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.
According 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.
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.
FBI Stats (FBI.gov)
Violations by Type of Institution
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.
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.