What to Look for When Hiring Security Guards for a Mall?

January 12, 2018

Security Guards

These days, it is important to have tight security in all commercial spots. The case of mass shooting at a Washington mall last year, has made it clear that malls and other commercial spots should have highly efficient security systems. Having a keepsake security service is not enough. Malls have to make sure that they hire the best security guards for their safety. They ought to be highly trained, experienced and agile to handle their job. There are many Edmonton security providers who offer various security options for malls.

Let us take a look at some things that malls should keep in mind while hiring security guards.

Type of Protection

While hiring security guards you should know why you are hiring them and what your expectations from the security guards are. Malls usually need a mix of static and mobile security guards. Static security guards usually cover the area from one position only. It could be the entry point, exit point or the parking lot. Mobile security guards usually patrol the entire mall on the lookout for any suspicious or malicious activities. Static security guards are usually in charge of checking and frisking every customer before entering into the mall whereas mobile security guards patrol the mall in a random fashion.

You also get to choose if you want an armed or unarmed security guard.

Number of Guards

Malls vary in size. Depending on how small or big your mall is, you have to hire the required number of security guards. The best way to go about this is to have the sitemap of the mall and decide where all you want to station your security guards. At GPS Security, we take your priorities into consideration and help you decide the required number of security guards for your mall.

Trained Guards

The first and foremost thing in your checklist for hiring security guards should be training. Make sure you hire certified, licensed and experienced security guards for your mall after all they are not going to be a mere accessory. Most Edmonton security providers have their own training program before they send their recruits on site. GPS Security has an extensive training program for its security guards. They mostly have prior training in law enforcement and in armed and unarmed security.

Crisis Management

In case of, a crisis situation your security guards should be able to take rescue of the people and handle the situation smartly. Experienced security guards are usually in a better position to deal with crisis situations. So while hiring security guards make sure you look at the work experience of each recruit. And ideally also have a background check done of every security official working in your mall.

GPS Security has been providing quality service to its clients for some time now. Our key strength lies in the fact that we understand our client’s needs and come up with a security solution for them.


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