A Fair Deal in Security

Security service buyers take note. If you’re going to get security services for your premise, do you know what clauses you should include in the contract?

This might be news to you, but security agencies may not take you up on your offer if you do not include four standard clauses in security contracts come 2019.

Don’t take it from me though, it’s what the Security Industry Council (SIC) said:

“The industry consensus is that SAs [security agencies] will not take up any contracts for the provision of security services that do not incorporate these clauses, as such contracts are contrary to the industry consensus on what constitutes fair contractual terms.”

See, not I say one ah…

The inclusion of the clauses is part of the SIC’s Practical Guide for Service Buyers released earlier this year.

Having the standard clauses will result in fairer contracts for all parties involved, according to the SIC.

To make life easier for you as a buyer, we’ve listed down clauses that you may want to consider in the next security contract you sign.

  1. Prompt Payment Clause

Security agencies need to pay their officers on time.

And for officers to get paid on time, you as a service buyer need to do your part in paying the security agency without delay.

  1. Dispute Resolution Clause

Let’s say you and the security agency have a disagreement or there was a breach of contract. How would you go about resolving that dispute fairly and objectively, while at the same time safeguarding the interests of both parties?

This might be a reason for you to want to include a dispute resolution clause so it would be clear to you and your service provider on how to go about managing and remedying disputes.

  1. Limitation on Liquidated Damages Clause

Liquidated Damages (LDs) are a form of monetary compensation for a breach of contract.

I’m not saying that service buyers have no right to impose LDs, but there are some service buyers out there who go trigger-happy when it comes to imposing them on the security agencies.

One that we know was when a service buyer demanded a $100 compensation when an officer missed one clocking checkpoint.

Another was when a service buyer imposed LD after an officer was found eating in the guardhouse. The poor guy wasn’t even provided with a proper rest area.

What about this one? A buyer made a security agency pay 10 times the daily cost of an officer when there was short of just one security officer during a particular shift.

Well, all we’re saying is that there should be a standard when it comes to LDs.

  1. Two-Way Contract Termination Clause

Traditionally, many contracts included only a one-sided termination clause, meaning that only the service buyer can terminate the contract.

So to be fair to security agencies, new contracts should provide a two-sided termination clause. And in it, either party is able to give one month’s written notice to terminate the service.

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