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You oversee all operations for your property.

Besides your family, it’s your life.

You believe you’re excellent at it too.

But, you always feel like you hit too many bottlenecks when trying to get work done.

Since you run the entire operation, from customer service to security, you have a lot of moving parts to keep your eyes on day to day.

This responsibility makes it difficult to ensure nothing slips through the cracks.

Your security team uses software for their guard tours.

Public safety uses another system – you can’t remember the name – for managing issues, incidents, and other miscellaneous requests that happen throughout the property.

Not to mention, your engineering team requires your team to write up a work order and then forward it to them.

Then, they enter the work order into their CMMS software.

We counted three different systems right there.

Each different system sends you a separate report, formatted a different way, and each has their faults that you must overcome each week to assess the information.

How is this efficient in any way?

It’s not.

You’re using too many ‘tools’ to run your property.

This strategy is dangerous because it leads to significant inefficiencies that affect your customers, bottom line, and your job.

But, the good news is you can change the course of the future.

You can control the effectiveness of your operation.

You no longer need multiple tools – you need a unified solution to achieve Proactive Operations.

Running a property is a big responsibility.

It can be fun, but it can also be challenging in many ways.

You deal with all sorts of things.

From unhappy customers to disgruntled employees to vandalism, and even felonies.

Although you never know what you’re going to encounter daily, you do know there is always something.

You might even find it overwhelming.

It’s your duty to keep your property and the people on it safe, though, right?

But, that’s not always easy.

If you don’t have the resources to take care of business, it makes it worse.

Proactive operations know this.

They have systems and processes in place to handle it all.

Do you?

Do you have the right tools in place to manage any situation that could occur on your property?

Would you even know what to expect or how to respond when the time comes?

If you’re uneasy about today’s article – we get it!

It’s not the most comfortable feeling to face the fact that your operation has weaknesses.

But, we’re going to help you out today to get your Proactive Operations juices flowing.

We want to share four different scenarios of what could occur on your property, and how the right software can help you change the outcome for the better.

How does that sound?

You walk over to your security supervisor.

“This is the problem we’re having,” you remark.

Joe gives you a blank stare while he waits for you to continue.

“We’re always picking up the pieces when something happens,” you continue.

“You know, it feels like we’re always behind the eight ball,” you tell Joe.

“We’ve been working with an antiquated system,” he responds.

“It’s a combination of pen, paper, and hoping that we’re in the right place at the right time,” he continues.

“It’s a reactive security operation that we’re running here,” he tells you.

“Poor documentation, legacy time-stamping technology, limited if no accountability, and high turnover,” he elaborates.

“That’s what I’m working with every day,” Joe asserts with pursed lips.

You know Joe is frustrated because he’s approached you about upgrading your guard tour system in the past.

Only now have you’ve realized the struggles of operating with an outdated solution and disjointed process.

That’s the problem.

You’re reacting to the inefficient process.

But, Joe’s ready to employ a proactive system.

Today, you’re moving to that proactive guard tour system Joe needs – and we’ll show you what traits should be non-negotiable.

Are you ready to transform your security operation from reactive to proactive?

“All my rounds are done. Do you mind if I leave now?”

Alex, one of your senior security officers, wants to get on the road for a weekend trip.

“Sure, where is your tour log,” you ask.

He unfolds the sheet he printed from your guard tour system.

It’s a system that uses timestamps to track inspection times for each location.

“Thanks, I’ll review this in a few minutes and call you with any questions,” you tell Alex as he rushes out of your office.

Alex just nods.

“Have a safe trip,” you continue.

He’s already gone; headed to his family’s cabin on the lake to do some fishing.

His mind has been on trout his entire shift.

After finishing your afternoon paperwork, you start to review Alex’s inspection log for this current week.

You purse your lips and stare at the printed piece of paper for a moment.

You compare the log he gave you to your version of Alex’s schedule.

It does not match.

“Wait, this is last weeks,” you exclaim. Frustrated, you grab your office phone.

You call Alex.

No answer.

This is not the first time this has happened.

Alex is also not the only security officer to provide you with incorrect documentation either.

How frustrated does this make you?

This example is only one of how your guard tour solution could be hindering your operation.

Your “solution” is not a solution at all.

It’s not working.

And, It’s time for a change.

Keep reading; we are going to share five reasons why it’s not working – and how a proactive solution fixes these flaws.

We’ve always enjoyed listening to what the experts are saying.

It has helped us become quite proficient in the subjects of process improvement and accountability.

One of the most significant challenges faced by security services is not-knowing if their security guards are executing their duties efficiently.

Another major challenge for these organizations is knowing if their guards are executing, and not being able to prove it.

Disjointed processes and antiquated systems prevent you from identifying your real problems with job duty execution and accountability.

A guard tour system helps you get your security services operation above par.

It also makes tracking accountability seamless.

We’re hoping to enlighten you on only a few – very powerful – ways professional security services operations can identify team faults and proactively repair them, rather than overwhelming you with various features and benefits on guard tour systems.

If you can’t position your organization to track accountability decisively, there’ll be no positive growth or decrease in employee turnover in your future.

It’s time for you to take control of your operational efficiency and promote accountability among your team.

Are you ready for your next solution?

We’re not just talking about the software’s functionality either.

We’re focused on what a solution allows you to do in order to optimize your protocols and overall operation.

It’s imperative that you understand the difference here.

The solution’s value will originate from its ability to assist you in simplifying security guard duties while holding everyone accountable for their execution.

It takes time to train your staff.

But, time also poses a challenge – and inefficient processes bite into it.

You have staff that comes and goes, which makes training and staying on top of everyone’s responsibilities a struggle.

Everything changes daily.

Some of this headache comes from the constant turnover. Much of what you believe to be due to low performing employees.

The other time destroyer is seasonal and part-time staff training.

All of this leaves you overwhelmed.

You feel stuck and behind the eight ball.

Agree?

The effects eventually build up, your property’s operation gets the brunt of it, and this all trickles down to customer service.

Do you see the long-term problem here?

You need a way to ensure that the staff walking your property – hired to keep it safe – are on top of their game.

They must know what they’re doing and be proactive in doing so.

But, you need the confidence that this is true. How do you get it?

That’s where a proactive guard tour system comes to the rescue.

Yes, modern features of a software solution help your team each day. Many of these features are fancy and reduce the time it takes to get the job done.

We get it, but you have to approach your software evaluation in a way that supports long-term value.

It’s more than simple features and benefits!