Boosting Security for the Holidays

Improving the security at your retail store is always an important step to protecting your assets and valuables, but it’s especially important during the holiday season. With the increase in foot traffic, monetary transactions and returns, there’s also the potential for an increase in theft.

There are many steps you can take to increase the security in your store during the holidays, including:

  • Installing Surveillance Cameras
  • Utilizing Video Monitoring
  • Restricting Product Access
  • Scheduling More Employees
  • Reorganizing the Store’s Layout

In addition to these security improvements, the most helpful of them all is utilizing the Armed Guard services from Sentinel Security. Whether out of sight, or watching all entrances and exits, our professionally trained armed guards will keep your store and your customers safe from any potential threat. Start preparing your store for the holiday season. Call Sentinel Security today, or contact us online to learn more.

Armed Security at Your Next Catering Hall Event

If you’re thinking of booking a catering hall for your next big event, don’t forget about security! It’s especially important in these situations to have Sentinel’s highly trained armed security guards on hand to help your event run smoothly. Here are a few reasons to consider security at your catering hall event:

Multiple Entrances

Unguarded entrances can allow uninvited guests to sneak themselves inside. Hiring security to cover extra doors ensure that all points of entry are monitored throughout the duration of the event.

The Guest List

Investing in hosting an event can be costly, the last thing you want is for people who aren’t on your guest list coming in and eating the food. Hiring security is one way to ensure that your event is free of any party crashers.

You Guests’ Finest

Big events often prompt attendees to wear their finest clothing and jewelry. This can open them up to potential theft throughout the catering hall. With a diligent team of armed security guards, would-be thieves are deterred from making any attempts to lift someone’s valuables.

Alcohol Induced Behavior

When guests have been drinking, they’re more likely to damage property or get into altercations with one another. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to have armed security on hand if your event involves alcohol – even if the catering hall doesn’t require it.

Call Sentinel Security!

You don’t have to look any further than Sentinel Security for your armed security needs. Whether you’re looking to keep a wedding reception, awards banquet or any other big party safe from theft or threats of violence, our highly skilled armed security guards can ensure a flawless event. Contact us today to learn more.

Shoplifting Prevention with Sentinel’s Armed Guards

Running a business takes a lot of awareness – but you can’t be everywhere at once, and that’s when shoplifters strike. Take security into your own hands and protect your profits and reputation by calling on Sentinel’s armed guards to do what they do best!

  • Watch the sales floor: With armed guards on the sales floor, shoplifters won’t feel comfortable enough to strike.
  • Watch your staff: It’s an unfortunate truth, but internal theft is just as likely to happen as shoplifting. Hopefully you’re hiring employees you can trust, but armed guards can help you decrease the chances of internal theft.
  • Watch your doors: Entrances and exits are typically the focus of would-be thieves – because that’s their way out. With an armed guard stationed at every door, shoplifters will think twice.
  • Watch everything!: Our armed guards are trained to notice things that typical employees won’t. With guards patrolling, stationed in highly visible (and not-as-visible) locations, and at a central security post with cameras, you’ll have well-trained eyes working for you.

As an experienced security firm, we offer our clients top-notch guards and other personnel to help protect their business and their profits. Contact Sentinel today to learn more about our many services.

Do You Need Help With Your Commercial Property Security?

New York business owners and property managers all know that security in commercial settings comes with its fair share of complex, varied and difficult challenges. With many variables to consider, and a multitude of threats to assess, how do you know if you’re doing it right? One way to assess your current security program is to take a step back and look at the big picture. If you notice these signs, it might be time to contact the security professionals at Sentinel to help out.

You notice an increase in security issues                               

Keep a constant eye on security problems as they occur, and carefully track which issues may be increasing at a given time. These may be long-term trends or seasonal spikes. If you’re seeing an increase in crime at your business, give Sentinel a call!

You notice an increase in crime

Your business’s geographic location may have been ideal initially, but if there’s a sudden increase in crime in your area, your security may not be up to the task like it was years ago. Remember, as crime trends change, your security will have to adapt to those changes!

You notice the elements of your security program aren’t cohesively working together

Your security operation needs to be running smoothly to be most effective. If the parts of your security program are struggling to work together (personnel, access control, emergency planning teams, etc.) then the integrity of your security may be compromised.

You notice other businesses aren’t experiencing the same issues

Take a look at your neighboring businesses. Whether they’re similar to your business or different, consider the efficiency of their security programs and the problems they may be facing. Talk to other business owners to get an idea of how successful their security programs are.

Even if you’re just not satisfied with your current security program, Sentinel can help. We’re a professional security company with highly skilled and trained armed guards that can secure any commercial property, from warehouses to high-end stores and more. Contact us today so that we can help you improve your

When to Hire Armed Guards

As with most security measures, there’s a time and place for everything. Our highly trained armed guards are great for security, but they should only be considered when completely necessary as to avoid prompting panic among your guests, customers or clients. Here are situations where you should consider using our armed guard services for your security needs:

  • Priceless Valuables

Are you hiring security to protect valuables that are worth a great deal of money, such as jewelry, art and other items? Then Sentinel’s armed guards are perfect for deterring thieves, or discouraging other crimes. This is especially important as criminals trying to get away with your valuables may be armed themselves.

  • Violent Tendencies

Some environments are more prone to violent outbreaks. For example, establishments in high-crime areas that operate during late-night hours, such as bars and nightclubs. Even hospital emergency rooms can incite frustration and anger among patrons, leading to violence.

  • Guards Will Be Out Of Sight

Hiring armed security guards may put business owners at ease for obvious reasons, but they can also put customers and guests on edge. Seeing an armed guard may put thoughts in patrons’ heads that the business is not a safe place to be. Armed guards who will remain unseen unless needed will reduce any notion of uncertainty from customers.

If any of the above situations apply to what you’re looking for in security, Sentinel’s armed guard services are an appropriate way to combat any potential threat. Contact us online today or call for top-notch, reliable security solutions.

Protect Your Guests with Sentinel

As the weather gets warmer, the vacationers and tourists begin traveling to our neck of the woods to experience everything that New York has to offer. Hotel owners will need to be ready to provide these out-of-towners with a comfortable and secure place to sleep. How do you plan on keeping your guests safe?

Sentinel’s highly trained armed guards can provide the perfect level of protection for your establishment without making your guests feel uncomfortable. They’re trained to detect, respond to and neutralize virtually any threat, and upon assignment Sentinel conducts a thorough survey of the area that our guards will be protecting. Our guards will then receive a detailed security briefing that identifies any potential threats and ensures quick, tactical response is ready when needed.

It isn’t just hotels that are at risk during the tourism season either! Other establishments may want to bulk up their security as well…

  • Casinos
  • Public parks & pools
  • Entertainment venues
  • Restaurants
  • Retail stores

Make sure your guests receive the five-star experience they deserve by keeping them secure! Contact Sentinel today to learn more about our armed guard services and how they can help you and your business.

Trained to be the Best

With the way the world is constantly changing, you need security that can adapt to those changes quickly and easily – and that’s why our armed guards are constantly trained and re-trained on how to spot and handle threats in a world full of anonymity.

Our guards are trained to look out for signs of a threat related to:

Body Language

The way someone interacts with figures of authority or other bystanders can reveal more to a trained eye than to an average passerby.


Often criminals will wear bulky clothing to hide their intentions – whether it is theft or terrorism. If the clothing doesn’t fit the climate or the environment, our guards will investigate further.


Oncoming attacks can often be spotted a mile away with the right set of eyes on the scene. Certain behaviors – such as constantly looking over one’s shoulder, or complete disregard for anything happening in the area due to intense focus – can often give away a potential threat.

The training our armed guards go through is extensive, and will cover the points above and beyond to ensure they’re prepared to take on anything thrown their way – so that your VIPs, events, warehouses and retail stores can remain safe on our watch. Contact us today to learn more.

Components of Threat Assessment

At Sentinel, our armed guards are trained by the best. And when it comes to threat assessment, our guards know what to look for and how to handle a wide array of situations – from suspicious packages to monitoring heightened alerts. They accomplish this by following the three major components to threat assessment:

Identify: Identifying threats to commit a potential unfavorable act. Authorities must also convey that the tips will be dealt with carefully and responsibly; understanding that potential people who report threats fear that they could wrongly implicate someone else, entangle themselves in trouble, or both.

Assess: Determining the seriousness of the threat from multiple sources. That could involve security professionals, school counselors, supervisors or human resources managers talking to the person of concern and his or her peers and supervisors, as well as looking at social media sties, to better understand whether or not the person is planning violence.

Manage: Developing intervention plans to address the underlying issue. In the cases where the assessment reveals a true threat, our professionals will develop a plan to interrupt the potential pathway to violence.

By following these three principles of threat assessment, our armed guards will always be at the ready to handle anything. If you’re looking for armed guards for VIP protection, secure ground transport, crowd control or more, don’t hesitate to contact Sentinel today.

Protect Your Business with Experienced, Highly-Trained Security Guards

When you operate a business in a densely populated area like New York, you face a variety of threats, from shoplifting to armed robbery. To protect against these threats, you need dependable security, and that’s exactly what you’ll get with Sentinel. We provide armed and unarmed security guards that know how to evaluate and address any potential threat to you, your staff, your customers and your business.

What makes our security guards so reliable? We carefully screen and select our security guards from both the greater New York law enforcement community, as well as the private sector. With Sentinel, you’re getting the cream of the crop … security guards who are highly-trained – our security officers receive 40 hours of training within the first year on a variety of topics such as suspicious packages, search and seizure, fundamentals of security, and field interview techniques. What’s more? Our security guards dress the part – they wear uniforms or conservative business attire, as appropriate, to convey authority and make their presence felt.

Protect your New York metro area business with security guards from Sentinel. Whether you need security for a big retailer or mom and pop shop, we have the armed and unarmed security guards you need to get the job done. Contact Sentinel today to learn more.

Sentinel Keeps You, Your Employees and Your Business Safe with Fire Consulting and Training Services

The old saying, preparation is key holds true in many aspects of life, but perhaps none more so than fire safety. In the event of a fire, being prepared will not only help you save lives, but also help you prevent costly damages to your property and expensive litigation fees. As the New York area’s fire safety experts, Sentinel can train you and your employees in all aspects of fire safety through our fire consulting and training services.

Exclusively selected from the executive leadership of the FDNY, our fire safety experts are knowledgeable and adept at handling any situation. We strive to save lives through training. Our fire safety consulting and training services include:

  • Fire safety plan designs and emergency action plan designs to keep your employees out of harm’s way.
  • Fire and evacuation drills to keep safety protocols, alternative routes and points of egress fresh in your employees minds.
  • Fire safety seminars in which our experts provide in-depth information, training and analysis on fire safety.
  • Fire code compliance, building inspections and violation corrections that address issues such as unmarked exits, faulty wiring, and inaccessible fire extinguishers.

Peace of mind: it’s what you’ll get with the help of Sentinel’s fire safety consulting and training services. Let us protect the safety of your employees and your company. Contact Sentinel today at 718-740-3600 to learn more.