Persons who have been employed by a public or private company so as to employ the assets such as people, property, equipment and money for the employing party are known as security guards. Some of the hazards that security guards protect include unsafe workers behavior, waste, damaged property, criminal activities such as theft as well as enforcing preventative measures for these hazards. Some of the ways that the security guards use to maintain safety includes 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. 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 set methodology that the security guards follow is mostly uniform for all and is taught by the propriety security departments and security firms. Arresting the wrongdoers are usually not part of the work that security guards are mandated to do but they can be requested to enforce the law by the police officers and in case there are wrongdoers, they are required to call the police to arrest the wrongdoers. Most security firms will sign a contract with their clients where they send security guards to be protecting the lives and property of the clients. Security guards can be given basic training as well as specialized training on specialized training where they can controlling and arresting, performing first aid, operating emergency equipment, taking accurate notes and writing 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. Being alert at all times ensures that security guards are able to be keen on their surrounding and being responsive in case there is a need. A security guard needs to be honest at all times since they are made responsible of protecting buildings and business against crimes such as theft. Honesty will ensure that the security guards do not work hand in hand with the wrongdoers compromising the security of buildings and businesses. Physical fitness is also crucial for the security guards since it will enable them to perform their roles and responsibilities optimally. A security guard should also be able to communicate effectively either in written form or orally to ensure that they can meet the needs of clients effectively.