Miami: home of the Heat, the Fusion, the best nightlife in the country, and the most delicious Cuban sandwiches you’ll ever eat. While Miami has plenty of endearing qualities, it also has some less than stellar characteristics; a propensity for violence being one of them. In 2016 Miami was named one of the top 20 most dangerous cities in the U.S and the most dangerous city for women. The good news is that the crime rate is on a slight decline. The bad news is that it’s not much of a decline.
Police reported a total of 5,073 violent crimes in 2016. That’s down from 5,399 violent crimes in 2015 and 5,646 in 2014. With all of the crime that has occurred, there are individuals in the city who work hard to keep us safe from harm on a daily basis. Your thoughts more than likely immediately shift to the Miami police, but we’re talking about Miami security guards. The men and women who stand on guard to thwart potential threats before they become real threats.
This post isn’t so much about the hospital security jobs that are currently being offered, although there are plenty of available job offerings. Rather this post is about all of the much needed hospital security positions that have gone unfilled or dismissed for far too long.
Why Do Hospitals Need Additional Security?
Violent crime can occur anywhere and hospitals are no exception. Last year 29 year old David Owens waltzed in through the emergency room of Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, FL and shot a 92 year old women along with a police officer for no apparent reason. In neighboring Coral Gables, an 87 year old man shot a woman inside Kindred Hospital before turning the gun on himself. Closer to home Miami police were called to investigate a bomb threat at Miami Children’s Hospital last year.
Additionally, recent data collected from 112 different U.S. hospitals has revealed that violence towards hospital employees has increased from 4 instances per every 10,000 employees in 2012 to 5.9 instances per 10,000 employees in 2015. The events that unraveled in Florida hospitals last year have revealed vulnerability in hospital security and left many safety experts calling for increased security in all Florida hospitals.
How Many Security Positions Should Hospitals Have?
The calls for increased security beg the question, how many security guards are enough? In the club industry, experts suggest one security guard for every 50 to 70 guests. While there currently isn’t any data available for the average number of patients and employees in a hospital at one time, we can run some estimations.
The average hospital has approximately 177 beds. Assuming 85% of those beds are full that’s 150 patients. Hospitals with 177 beds have an average of 597 full-time employees and 257 part time employees. When you add that together that’s 1004 people in one building. Of course, that’s not all at one time. Divide the staff by three and that’s roughly 435 people in the building at a time. Now for those 435 people there should be a total of eight security guards on duty. With three shifts that’s 26 security guards per hospital. Numbers will obviously vary, but it’s safe to assume that the average hospital should employee roughly 26 security guards.
Security Jobs Are Available
Does the average Miami hospital employee a minimum of 26 security guards? Our hypothesis is probably not. There are most certainly security jobs available, or rather security jobs that should be available because most hospitals are understaffed.
Neglecting security vulnerabilities can be extremely costly. Property owners are required by law to ensure the safety of their property and their patrons to the best of their abilities. Failure to do so could open up the door for hefty lawsuits. Not to mention the cost of any damages that could result from criminal activity. Looking for a security position in Miami? Try contacting your local hospital. They should have positions open.
Mark Kaire has been practicing law in Miami for nearly 15 years. He is dedicated to helping the injured people of Miami receive compensation. Mr. Kaire has been blogging on Miami’s legal issues for 4 years.