Posted by Howard Trott on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Under: Guest Security Articles
A security guard's main objective is to prevent crime. Their job is to deter people committing crimes by making their presence felt, whilst being on the lookout for risks that could escalate into potential crimes.
A security guard has a number of duties in order to do this, here they are:
1. Clearly visible - By making themselves visible they make potential criminals think twice about stealing or damaging anything. This in itself can reduce the number of crimes that take place, acting as a deterrent.
2. Respond quickly - If there is a security breach then a guard has to be prepared to respond quickly. This means they have to be alert and know how to respond in a variety of situations, without panicking and making rash decisions.
3. Being vigilant - There is always a need to be on the lookout for any risks that could cause harm. This means they have to have good senses to notice when something is wrong before the risk escalates into something more serious; good hearing, for example, to detect odd, untoward sounds.
4. Calling emergency services - In some cases, such as armed robbery or assaults with weapons, a guard needs to know when they need assistance, when a situation is beyond their responsibilities. In these instances they need to call the police as soon as possible so they can handle the situation.
5. Reporting incidents - Part of the job role is to make sure they report any incidents to a supervisor or to the local authorities if necessary. This will make sure that the appropriate measures are taken to prevent the incidents from happening again.
6. Offering advice - A good security guard will be able to advise his employer if he notices a potential security breach situation. This may include convincing employers on the severity of a security threat and the possible consequences if action is not taken.
7. First point of contact- many are positioned at the entrance of a building or area of land. Whilst their job role doesn't involve receptionist duties, a security guard is likely to be the first person a visitor sees and so they should be approachable and willing to help if necessary.
8. Crowd control - as well as providing corporate security services ensuring the security of business buildings, security guards are often involved with crowd control at large public events. These can include football matches, concerts and events involving high profile individuals. Their purpose in this situation is to ensure the safety of individuals as well as properties.
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