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. 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. 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.
Most security guards have been taught to follow a given methodology which is detected, deter, observe and report when they are offering their services. The set methodology that the security guards follow is mostly uniform for all and is taught by the propriety security departments and security firms. Security guards are not given the mandate to arrest the wrongdoers but will only act as agents of law enforcement once they have been requested to do so police officers or by making reports to the police officers. 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 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. An honest security guard will not collude with the crime perpetrators hence compromising the security of businesses and buildings. 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.