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Contract Security vs. Proprietary Security Christopher R Raetano University of Phoenix Security is an essential part of any organization.
Our manufacturing plant is no different. In this manufacturing plant we are tasked with making high-tech components for an international automobile manufacture. It is our responsibility as a company to ensure that those components reach the manufacture in a timely manner and intact.Because of the cost associated with the manufacturing these high-tech components it is my responsibility as the security manager to recommend a security service that suits our business and can be integrated seamlessly into daily operations. There are two types of security systems that could be used, a contract security agency or a proprietary security system. Contract security is much like what it sounds. The company hires an outside company to provide security services.
“Contract security companies recruit, screen, hire, train and supervise security personnel.From the time we wake until the time we go to bed and sometimes in the middle of the night, everything we do is all geared to enhancing the tasks we perform. If security is not your company’s core competency, this job will be better performed and supported by people who focus on it relentlessly. ” (Zalud, 2007) The advantage to hiring contact security is all applications of security are controlled by an outside agency. If we are unsatisfied with the style or type of service we receive we can terminate the contract.This is also a disadvantage, because we lack the control of the guards, discipline is handled through the security company. There is also the cost of having contract security.
It is in the company’s best interest to negotiate a contract that provides reliable security but not at the cost of handcuffing the company in other aspects of security. Proprietary security is the exact opposite of contract security. With proprietary security all security personnel are hired by the company and subsequently trained by the company. The cost associated with building a proprietary security is cumbersome at the start.The company would need to hire qualified trainers and hired qualified individuals for a competent security force. Although the task of starting a proprietary security force is enormous, once the security personnel are trained, the company has complete control over its own security. Discipline, training, recruitment, pay, and benefits are all controlled by the company.
Security personnel have a job to do, and their main objective is to protect the property and personnel of the company, preventing and deterring crime. In order to achieve this objective, there are many roles are responsibilities of the security guard.Security firm in place at the company should be in charge of access control, inventory management, and rule enforcement. Access control is a main priority of any security firm. The company needs to ensure that the people that shouldn’t be in the building are not. Each employee should be badged and the security personnel should ensure all employees have their badges visible. Security personnel should also be able to conduct random routine patrols of the property to ensure all access is authorized.
The security personnel should also be trained in the technology used on the property.Contract security or proprietary security, which one is best of the company? Contract security comes with the entire package. The company does not have to do any start up work, and the integration of a security force can be seamless. Contract security provides the company with service and security in an instant. With contract security, we can be assured that the guards are properly trained and educated. Contract security prides itself on professionalism and authority. Contract security provides a command presence to the company and shows that property and employee safety is a top concern.
The main disadvantage to contract security is personnel control. The company has to go through the security firm to enact discipline or other actions against a security guard. Proprietary security is owned is operated by the parent company.
The company has total control over all aspects of security. Hired, training, discipline, and recruitment are all tasked by the company to complete. Cost is an issue with a proprietary system, not knowing the costs associated with security could hinder the company from taking the necessary steps to ensure total security.It is my recommendation that the company hires a contract security firm to provide security services.
I feel that with contract security the overall cost associated with an up-start security system puts the company at a disadvantage. By using a contract security company, the company will be able to focus on what we do and that is manufacture high-tech components for an automobile company. I feel that the advantages of a contract security firm far outweigh the disadvantages. References: Zalud, B.
(2007). Enterprise-Wide Alignment Drives Contract or Proprietary Decisions. Security Magazine