The Elements of a Security Assessment

Security AssessmentA critical component of any facility management program should include security measures. For many businesses, it can be difficult to design such a program–let alone know where to start. By hiring a security contractor, businesses can gain helpful insights on how to meet their safety goals. It all begins with a security assessment.


A security assessment is an in-depth analysis and report detailing the security needs of your business. The assessment is designed to:


Identify the Risks That Affect Your Premises

Define the Measures You Must Take to Mitigate Risks

Assist in Resource Allocation to Meet Your Security Goals


The security assessment is your opportunity to learn about the dangers that may affect your facility, your employees, and your assets. There are several factors that can also influence the assessment, including:

  • The Nature of Your Business
  • The Disposition of Employees, Business Partners, and Clients
  • The Current Geopolitical Climate
  • The Types of Crime That Will Most Likely Affect You


It is important to have an experienced security contractor to conduct the assessment. These agencies have the resources and tools to help you meet your security goals. By having an assessment done by a professional, you will gain the data and insights you need to make informed and sensible decisions.

What It Means to Be a Security Guard

Security GuardThe security guard is a central component of any facility’s safety program. With a team of guard personnel patrolling your grounds, visitors and employees are more likely to feel safe in their daily activities. However, what does it mean to be a security guard? In this post, we will discuss the qualifications and responsibilities that are part of this profession.


A security guard is a person that patrols and inspects property against on-site threats. These threats are wide-ranging and may include the risk of fire, theft, vandalism, terrorism, or illegal activity. Guards undergo commercial security training, which can include physical and psychological evaluations.


Security guards have many responsibilities, such as:

  • Protecting and Enforcing Laws on Their Employer’s Property
  • Monitoring Surveillance Systems
  • Control Access of Key Entryways or Facility Sectors
  • Conduct Security Checks and Patrol the Grounds
  • Writing and Filing Reports


Guards have to be alert while on the job, and they need to be vigilant about suspicious activity. They may be utilized in an emergency to assist law enforcement and first responders. Some guards may be armed.


Security guards may have different roles depending on their employer. For instance, a guard at a retail store may check the grounds for shoplifters and prevent theft. A guard on duty at a bank or office setting may serve as a concierge and the first point of contact for access control.


Being a security guard requires good physical and mental capabilities, the ability to read a situation, and respond as necessary. As such, commercial security training is paramount to ensure a professional security force.

What is the Role of a Security Professional in an Emergency Situation?

Our Objective is SafetyBefore an emergency occurs at your business, agency, or government office, you want to have a plan in place. Planning is the key to defining roles, duties, and responsibilities in the event of a fire, accident, or shooting. When people are prepared for the worst, they can step up and act on their training during an emergency.

In this uncertain world, it is essential to prepare your security professionals with emergency action plan training. Training must plan for the unexpected and outline procedures to follow, as well as the roles you want security to play in the operation. Depending on the size of your business, security may handle the emergency with or without assistance from your employees.


Knowing What To Do Beforehand

You don’t want to wait until after an emergency occurs to put plans in place. Indeed, you can find training for your professionals that anticipates and prepares for the worst. Questions such as these must be answered:

  • Who notifies emergency officials?
  • What roles do security personnel play in an emergency?
  • Who is in charge of crowd control?
  • What about evacuation plans?


These days, businesses, schools, and governments find dangerous situations that can occur on their premises, whether it’s a bomb, fire, shooter, or something else. It’s best to have your security personnel know the answers to the questions in advance so they can act swiftly and confidently should such a situation occur.

An Explanation of Alyssa’s Law

Alyssa’s LawSometimes it takes a tragedy to pass legislation that protects school children against violence. One such case is Alyssa’s Law, which has been signed into law in New Jersey. This law aims to protect students by requiring schools to put in panic buttons to send silent alerts to law enforcement agencies.


Alyssa’s mother, Lori Alhadeff, is behind the legislation, as the family used to live in New Jersey. She is pushing a similar measure in Florida, where the tragedy occurred on Feb. 14, 2018. The Parkland, FL, school shooting claimed 17 lives, including that of her daughter, Alyssa, 14. She was shot 10 times by an ex-student carrying an AR-15.


The Need for Silent Panic Alarms to Emergency Officials

School and law enforcement officials, as well as politicians, have recognized the need for a way to send out a mass alert, and such an app has been designed. The app could notify law enforcement, as well as school staff, about a threatening situation, threat, or medical emergency. It’s hoped that quick and accurate information provides faster emergency response, as well as notification and preparedness for schools and classrooms. And, that these lead to tragedy averted and lives saved.

Recognizing the Early Warning Signs for Violent Attack

Signs of AggressionHow often do you hear about violence in the workplace or schools? Too often is the answer.


No matter how distasteful this behavior is, we have to recognize that it’s become a part of our modern society, and we need to be prepared for it. There are a few ways that we can be ready to prevent or deal with incidents of this type. Active threat response training is one of the main and most effective ones. Comprehensive training helps you be as safe as possible during an incident and helps you ensure the safety of others.


Before a situation in the workplace escalates to violence, there are often some early warning signs you can watch for.


You are going to be aware of changes in behavior, especially ones that are frequent and intense disruptions to the workplace. A few of the warning signs can include:

  • Crying or Temper Tantrums
  • Disrespect for Authority
  • Swearing or Emotional Language
  • Poor Reaction to Criticism
  • Social Isolation
  • Holding Grudges
  • Lack of Personal Hygiene


Physical signs can range from pacing, trembling, and violent gestures to loud talking, glaring, and abusive language.


A further look at a profile that may indicate a propensity for violence will encompass threatening or intimidating behavior, increased stress, negative personality characteristics, and marked changes in mood.


When your organization undertakes active threat response training, it helps make you aware of potentially hazardous situations and how to respond properly should they occur.

Why Proper Use of Force Training and Certification is Important for Security Teams

Security Tactical TrainingYou’ve made the move of having a security team put in place at your workplace or school. That’s a positive first step, but it’s not the only one you should take. It’s important to have those team members trained to the highest level possible.


At Hedge Tactical Solutions, we know not every company with a security staff recognizes this, and that is why we’ve written a post on the topic. We want people to realize that security tactical training is vital and beneficial for the safety of everyone concerned.


Proper training and certification are important for several reasons. The first is that with the right training, your security officers will be able to do their jobs effectively. That means keeping people safe, and that’s the bottom line with which we are all concerned.


An officer with proper use of security tactical training knows how to subdue and restrain someone who poses a security threat without resorting to excessive force. This minimizes the risk of injury to both parties and limits legal liability for the officer. It also covers your company from a legal standpoint too, as you have taken the step to provide proper training.


Since the legal protections that apply to police officers in the discharge of their duties are different than the ones that cover security guards, making sure your team has the right training provides peace of mind for them and you.

Welcome to the Hedge Tactical Solutions Blog

Hedge Tactical Solutions

The world can be an intimidating and frightening place at times. We’re not saying that to scare you but want to help prepare you for the reality which you can easily see on the news or read online daily.

Yes, there are challenges out there, but they can be met head-on with skills, training, and confidence. The first step is preparation because it’s too late when an incident is occurring to try to adapt and respond. You need to be aware and prepared. In many of these situations seconds matter, and can mean the difference between safety and injury.

That’s why we have created this blog. It is a vehicle to provide valuable information, insight, and knowledge about threats to your facilities, and ways to counteract them. The team at Hedge Tactical Solutions has the skills and experience to deliver active threat response training, and we’ll talk about that next.

We’ll also discuss topics like the importance of school safety protocol, for example. Our goal is to help you remain safe, and we feel that education is the key. As we say, “Doing nothing is not an option.”

This blog will give you options, and it will give you choices. It will become a trusted partner in your preparation and search for the training and skills you need. Welcome. We are glad you are taking steps to ensure your safety and that of those around you.

The Importance of Having Protocol Training in our Schools

Protocol Training in our Schools

Sandy Hook. Columbine. Virginia Tech. Stoneman Douglas High School.

These names are seared into our subconsciousness. They were supposed to be places of learning, friendship, and fun, not settings for darkness and death. But, tragically, such incidents have become all too common. Hardly a week goes by when the news doesn’t carry a report of a shooting that violates the safety of a school or workplace or house of worship.

It may seem like it at times, but the situation is not hopeless. There are options to protect our youngest and most vulnerable citizens. Our slogan of “Doing Nothing Is Not An Option” speaks volumes because if you are prepared for a confrontation, you can act to protect yourself and others.

School protocol is a major step towards safety. Realistic drills teach students and staff how to react in the event of a school shooting. They build confidence while also helping manage and reduce anxiety.

It’s too late when an event is happening to wonder what to do. Training delivers a margin of safety that can make the difference between safety and tragedy.

Information is one of the keys to safety, and that is the mindset behind our active shooter alert app at Hedge Tactical Solutions. A product like this is the perfect complement to your facility protocol. It provides immediate threat information to individuals across the campus and first responders, allowing them to react accordingly.

Shorten Response times During a Campus Shooting with Mobile Security

Security Team at WorkIn today’s modernized society, there’s a lot more than campus security light towers needed to keep students safe. Colleges looking to enhance their disaster preparedness campus-wide can take a proactive approach to their needs with mobile security apps from Hedge Tactical Solutions. At our company, finding ways to preserve our users’ safety in a wide variety of scenarios are our highest priorities.

With live, real-time video feeds and a direct line to first responders, our mobile security apps are the first lines of defense for students throughout the country during campus shootings and other emergencies. Using our innovative mobile tool, being proactive during potential emergencies is simple, safe, and straightforward.

Keeping Those in an Emergency Informed

Our emergency phone app is designed intuitively to shorten response times during campus shootings or other life-threatening emergencies. No matter the severity of the situation, staying informed, and protecting yourself is easy with a comprehensive set of mapping, monitoring, and alert tools in your hands.

The mobile app features several helpful resources, including administrative control over alert closure, in-app user management, and a real-time threat alert system with touch-to-locate mapping. Our unique alert system helps keep everyone in the loop, so regardless of how the situation progresses, you’ll have an easily accessible line of defense at your fingertips.

Preparing Church for an Active Shooter

Family Attending ChurchOne of the most incomprehensible places for a shooting to occur is in a church or similar place of worship. Congregants gather for times of prayer, worship, and shared testimony and do so with the assumption they’ll be safe in such a sacred place. Unfortunately, however, we’ve seen that is not always the case. Sadly, mass shootings in mosques, synagogues, and churches happen here in the United States and around the globe. In fact, in 2016, violent deaths were more frequent at faith-based organizations than at schools.

So, the question is, how do you keep your congregants safe while they are attending services, bible study, or hosting church suppers? Hedge Tactical Solutions Active Alert threat monitoring system is the most comprehensive security resource, available on your computer or your mobile device. This app can mean the difference between life and death in an active-shooter situation.

Chaos will ensue, and tension will be high in an active-shooter scenario. It’s not a situation in which you can calmly call the police and notify them of real-time updates on the situation – but our app can. With a threat monitoring system, you’ll be able to notify emergency responders quickly and effortlessly.

Today more than ever, it’s vital that churches have a protocol in place for keeping their congregation safe in the event of a shooter. Read on to Pt. 2 to learn what steps to take to protect your congregants and minimize casualties.

It’s a situation no one wants to think about let alone actively plan for – a mass shooting in your place of worship. Once upon a time church was a safe refuge for those who just needed some time in prayer and reflection. Church security was unheard of. Today, however, it’s a necessity.

Senior Woman Receiving Emergency TreatmentSo the question is, how do you keep your doors open to all while protecting those inside? Prevention and planning are key.

Have a Plan and Test It – Having a plan doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re prepared. Until you actually practice the plan – until you partner with others to test it – your plan is just that, a plan. Practicing the plan will allow leaders to learn if there are any holes in the design.

Act Fast – When an active shooter first enters a church, the first protocol should be to try to isolate them. Having a pre-planned distress code that trained staff and volunteers recognize immediately allows getting people to safety to start immediately.

Team Effort – While churches want to be inviting, anyone that sees something of concern must communicate it to the security or church leaders.

Emergency Alert System – HTS Active Alert Systems emergency alert app can literally mean the difference between life and death in an active-shooter situation. When chaos ensues, emergency services, including police and ambulance, are just a click away on your mobile device. You can also alert members of your organization, and pinpoint threats, all in a matter of minutes simply by pushing a few buttons.

None of us want to be unprepared when an active shooter enters our church doors. The most important things you can do to protect your members are to make your emergency action plan, practice safety drills, and take measures to prevent violent individuals from harming your congregation