7 Principles That a Security Guard Sticks To

December 19, 2014

A police officer may be given various roles like patrolling an area or responding to a call, however there is one core value that he constantly strives to achieve, and that is – To serve and protect. Similarly, no matter what role or job a security guard is assigned to, he has core responsibilities that he aims to achieve. These core responsibilities help him perform his job efficiently. These are responsibilities that are instinctive to him.

Here are the 7 core responsibilities that security always acts on.

1. Prevention

The first job of a security guard is to prevent a crime. If he is able to deter criminals, then more than half the job is already done. To do this, a security guard has to make his presence be felt. If the premises is large, a security guard can patrol the area to ensure no one is trespassing and nothing illegal is occurring.

By just having a security guard stand outside your store or building, criminals will think twice before acting on any impulses or plan.

2. Visibility

To prevent any crime, a security guard has to be visible. The figure of a security guard will discourage a criminal. In addition, they become aware that the management takes security very seriously.

3. Vigilance

How alert a security guard is, is directly related to how well he performs. He must constantly be aware of his surroundings, of the people around him and what is happening. He should be able notice suspicious activity. By being vigilant, a security guard can react swiftly to the situation at hand.

For example, a fire watch security guard can notice potential fire hazards and ensure it is dealt with immediately.

4. Observe and Report

A security guard is not a hero and neither is he armed. In situations that he is not equipped to handle like an armed criminal or a fire, his actions are to stay calm, gather information to report and inform the police or fire department.

5. Safety of the People

One of the highest responsibilities is to ensure the safety of the people around him. To the best of his ability, a security guard has to move civilians out of the danger zone. Hence, he is always aware of the entry and exits points in a location.

6. Lend Assistance

A security guard is not trained to tackle emergency situations like fires, violent criminals or medical crises. However, he can assist the police, fire department or ambulance service. He is trained in cordoning off the area and preventing any civilians from interfering. His training in first aid and CPR comes in handy when assisting the ambulance service.

7. Represent the Client

A security guard also understands that he represents the client’s business. That means treating people well and communicating right are very important. This becomes even more important when a security guard is faced with a tough situation.

These are responsibilities that a security guard takes very seriously. They are part of his core function and many of his actions are dictated by it. At GPS Security, all of our security guards are trained to keep these responsibilities in mind no matter the job.


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