Updated November 2, 2020:

Security Contracts

Security company contracts samples refer to the standard contractual agreements one might enter into when hiring a security guard for their enterprise. Such contracts as these can be for one-time jobs or for ongoing work, but either way, it is paramount that such agreements are made in writing. Ideally, you will want a Security Guard Services Agreement in writing, as it will be of great value should litigation, misunderstandings, or other disagreements arise.

Security Company Contract Complexities

Before contracting a security guard for your company, there are a number of actions you should take to reduce the risk of your business to legal exposure. These actions include:

  1. Review the agency’s license. Any legitimate contract guard agency should be more than happy to provide a copy of their business license. Once it’s provided, contact your state agency that deals with licenses to validate it. You can also get a Dun & Bradstreet report to ensure the company’s solvency.
  2. Get a Certificate of Liability Insurance. This is so you can lay out your company’s requirements for contractors insofar as employers’ liability, excess liability, general liability, and workers’ compensation is concerned. Such requirements should be non-negotiable, and ideally allow you to be included on the contractor’s insurance policy so that you can file a claim against it, if necessary.
  3. Insert a Defense and Indemnification Clause. Sometimes referred to as “hold harmless” language, such a clause is meant to secure your business from legal actions stemming from negligence on the part of the guard contractor. If such legal action does occur, it will be the guard company that is liable, not you.

Important Security Agreement Provisions

Any properly drawn security contract should have the following provisions in it:

  1. Parties to the Agreement. In this provision, the names of the parties engaged in the contract are set forth.
  2. Services. Here is set out what kind of security service will be given, such as patrol, executive protection, or building security.
  3. Time of Completion. This indicates the time in which the security services will take place and if those services will be for one time only or on an ongoing basis.
  4. Equipment. This will indicate what equipment will be provided by both parties.
  5. Firearms. This will indicate if firearms are to be included as part of security, and if so, what kinds.
  6. Payment and Other Expenses. This will specify what the payment for services, reimbursement policy, and other expenses will be.

Sample Security Contract

There are many possible ways a security contract may be drawn up, and although specific terms and conditions may vary a great deal, contracts will not usually vary too much in basic outline from the sample below:

This Security Contract sets out the conditions and terms governing the contractual agreement between [security contractor], its place of business at [security contractor’s address], and [client], who does agree to honor this Security Contract.

Whereas [security contractor] provides security services and [client] holds a property at [address] and desires [security contractor’s] services in accordance with the conditions and terms stated herein, in consideration of mutual promises and covenants secured by the parties stated in this Security Contract, [security contractor] and [client] agree and covenant as follows:

  1. Security Services. [Security contractor] will perform all security services at [client’s address] as stated in the attached Exhibit A.
  2. Payment. [Security contractor] will be paid by [client] [amount] for [time frame] for the security services as stated in attached Exhibit A. Payment will be made by [time frame].
  3. Term and Termination. This Security Contract’s term will last from [date of start] to [date of finish]. [Client] can terminate this Security Contract for any cause within [number] days’ written notice to [security contractor]. [Security contractor] can terminate this Security Contract immediately for any cause with written notice to [client].
  4. Liability Insurance Disclaimer. [Client] acknowledges and agrees that [security contractor] does not have a policy pertaining to and will not insure [client’s address] for any damage including vandalism caused by any third party. [Client] acknowledges and agrees that advisement has been made that it seek out independently such a policy from [security contractor].
  5. Indemnification. [Client] agrees to protect, defend, and indemnify [security contractor] from any costs and lawsuits of any kind relating to [client’s] use of [security contractor’s] security services including legal fees relating to infringement of any intellectual rights of any third party.
  6. No Modification Unless in Writing. There will be no valid modification of this Security Contract save by writing and done so in agreement from both [security contractor] and [client].
  7. Applicable Law. This Security Contract and any interpretation of the terms stated herein will be construed in accordance to and governed by the laws of the State of [state] and subject to exclusive jurisdiction of state and federal courts in [county], [state].

In witness whereof, [security contractor] and [client] have executed this Security Contract, both [security contractor] and [client] by their duly authorized officer, on the day of the year stated below.

The above contract is a sample for educational purposes only, and legal counsel should be consulted before any contract is signed between parties.

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