Why SMSI is Better Than Other Security Firms

SMSI is an independent consulting firm with no ties to the security guard industry or the electronic security industry. Our consultants offer a unique combination of security services for the hospitals, hotels, apartment & HOAs, shopping malls, schools, supply chain, and industrial plants. We have been providing these services for over 30 years. The SMSI team is composed of a diverse group of security professionals and expert consultants, that provide litigation support on behalf of both defendant and/or plantiffs, and security training, with over 155 years of cumulative experience and expertise. This experience includes, but is not limited to, the provision of security consultanting services. These services include security training and expert witness testimony for litigation support. The SMSI team also represents a broad and diverse spectrum of specialties including, but not limited to:  hospital, hotel, shopping mall, school, industrial and apartment security, information and computer security, workplace violence prevention programs, security risk management, active shooter mitigation, and many more.

This team continues to provide services to most regins of the country, plus the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. SMSI’s experts will analyze and quantify your security vulnerabilities, be it in a hotel, a school, an industrial setting, such as a supply chain enterprise, an apartment complex or HOA, or a shopping mall. A large portion of our services have been applicable to the healthcare industry (Bill is a former Navy Corpsman). SMSI helps our clients develop cost-effective strategies for reducing risk. Our expert team also understands the need to mitigate the threat of security litigation, and when needed to provide expert witness testimony. We understand the need to reduce the probability of workplace violence. Our expert witnesses have been in support of both defendants and plaintiffs for the last twenty-five years.

Any effective security program must reasonably produce measurable results in order to ensure an adequate return on the investment of limited security dollars. How can security budgets be justified without data supporting the effectiveness, or lack thereof, of the crime prevention program? SMSI understands the need to develop benchmarks through the application and analysis of metrics. Strong consideration should be given to the use of security management software systems, such as OMNIGO.

Ultimately, the greatest threat to corporate assets clearly emanates from engaged employees and, to a lesser degree, outside forces. The reduction of internal loss has the potential of offsetting the entire cost of the annual security budget. SMSI believes that your security program, if properly conceived will help to bring dollars to the bottom line.

The SMSI Security Solution Hierarchy (SSH)

The SMSI Security Solution Hierarchy™ (SSH) is not unlike noted psychologist, Abraham Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs.” Maslow refers to these as “prepotent needs.” The SMSI SSH model represents a set of prepotent security solutions. Our expert consultants believe all programs designed for school, apartment & HOA, shopping mall, industry & supply chain, hospital and hotels, security must be built from the bottom up. The three levels of the SSH are Behavior Modification, Electro-Mechanical Solutions, and Security Personnel. You will see that as you move up the SSH, the costs rise. If the SSH model is followed, the low-cost solutions should be implemented before moving up the hierarchy to more costly measures. In some cases satisfaction of the first and/or the second level may suffice. Even when circumstances dictate the implementation of all three levels, if the model is adhered to, expenditures for the more costly solutions will be minimized. Assuming the SSH is a valid decision-making model, why do so many companies turn the pyramid upside down and hire security guards first in response to a perceived crisis?