As the owner of an apartment community, you probably want to do everything you can to make sure that your residents feel safe and secure at all times. An excellent way to do this is to hire a couple of security guards to protect your apartment community day and night. Here are a few questions to ask when choosing a security company to work with:
Do Hourly Rates Fluctuate?
The hourly rates of a company's security guards can vary for a variety of reasons such as the time of day a guard will be on duty. And special expertise or abilities will likely cost you more than basic security services. Even if you know exactly what kind of security services you need now, things might change in the future.
So it's important to make sure that you understand any rate fluctuations you may face if you need to make service changes at any point in the future. Ask for a complete list of rates so you don't end up dealing with unwanted financial surprises that affect your company's bottom line.
What Kind of Transportation Is Provided?
It's also a good idea to find out what types of transportation are provided for the security guards by the company you're hiring. If you need your guards to patrol parks and swimming pool areas, cars and trucks won't be effective modes of transportation but a bicycle or golf cart would. If you need someone to patrol your parking lots, they will need a car of some kind. But not all security companies provide their patrol officers with golf carts and cars.
Find out what modes of transportation will be available to the security guards who get assigned to your apartment community before they actually show up to start working so you can determine whether you'll need to provide them with proper transportation yourself.
What Kind of Reporting System is Utilized?
Finding out what kind of reporting system is used by the security company you plan to work with will help ensure that you know what to expect when you start receiving communication from the guards. If you know about the reporting system beforehand, you will have an opportunity to get to know how it works before your guards start working so you understand how to use it properly when it comes time to read incident reports at the end of the day or week.
And if an electronic reporting system is used, you'll need time to make sure that your computer systems at the apartment community are up to date and compatible with the system.
Look for a company near you that provides security guard services.