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.

Clothing

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.

Behavior

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.

Hiring to Start the New Year? Be Sure to Run Your Candidates Through the Pentagon Check

The beginning of the year is a popular time to hire, and it’s just as important as ever to ensure you don’t bring on someone with a problematic history. Sentinel Security makes certain you know all there is to know about who you’re hiring with our “Pentagon Check” – a five-step background check that delves deep into who a candidate really is:

1. SSN Trace & Address Locator – We help reduce the risk you’ll hire a candidate who omitted a place of residence linked to a pending charge, arrest warrant or criminal record by locating every current and former address associated with their SSN.

2. National Criminal Record Indicator – If a candidate committed an offense outside the area they live, we’ll help reveal it using our “National Criminal Records Indicator,” which searches information from trusted sources including state sex offender registries, FBI’s most wanted, and multiple online country records.

3. Statewide & County Criminal Record Searches – Based on the information we gather in steps 1 and 2, we’ll automatically order statewide or county criminal record searches dating back at least 7 years.

4. Federal Criminal Record Search – It’s possible that serious crimes like mail and wire fraud may only be reported in federal district courts, and won’t be found in a standard statewide or county criminal record search. We mitigate this potential issue by using a candidate’s addresses and records to form the scope of our search.

5. Driving Record Search – Finally, we’ll shed light on any possible character issues in a candidate by looking into suspended licenses, drug- and alcohol-related driving offenses, failures to appear in court, and other indicators that the candidate may have substance abuse or other behavioral problems.

If you plan to ramp up hiring again to start the new year, make sure you hire safe and smart with the help of Sentinel Security. To learn more about our employment background screening checks, or to schedule a confidential consultation, contact us at 718-740-3600 today.

You Need Elite Security for Your Luxury Boutique

Your luxury boutique is a prime target for theft and vandalism, which can affect the safety of your staff and customers, your business image, and your bottom line. To protect against these threats, you need elite security, and Sentinel Security is just that. Whether you’re located on Fifth Ave, the Upper East Side, or anywhere else in or around the City, our proven professionals will protect everyone’s safety and your valuable merchandise.

We Are Trained Professionals

Our armed and unarmed security guards are highly-trained and effective at protecting luxury retailers like you, where the threat of shoplifting and armed theft is elevated. We’re experts at detecting potential problems and preventing or putting a quick stop to them.

We Are Dressed for Success

While our primary concern is safety, we understand that the way we look matters to you and your customers. Our agents are well-groomed, clean-cut, and outfitted in the finest suits and uniforms, allowing us to blend in with your staff. The look you desire is the look you’ll get, and you don’t need to lower your aesthetic standards just to maintain a safe environment.

We Will Meet Your Needs 24/7

As a leading security provider, we work to exceed your expectations. Our agents are available around-the-clock to meet your needs, including:

  • Store Security
  • Product Launching
  • Product Transports
  • Overnight Security
  • Emergency Response
  • Inventory Audits
  • Plainclothes/Undercover Agents
  • Undercover Employees
  • Mystery Shopping
  • Temporary Coverage
  • Holiday Coverage

Contact Us Today to Secure Your Luxury Boutique

The holidays are here, and retail is in full-swing, so it’s more important now than ever to protect your luxury boutique. Contact Sentinel Security today by calling (718) 740-3600.

Sentinel Security Makes Special Events e-SPECIAL-ly Safe

In some places, things slow down when winter rolls around. New York isn’t one of those places. Not a day goes by without corporate events, fundraisers, concerts – you name it. When you host a special event in New York City, you need elite-level security, and that’s exactly what you’ll get with Sentinel.

Whether indoors or out, special events pose a unique set of challenges, and Sentinel always rises to the occasion. Indoor events, like trade shows and fundraisers, can be targets for theft, especially if high value items are on site. Outdoor events, like festivals and street fairs, lack a closed structure, and require setting and enforcing a strong perimeter.

We’ve provided special events security for indoor and outdoor high-profile events for years, so we know how to customize a plan to secure yours. Our security experts are picked from a pool of the most highly-qualified, rigorously trained armed guards in the business. They are effective in deterring violent crime, and can put a stop to dangerous situations, often before they even arise.

We provide full security services for:

  • Corporate events
  • Celebrity fundraisers
  • Expos and tradeshows
  • World premieres
  • Sporting events
  • Private parties and functions
  • Product launches
  • Concerts
  • And much more

We believe that your special events security needs to be special, so leave nothing to chance. Contact Sentinel today or call 718-740-3600 to set up a consultation.

Count on Sentinel for Executive & VIP Protection

The reality is, people who live under the microscope – politicians, celebrities, industry leaders and executives – face scrutiny and often anger, sometimes from people who intend to do them harm. Therefore, the need for a smart, strategic and organized protection plan has never been more crucial. Sentinel can provide you with exactly that – we offer elite Executive & VIP Protection services to keep you and your family safe.

We will develop a plan to protect you and your loved ones from a myriad of threats, including assault, intimidation, stalking and kidnapping. Our agents work with law enforcement agencies at the federal, state and local levels to provide a comprehensive plan for air and ground transportation, counter-surveillance, advanced security measures, and more. We minimize your risks by deploying experienced security professionals with impeccable track records – nothing second rate. And, we always keep your needs and desire for peace of mind and a sense of normalcy in life at the forefront of our minds.

If you’re a high-profile individual in the New York metropolitan area, count on Sentinel for unbeatable Executive & VIP Protection services. Contact us today or call 718-740-3600 to schedule a confidential consultation.

Cover the Bases with a Background Check

Baseball fans are likely familiar with the term “five tool player.” For those unfamiliar, it is used to describe a rare breed of player who excels in five categories: hitting for power, hitting for average, fielding ability, throwing ability and speed. As in baseball, there aren’t many five tool players in the world of background checks, but Sentinel Security is one of them. We cover all five categories critical in assessing the viability of prospective employees through our “Pentagon Check.” They are:

  1. SSN Trace & Address Locator – We go way beyond the basics and pin down all of the candidate’s current and former addresses using their SSN. This mitigates the risk of potentially hiring a candidate who omitted a residence linked to a criminal record, pending charge or arrest warrant.
  2. National Criminal Records Indicator – Our National Criminal Records Indicator searches FBI’s Most Wanted, state sex offender registries, online county records and other databases to uncover hidden offenses that may have taken place outside of the jurisdiction in which the candidate resides.
  3. Statewide & County Criminal Record Searches – If the information gathered in a SSN Trace & Address Locator and National Criminal Records Indicator warrants doing so, we order appropriate county and statewide criminal record searches going back at least seven years.
  4. Federal Criminal Record Searches – Bank robbery, child pornography, drug trafficking and other serious offenses may be reported solely in federal district courts and thus may not be found in standard statewide or county searches. We use a candidate’s address history to determine the parameters of our search.
  5. Driving Record Searches – As an employer, what you’re really aiming to do is find out about the candidate’s character. You can learn a lot about a candidate who has received a DUI, driven with a suspended license or failed to appear in court.

Like a five tool player, Sentinel Security covers all the bases. Don’t hire a candidate without putting them through our “Pentagon Check.” To learn more, visit our employment background screening page or call us at 877-365-SECURE to arrange a consultation.

Fight Aggression With Sentinel Security

Interacting with customers on a daily basis will teach anyone that people can be aggressive. This is especially true when they believe they have been wronged in some way, and can often lead to damage to your property or injury to your employees or customers if you or a manager doesn’t know how to defuse the situation quickly. That’s why so many businesses and retailers rely on Sentinel Security to handle any issues that arise on their properties. If you don’t have our security guards on site yet, there are both verbal and non-verbal strategies that can help with managing an aggressive customer:

Non-Verbal

  • Be aware of the body language you are using, presenting a non-threatening, open stance.
  • Keep good eye contact without allowing it to come off as confrontational.
  • Keep physical movements calm, moving slowly and steadily.
  • Give the aggressor their personal space. 

Verbal

  • Listen to what they’re saying and accept, recognize and emphasize any positive aspects of what is being said.
  • Be respectful by using formalities, while working toward familiarity.
  • Reflect, clarify and summarize the aggressor’s thoughts and feelings to demonstrate understanding.
  • Avoid expression of power on your part – don’t make demands.

Using these tactics when dealing with an aggressive customer can save both parties a lot of trouble. Always contact the authorities and never try to physically detain someone unless it’s completely necessary, and always bring back up! Sentinel Security is your best bet when it comes to dealing with aggressive behavior at your workspace. Our agents can take control of any situation and provide the protection and security you need. Contact us today to learn more.