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Hate Crimes Bring Rising Demand for Security Guards in New York City

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According to reports from the FBI, hate crimes are on the rise across the United States. In its Hate Crime Statistics for 2017, the Bureau cited more than 7,000 crimes that involved racial bias or hatred for the victims’ ancestry, religious affiliations, sexual orientation, ethnicity or other demographic characteristics. The victims were diverse, but so too were the offenders. The recent mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue served as a reminder that antisemitism is also an increasingly visible phenomenon and has led many in New York’s Jewish community to ponder issues surrounding security for community institutions.

Protecting Lives Cut Short by Hate

When similar hate crimes occurred in Europe, many synagogues and public officials responded by tightening access to those places of worship. Police have been called upon to stand guard near Jewish-owned businesses, synagogues, and other buildings. Some observers in the United States have called for similar responses here, and New York City has already taken steps to increase police vigilance throughout the city. Meanwhile, the U.S. President weighed in by suggesting that the solution for preventing mass casualties might be found in increased reliance on armed security guards.

Hate crimes are almost impossible to predict with specificity, but that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to assess potential threats and take measures to mitigate risk. With antisemitism and other racial and ethnic bias on the rise, it would be irresponsible to not consider armed security as an option. And while many might argue that the solution is to limit access to the guns that criminals use in violent hate crimes, that ignores the fact that New York City already has some of the toughest gun control laws in the country. Unfortunately, no law has ever prevented a determined criminal from engaging in crime.

On the other hand, there are undeniable benefits to a strong security presence protecting at-risk locations and people. A security guard not only deters most criminals but is also capable of responding to incidents in a timelier manner than public law enforcement. After all, a response from someone already at the scene is guaranteed to be quicker than waiting for the police or other first-responders to arrive on scene.

Private Security Can Keep You Safe

The fact is that hate is something that will always be with us. It’s a part of the human condition. However, that doesn’t mean that potential victims of hate crimes should simply accept the risk of violence and hope for the best – not when there are professionals trained to provide both unarmed and armed security for persons, locations, and assets.

At International Security Services, Inc. (ISS), we are committed to doing our part to help you mitigate risks associated with violent attacks, property damage, and other crimes often motivated by hate. Our expert security personnel are trained at our own training facility, to ensure that they have the tools needed to keep you and others safe from harm. To learn how we can help you with your protection needs, contact us today.

George Kozhar

George Kozhar

George Kozhar is a respected security professional, licensed private investigator, and founder of International Security Services (ISS) - New York City’s dedicated security experts since 1999. Mr. Kozhar and his team provide a full array of private and business investigative services in the U.S. and overseas, VIP executive protection, armed and unarmed security guard services and training, and Fire and Life Safety Director training through the company’s Fire Science Institute.

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