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In 1996, the predecessor entity of FSG, Jardine Investigations, also became Jardine Security when we were awarded our very first security guarding contract by a company that employs about 300 persons, who invited us to provide for their security requirements after a protracted investigation that resulted in us arresting a syndicate of their employees, that had tentacles that reached all the way into the hallowed tomes of their boardroom, for stealing the (much demanded) product they manufactured. We maintained that first guarding contract for six years, through what was probably the most volatile period of industrial unrest in South Africa. During one such period of industrial action, management locked out the strikers and the happy task of escorting the 50-odd employees that continued working on and off the premises at the start and end of each day, fell to us.
It was a baptism of fire that had us blocking a main road and, armed with shotguns, forming a human tunnel twice a day for the best part of three weeks through which non-striking employees could enter and exit the premises. Fortunately, the only harm we caused was to behead a few trees with well-placed shotgun fire to scatter a violent crowd when the stone-throwing got a tad too accurate.
The second guarding contract followed not long after, also resulting from the arrest of thieving employees after we camped in the bush that surrounded the premises through an entire weekend! We arrested the thieving employees at 23h00 on the Sunday night of the weekend, and when we called the General Manager to the premises to deal with the arrested employees, he asked, "You guys do guarding as well, right?". Of course, Jardine, our CEO, was again in the thick of it as usual, so it was him who answered in the affirmative. "Right," said the GM, "you take over security from 06h00 tomorrow morning."
Jardine cringed! All we had were 18 guards employed to service the site with the headless trees. But it also meant that we had a relief shift of six guards who were off duty on their badly needed rest days. These guys worked hard, rotating through three 12 hour day shifts, three 12 hour night shifts, and two nights off. That bit of downtime meant a great deal to them and their families. Nonetheless, between midnight and 06h00 we rounded them up and, more by chance than by design, managed to deploy a first shift at our new, second site. But that was the limit of our resources. After orientating the first shift (who had to be relieved to return to their original site after 12 hours), we had ten hours to source, recruit, process, equip and orientate another 18 guards, in addition to conducting a security risk assessment so that we had some idea what the hell we were guarding, while pretending we had everything under control!
But if you will it, it will ... and it was, but it cost more than a few people a 36 hour working day!
Ever since, FSG has maintained a Guarding Division, sometimes larger and sometimes smaller, but always benchmarked by client retention, which we put down to only one thing. We teach our security officers the risk management implications and consequences of the otherwise seemingly menial and very often mindless tasks that are prescribed to them to perform. So, instead of a bored guard performing repetitive tasks 12 hours a day, FSG deploys a complement of security officers who understand their contribution to the overall risk management objectives of the client whose premises, assets and employees we protect.
Our guarding services are protected by Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance cover.
FSG is a fully accredited, fully statutorily compliant SECURITY GUARDING SERVICE that supplies all grades of security officers with the exception of armed guards - for the simple reason that the firearms we are legally permitted to arm our security officers with cannot compete with the fire power of the magnitude of the unlicensed automatic weapons that are all too easily available to criminals. Arm a private security officer and sooner rather than later the result will be that FSG is under investigation for losing a firearm (because a man with a 9mm semi-auto pistol is always going to relinquish it to a criminal pointing a fully automatic AK47 at his head, or die).
It is ill-advised to take a knife to a gunfight.
FSG has never lost a guard in the line of duty, and we plan to keep it that way. We will provide armed personnel, but only to a client who is prepared to resource us to place firearms in the hands of trained specialists who have the kind of muscle memory that only experienced combat soldiers acquire. Until then, we will keep deploying security officers who are risk managers of whatever security task is assigned to them.
They live longer, we sleep easier, and our clients know they have an intelligent security solution.
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