Conduct Effective Background Screening with “Pentagon Check”

We’re frequently asked if there’s a “best practice” for employment screening and background checks. Unfortunately, there is no “across-the-board” answer; every screening depends on a variety of unique factors. Sentinel’s five-pronged Pentagon Check solution covers the screening canvas as completely as possible, providing clients with detailed and accurate background information on potential hires. Pentagon Check provides a comprehensive overview of a candidate’s background while avoiding the critical history gaps typical of the “$29.95” online background checks that are readily available. Pentagon Check’s five points of protection include:

  • SSN Trace & Address Locator

This service is the foundation of our background screening process. It not only reveals identifying information such as name, name variations, and date of birth, but also provides a resident history by uncovering current and former addresses associated with that Social Security number. We then cross-reference those addresses with the ones provided by the applicant. If necessary, additional criminal searches are recommended.

  • National Criminal Records Indicator

Since people can commit offenses in jurisdictions in which they visit or travel, Sentinel searches multi-jurisdictional criminal databases to uncover hidden records. Our National Criminal Records Indicator searches information from multiple trusted sources, including: state sex offender registries; statewide repositories of criminal information; multiple online county records; the Office of Foreign Assets and Control; the FBI’s Most Wanted List; Interpol Wanted List; and State Department Terrorist Exclusions.

  • Statewide & County Criminal Record Searches

Sentinel evaluates the information gleaned from the SSN Trace & Address Locator and National Criminal Records Indicator, and if warranted, orders the appropriate criminal record searches for a minimum seven-year period. We order statewide searches when available. If no statewide records are available, we order a county search.

  • Federal Criminal Record Searches

Many serious crimes are only reported in federal district courts and therefore may not be found during standard county or statewide criminal record searches. These crimes include child pornography offenses, mail and wire fraud, drug trafficking, immigration law violations, bank robbery and others. We use address history and records to determine the scope of our federal searches.

  • Driving Record Search

Since motor vehicle information can offer valuable insight on an applicant’s character, we search motor vehicle records in their current state of residence. From this we can learn about suspended licenses, failures to appear in court, arrest warrants, and drug- and alcohol-related driving offenses that can serve as a warning of potential substance abuse problems. These searches are subject to state availability.

How secure is your newest potential employee? Let Sentinel eliminate the doubt. Contact Sentinel Management Group today for a background screening you can trust with Sentinel’s Pentagon Check.

Security Assessment, Threat Prevention

Threat assessment is an invaluable component of evaluating Corporate Security. Simply, this is an all-inclusive review and analysis of your organization’s safety and security functions. Sentinel’s in-depth analysis helps provide a point of reference for today, and a security plan for tomorrow. We incorporate a variety of techniques into our assessment to provide clients with a realistic, practical plan to secure their organizations. Some of the factors that we consider are:

Facility Characterization
The first thing we do to create a specialized security plan is to characterize the facility, including all states of operation and all conditions. To do this we develop a thorough facility description, including all site boundaries, building locations, floor plans and access points. A complete understanding of the facility’s operating processes is also required, as well as identifying any existing protection features. Our professionals pore through blueprints, corporate process descriptions, safety analysis reports, environmental impact statements and site surveys to create a comprehensive characterization.

Threat Identification
Before a vulnerability analysis can be completed, a description of all potential threats is required. We work with you to determine the threats and adversaries that could be problematic to your specific business, and evaluate their capabilities and potential tactics.

Because human behavior is difficult to forecast, estimating the probability that an adversary group will attack a specific asset presents a challenge. Many critical mathematical assumptions cannot be applied in these cases. We analyze the existing threat spectrum and process the information with historical statistical data to categorize these threats in terms of possibility and predict the likelihood of an abnormal event.

How secure is your company? Sentinel offers a full range of resources designed to secure your assets and investments. Our proven solutions can save you from significant losses, or worse, business failure due to internal and external criminal activity, workplace violence and other threats. We’re always available to discuss security needs for your important event. Contact a Sentinel Specialist at 718-740-3600 today and protect your assets


How to Heighten Security Effectively

As the Times Square Ball dropped, counting down the seconds to 2017, the City that Never Sleeps was awake to a new reality: heightened security is now the norm for any major event, especially one taking place in a major city, where large crowds assemble.

All it took was one look down the street to see the 20-ton dump trucks, each filled with 15 tons of sand and parked at an intersection to provide a protective barrier in the event of a terrorist attack like those seen in Berlin in December and in Nice, France last July. Such barricades have also been placed along Fifth Avenue over the past few months, as the presence of President-elect Donald Trump called for heightened security.

This strategy has so far proven effective for the City, but at what cost? For most corporations and high-profile individuals in NYC, sand-filled dump trucks are not a viable or economically feasible option. However, there are other ways to effectively heighten your security.

Corporate Security Assessment: Facility characterization and threat analysis set the stage for establishing a workable security plan.

Executive & VIP Protection: Up-close personal protection for at-risk individuals and their families is key to your company’s safety and reputation.

Special Events Security: From private bodyguards to crowd control specialists, the security needs of NYC’s special events are innumerable. Be prepared for any scenario!

Founded by a former NYPD Captain and graduate of the FBI National Law Enforcement Academy in Quantico, Sentinel Management Group, Inc. has provided licensed security services for some of the most targeted locations and events in New York City, including Times Square developments and 9/11 Commemoration Ceremonies. We know NYC.

To secure your most critical assets, contact our team today.

The Final Detail for Your Product Launch

After years of development, research and planning, your company is ready to launch its newest product – or the latest iteration of a respected and well-known item. When planning the launch event, do not forget to call for Sentinel to field a trained security team to product your product, your proprietary information, and your guests.

Sentinel provides expert safety and security officers, to ensure your event goes off without a hitch. Our officers will be dressed appropriately for your event, and present a professional appearance at all times. “Undercover” agents can be included to mingle with guests unobtrusively in addition to the posted security detail.

Rely on Sentinel to handle the security, while you make the big reveal. Sentinel provides event services for:

  • Corporate Events and Dinners
  • Celebrity Fundraisers
  • Jewelry Shows
  • Expos and Trade Shows
  • Product Launches
  • PR Events
  • Sporting Events
  • And many more

Contact Sentinel Security today to discuss your next corporate event, or any other safety or security issue.

How to Keep Your Company Safe from Threats Within and Without: Step 2

To keep your company safe, you must know how to protect it from threats both within and without. While our last post focused on how corporate security assessments protect your company from outside forces, today’s post tackles threats that can be even more dangerous and hard to detect — those that come from within your company’s own ranks.

Step 2) Employment & Background Screening
Listen up loud and clear: when it comes to protecting businesses in densely populated areas like the five boroughs, you cannot afford to leave pre-employment screenings to a human resources agency or discount service offering “complete” background checks. Those screenings and checks are hardly ever thorough and virtually never complete!

This year’s news headlines have already shown how horribly things can go when an employee snaps or turns out not to be who everyone thought they were. There’s simply no good way to deal with such a situation ipso facto, so the only solution is to ensure your company is protected from it ever occurring in the first place.

To provide our corporate clients with an accurate and truly complete profile of their potential hires, Sentinel Management Group developed the Pentagon Check. This thorough and meticulous five-step process takes complete advantage of the following invaluable resources:

  1. SSN Trace & Address Locator – reveals a job candidate’s name variations and residence history;
  2. National Criminal Records Indicator – looks at state sex offender registries, FBI and Interpol Most Wanted Lists, federal terror watch lists, and much more;
  3. Statewide & County Criminal Record Searches – uses the residence history found in the SSN Trace and Address Locator, along with any info culled from the National Criminal Records Indicator, to show exactly what potential hires might be hiding about their activity over the past seven years;
  4. Federal Criminal Record Searches – pinpoints federal convictions that may not appear in county and state records, including mail and wire fraud, which is exactly the kind of criminal behavior you’re looking to avoid; and
  5. Driving Record Search – even with a clean criminal record, motor vehicle records might shed light on a shady past including arrest warrants or drug and alcohol problems.

So, is your company protected from threats within and without, or are there serious holes in your defense that could result in bad business, or worse, bad news headlines? Don’t leave it to chance. Contact Sentinel MGI today by completing the form on this page. We’ll guard your current assets and lay a strong foundation for a safer future.

How to Keep Your Company Safe from Threats Within and Without: Step 1

You work in New York City, the Big Apple, the place where the action is. You know some of the risks, but you live with them, because in the City that Never Sleeps, the reward is worth the risk. But how do you know your NYC-based business is really and truly safe?

To keep your company safe, you must know how to protect it from threats both within and without. You must be protected from outside forces that might threaten the physical security of your office or office building, as well as from employees who might have something to hide and whose past could catch up with them, catching you off guard in the process.

Sentinel Management Group can assess the security of your business on both fronts and put in place strategies to ensure your company is better protected moving forward. Here’s how:

Step 1) Corporate Security Assessments
To protect the physical well being of your staff, as well as your actual brick and mortar operation, Sentinel first performs a facility characterization that looks at building blueprints, safety reports, environmental impact statements, site surveys and other existing data to isolate the vulnerabilities of your workplace.

We then look at exactly which kinds of adversaries and tactics might exploit these vulnerabilities. These are called Design Basis Threats (DBTs), a phrase taken from military terminology. It could refer to anything from the kinds of weapons that could be snuck past your lobby security to the kinds of accidental explosions that might occur in and around your building.

Finally, we compile this information and use it to determine the likelihoods of different potential security scenarios unfolding. This gives you a better understanding of the physical security of your corporate assets and puts you in a better position to protect these assets in the future.

A Corporate Security Assessment by Sentinel MGI is one of the first and most crucial steps needed for ensuring the safety and security of your business and its personnel. Use the contact form on this page to get the process started, and check back next month as we discuss the ways Sentinel protects your business from threats that can be even harder to detect, those that come from within.

Industry-Leading Armed Guard Service

It goes without saying that when you hire armed protection, you only want the very best the industry has to offer. Sentinel Management Group’s armed guards are hand-picked from among the most qualified personnel in the private security sector, many of whom have extensive professional experience in New York City law enforcement. All of our armed guards are equipped with decades of hands-on, in-field experience, and are expertly trained to detect, respond to, and neutralize any threat.

The Sentinel Difference

When Sentinel’s armed guard service is requested, we conduct a thorough survey of the area, organization or individual our team will be securing. Our guards are then given a detailed briefing, identifying potential threats and formulating tactical responses to all possible scenarios.

Armed guard service is available for:

  • VIP protection
  • Secure ground transport
  • Special event security
  • Crowd control
  • Executive protection services
  • And much more

If your safety depends on the skill and expertise of armed security personnel, look no further than Sentinel Management Group. Contact Sentinel Management Group today to request our armed guard service.

The Importance of Fire Safety at Your Facility

Fire safety is one of the most important aspects of a security program. An effective plan of action in the event of a fire will do more than save lives; it can also prevent costly damages, fines, and expensive litigation. As the New York Metro area’s premier security experts, Sentinel Management Group understands the keys to effective fire safety, which is why we offer expert Fire Safety Director and Fire Guard Services to complete your property’s security plan.

We only hire the best, so our fire safety experts and training staff are hand-picked from the executive leadership of the New York City Fire Department. Our training seminars and fire safety drills reflect the high standards of the FDNY, emphasizing in-depth analyses of scenarios and response protocol. Our experts will formulate a complete emergency action plan and train your facility’s staff so that all personnel know where to go, what to do, and how to do it in the event of a fire.

Our Fire Guards provide another layer of expert protection, and are perfect for safeguarding practically any facility, including:

  • Hotels
  • Hi-rise buildings
  • Office buildings
  • Construction sites
  • Public and private special events
  • Warehouses and cargo areas
  • Sporting stadiums and arenas

Don’t leave your company defenseless against fire hazards. Protect your customers, employees and your assets by preparing accordingly with Sentinel’s Fire Safety Services. Contact Sentinel today to begin formulating your Emergency Action Plan.

Protect With the Best: Sentinel’s Security Team

The importance of dependable security should never be overlooked, especially in the high-volume, densely populated New York Metro area. So why trust your business and personnel to anyone providing less than the best in security service? With over a decade of industry service as a New York-based security and investigative firm, Sentinel Management Group keeps your business, establishment or special event in highly capable hands.

Our security officers are carefully screened and selected from the greater New York law enforcement community and private security sector, resulting in an expert team of security officers prepared to detect, assess and address any potential safety threat. Each of our guards is highly trained in areas such as:

  • Suspicious Packages
  • Legal Authority: Scope and Limitations
  • Search and Seizure
  • Law of Arrest
  • Fundamentals of Security
  • Human Relations
  • Field Interview Techniques
  • Report Writing and Documentation

Additionally, our officers add a sense of security by their mere presence, wearing conservative business attire or uniforms as appropriate. Our security officers are ideal for a variety of assignments, and our effectiveness is the result of our consistent ability to plan, staff and deliver a security team consistent with our client’s security plan. Contact Sentinel for:

  • Armed and Unarmed Security
  • Close Protection Security
  • Uniformed Security
  • Celebrity Protection
  • Chauffeurs
  • Secure Ground Transport
  • Hotel Security
  • Concierge Security Service
  • Building Security
  • Corporate Security
  • Secure Cargo & Warehouses
  • And much more

When it comes to protecting the people and possessions you value most, don’t settle for anything other than highest quality service available. You provide us with the security scenario, we’ll provide the plans, personnel, and expert execution. Contact Sentinel today – your assets are in good hands.

It’s Not a Success Unless It’s Safe: Special Event Security

Safety is always the number one priority when hosting or administrating a public or high-volume special event. Even with the best-laid plans, your special event can’t be a triumphant success unless it’s 100% safe for your esteemed guests and attendees. With Sentinel’s New York State-certified event security professionals, you’ll know your special event guests are in good hands.

Many event planners choose to hold their special events in open-air venues or, especially during colder months, large auditoriums, halls and arenas. While this is a great way to create an impressive atmosphere, it also poses numerous safety and security risks. Trade shows, dinners, and fundraisers filled with items of high value can become targets for theft or even terrorism. Improperly guarded outdoor events can be accessed by potential trespassers, kidnappers, thieves, and other wrongdoers. That’s where Sentinel comes in.

Sentinel provides full security services for the following events and venues:

  • Corporate Events
  • Corporate Dinner Events
  • Celebrity Fundraisers
  • Jewelry Shows
  • Expos & Trade Shows
  • Movie & Production Sets
  • World Premieres
  • Sporting Events
  • Sports Team Private Events
  • Private Parties and Functions
  • Product Launches
  • Corporate Holiday Parties
  • Fashion Shows
  • Art Galleries
  • PR Events
  • Concerts

Our security team is picked from among the most highly-qualified and expertly trained armed guards in the business. Our armed guards are an effective deterrent against violent crime, as they are equipped with the skills and training necessary to put a stop to a dangerous situation before it even begins. We even offer VIP close protection security for individual safety.

Reach your New York metro area special event security specialists at 718-740-3600, or contact Sentinel Management Group online to set up a consultation.