HOUSTON TX Oct 13 2017 You can order just about anything from your phone these days, and that now includes security guards.
Ranger Guard works a lot like a ride sharing app, and users say it’s changed the way they protect their businesses.
During Harvey’s flooding, many business owners had to close up shop due to flood damage. That left many businesses with no one to watch out for them.
“Definitely don’t recommend that,” says Jonah Nathan, owner of Ranger Guard and Investigations.
His company offers the app, which works like a ride sharing service except instead of cars, you’re summoning security guards.
“Just ordering your security service just like you do your Uber. Just for the amount of time you need it,” Nathan said.
It doesn’t require a contract and businesses can request armed or unarmed guards to perform specific tasks– like confronting a specious person.
Nathan says many of the calls his guards are sent to involve businesses dealing with homeless people.
“Most homeless people are nonviolent,” Nathan said. “They just want to sit there in peace.”
But he says during Harvey’s flooding, the demand shifted. Many businesses used the app to protect the properties they had to flee.
He hopes once those businesses are back up and running, they’ll continue with the service.
The app is intended for businesses and it not available for residential use.