Physical Security for Financial Institutions

With modern-day technology, physical security needs sometimes come in second to technology-based options like security cameras and panic alarms.  However, inside financial institutions including banks, credit unions, check cashing locations and alternative lending locations, physical security must be a top priority.

FBIAccording to the latest FBI stats available; (in 2011) financial institutions had more than 5,000 robberies. During those robberies, over $38,000,000.00 was stolen and over 100 people were injured or killed.  Although cameras, panic alarms, die packs, GPS locators and other technological advances are great tools, physical security officers already on the scene can make a significant impact in decreasing dangerous situations.

 

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Providing world-class security protection

VSS Security Services specializes in using off duty police officers to secure financial institutions. VSS recruits police officers from state and local police departments to work off duty at higher risk locations. Our officers are the first employees to arrive at the building in the morning and the last to leave at night. When officers arrive in the morning they check the area to ensure there is no suspicious activity, including thief’s waiting to ambush employees as they arrive to work and enter the building.  At the end of the day, VSS officers personally escort the employees to their vehicles to eliminate any potentially dangerous situations.

At VSS Security Services, we ensure that the officers we recruit to perform security at financial institutions have three specific qualities; physical presence, customer service and public relations.

When you walk into a financial institution that is protected by VSS Security Services, the first thing you will see is a police officer in uniform. We encourage our officers – your off duty officer –  to open the door for your clients and greet them as they enter. This approach quickly calms any fears of the clients while maintaining the physical presence and visual deterrence for the bad guys. Officers will then say goodbye to the client as they leave the financial institution. We also offer escorts to vehicles for any clients who may be carrying large sums of money or who would just like walked out to their vehicle. Our officers are often pleased with getting to know community members, who often tell them about community safety issues and concerns.

 

VSS Security Services customizes all security plans and procedures to fit your goals and needs. While we prefer to use off  duty police, we can also use non-police, uniformed security officers.

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FBI Stats (FBI.gov)

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Number, Race, and Sex of Perpetrators

The number of persons known to be involved in the 5,086 robberies, burglaries, and larcenies was 6,088. The following table shows a breakdown of the 6,088 persons who have been identified by race and sex. In a small number of cases, the use of full disguise makes determination of race and sex impossible.

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Unknown Race/Sex: 86

Investigation to date has resulted in the identification of 3,263 (54 percent) of the 6,088 persons known to be involved. Of these 3,263 identified persons, 1,229 (37 percent) were determined to be users of narcotics and 583 (18 percent) were found to have been previously convicted in either federal or state court for bank robbery, bank burglary, or bank larceny.

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CRIME PREVENTION & SAFETY FOR BUSINESSES

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CRIME PREVENTION & SAFETY FOR BUSINESSES

The appearance of a business can attract or deter crimes of many natures. The following are some steps that can help make your business more secure:

• Maintain the property, A rundown business or building with attract criminals, so make sure that the building, the landscaping, the sidewalks and the parking areas are all clean and well-maintained.
• Do not keep old or damaged displays, posters or signs that are no longer useful to you.

Store Layout
• Have the checkout counter near the front of the store, so that employees can monitor activities inside and outside the store.
• Clearly mark public and private areas and make private areas hard to access for non-employees.
• Clearly mark parking areas and entrances to the business.
• Keep trees near the building well-trimmed and secure fire escape ladders so that they cannot be used to access the roof.
• Do not use large displays or posters that would cover the windows.
• Keep the building, especially the rear, well-lit at night.
• Loading areas should be kept clean and free of large objects that could hide people.
• Make sure that all entrances to the business are under constant visual surveillance.
• Install an alarm system.

Burglary
Besides the suggestions above, there are more steps you can take to make your business more secure against burglary.
• The best protection against burglary is visibility – well-lit and open spaces will dissuade burglars from targeting your business.
• When closing your business for the evening, empty out your cash drawer, and leave it open, so that they can be seen from outside to be empty.
• Use deadbolts with a minimum 1-inch bolt with a saw-resistant insert on all exterior doors.
• Pin the hinges of exterior doors that swing out, so that the door cannot be lifted off the hinges.
• Make sure that exterior doors are solid core, and protect any glass with polycarbonate sheets, bars or roll-down covers.
• If you are considering installing or upgrading an alarm system, consider the following options:
• Panic button – in case of robbery
• Monitored alarm – if the alarm is activated, law enforcement is contacted
• Keep a complete and up-to-date inventory of your merchandise and store equipment, and keep a copy in a location away from your business.
In the event that your business does get burglarized:
• Call law enforcement immediately (911)
• Do not enter the premises, as the burglar might still be there
• Do not open the business, or allow anyone inside until the police arrive, as evidence may be accidentally destroyed.

Robbery
If someone threatens you with a weapon and demands money, give it to them – never refuse a robber!
Below are a few tips on how to prevent robbery:
• Do not work alone. If you are alone, turn on a TV or radio in a back room so that potential robbers think that someone is with you.
• Do not make bank deposits at the same time every day, rather vary them, so that no one can predict your schedule. Keep minimal cash in the drawer, so that if you are robbed, your loss is minimized.
• Arrange your store so that the cash register is visible to passersby, and a potential robber would be seen from the street. Do not block the windows with posters that could block visibility from the street.
• Put up clear signs that the safe required a secondary key that is not on the premises.
• If you do not have one, install a security alarm, and consider getting one with a panic button. Advertise that you have an alarm with clearly visible stickers. Make sure that your employees know how and when to use the panic button.
• Talk to other stores in your area. Agree on keeping an eye on each other’s stores or buildings and to watch any suspicious activity.
• Paint or stick a series or markings by the door at 1 foot increments so that it is easier to estimate a robber’s height as he leaves.
• Record the serial number of the bottom bill in each drawer, and instruct employees not to use these bills.
• Consider keeping “bait money” in a compartment of the cash register. The bills should be separated by face value, and the serial numbers recorded, so that they can be given to law enforcement officers if you are robbed.

If you are being robbed:
• The most important rule if someone is threatening you with a weapon is to comply with their demands.
• If you have a silent alarm and can activate it without being noticed, do so, otherwise wait until the robber has left.
• Try to signal other employees with a pre-arranged signal, but avoid any sudden moves.
• Try to get a good look at the suspect, so you can give a description to police officers.

After a robbery:
• Call 911
• Immediately after calling the police, write down everything you can remember about the incident, and a description of the robber, including:

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Color of hair and eyes
  • Race
  • Identifying features such as scars, tattoos, accent or anything unusual
  • Clothing
  • Weapon
  • Mannerisms

• Try to get a look at the escape vehicle and license plate numbers, and the direction of travel
• Keep everyone away from surfaces or objects the robber may have touched.

Vandalism
Many of the same precautions you use to prevent burglary, you also deter vandalism. The following are a few steps you can take to prevent vandalism to your building or business:
• Don’t have landscaping that will provide cover or hiding places.
• Keep the area around the building well lit, and visible to the street.
• Get together with the other businesses in your area and agree to watch out for suspicious activity.
• Since most vandalism occurs at night, try to schedule cleaning staff during this time.
• Provide an incentive for reporting vandalism and providing information.
• Repair any damage or graffiti as soon as possible.

 

Industrial Security

VSS Security Services patrol division has been protecting industrial environments since 1988. It’s an unfortunate fact that the manufacturing industry has sustained losses valued in billions of dollars every year to theft, both from employees and at the hands of external criminals. VSS Security Services security officers have experience addressing these security threats to reduce theft and losses to your company and to sustain your profitability in a wide variety of manufacturing and industrial environments.

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We know that every site is not the same. We understand your business, analyze your security needs and demands, and customize a security service plan to ensure your property is being protected properly. VSS Security Services offers armed security guards, unarmed security guards, patrol services, off duty police protection, uniformed officers, and alarm response to adapt to your industrial security-service needs. VSS Security Services has built reputable long-term relationships with its clients and continues to be a leader in protecting professional manufacturing and industrial environments. Don’t leave your security-service needs in the hands of inexperienced guards that don’t know what hazards and threats to look out for. VSS Security Services security officers are experienced and skilled in protecting your industrial environment from theft, vandalism, personal attacks and disaster- management challenges due to medical, fire or hazardous material.

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Security for your Business is an Investment

Security for your Business is an Investment

A secure and thriving business began that way because you have contracted with VSS Security Services. In fact, most cases show that business should consider the importance of the security that they have. It’s not only internal security issues that are a problem. There are other issues at hand, this include possible of theft from the business as well.

Keep in mind that there could be trouble lurking just around the corner against any business. But it can be prevented before the potential threat happens. This includes professional business security services from VSS Security Services. It’s important to be alert, vigilant and protect assets. Consider how you are protecting your business. Do you have proper security? Employees can be the culprit or outside services can be a part of it as well.

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Potential risks by not having security

Trusted employees can be stealing from you. It’s hard to know why; perhaps they crave retribution for the fact that you are making money. Perhaps, they just need the money or that is how they are born and raised. You can be losing money every day and not even know it. Video cameras are not the only way that you should be monitoring your brand. With several options toward protecting your business security VSS Security Services are ready to help you.

Our guards will be available and ready to engage situations before security cameras do as by that time they are already gone, they are have taken the assets that your business has worked so hard to protect with them. When you have contracted to have our professional team of security experts to help you, then you are to reduce the potential of crime. Without a security platform in place that VSS Security Services offers then business are three times more likely to break into a business. Security for your business with VSS Security Services offers you a selection of professionals who are ready to help you.

Business security is often time overlooked or neglected in many cases. Having security cameras is not going to get you the protection you deserve? Business security offered with VSS Security Services will be able to intervene before it happens. Having a ton of IT equipment can increase your chances of identifying who and what is going to attack your business. Internal and external security problems can easily be averted when you hire and work with VSS Security Services.

VSS Security Services has over 25 years of full time professional services experience. Businesses need to protect their assets and because of that they need to look outside of the internal system and out to the external system. They need the expert business security services of the VSS Security Services.

 

WHY VSS SECURITY SERVICES?

WHY VSS SECURITY SERVICES?

It’s no secret that the widespread consolidation of the security industry has affected the quality and delivery of security services. VSS operates under a completely different model than other companies. We’re not focused on cutting programs or services, nor stifled by corporate bureaucracy. Our sole mission is to provide our clients with the best possible security solutions, personalized service and unmatched value. Unlike our competitors, we’ve grown the old fashioned way—through client retention, referral and superior service through the 25 years being in business.

VSS Security Services is one of the largest providers of security services in the U.S. and is recognized as the premier service provider in every market that we serve. We also offer our clients a 24 hour dispatch center; ensuring customers receive service at the highest level.

VSS Security Services offers an expansive range of security solutions for properties of every type including:

• Corporate Campuses
• Distribution/Manufacturing Facilities
• Educational Facilities
• Healthcare Facilities
• Office Buildings
• Petrochemical Facilities
• Residential Communities
• Retail Centers

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THE VSS SECURITY SERVICES DIFFERENCE


As the industry leading service providers, we take extreme satisfaction in knowing our customers view us as an invaluable resource for their businesses. We continue to maintain our supreme customer service standards by keeping up constant communications with our clients and providing them with a steady flow of relevant information. At VSS Security Services, our formula is quite simple: unconditional integrity, precise organizational skills and a talented management team deploying the appropriate resources to our customers. Our formula enables us to live up to our commitments to our clients, each other and the community.

With its corporate headquarters in Phoenix, VSS Security Services is one of the largest security guard companies in Arizona. VSS Security Services was established in 1988 and has grown to become a major security force. Providing world-class security protection in any type of environment is our mission and our corporation has the experience, resources and commitment to do exactly that for our customers.

 

Shopping Center Security Best Practices Five Critical Considerations

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Shopping Center Security Best Practices Five Critical Considerations

Engaging the right security partner is critical for ensuring the safety and security of visitors in the shopping center or mall as well as the tenants occupying the stores. The following best practice considerations will help you select the most suitable security services provider for your needs.

 

1. Ability to Respond

Consider if the company has the manpower and knowledge to handle emergencies. There continues to be a rise in critical incidents at shopping centers both across the United States and internationally. Do they have additional resources that can be quickly deployed? Will you have access to a state-of-the-art dispatch center? Can you reach their dispatch center or senior leadership 24/7?

2. Reporting Procedures

What process is in place for communication? Can you receive real-time reporting and GPS tracking, or are there other types of technology available to you to stay on top of risk management issues? Also, be sure to review the vendor’s incident reporting procedures.

3. Industry-Specific Training

Providing security for a retail center is different than handling the security for other types of environments. Do they have shopping center-specific training and does it include topics such as:

• Disaster Response

• Fire Safety Officer (FSO)

• Terrorism Awareness

• Management of Aggressive Behavior (Verbal Judo)

• CPR, AED and First Aid

• CCTV and Command Center Operations

• Workplace Violence Prevention and Response

• Organized Retail Crime (ORC)

• Awareness/Prevention

4. A program that adds Value

Consider all of the ways a security partner can enhance your security program from a long-term perspective. Determining the value you will receive from a security partner requires an assessment of how their strategy will reduce risk, limit liability and lower the cost of the entire retail center’s operations – not just the hourly bill rate. While it may be tempting to have an initial-price perspective, a better way to value a spending decision is to look with an eye towards how the provider can help you achieve all of your goals.

5. A Customizable and Proactive Partnership

Before mapping out your security solution, the provider should become knowledgeable about your property, your neighborhood, typical shopping traffic and a host of other important areas so that they can make appropriate recommendations. Their plan should incorporate staffing levels, indoor and outdoor patrols, access points, security procedures, technology integration and other pertinent areas of concern specific to your property.

#1 Security Company in Arizona

 HOT OFF THE PRESS! Our Clients have spoken, VSS Security Services has been named #1 Security company in Arizona once again this year. We would personally like to thank all of our clients for making this happen, we are truly humbled and honored to receive it. Our dedication to excellent service will always be paramount.

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