Security guards are individuals who are employed by a public or private company so as to employ the assets such as people, property, equipment, and money for the employing party. Unsafe workers behavior, waste, damaged property, criminal activities such as theft as well as enforcing preventative measures for these hazards are some of the hazards that security guards will be protecting their clients. Maintenance of a high visibility presence which will prevent inappropriate and illegal actions, looking for possible crime signs, taking actions that will help reduce damage as well as making reports to the emergency services and their clients regarding an incident are some of the ways that security guards put in place to ensure safety. Patrols, video surveillance cameras, as well as monitoring through the use of alarm systems, are the various techniques that security guards use to monitor for illegal and inappropriate practices which can either be done directly or indirectly.
When in the line of duty, security guards follow a set procedure which is detected, deter, observe and report when they are offering their services which are usually taught. The methodology is usually given by the propriety security departments and security firms that has employed the security guard. Security guards usually call the police to arrest wrongdoers since they are not given the mandate but the police can request them to enforce the law. A binding agreement has to be made between the security firm and the client where they provide the clients with security guard to be protecting the lives and property of the clients. Security guards usually undergo basic training on how to provide security but others can be given specialized training where they can control and arrest, perform first aid, operate emergency equipment, take accurate notes and detailed reports as well as any other role that they may be assigned by the client.
There are various attributes that security guards need to possess to ensure that they are able to perform their duties with ease. One major attribute for security guards is alertness where they are always aware of their surrounding and be able to be responsive immediately of with time when there is need. Honesty and integrity is another attribute that security guards should possess since they are given the responsibility of protecting buildings and business against crimes such as theft. An honest security guard will not collude with the crime perpetrators hence compromising the security of businesses and buildings. Physical fitness is also crucial for the security guards since it will enable them to perform their roles and responsibilities optimally. Good verbal and written communication is essential for the security guards as well as being able to serve clients effectively for all their needs.