Security Guards: What NOT to Do

Security Guards: What NOT to Do

In many places across North America, security guards don’t exactly have the best reputation. The reason for this is because in many case, they arrive on site, only to highlight every stereotype associated with the job. It is thanks to the actions of a few that causes many companies to think twice before hiring a security guard.

We’ve recently touched on the growing need for security guards across North America. We’ve even put together some tips and advice on how to reduce stress before you take your security guard exam.

While both blog posts contain some great information, we wanted to tell you that if you’re serious about wearing a security guard uniform, there are absolute advantages to entering this profession. However, we also wanted to clarify a few key points about what NOT to do when you are hired as a security guard.

  1. Stay Alert

One of the biggest stereotypes about security guards is that they are lazy and fail to provide the service they were hired for. We hate to say it, but we’ve encountered this ourselves.

We had a situation where we hired a security guard from an outside firm (as we are a private investigation agency) to keep watch over our client’s company property. As our investigators made their rounds, they arrived at the company, only to find the security guard we hired had enjoyed a take-out meal, and then had fallen asleep against a curb! Needless to say, we didn’t work with that security guard or their firm again.

Security guards play a very important role in keeping company property safe from vandalism, theft and other elements that can cost the company hundreds of thousands of dollars. Many security guards need to work through the night, keeping watch over a company’s property. Staying alert (and awake) is a critical and necessary part of the job.

  1. Do you want to be a Police Officer?

There are many people who become a security guard and use the job and its training as a stepping-stone to becoming a police officer. There’s nothing wrong with this, there are many professions that provide critical skills that can come in handy as you work towards your career goals.

The thing is, you really need to think about how you want your instructor and potential employers to view you. In many cases, instructors will ask their students if they plan to become police officers. Those who raise their hands in class risk losing out on opportunities.

The same is true in an interview. If you admit that the only reason you’re considering the job is because you want to become a police officer, the company is going to think twice about hiring you. You could lose out on the best shifts, higher salaries, and even leadership roles.

Think about it. If you act like you have one foot out the door before you even have your license, all of the best opportunities are going to be given to those who are more committed.

  1. Think it Through

We had another situation where we hired a security guard to help with a case. When one of our private eye’s went out to check up on the situation, they discovered that the security guard had brought their entire family along for the ride.

To clarify: this is not at all acceptable or professional. If anything had happened during the security guard’s shift, they would have put their entire family in danger! Again, we did not approve of this behavior and did not use the security guard a second time.

Avoid awkward situations like this one by showing up on time, alone, and ready to do exactly what the client requests: your job. It will help to ensure that your reputation, and the security guard company you work for, maintains their clientele. It’s common sense, and something you will need to continue to strive for throughout your career.

We could keep giving you examples, however, we think we’ve made our point. Ultimately, the moment you put on your security guard uniform you are representing the profession and the company you work for. If you don’t behave or act in a manner that best represents the uniform (or your company), it won’t be long before you find yourself looking for a new career.

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