GSS Security Services - New York

Planning a special event? Security services are changing

 

 

In the wake of the November 2015 attacks in Paris and the March bombings in Brussels, events planners face new questions about keeping people safe in large gatherings. 

Planners who were simply looking for a few unarmed uniformed guards in past years must now determine whether the festive event they are producing has the potential for becoming a target. How do you decide whether upgrading your security to include advanced features such as a K-9 Bomb Detection Unit is appropriate? 

Finding a special event security services company with the appropriate track record of success, customer satisfaction and security innovation is your first step. 

Our company, GSS Security Services, launched in order to serve the hotel, special event and entertainment industries. We are here to help you determine the best strategy for every event you plan. As we have grown and satisfied the security needs and requirements of more companies in different sectors, we have not forgotten our original focus. The original crew of 20 full and part-time employees dedicated themselves to the security of two clients in New York City. 

Over time, GSS Security Services grew to offer the skilled services of over 250 full and part-time employees to our clients. Our core clientele still include events planners and producers, along with hotel and entertainment companies who often work in collaboration. We now provide security services nationally and internationally. 

Post 9-11 security is familiar, but post-Paris and post-Brussels vigilance is on another order. Gatherings of people at concerts, sports venues, and outside security perimeters have become the new terror target of choice, while everyday concerns of unruly festival participants or gate-crashers persist, and require swift, respectful resolutions.  We offer a growing variety of available services, tailored to the vast variety of events, situations and attendees. 

Of all the facts we can give you about the need for a strategic view of security at your gatherings, the most important thing we can tell you is our own history.  It is your best introduction to our dedication and effectiveness.  Please get in touch with us early, whether before or after you choose your venue, so we can talk about the appropriate scope for securing your special event.

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All Conventions and Special Events Require Security If You Want Returning Customers

If the safety of your guests and customers is a top priority, then security services should be at the top of your requirements list. Whether you own a hotel that holds conventions, are a party planner, or work at entertainment venues, you should consider special events security. It will lower your liability, and your customers' vulnerability. 

Making sure your guests feel safe will result in their return at the next event.  It only takes one incident for your guests to feel insecure and unwilling to return. You must invest in safety if you want customers to invest in you. The Bureau of Justice Statistics reported that, on average, between 2004 and 2008, "purse snatchings and pocket pickings typically occur away from home." The most common locations for these crimes occurred in commercial places (39.1%) and open areas (28.2%). That means all events, with large crowds or that are open to the public, can be targets for robbery and crime. You can hire security to limit the possibility of these incidents and ensure the trust of your guests. 

From high-profile gatherings to large public events, security experts are a must. GSS Security Services can provide a personalized security plan that is tailored to you and your event. After more than 20 plus years of successful experience, GSS is equipped to handle all of your security needs. Anywhere from parking coordination to the security of entertainers, we have you covered. This is your one-stop-shop for all security plans to keep you, your employees, and your guests safe. 

Please contact us for security at your next event. 

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Advanced Workplace Security Services Tips

 

 

In the perfect scenario, a workplace would be a safe, friendly world, untouched by problems that affect other parts of society. All security services in our buildings would be trustworthy and kind. Nothing bad would ever happen. Unfortunately, the idyllic workplace does not exist. Although the possibility is remote that activities such as theft and vandalism, military or corporate espionage and personal attack could happen in your organization, you must prepare for them. Everyone wants to feel safe in the workplace but may not be able to pinpoint exactly how to make this feeling a reality.

Are you security aware? Do you have situational awareness? This list of scenarios could go on and on, and in most cases any of these actions would probably be harmless. All you'd be doing would be trusting other people or helping someone out, but the truth is that all of these are risky behavior. Similarly, letting a stranger through coded access doors or sharing the access code with anyone other than your coworkers, could also make a thief’s job easier. Your personal belongings in the workplace, your computer and other electronic devices, and your information are all worthy the best protection possible. There are many common sense things that building managers, security officers and all employees can do to enhance physical safety.

These range from alterations to office layout and outside landscaping to different ways of behaving when at the office. Locked doors, secure screen savers, and co-workers watch note for each other, are all low-cost common-sense approaches to increase workplace security. Besides, because it is often difficult to prosecute IT security crimes, physical security provides a set of real-world laws with which to prosecute intruders.

In most cases the best way of ensuring physical security in an office building is to create a series of concentric rings for protection, that make it difficult for intruders to reach the parts of the building where there are people and their possessions. This approach is called defense and depth and when you contact us, you will understand what and how it works.

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Improving Guest Experience with Hospitality Security Services

  • As a hospitality professional, you're well versed in how important a guest's experience is as they experience your service. The slightest inconvenience can influence their positive opinion of your business, and make them less likely to return in the future, provide a negative review online or to friends, or even cause them to relocate to another venue.

    It's therefore extremely important that anyone working in your venue be mindful of brand image any time they talk with a guest, and security officers are no different. Instead of being a burden or giving the impression that they're needed to combat rampant crime - a side effect some security uniforms provide - a hospitality security officer needs to provide a friendly and approachable face, while still being capable of handling any event that comes up.

    Hospitality Partners

    Having worked with numerous businesses in the hospitality industry, our hospitality security services are designed to be unobtrusive, and compliment a guest's experience. Our clients know that if their guests approach our staff or theirs, they're getting the same quality customer service experience that promotes a pleasant experience, and return visits in the future.

    Our services vary based on your specific needs, from uniformed security up to fire and life safety directors, freeing up your own staff to focus entirely on the guest experience. Our event staffing also offers you the ability to ensure the safety and well-being of special events happening in your venue regardless of size.

    On Your Side

    With over 20 years experience in the security service industry, we pride ourselves in being the go-to solution for your protection needs, making sure that your guests stay safe, secure, and continue loving your brand. To learn how our services can help your guests get the most out of the hospitality you provide, contact us.

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How Effective is Your Emergency Action Plan?

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    As a business owner, you're well aware of the necessity of an emergency action plan: in fact, your insurance company requires it. Unfortunately, some business owners simply download a template and write the plan according to satisfy the insurance requirements. But that approach could leave gaping holes in your security, holes that could come back to haunt you later.

    For an individualized and workable plan, you need professionals. GSS Security Services can guide your emergency action team with our Emergency Action Plan Writing service. Emergencies can come in all sizes: from on-site accidents to fires to large-scale disasters. And you have to be ready for all of them.

    In an emergency, are these areas fully covered?

    • Is the plan clear enough that your entire staff understands it? Everyone needs to know the basics of what to do in an emergency: where the most efficient exits are and where to assemble. The plan should lay out these steps in simple, easy-to-memorize directions that translate well to emergency-sign information. You already back this up with regular emergency drills, but employees need to know it well enough so they stay focused and don't panic if the real thing happens.
    • Do you have visitors to your building? They won't know your emergency plan, but you can designate and train employees to help visitors understand what to do.
    • Do you have special-needs employees? Not everyone can get down the stairs. You need enough Evacuation Chairs and people trained to use them in an emergency. And remember you might need a chair for people who suffer sudden heart attacks, loss of consciousness, or smoke inhalation.
    • Can you protect your critical functions, data, or research? This is the heart of your business, but in an emergency it might be overlooked in the rush to get everyone safely out of the building. Be clear on what to do.
    • Do you have emergency coordinators and floor wardens – plus backups? Everyone needs to know who those people are – and who's in charge if those people are out that day.
    • Is your personnel roster up to date? Ideally, the roster should be updated every time there's an employee change.

    Contact us. Our professionals can keep your company ready to respond to emergencies by guiding you through the steps to write an effective plan, so that you and your employees are prepared and trained for maximum safety.

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Are Personal Security Services Needed for Executives?

     

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      When you think of personal security, the picture of the secret service may come to mind. The only problem with this picture is the fact that the need for personal security services is no longer only of presidential importance. Many executives now face the need for such security in today's society and here are some reasons why.

      Social Media

      Social media is a great tool for keeping in touch, drumming up business and sharing life's wonderful moments. However, social media also presents a security risk for top executives. Many top executives employ a generation that is constantly in touch with some kind of social media via tablets or smartphones. This makes the possibility of personal information being leaked to the masses very great. Top executives enjoy the perks financially but that makes them of great risk to such crimes as kidnapping. With social media fueling the fire, any number of people may know exactly where they are at all times of the day.

      Large Crowds and Social Settings

      As an executive, the probability that many more people know who they are than they actually know themselves is astounding. In a city like New York, executives are constantly in large crowds and any of the people passing may know more about them than they could ever think possible. This can cause these executives to become a target in any social setting or even on private time. As mentioned earlier, social media opens this door and being in the "Big Apple" can create the perfect storm for crimes to happen. 

      The Bottom Line

      Executives are vital to their organizations and need to be able to fully focus on the job at hand. With personal security services, these executives can feel free to focus on what matters without worrying about traveling, being in large crowds or being found on a social media site. To learn more about this topic or any other security needs you have, please contact us.

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    3 reasons to get personal security services for your high level staff

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      Is your business well known throughout the world? Does the public know the names of your high level staff, and does the media regularly provide updates as to where your people are? There are many reasons to get personal security services for your company executives. Here are three of those reasons.

      * High level employees generally have a whole list of things to do and to think about. Their personal safety should not be on that list. Investing in personal security services allows your staff to concentrate on the job you've hired them to do.

      * Sure, you have security measures at your office. But does your employee always stay in the office? If your employees travel from location to location, hiring an experienced security officer to travel with them provides consistent security, wherever they go.

      * No risk is too small of a risk. From simple harassment to kidnapping, the consequence of not having security for your high level staff can range from being an annoyance to being life threatening.

      Your employees are the lifeblood of your company. Keep them safe with personal security services from GSS Security. We have extensive experience in providing executive protection and understand the need that high level staff has to feel safe and protected, wherever their job may take them. Our security officers undergo rigorous training, physical exams, background checks, and routine drug tests so that you can have the peace of mind that the services you receive are top notch. For more information on our executive security services, contact us.

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    The benefits of special events security services from GSS Security Services

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      Are you looking for a provider of special events security services? If so, then you've come to the right place. Here are just a few of the benefits of using GSS Security Services, Inc. for all of your special events security needs.

      * We are bonded, licensed, and insured.

      * We have 300 full and part time employees to ensure that we have the capacity to provide you with full service at your event, regardless of its size.

      * Our personnel has undergone rigorous background checks. Their experience has been verified. They have submitted to drug screenings and physical examinations. They meet the state requirements for trained and registered security officers and they complete yearly training that exceeds the state's expectations.

      * We can help make sure your event goes off without a hitch. We're available to help from start to finish, with permit acquisitions, equipment rental, transportation, and the coordination of parking.

      * We pay meticulous attention to detail and believe strongly in thorough pre-planning. We go over every possible scenario that could possibly happen and we know how we will respond if it does.

      * We constantly train to keep abreast of new threats and security challenges. In addition to staff, we rely on the best technology available so that you can have a safe and rewarding event.

      * We have more than 20 years of experience in providing security services for special events of all sizes. We are one of the most respected firms of this type in the world.

      * We are never starstruck. We are, instead, discreet and professional.

      These are just a few of the benefits of using GSS Security Services, Inc. for your special event. Would you like to know more? Contact us today.

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    Appropriate Security Services can Prevent a Threat Before it Begins

     

    Any good event is memorable because of the wonderful atmosphere, delicious food, or otherwise outstanding experience.  No one wants their event made memorable in their guest's minds due to a negative experience.  The simple inclusion of proper security services can minimize many potential security threats.

     

    Attendees at any event want to feel safe and protected.  An event officer can provide an elevated level of security just by being present at an event.  The public is much more well-behaved when they are accountable for their actions and most petty crimes committed are actually crimes of opportunity.  If a table of ladies excuse themselves from a dinner table to grab a cocktail, for example, likely one or more of those women will leave a purse, clutch, or phone neatly tucked under a napkin.  A lazy thief could easily slip by, unnoticed, and grab the unattended item.  This lazy thief will also notice the event officer fastidiously standing in the room and will likely think better of his actions.  The very presence of an officer in the room can prevent threats from even beginning.  The officer did not have to address the would-be criminal, he did not have to make a scene, and did not have to draw any attention to himself.  The fact he was standing in the room was enough to protect his attendees. 

     

    When a potential threat does need addressing, having a designated officer trained in dealing with hundreds of situations effectively and efficiently will neutralize most situations much faster.  Also, when attendees notice a potential situation they easily know whom to inform when an event officer is present.  Without that presence, it is often hard to know who an attendee can inform that will have the power, training, and effectiveness to deal with a potential situation.

     

    Make your next event memorable and safer by contacting us today.

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    Hotel Security You Can Depend On



    Safety and peace of mind are two things hotel guests expect when they purchase a room for the night. Guests want to know that they are safe, and that if something goes wrong that the hotel has people to fix the situation. While guests want security near to hand though, they don't want it writ large. Subtlety is the name of the game though, and it takes a deft hand to keep everyone safe without guests even noticing that security is doing its job.

    That's why GSS Security Services is a name hotels around the world put their trust in.

    What We Bring To Hotel Security

    GSS Security Services is not like other companies. Originally created to serve the retail and hotel industry, GSS has grown from humble beginnings to a company with more than 250 full and part-time employees who are experienced, trained, and ready to deliver services to our clients.

    In addition to our security personnel though GSS Security Services also offers tailored solutions to a client's needs. From loss-prevention solutions to bomb detection dogs our services run the gamut from the simple to the unusual. Whether it's special event security like a convention, or just keeping everyone safe during the holiday travel period our personnel can handle it. That's why our international client base trusts us, and it's why we continue to grow every year.

    What Can We Do For You?

    Security in the post-9/11 world is no easy thing, particularly for hotels and other businesses that may be targets. It's important to trust your safety, and your guests' safety, to a company with experience in dealing with a wide variety of threats in a calm, professional manner. To find out what GSS Security Services can do for you simply contact us today to speak to a representative.

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    Expert Hotel Security Reduces Operating Costs While Strengthening Guest Relations

     

     

    While reliable, expert hotel security staff is a necessity that both novice and expert travelers expect and deserve, offering high level security personnel that is also adept at maintaining and cultivating positive guest relations sets a venue apart from its competitors.  

    Experts in the hospitality industry understand their responsibility to provide their guests with a reasonably safe environment that includes parking lots, outdoor spaces, and hallways. While they want to protect their valued patrons with additional security during large events, they also understand that minimizing liability exposure goes a long way toward reducing overall operating costs. This makes hiring security professionals with extensive hospitality industry experience and essential component of planning a successful event. 

    Having a well-trained, OSHA certified staff is essential. For larger events, coordinators often choose to hire additional security professionals to reduce their chances of experiencing a safety incident both before and during a specific event. 

    Catering to the wants and needs of today's travelers is a multi-faceted task. Guests want to interact with the best and most knowledgeable employees the hospitality industry has to offer. Yet they remain dedicated to technology; posting reviews on popular sites and talking about their travel experiences (both positive and negative) on social media. 

    According to this article on global trends most likely to impact hospitality in 2015, "Exploration, interaction, and emotional experience is the hallmark of Millennials, the fastest growing customer segment in the hospitality industry, expected to represent 50% of all travelers by 2025."

    To learn more about how hiring an expert security team helps reduce liability exposure and overall operating costs while improving relationships with valued guests, please contact us. Thanks.

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    Seven things to consider when considering to work with special event security services.

     

    When planning large events there are, surely, a number of factors to contend with. You've probably had a seemingly endless list of things to work out. What to do about food, entertainment, parking, etc. You might also have considered what to do about security, and no one would be surprised. In today's world, most would be foolish not to consider how to go about booking special event security services, or what to expect when utilizing them. Some things to consider...

    1. When figuring out whom to work with and how to coordinate around the events, it's always better to contact the security adviser as early as possible. The mere addition of such services might alter the way you were planning the event. It is not uncommon to have a security provider contacted over a year in advance of the event.

    2. Expect to be somewhat flexible. Chances are, the security staff will clue you in to issues that you were not aware of. They will be factoring in a number of variables, such as the number of people attending, the number of entrances, to the amount of space in a given area. Don't be surprised if parts of the event are planned around the best ways to ensure safety during any number of possible outcomes.

    3. You and your staff may be expected to work closely with the security team, establishing communication and the running of best case scenarios on how the event might transpire.

    4. You'll need to figure out the transportation ahead of time as well. Will patrons be arriving by their own vehicle, or will transportation be provided? Will there be valet services provided? It will be best to have these details sorted out so your security team can best assess how to work them into their assessments.

    5. The same is necessary for food and drink vendors you will have attending. They will need to be alerted to the presence of the security team, and you may need to have them establish a dialogue with security as well.

    6. When searching for your security provider, make sure to look for a few key things. Ask for documentation pertaining to their state license and insurance. Make sure their insurance covers general and professional liability, as well as disability coverage. Also, make sure to look for prior law and public safety experience in the security staff.

    7. When considering pricing be sure to think about what you are paying for to happen as well as what you are paying for not to happen. Costs may seem high at first, but when you take into consideration that you are paying to ensure that the event goes of without a hitch and with personal safety provided for everyone attending, that price may seem more reasonable. 

    You no doubt want the least headaches possible, and with proper planning a security team for your special event can actually serve to make things run more smoothly. Keep in mind that guests will be expecting a great location, wonderful service, memorable entertainment, outstanding food, and the knowledge that their experience will be a safe one. For more information concerning event security, contact us.

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    Four Important Tips When Considering Personal Security Services

     

     

    Being a high-powered, public figure in New York has its perks, however it also has its security risks. Business leaders and other public figures run a higher risk of facing a range of hazardous situations in daily life than an out-of-the-spotlight employee. If the individual travels internationally, these risks expand three-fold. While these occurrences may seem unlikely, it is important to weigh the cost factors involved if such an event actually manifests. If you are considering personal executive security, these tips will help you take the first steps. 

    Ask Questions Now

    Conducting a thorough risk analysis is the first and most important step to developing a protection plan. Identify those who are most critical to your organization, assess loss impact, and acknowledge the risks that each individual could be facing. Include questions such as, do they travel to dangerous places - and if so, how often? Has there been a history of threats against each individual? To what criminal activity are they most vulnerable to? Make sure to have informative, well-researched answers to form an accurate risk analysis. 

    Knowledge Over Muscle 

    While most people immediately think of a large-necked man-in-black when they begin to ponder security, it is better to throw that stereotype to the wind. It would seem practical to have a muscular body-guard for high-risk situations, however today's personal security is more heavily based on research and preparation than on muscle and intimidation. An effective protection plan identifies threats before they materialize therefore rendering the need for muscle invalid. 

    Don't Forget The Home Life

    When considering personal security services, it is easy to forget that the most common targets of an attack are generally the spouse and child. If an executive is armed with 24-hour security, an easier route would be to harm the forgotten family. 

    It's All About The Network 

    One of the most important factors in a successful protection plan is the implementation of a solid network. You and your security team need to forge substantial connections with event organizers, hotel staff, and any executive assistants. Security personnel should ensure a collaboration with local law enforcement agencies and other security professionals as well. 

    If you are beginning to look into personal security services, please contact us for a complimentary security consultation. GSS Security Services has over 20 years in the industry, and meet and exceed all state required training, certification, and registration of security officers. Where ever you are located in the New York State area, we can meet all of your security needs. 

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    Special Event Security May Save Your Event, And You. 

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      How Do I Know When To Hire Security At An Event?

      Whether your event is public, private, large or small, the safety of you and your guests is a top priority.  

      Hiring special event security is not a question of whether you need it, but rather how you will regret rejecting it when something tragic happens.  Concert goers can become rowdy.  Sporting events or even business conferences may involve some competitive crowd members.  Fights and arguments can break out when you least expect it. 

      But Who Wants to Worry About This During an Event?

      GSS Security Services has 20 years of experience in protecting guests, audiences, families, and performers.  They can provide several security options for any of your hospitality or entertainment needs.  Their objective is to keep you safe so that you can have fun. 

      When you are focusing on your event and the big picture, GSS security agents will focus on the safety and well being of everyone there.  

      Where Do They Offer Security? And For What Kind of Events?

      They are an international security team and can travel to your event.  They also believe that no venue is too small and no person too safe.  

      That's Sounds Great! What Else Does GSS Security Services Offer?

      For starters, they can provide you with their K-9 Bomb Detection squad services. They are aware that large events such as races, political speeches, and public gatherings may attract bombers and other dangerous people.  GSS Security Services  can also provide businesses with security plans for their buildings and stores.  Whether you need an action plan for emergencies at your place of business, or if you need help setting up security for loss prevention at a retail store, GSS Security Services can help you. 

      Safety should always be a top priority, but you and your guests deserve to have fun. GSS Security Services will take care of you. 

       

      If you have further questions or would like a quote, please contact GSS Security Services today. 

       

       

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    Hospitality Security Services For The Post 9-11 World

     

    It's a hospitality employee's job to try and make sure that guests have all of their needs met. Whether it's guests at a hotel, attendees at a convention, or customers at a theme park it's the staff's job to try and make sure those individuals have a pleasant experience.

    Hospitality staff isn't there to protect clients or to deal with security threats though. When situations like that arise it's best to leave those jobs to the professionals.

    GSS Hospitality Security Services

    GSS Security Services, first established in the year 1993, is a company that's built its reputation on hospitality security. Company personnel are experienced with hotel and event security, which allows them to provide a tailored service that meshes perfectly with client needs.

    Whatever a client needs, GSS Security Services provides. The company offers loss prevention services for retail clients, hospitality security for industry names, emergency action plans, special event security, executive protection for individuals that require a bodyguard, and even k-9 bomb detection services. In a post 9-11 world, where events like the Boston Marathon bombing are today's news instead of just scary stories, GSS knows that there's no such thing as playing it too safe.

    Why GSS Security Services?

    There are a lot of options when it comes to hospitality security services; why choose GSS? The obvious reason is because this New York firm has made its reputation and its business model by providing stand out service in this area. In addition to the range of different roles GSS Security Services personnel can provide for their clients the company always makes sure that its customers have the safety net they require. It's comforting to know that security is just the press of a button away, which will help the hospitality staff remain calm, composed, and confident when situations inevitably do arise.

    With over 21 years of service and experience, as well as 300 full and part time employees that have been properly trained and seasoned, GSS Security Services will make sure that both staff and guests stay safe no matter what happens.

    For more information on GSS Security Services and how we can help you simply contact us today!

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    Hotel Security: Who Is Liable for a Guest's Safety and Property?

     

    Who is responsible if a hotel loses a bag that's been left with the bellman? According to an article from Fox News, while state laws vary, most hotels have limited liability for guest items that have been lost or stolen. However, guests may sue the hotel for damages if the bag was lost due to employee negligence. They also can be liable if one of their employees steals from guests. This is one of the many facets of hotel securitythat you should be aware of. There are many more.

    Laws state that hotel owners can't be responsible for things they have no control of. This includes the theft of belongings that were not left in the hotel's control but rather were left by the guest and subsequently stolen by another guest.

    Hotels are expected to provide a reasonable amount of security: working locks, well-lit parking, secure windows and the like. They're also responsible for warning guests of known dangers or taking steps to address problems they know about. Some steps that could be taken include installing security cameras or providing security personnel, the article stated. Posting signs for guests that state that the hotel are not always enough to remove liability though, as the responsibility for addressing known security issues remains.

    Are you and your staff doing enough to protect the safety of your guests and their property? GSS Security Services can provide hotel safety and security training for personnel in order to ensure that all safeguards are being taken and to create a safe environment for employees and guests alike. For more information on how to obtain this training, contact us.

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    Special event security: Make sure your event is remembered fondly

     

    Police and casino security in Reno, NV, were reportedly gearing up recently for the 20th annual Street Vibrations fall rally. The event was anticipated to bring in about 50,000 motorcyclists and among the preparations were plans on how to keep the event fun and safe for everyone.

    The important thing about special event security is ensuring that the event is both safe as well as fun. While increased police patrol may be necessary in situations such as a motorcycle rally, the police can't always supply the level of security that you need for your event. That's where GSS Security Services comes in. Our security personnel are specifically trained for the sort of security issues that come into play at a special event. We spend the time needed before the event takes place considering every possible scenario and how we will respond if that scenario happens.

    We can provide uniformed security services if you desire, or -- if preferable -- we can blend into the crowd so that our presence doesn't become a focus of your event. We also work well with hotel and other venue security in addition to the local police.

    Additionally, we provide not only security services but other event services as well, including acquiring permits, renting equipment, transportation preparation, and parking coordination. You can count on us to make sure that all facets of your special event go off without a hitch and that the event is remembered fondly. For more information on our special event security services and the other security services we provide, contact us.

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    Three sure-fire ways to secure your special event

    You want to be certain that you have all your bases covered when you are running a special event, right down to the special event security that will make your attendees, guest speakers, and staff feel secure. We are security experts, and we wanted to offer you three sure-fire tips to make your next event safe. 

    • Publish event guidelines in advance: It may not seem like much, but you'll streamline the event and prevent a number of security problems by publishing your guidelines ahead of time. If you have a special policy regarding what bags attendees are allowed to bring, or if you will not allow any liquids onsite, release these guidelines on the event website. This way, most guests can ensure that they do not bring anything that is prohibited, and all guests can get into the event quickly because door security personnel will be screening fewer items. 
    • Hire special event officers: Special event officers are perhaps the number one way that you can make your event secure. By hiring special events officers in advance, you effectively outsource your security needs to a skilled provider who has experience recognizing and neutralizing security fights. From uninvited guests to drugs on the premises, special events officers can take care of the problem without bothering other guests. This will give you the peace of mind to enjoy the event and focus on making it a success for all of your guests. 
    • Keep staff and volunteers in the loop: While you may not want to tell staff or volunteers about stressors, it's important to keep them in the loop if you have specific security concerns. This way, if they see a potential problem, they can alert security and get it taken care of faster. 

    To talk more about hiring security for your next event, please contact us. Thanks.

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    What to look for when you need personal security services

    Are you in New York and in need of personal security services? If so, do you know what you're looking for? Here is a list of some of the questions and considerations involved in choosing someone to provide personal security.

    Training. Does the person or company you're considering meet New York's requirements for training and registration of security officers? Does this individual or the staff of this security company have verifiable experience in providing security? Are they subjected to regular drug tests and rigorous physical exams as part of their employment as a security officer?

    Commitment to the Job. Will your security officer go where you go? Will he or she be available and on the job whether you're at the office, at home, or traveling internationally? Is he or she going to be available even when the security risk is relatively low, with the firm understanding that something can happen anywhere and at any time?

    Discretion. Will your security officer understand and respect the importance of your privacy and your reputation. Will he or she be content to not only remain in the background but also blend into it if need be?

    Insight. Does the individual under consideration possess the intelligence to act precisely in any given situation and to detect the potential for trouble before it escalates into a situation?

    There is, of course, much more to consider. If you're in need of personal security services, you can trust GSS Security Services. We understand that in today's economic and political climate, personal security is paramount. We offer a variety of professional programs to fit your specific security needs. For more information, contact us.

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    What We Learned About Special Event Security From the Boston Marathon

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    On April 15, 2013, approximately 32,000 runners prepared to finish the race of a lifetime. Professional runners and amateurs alike crossed the finish line, as Boston's crowds cheered their success. It was the American dream -- working hard and finally achieving an incredible goal.

    At 2:49 p.m. EST, a "pressure cooker" bomb exploded near the finish line, followed by a second explosion just 12 seconds later. Three of the runners lost their lives, and another 264 were injured. How did this happen? Most importantly, what did security experts learn to help prevent such a tragedy in the future?

    Security Presence Versus Security Activity

    As the media swarmed onto the scene following the attack, a number of participants and spectators were interviewed about the security measures in place before the attack happened. Some spectators reported seeing droves of security officers, but few were stopped, questioned, or searched as they approached the finish line.

    Having a security force in place doesn't deter such an act of terror unless the officers are active in identifying and neutralizing threats. It is important to establish checkpoints along any route people can take to the event. Furthermore, the use of bomb dogs and other measures could have greatly reduced the chances of the bombers getting to the finish line and detonating their bombs.

    Having Fun Versus Being Safe

    The unfortunate aftermath of 9/11 is sacrificing a certain amount of privacy and freedom in order to remain safe. During the Boston Marathon, security forces patrolled the area, but avoided actions that could have hindered the crowd's enjoyment of the event. For the 2014 event, the organizers of the event instituted additional safety measures, including restricting items like baggage, coolers, containers, blankets, costumes, and props from the spectator areas and finish line.

    By limiting what spectators could bring, organizers and security personnel were able to greatly reduce the chances of another terrorist sneaking in bombs. Event organizers often have to make decisions between allowing the crowd to have fun and offering a safe, secure environment for the event.

    Public Versus Private Security

    Seventeen different law enforcement agencies participated in the security of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Obviously, when multiple groups are involved, things get overlooked and slip through the cracks. Agency A thinks a particular task belongs to Agency B, and Agency C fails to pass important information along to Agency D. Though multiple agencies can bring additional personnel, equipment, knowledge, and perspective, the confusion can sometimes hinder the effectiveness of the security teams. Many event organizers might well decide that hiring a private special event security organization is more practical and effective than depending on large teams comprised of multiple government agencies.

    Unlike running a marathon, security is an industry that never reaches its finish line. As would-be terrorists develop new ways to cause trouble, security experts have to adapt and create new ways of stopping them. Even a tragedy like the Boston Marathon bombing becomes an important learning tool, teaching security experts more about stopping evildoers in their tracks.

    If you need state-of-the-art event security, contact us. GSS Security has over 20 years' experience in successfully keeping event performers and attendants safe from harm. See how a professional team of private security experts can boost confidence in your event while allowing the crowd to have the incredible time they came for. At GSS, security is an American tradition.

    Sources:

    1. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/one-year-later-what-was-learned-about-security-gaps-from-the-boston-marathon-bombing/

    2. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/terrorism-jan-june13-boston_04-30/

    3. http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CHRG-113shrg82575/pdf/CHRG-113shrg82575.pdf

    4. http://www.globalresearch.ca/boston-marathon-bombing-timeline/5345924

    5. http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/event-information/spectator-information.aspx

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