Programs for Lodging, Residence, Institutional and Corporate Security Settings
Premises security issues have caused innkeepers and residential managers in particular to transform relaxed security programs at many lodgings and multiple dwelling facilities into more security conscious establishments. Not only has there been a demand for better selection and security training of personnel operating hotels, motels and residential apartment complexes to meet the higher security expectations of the public but also advances in technology have made it easier to offer more secure facilities.
The recognition by property owners and managers of their duty to provide reasonable security against foreseeable crime risks, which has been reinforced by judicial decisions and media notoriety in the past, has resulted in the development of efficient and secure facilities for the hundreds of millions of lodging room nights booked by travelers in America each year. In addition, changes in multiple dwelling laws mandating locked front doors, security systems and better lighting have provided much improved security for apartment residents in communities large and small across the nation.
Constant training in security protocols, more focused security personnel selection process’, improved knowledge of security technology and a better understanding of the needs of travelers and residents have made the job of providing reasonable security under prevailing circumstances a more achievable task now than ever before. Whether a housing or transient lodging facility employs a staff of security personnel, a single contract security officer or a resident manager charged with maintaining a secure environment, a standard of security appropriate to protect both people and property can and must be achieved.
For more than a decade, the Foreseeable Risk Analysis Center has been involved in helping the lodging and residential industries and their tenants and guests find their way to safe and secure facilities. We have molded security programs to meet the needs of lodgings and residences to identify crime risks and develop security programs to counter them. Developing and Managing a Hotel/Motel Residence Security Program (MS Word .doc), prepared more than a decade ago has formed the basis for countless numbers of security programs since it first appeared on the first Foreseeable Risk Analysis Center website in the early 1990’s. Its fundamentals remain as important today as when first presented. Divided into nine working sections, the outline is self-explanatory with regard to the subject matters covered, each an important topic of concern for security managers and staff.
We are now able to offer each of the following topics in seminar form and in an updated version for security managers and practitioners. Offered by topics, the subjects covered are relevant for security personnel in the public and private sectors facing the same issues being dealt with by others responsible for security in institutions, corporate and commercial settings, facilities managers and those responsible for risk management and insurance underwriting:
Understanding Negligence and Damages Liability.
The importance of developing a well thought out plan of action and implementing it accordingly to protect people and property is presented as the foundation for security protocols. Participants are taught to think through and articulate various responses to security threats in light of the standard of reasonableness against which it will be measured. They are introduced to the concept of both legal liability for negligent security and moral liability for unprofessional conduct. The seminar also presents the concept of damages liability for failure to protect against foreseeable acts affecting security and safety.
Security Standards and Risk Management for Lodgings, Residences, and Institutions.
Acceptable professional security standards for providing defenses against security threats are identified for specific circumstances. Participants identify various alternatives for avoiding, deterring and terminating threats and responding to incidents including reliance upon proprietary and contract security personnel, technologies and public law enforcement. Strengths and weaknesses of various security strategies, including insurance coverage, are compared and discussed.
Responding to Foreseeable Risks of Crime, Violence and Terrorism.
Learning to utilize identifiable crimes risks and trends provides the basis for the foreseeability of crime risks at all levels and helps to prioritize investments in security programs. Developing crime prevention programs within an organization is examined. Utilizing community facilities to augment security is discussed. Programs for responding to criminal incidents and the impact on local security of community disasters are offered for consideration under a variety of circumstances.
Selecting Security Technologies and Developing Appropriate Protocols.
An opportunity to understand the ramifications of the use of various security technologies is considered. Choosing appropriate security systems to protect people and property are looked at in light of the ability to integrate technological advances in security into the overall environment is examined. Developing maintenance programs and security back-up protocols are discussed.
Building, Training, Deploying and Managing a Security Department.
Deciding when and if it is appropriate to operate a proprietary security department is considered in light of alternatives. Budgetary, manpower and technology issues are discussed. The managerial responsibilities for personnel selection, development and other requirements are examined in light of the specific security vulnerabilities of the organization. The impact on overall operations of introducing new security protocols and the interfacing of security with other departments is presented for discussion.