Mobile Patrol Vs. Stationary Officer

The main role of a security officer is to observe and report.  There’s always crime, but is it necessary to have a stationary officer onsite for a specific number of days and hours?  Mobile patrol consists of a security officer driving to the property in a marked security vehicle in a full security officer uniform.  The security officer would drive through the property at a responsible speed to make themselves visible onsite.  In addition, the officer would park their vehicle and walk the property to further their patrol onsite.  Which is more beneficial?  There are a number of reason clients choose mobile patrol over a stationary officer or vise versa.

Many clients choose mobile patrol to keep the cost down.  For example, it could cost anywhere between $20 – $40 dollars per day to have a mobile patrol officer come inspect your property, deter or even stop crime.  One the other hand, on the lower end of the scale it would cost anywhere between $128 – $200 per day to have a security officer on site for eight hours per day.  The cost varies depending on location and job duties.

Speaking of stationary officer, clients choose this option because they feel like their property is protected especially if the client is not around.  The comfort of knowing they can check on their property with a simple phone call.  Bad guys will notice a security officer on site and likely go commit crime somewhere that’s not protected.  The clients goal in hiring security is deterrence, and for the security officer to act as their eyes and ears while the client is away.

In the end, both options have their pos’s and con’s.  Mobile patrol is great for keeping cost down, but when the officer leaves the property, the property vulnerable for crime to occur until the next visit by the security officer.  On the contrary, while placing an officer on property can get costly, the security officer can deter bad guys while being proactive on property looking for anything unusual, vandalism and signs of breaking.  It really depends on client needs and expectations.  Which option would you prefer?

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