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What Type of Work does a Security Guard do?

Nov 21st 2015 at 12:35 PM



The security guard inspects and patrols property and protects it against vandalism, theft, and other forms of illegal activity. In general, they monitor buildings and people, making every attempt to prevent crime.


What is it that security guards do?

Typically, a security guard will conduct the following work:

  • Enforce and protect laws that pertain to an employer’s property
  • Monitor closed-circuit TV cameras and alarm systems
  • Control employee, visitor, and contractor access to a property
  • Carry out security checks within a specified area
  • Write up comprehensive reports that outline anything unusual they observed during a patrol
  • Potentially they may interview witnesses for court testimony
  • Depending on remit, they may also detain violators with criminal intention


A security guard must always be alert, while they look for anything that appears unusual during their shift. Should an emergency arise, a guard may call various services for assistance, such as the police, fire, or perhaps ambulance services. Depending on the nature of the work, a security guard may be armed.


The job responsibilities of a security guard vary:

Within retail stores, security guards protect merchandise, cash, records, equipment, and people. Sometimes they work together with store detectives in an effort to prevent theft either by customers or by employees. They will detain shoplifters until the arrival of the police. And they also patrol parking lots.

In art galleries and museums, guards may protect exhibits and paintings by inspecting individuals as they enter and leave the building.

In government buildings, military bases, factories, security guards protect products and information and check people’s credentials and survey vehicles whilst entering and then leaving the premises.

In parks, universities/ colleges, and at sports stadiums, a security guard may be involved in crowd control, or they might direct traffic and supervise seating and/ or parking.

At nightclubs and bars, the guard, also referred to as a bouncer, will possibly be responsible for collecting cover charges at the entryway, keep under-age individuals from entering a property, and maintain discipline among customers.


What is a security guard’s place of work like?

The security guard may have the opportunity to work in a large variety of environments. This includes at retail stores, public buildings, and offices.

Some guards serve for transportation security companies, in which case they will screen work at sea, at railway terminals, on aircraft, and various other facilities of transportation.

Surveillance officers who are involved in gaming will conduct much of their work on casino floors or in observation rooms. In the observation room, they utilize video and audio equipment.


Irrespective the type of work they do, every security guard must have security guard insurance in order to conduct their work in an appropriate fashion.




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