The Truth About Unlicensed Security
Theft and burglary, vandalism, and violence in the home and workplace are all risks that can be mitigated with physical security services.
As world-class physical security and protective service specialists, our experts at Markham Investigation and Protection understand the importance of having properly licensed security vendors. Unfortunately, unlicensed individuals and companies are prolific throughout the region, offering services at low price points but with significant catches.
Here are some truths about unlicensed security that everyone should know:
1. Unlicensed Security is Illegal
In many states, including Washington, California, and Oregon, it is illegal to perform contract security services without a license. If an unlicensed individual or company is caught providing security services, they could be charged with a crime.
2. No License = No Insurance
If an unlicensed person performs security services and something goes wrong, their actions are not indemnifiable by insurance. The liability falls solely on the unlicensed individual or company, leaving them and their clients with potentially significant financial burdens.
3. Lack of Liability and Risk Mitigation
Without a license, an individual or company has no liability protection, and risk mitigation is nonexistent. Cheaper services may seem like a good idea at first, but they can become more costly down the road due to the lack of insurance coverage and background, training, and experience of the security vendor.
4. Licensed Guards Receive Mandatory Background Checks and Training
Licensed security guards and agents undergo mandatory background checks and State-required training before being placed on a job site. This ensures they have the necessary knowledge and experience to provide adequate protection.
5. Unlicensed Guards Have No Verification of Training or Background
Unlicensed guards receive no background checks, and their training cannot be verified. This puts clients and their property at risk. Resumes can be misleading, and unlicensed guards can easily lie about their experience and qualifications.
At Markham Investigation and Protection, we believe that proper licensing is essential to providing adequate security services. We ensure that our guards and agents are properly licensed, bonded, and insured. Our team of security professionals is highly trained and experienced, providing clients with the peace of mind they need to protect their families, property, and business.
In conclusion, it is crucial to choose licensed security vendors for your security needs. While unlicensed security may seem attractive due to its low cost, the risks far outweigh the potential benefits. Don’t put yourself or your business at risk by choosing an unlicensed security provider.