Is your gated community making use of live security personnel? If not, your community may be missing an important component of safety, security, and even marketing appeal. To help you understand whether or not live security services are a feature you should add, here are a few reasons to go above and beyond just an automated gate.
1. Security Officers Control Access
Automatic gates offer the appearance of security, but they have many flaws. Tailgating is one of the most common violations of gate security, and one that is often nearly impossible to avoid or enforce. In addition, misuse of gates and access control panels often damages the equipment itself. And you may have little control over unwanted pedestrian access over gates and between vehicles.
A live security person at the gate helps eliminate all these problems. Simply having a professional around encourages – and sometimes mandates – that everyone follows the rules. It results in better overall coverage of the gate.
2. Security Officers Conduct Night Patrols
Security cameras and gates can only do so much, particularly at night. Intruders, emergencies, loiterers, and even wandering wildlife can go undetected while residents sleep and cameras are dark. Randomized security patrols during these hours provide the human touch that night security is often lacking. In addition to creating a visible presence when the community is at its most vulnerable, security officers also check problem points.
3. Security Officers Help With Emergencies
When you hire security personnel, you don’t just get someone who will help reduce crime. You also get an individual trained to respond to a variety of emergencies. Officers have experience with things like medical emergencies, natural disaster response, interpersonal conflicts, car accidents, and more.
A busy community can experience any of these at any time, and homeowners may have no idea how to be helpful. Security officers on the site can direct traffic, notify emergency responders, help perform first aid, do crowd control, speed emergency vehicles through gates, and take note of important details for police and fire crews.
4. Security Officers Help Homeowners Feel More Exclusive
A gated community is valued for (and can get higher prices for) its exclusive access. This doesn’t just mean the actual security but also the feeling that it engenders in homeowners and their visitors – feelings of being special and being better looked after than their neighbors. The idea that your homeowners have amenities that others do not makes them want to live in your community.
While many neighboring HOAs may offer an automatic gate, they often do not provide the additional luxury of live security patrols and officers. You can put your community ahead of the crowd.
5. Security Officers Educate Others
Having a security presence within your community allows homeowners to learn better practices. Just the presence of professional security staff encourages everyone to take security a little more seriously. And a good security service is also always on the lookout for ways to improve safety for all.
For example, security officers might teach classes on community safety topics or provide reminders to residents about best practices. A friendly officer might remind homeowners to close gates behind them or prompt cars to slow down. Trained officers know how to spot potential weak points in landscaping, camera layout, and even building design. And they’re a source of information when people have concerns.
Want to know more about how live security services can boost your gated community’s safety? Start by meeting with an experienced service in your area. Trident Security provides a variety of security services for gated communities of all types. Call today to make an appointment and learn how we can help yours.