There are many unique places where protection dogs are
needed. Yours could be one of them.
Commercial placement of protection dogs is not commonly looked at by decision makers as they do not see an immediate application. However, in the three decades we have been training and placing dogs, we have seen many situations where placing a highly trained dog in a commercial environment has produced incredibly positive results.
Here are a few applications we’ve seen be successful.
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2. Canines in Hospitals
We here at K9 X-Factor, specialize in hospital security because it has been proven canines have curtailed security issues by ninety percent. Study after study has proven canines are the most effective tool to curtail security issues within hospitals.
Did you know hospitals lead workplace violence more than any other industry? Canines are a proven answer to many issues within the hospital community. At K9 X -Factor we believe canines can make the real difference in Nationwide. Canines being used in this industry have been successfully used in Hospitals on the East Coast for years.
According to many hospitals in the Midwest and east coast, canines have made a noticeable difference in making employees comfortable in emergency rooms and trauma centers within each facility. One security director from the mid-west stated the following “The main thing that would make a facility decide to have canines is the comfort level of employees", “When you get the trauma staff feeling relatively safe, that's a tremendous element when it comes to safety. The psychological value of having canines on the property has a rewarding effect on security.". In another scenario why canines are so effective was from a Southern California hospital.
Since acquiring dogs none of the 11 parking lots have experienced any mugging, robberies, rapes, or assaults despite being one of higher crime areas in San Diego.
Canines were so effective when it comes to getting control of a lobby after a gang incident. The dogs and handlers were very effective in dispersing two opposing gangs in the emergency lobby area. Dogs may appear more frightening than armed security. Within 30 seconds after the dogs arrived on the scene with their handlers you could not hear a pin drop between the two gangs.
Dogs have the advantage because gang members consider getting stabbed or shot a badge of honor but a dog bite is a form of disgrace. All our staff are retired police or military who have the expertise to use dogs effectively. All our dogs are friendly first and only go into protection mode when the need arises. Elderly, children and everyone in between can pet our dogs and we welcome it. Our dogs can be goodwill ambassadors to your hospital but when the need arises will protect your employees and patients. Canines are more effective than standard, armed, and in some circumstances more effective than police. At K9 X-Factor we know canines are the best choice in reducing security issues at your hospital.
3. Canine protection in a retail environment
How do you deter (or lessen) theft in your retail environment while making your customers and employees feel safe? Current surveillance technology can be a great asset to protecting a business. But let’s face it . . . surveillance technology is reactive and passive. The latest technology isn’t mobile and, at best, can only alert the police—not prevent a threat. Retail theft and threats to personal security are rapidly rising.
The statistics speak for themselves:
- Thefts at CVS are up 30% since the pandemic began.
- The Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail estimates that organized retail theft accounts for around $45 billion in annual losses for retailers these days.
- More than two-thirds (69%) of respondents in the National Retail Security Survey released by the National Retail Federation said they’re seeing an increase in fraud, crime, and overall risk to their organization as a result of COVID-19.
- Close to 69% of retailers have seen an increase in ORC (organized retail crime) activity in the past year.
- Almost two-thirds or 65% of respondents noted the increase in violence.
- And another 37% said ORC gangs were much more aggressive than in the past. (Go to pie chart NRF’s 2021 National Retail Secuirty Sruvey)
- In the San Francisco Central district, for example, larceny and theft incidents are up almost 88% from a year earlier, and overall crime is up almost 52%, according to police statistics.
- Surveillance technology is helpful in capturing what happened in the past; it doesn’t help prevent a threat.
Here’s the question: Is there a way to deter or lessen a threat in a proactive way? Retail owners, corporate store managers, property managers, and security directors can use K9 security dogs (also known as K9 protection dogs) and handlers to protect their property in a proactive way—not in a reactive way. K9 security dogs create an increase in the feeling that someone is in an atmosphere of safety for a facility’s customers and employees. They hire unarmed guards, armed guards, and off-duty police officers. Retailers also integrate technology: surveillance cameras and alarm systems. While these technologies are helpful in identifying thieves, do these technologies really help prevent theft in the first place? (Usually, they do not.)
Let’s start with unarmed guards.
- How well-trained are your front guards?
- What will your front unarmed guards use to prevent serious thefts from happening?
- A laptop?
- A paper notebook?
- A coffee cup?
- You see the point I’m making, right?
An unarmed guard has few or no defensive tools to circumvent a serious theft. How effectively are these security approaches working?
Let’s talk about armed guards.
Armed guards have poor hit rates. Even if an armed guard could engage a threat, statistics show that a well-trained police officer has a 17%–43% hit rate. Can you imagine the poor hit rate of armed guards who don’t train nearly as much as professionally trained police officers?