, are vitally important to everyone we are around. In financial and physical terms we need to be here for you and your companies, not to mention your employees.
Where would we be without the police, highway patrol, border patrol, and others in law enforcement? Far up a creek and headed to the ends of the Earth because we don’t have a paddle! They are security for the masses like we as security professionals are to individual businesses.
And like them, we’re here to save your company and bacon from being fried!
Robert D. Sollars is a recognized expert on workplace violence prevention and other security issues. With numerous interviews, blogs, articles, and 2 books he has proven himself in the security field for nearly 32 years, and 24 studying workplace violence issues.
He utilizes his years of field knowledge to give real life examples of incidents pulled from both his own experiences and the news headlines. Contact him at 480-251-5197 or Visit his Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/oneistoomany, Here you will see and read about other items related to WPV/SV as well as incidents you may not have heard or thought about.