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. This is done through 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. Some of the ways through which security guards use to check for illegal and inappropriate actions including patrols, video surveillance cameras as well as monitoring through the use of alarm systems.
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. The client and the security firm usually sign a contract which binds the security firm to provide security guards who shall 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. A security guard should be alert at all time and be aware of their surroundings to avoid missing out on signs that might require their response either immediately or after some time. 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. Be honest will ensure that the business or building is not at risk of the security guard colluding with the crime perpetrators. Effective service delivery will be achieved if the security guard is physically fit. 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.