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5 Critical Security Guard Tips For Securing a Better Position

5 Critical Security Guard Tips For Securing a Better Position

A security guard is not only your first line of defense but also your last line of defense. Crime has no personality, and neither does crime prevention. You can’t predict who will be next to rob someone blind or commit a violent act, but there are some things you can do to make sure that the outcome is favorable for you and yours.

The biggest mistake that security guards make is not paying attention to what’s going on around them. Not only will this put you at risk for danger, but it’ll make your job ten times harder than it needs to be. Whether you’re patrolling the parking lot or taking a cigarette break, always keep an eye open for suspicious activity. The more attentive one is, the less likely they are to become a victim.

To help you out, we’ve come up with a list of security tips for you to follow:

Here are five tips for securing a better position as a security guard:

1 ) Keep threats at bay – This means suspicious-looking people (specific details below), unsecured entrances/exits, vandalism or theft in progress or any other situation where immediate action is required to prevent someone from stealing property or valuables from your location.

2) Call the police – If you have established a relationship with your local law enforcement agency, call the police. They can respond faster than security can and they won’t require an alarm to be pulled before they take action.

3) Act immediately – Don’t wait for a second guard to arrive at the scene. A criminal will never give you time to think or act in any way that is favorable to him/her. This is why calling 911 immediately after noticing suspicious or illegal behavior is always better than allowing your mind to wander while waiting for help.

4) Maintain about a 50- Foot distance from suspects – This may sound like it has nothing to do with crime prevention, but there are things called “civil suits” where individuals and companies can sue you for things like false arrest and unjust imprisonment. Remember, a criminal “cannot” harm or rob someone (your client) if he is not physically present at the location.

5) Use common sense – If you see something suspicious, say it out loud to yourself and move on with your day. Don’t stalk the suspicious-looking individual or violate any of their rights just because they look weird or disrespectful. No one wants to be falsely accused of something they did not do, especially after taking all precautions and being in compliance with your security contract.

Paul Olive

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