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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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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Please contact us today for a complimentary security assessment from one of our security professionals.

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School Safety with VSS Security Services

As we closed 2014, one alarming statistic that was on the nations mind was school safety, especially due to school shootings. From elementary schools to colleges and universities, parents across the nation are sending their children to schools less confident than days in the past.

Since the Sandy Hook shooting on Dec. 14, 2012, there have been nearly 34 violent and fatal school shootings in the U.S. as well as additional violent incidents. From armed students shooting classmates and faculty to plotting bomb threats in their school, each and every story shakes the country, and the world, to its core.

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According to statistics, 98% of school shooters have acted alone, 90% commit suicide, usually on site, 80% use a long gun (rifle, shotgun or carbine,) 75% bring multiple weapons, sometimes with hundreds of rounds of ammunition, the shooters are preoccupied with obtaining a high body count before police intervention, they almost never take hostages and do not negotiate, and, last, they are dynamic and quick, finishing their attack in an average of 8 minutes.

Questions like what, how and why are always asked to late but, in today’s reality, school violence and school shootings are something we must be prepared for.

VSS Security, with locations in Phoenix, Tucson, South bend and Lansing, MI., specializes in school security and campus safety. VSS Security trains with Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement and Emergency First Responders in multiple active shooter and disaster preparation drills to ensure their school security is effective and consistent. From traffic control officers, off-duty SWAT Police officers, hall monitors and camera monitoring, VSS Security can come into your school and provide a thorough and effectual safety plan to ensure your students and staff are kept safe, even in the event of an emergency.

Below are some samples of what VSS Security offers their current school clients as part their VSS Security school safety programs:

Non-Traditional Uniforms: In a school environment, VSS Security strives to keep a violence free zone in an effort to promote a stress free learning environment for students, teachers, administrators and visitors. We have found that traditional uniforms can be intimidating and make students uneasy, so VSS Security members wear polo shirts with SECURITY on the back of the shirts. This allows school security guards to be easily identified while looking professional in a non-traditional uniform.

Visitor Booth Officer: Often, a VSS Security member can manage all guests entering the school. When a guest enters the main entrance of the school, they must be buzzed in. Once inside, they are required to give the VSS Security officer a valid ID. The ID is run through a computer system that does an instant background check that identifies any criminal convictions. The background also cross-references the sex offender registration databases of all 50 states. Once that background is done, the officer will allow the guest to enter the school. Once through the next door, the guest will be given their ID back and get a visitor ID that must be worn at all times while in the school. The ID has a photo of, name, as well as the areas in the school they will be visiting.

Hall Monitors: We provide VSS Security hall monitors to schools during school hours and for school events. Each hall monitor is assigned a patrol zone. Patrolling these zones include checking entry/exit doors to ensure they remain closed and locked. They also check restrooms, closets, stairwells, locker rooms and other locations within those zones. Everyone in the building (from the Principle, faculty, students and guests) must have a visible ID when walking about the building. The hall monitors also respond to radio calls. Whether there is a fight, a student who needs help locating a particular room or teacher, or just to escort an unruly student from a classroom, our Hall Monitors do it all.

Dispatcher/Video Monitoring Officer: This VSS Security officer assigned to the school security office answers phone calls, radio calls and monitors school security cameras. They dispatch all VSS Security members to areas as needed and help coordinate with the site supervisor for traffic backups during traffic patterns.

For your complimentary safety analysis, contact us anytime.

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