Introducing First Security Services, providing Stockton with security guards for over 4 decades and counting!
In hiring a security company, you not only want a company that can provide well-trained guards and a variety of security services, but you also want a company that has a thorough understanding of the culture and needs of the city, as that has proven to lead to better protection.
First Security Services provides security in Stockton that is immensely valuable and affordable, especially when you consider what you receive in return.
If you’re in need of Stockton security guards, First Security offers the following services:
Vehicle Patrol Services:
We operate one of the largest private patrol operations in Stockton. First Security’s expert management team will work with you to assess your patrol needs and provide their professional opinions, making sure to meet your budget while not sacrificing on the quality of security.
Stockton Security Officers:
First Security provides Stockton security guards that are the finest in the area. All of our guards are extensively trained and are continually working to upgrade and refine their skills. No one at First Security gets complacent!
General Overview of Stockton, California
Stockton is a city that’s located in north-central California and also happens to be the county seat of San Joaquin County. It’s located in the northern part of San Joaquin Valley right on the San Joaquin River. San Joaquin Valley itself is a part of Central Valley and is quite a scenic area. Stockton also has hundreds upon hundreds of waterways that all connect to the California Delta.
Interestingly, Stockton is also the world’s most inland natural port. In the past, it used to be a major port city on the West Coast.
The total estimated population of Stockton, as of 2014, is 302,389. However, this is not an official population count. Based on the 2010 U.S. Census, Stockton has a population of 291,707. This is a increase of 19.7% from its population in 2000, in which it was 243,771.
Its total area is 64.753 square miles, which gives it a population density of 4,700 people per square mile. This population density is virtually identical to the City of Sacramento’s and is an expected type of number given the size of the city.
The median age of the population is 30.8 years. It’s a low median age in comparison to the State of California’s median age of 33.3 years and the United States’ median age of 37.2 years.
While its median age is just 2.5 years below the State of California’s, Stockton’s population can be considered young.
32% of the population is at least 45 years old.
Stockton, like many of the cities, communities, and towns in California today, can trace its roots back to the Gold Rush. Once gold was discovered in northern California in 1848, many settlers from both Europe and the rest of the United States started to come into the area.
As San Joaquin Valley flourished around this time, Stockton started to develop as a river port, where a myriad of roads all lead to the various settlements that were springing up in the rest of San Joaquin Valley. Stockton in 1849 was founded by Charles Maria Weber after he came into possession of the Rancho Campo de los Franceses Mexican land grant. A little known fact is that Stockton was the first settlement community in California to have a non-Spanish or non-Native American name origin.
It was officially incorporated on July 23, 1850.
From its very origins, Stockton was the main transportation hub of the entire region, a role that it continued to have throughout the rest of the 19th century and into the 20th century. Once the Stockton Deepwater Channel and the city port was modernized starting in 1933, water passage to San Francisco Bay was improved significantly. This allowed the City of Stockton to experience sizable growth.
Stockton, unfortunately, suffered greatly during the subprime mortgage crisis in 2007. In fact, Stockton had the highest foreclosure rate in the entire United States, since 1 in every 30 homes were foreclosed upon. The neighborhood that was affected the most in Stockton was Weston Ranch.
Not surprisingly, Stockton does not have a very good median household income, as it’s $42,114. Nonetheless, it is still above what it was in 2000, in which it was $35,453.
To show just how low Stockton’s median household income is, consider that the State of California’s median household income is $58,328 and the national median household income is $53,046.
The City of Stockton has a median household income that is around $16,000 below the state average and that is over $10,000 below the national average. Home prices have fallen considerably since the subprime crisis, so Stockton is much more affordable than some other cities, which is something to keep in mind.
Adding to the woes that Stockton faces, including that it declared bankruptcy in July 2012, is that it is considered to be one of the most dangerous cities in the entire United States.
It has a crime rate index of only 3, which means that it’s safer than just 3% of the cities in the United States.
There is a 1 in 81 chance of being a victim of a violent crime in Stockton and a 1 in 19 chance of being a victim of a property crime. The State of California, on average, has a 1 in 249 chance of being a victim of a violent crime and a 1 in 38 chance of being a victim of a property crime. Stockton’s crime rates in both categories are some of the highest in the country, and each category is cause for great concern.
In a survey conducted by Gallup, Stockton was ranked #3 as the city where Americans felt the least safe to live. Time magazine published an article in which they stated that, in 2012, “Violent crime was such a problem in Stockton that year that the city’s police declared a policy of immediately dispatching officers only in cases of violent crimes and crimes in progress.” (See: http://time.com/69550/10-cities-where-americans-are-pretty-much-terrified-to-live/).
The fact that so many of Stockton’s residents are unemployed and still attempting to recover from the financial crisis of a few years ago has added to its woes.
Stockton also has 304 crimes per square mile, while the state median is 89 and the national median is 37.9.
First Security understands the security needs of Stockton and Stockton County in general and will be able to provide the very best in security services.
Stockton Residential, Retail, and Personal Security Services
First Security can help protect those in Stockton by providing the following specific security services:
- Residential Security: Stockton’s residents have no doubt been hit extremely hard by the financial crisis, the ramifications of which they are still experiencing today. The unemployment rate in the city is also quite high, though it has been improving recently. Given the extremely high crime rates, both in terms of violent crimes and property crimes, it’s absolutely necessary that the residents in Stockton have security in place, no matter the neighborhood that they’re located in. No neighborhood is safe in Stockton, since the crime has been proven to carry over and spread throughout the city. First Security Services can help to install advanced alarm systems, and can even engage in neighborhood patrol services if necessary.
- Food & Beverage Security: Stockton does have a healthy amount of quality restaurants, not to mention cafes and bars. Some of the prominent ones include: Dave Wongs, Cocoro Japanese Bistro & Sushi, Lincoln Cellar, Market Tavern, Angelina’s Spaghetti House, Manny’s California Fresh Cafe, and BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse. Because of the high property crime rates in the city, it’s necessary that every single one of these places have alarm systems in place. First Security can also provide security guards on the premises, which might be necessary during busy opening hours and after hours.
- Landmarks / Points of Interest Security: Being located in Central Valley, there are actually many things to do in and around Stockton. There are miles upon miles of beautiful parks and trails that can be passed through, not to mention local wineries and vineyards. The Stockton Marina is a beautiful place to visit, especially with a family, and the Haggin Museum is also extremely popular. The Miracle Mile is also a place to visit for shopping.
Stockton Institutional and Corporate Security Services
In the past, the economy of Stockton used to be based almost entirely on agriculture. Now, it has diversified considerably and has incorporated telecommunications and manufacturing, among other sectors, into its economy. One of the appeals of Stockton is that it is centrally located from both San Francisco and Sacramento, as well as has affordable tracts of land available.
Hiring First Security would be the smart choice for a variety of the major companies and institutions in the area. Some of these include:
- Diamond Foods
- OG Packing
- Dameron Hospital
- Joseph’s Medical Center
- University of the Pacific
By hiring First Security, companies, organizations, and institutions, both of the private and public variety, will be able to ensure that they’re provided professional protection in regards to:
- Employee Safety
- Customer Safety
- Violent Crimes
Residents in Stockton should consider hiring First Security patrol services to make sure that their community and their homes always remain safe. In addition, a great service, especially given how small Stockton is, would be to install alarm systems through First Security. By installing the alarm systems, you will have 24/7 monitoring and will have the authorities at your doorstep as fast as possible should any break-ins occur!
What makes First Security stand out is that every single First Security officer has been trained extensively on weaponry, restraining strategies, and combat PLUS the ability to peacefully resolve situations. First Security works with each and every company to find out their particular security needs and what they expect the service to entail, even as it pertains to the behavior of the First Security officers.
Contact Us Today!
First Security has been serving Stockton County for over 40 years, developing long-standing relationships with residents and businesses by providing service that exemplifies the qualities of professionalism and efficiency. For your Stockton security guard needs, please don’t hesitate to fill out the form on the First Security homepage to get your free service quote today!