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. There are a number of safety hazards that security guards will be working to protect the clients including unsafe workers behavior, waste, damaged property, criminal activities such as theft as well as enforcing preventative measures for these hazards. 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. When checking for inappropriate and illegal practices in their area of jurisdiction, there are ways which security guards use 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 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. 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 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. 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. 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. Good verbal and written communication is essential for the security guards as well as being able to serve clients effectively for all their needs.