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The Pro's and Con's of In House Security

As companies grow and become more established, their need for protection of their people, assets, and investments increases. A common question that arises when companies consider setting up a security team is whether to hire a contract security firm or bring security in-house. In this article, we will explore the concept of in-house security and its pros and cons.


In-house security, is a security arrangement where the company assumes complete responsibility for the ownership and operation of its security team. This means that the security personnel are employees of the company and the company is in charge of all aspects of the security operation, including the training, certification, and equipping of security personnel, the development of security policies and procedures, and the daily management and operation of the security detail.


One of the key advantages of in-house security is the flexibility and customization it offers. As the company is in complete control of all aspects of the security operation, it can tailor the security operation to meet its specific needs. Additionally, the company has control over the hiring process, which is important as security personnel are often the first and last people employees interact with each day. When a company hires its security personnel, it can select the right people for the job, which is crucial for creating a positive work environment.


Another advantage of in-house security is the control over security policies and training. The company can specify the training and certification required for security personnel and can also enforce security policies in a manner that aligns with its values. This control over policies and training can also lead to lower turnover rates within the security team, as the company can create a positive team experience and culture.


However, in-house security also has its drawbacks. The biggest disadvantage is the cost involved, as all security personnel are company employees and receive company benefits. The company must also bear the cost of all hiring, training, and equipment expenses, as well as any other costs necessary for the security team to operate effectively. This cost can be prohibitive for smaller companies and may limit their ability to achieve economies of scale.


Finally, there may be instances where disputes arise between employees and security personnel. In such situations, the company may face complex HR issues. An outsourced contract security firm provides a buffer from these types of disputes and allows companies to more easily resolve these issues without complicated personnel situations.


In conclusion, in-house security offers flexibility and customization, control over hiring and training, and lower turnover rates. However, it is also more costly and can result in complex HR issues.


Also when in-house security officers take holiday leave the company may need to use a security agency to cover. It is also the same with sick leave. This could leave the given business exposed if they aren't supported by a super flexible and responsive security agency.

Last minute security needs also tend to cost more which gives way to thinking why wouldn't a company just outsource their security guarding completely and have full control, visibility and flexibility over their budget and spending? Companies must weigh the pros and cons of in-house security and determine what is best for their specific needs and budget. If you are a purchaser of security services and are looking at options with regards to contract security guarding then please do reach out to us at Fahrenheit Security.

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