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. 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. 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 providing their services, security guards have been taught of a set methodology of working which they have to follow in the line of duty which is detected, deter, observe and report. The methodology is usually given by the propriety security departments and security firms that has employed the security guard. 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 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.
For security guards to offer their services effectively, they need to possess certain qualities to ensure effective service delivery. 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. 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. Be honest will ensure that the business or building is not at risk of the security guard colluding with the crime perpetrators. Physical fitness is also crucial for the security guards since it will enable them to perform their roles and responsibilities optimally. Being a good communicator either orally or in written form is very important for security guards ensuring that they can meet the needs of the clients well.