Why private estate security services? Criminals target the homes & estates of high-net-worth and high-profile individuals— either with designs against the residents— or their valuable assets.
If your home is left unprotected, the place that should be your refuge may instead become a threat to your safety.
Social unrest and increased impunity from crimes has created a high threat level in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. The most aggressive way to defend yourself, your family, and your property is private estate security services.
Types of Criminals
There are predatory criminals and opportunistic criminals. Predatory criminals seek you out. They make sophisticated plans against you and your estate because— if successful— they know that the payout will be worth their effort. Opportunistic criminals are people that randomly come across you or your estate in daily life, see an opportunity, and either react in the moment or start making plans against you.
Types of Crime
Crime is constantly evolving, but there are certain recurring crimes to be aware of:
Estate security can help protect you from these and other threats.
Estate security often includes:
Securing a private estate should always include, at a minimum, trained security personnel combined with camera monitoring, system alerts, and communication systems.
An estate security company can provide a tailored plan and active security oversight. Estate security managers also provide ongoing personnel and systems management.
Private estate security is undoubtedly a luxury reserved for wealthy individuals, public figures, and executives of successful businesses.
A single armed guard starts at $65/hr in the San Francisco Bay Area, but that number can be higher depending on the guard’s experience level. That’s half a million dollars a year for 24/7 protection. Some estates will select partial coverage, while others may need more than one guard at a time. The recommended coverage varies based on your threat index.
Remember that an actual security guard only earns about one-third of their hourly rate as a salary, as the rest goes to security licenses, insurance, taxes, and company overhead. However, this formula is standard for the security industry, and it is the only sustainable way for a security company to safely and legally provide reliable coverage. If you want to know more about the factors involved in pricing, please check out this article.
While the police in your area may be well-trained for their job, they are inherently a responsive force. Police do not actively defend your property; they respond after a security situation has already occurred.
Private estate security is laser-focused on keeping you, your family, home, guests, and assets safe. Professional security guards are often former police officers, military, or specially trained security professionals. Instead of protecting the entire community, their mission is to protect your specific interests.
Like the police, ADT and other security services are delayed by their response times. And like the police, these security services do not actively protect your interests. Instead, ADT – and the myriad of other security services like them – still rely heavily on the police and their response times to keep you safe.
They may have a patrol service in the neighborhood. These are usually low-level security officers with limited tactical experience. They are not trained to engage an attacker but alert the authorities. Will they help you during a threat?
Still, estate owners often rely on private security systems and monitoring services. These systems can monitor, alert, and connect you with help; they do not provide much real physical protection. The wrong security system – or a poorly maintained system – can quickly be hacked and turned into a tool for criminals worldwide to exploit. Homeowners have found themselves stalked, blackmailed, extorted, and threatened due to insecure and poorly designed security systems.
There is no such thing as a “smart” security system. There are only intelligent humans who design, install and maintain good tech.
Some estate owners or managers have tried to hire security guards directly. The goal is to save 60%+ on the cost. We get it. However, there are no shortcuts— because, in effect, these estates are now attempting to become security companies themselves. Here are some of the pitfalls that you avoid by hiring a reputable security company instead of trying to do it yourself:
If you just want peace of mind, hire ADT (or another service like it) instead of trying to do it yourself – this way, you will avoid severe liability. However, if you want proper, active security, hire an experienced company with excellent references and well-trained security professionals to protect you.
We have a more complete article that you’ll want to read as you navigate the actual hiring of a bodyguard or bodyguard company.
Your security service begins with a comprehensive threat assessment and analysis. We need to understand potential threats, find weak spots, and understand your estate’s unique risks and most significant vulnerabilities.
Some topics we discuss in a security assessment may include:
Additionally, securing your home against threats may include new upgrades, repairs, or home additions. You may need to:
Upscale neighborhoods, multimillion-dollar mansions, and prestige estates make enticing targets. As a result, these places are regularly scoped out and patrolled (physically or digitally) by would-be criminals.
While most estates rely solely on insurance to protect their assets, private security can work together nicely with the right policies.
One Toronto neighborhood had over 150 break-ins in less than a year (2017), with millions of property stolen.
Private estate security makes it clear that your home is protected, defended, and not an easy target.
If you live in California, please connect with our team at Global Risk Solutions. We are here to protect your interests.
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Global Risk Solutions, Inc. is professionally licensed, and our team carries over 100 years of industry expertise at the highest security levels of government, corporate, healthcare, energy, and private industry.
Ultimately, clients who meet with us for a consultation get an immediate sense of our breadth of knowledge and insight for security challenges. We built our success on a team of experts specializing in crucial operational disciplines. As a result, we are not a one-dimensional event security company; we are a multifaceted security organization with access to intelligence tools, advanced surveillance methods, elite field agents, and tactical risk mitigation and crisis management tools.
Our on-the-ground agents have extensive experience in law enforcement, military, and other protective agencies that provide the same high level of proactive services.
If you are planning an event and want to start a no-obligation conversation about your security plan, we’d love to connect with you!