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  • Posted By Scott
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  • Aug 22, 2022

Security Multipliers

A multiplier is defined as a factor that amplifies or increases the base value of something else. When discussing security multipliers, we are looking for ways to enhance the security of an event, assignment, or facility. As a simple illustration accompanying this article (which is used in our Capable Guardian course), the security multipliers are identified by those pulling with both hands, while the standard security guard is only pulling with one hand.

As readers may remember, security solutions are usually grouped into 3 different categories: Human Resources (Security Guards), Technology (cameras, etc.), and Procedures (Security Policies, etc.). Security multipliers can be used across categories or can be internal to the category.

One of the easiest illustrations for security multipliers is in event security. At 3DSRS, we take a careful look at the team and determine, in advance, who is a security multiplier and who is standard security. During our vetting process, we do our absolute best to remove the “security detractors” from our 3DSRS team, as they do a real disservice to the team, their company, and the security industry. But detractors aside, it is an often-unrealistic expectation that all security guards bring the same set of skills to the event. An aware security lead (supervisor) should have a realistic view of the skills and experience on his/her team and position them accordingly. There is the basic knowledge that all Ontario Security Guards must have, as per the mandatory 40-hour course. Following the successful obtaining of the Ontario Security Guard License, there are many other courses that some guards will take to further their education in the security industry. One common issue with Event Security is that the RFP simply lists the number of guards (or bodies) for each event without differentiating between the skills needed at each position. This article illustrates the above:


Guards that are in a position where they may have to repel intruders (at a stage, on a field, etc.) should have training such as Situational Awareness and Use of Force. Guards at the gate should have Tactical Communication (verbal judo) and the ability to search bags quickly and effectively – and so on. By positioning your team according to their skills, you are enhancing (multiplying) the effectiveness of the security of the event. Event Security is not a “one size fits all”.

Multipliers can also be across categories, such as using technology to multiply the effectiveness of a security guard. In facility security, cameras (monitored in real time by an alert security guard) can be an excellent multiplier. Rather than have a security guard posted at each of the camera’s locations, a guard is able to monitor the area and respond accordingly to what is captured on the camera (in real time). This multiplies both the security guard’s effectiveness (rather than just have them at a single post) as well as the camera’s effectiveness (compared to when they are not monitored in real time and are only used after an intrusion).

Multipliers can also be used by combining procedures with Security Guards to enhance the security of a site. This is the basic premise of “see something, say something”. Done correctly, the security manager will create a policy of reporting security concerns, instituting a vehicle of communication so they get acted upon in a timely manner, and encouraging stakeholders to participate in the program. By encouraging all the stakeholders to report security concerns or suspicious behavior to the security manager/guard, the site is enhancing, or multiplying, its security effectiveness.

There are many more examples of security multipliers. Sites and managers that are committed to increasing the safety and security of their sites and events should reach out to their security professional on ways to maximize the security effectiveness.