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Post by StevenWS Fri Dec 04, 2015 8:29 pm

Top 8 Ways to be a Great Security Guard

Being a security guard is an important job and you should take pride in it. You should strive to be the best security guard that you should be. If you want to be great at your security guard job, here are 8 tips:

1. Know your manuals by heart. You should be familiar with the policies and the procedures of the company you work for. When you first get your job, take it seriously and actually study them as if there was going to be a test. Because, really, at some point your knowledge will be tested – it just won’t be on paper.

2. Practice continuous learning. Take the initiative to go to workshops or seminars when you learn about them. Your employer will be impressed and your knowledge in your field will be appreciated. You will do better at your job with more knowledge.

3. Go to refresher courses when they are offered. These give you the chance to learn from more experienced guards and it is a great chance to practice continuous learning.

4. Stay in great shape. Don’t get lazy just because you have the job. Workout regularly. Practice strength training and aerobic training so that you are always in your best condition and ready for whatever your job requires of you.

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5. Learn self-defense and practice it as part of your workout routine. You can have fun practicing your techniques with a co-worker or a friend and the more you practice the better you will get.

6. Be aware of what is going on in your community. You should know about crimes that are taking place before they come to you. If you are well versed in the news of your area you will be better prepared in the long run.

7. Find a mentor. If you can find someone that can give you good advice when you need it you will have a better chance of being a great security guard. They can point you in the right direction when you need it and give you constructive criticism.

8. Never make assumptions. When you make assumptions you are more likely to go wrong and that can get both you and the company you work for in trouble. Don’t assume that someone is safe just because they are in a suit and tie or a uniform. Don’t assume that someone is ok just because you’ve seen them around before. Follow the rules for everyone, not just the people you are suspicious about. Keep your guard up and your eyes open.


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Post by Nightwatchman Tue Dec 08, 2015 10:55 pm

Very good outline, Steven!

1. no manuals as such, just some company procedures, that we are sometimes only told part of, and then we are told later, that `my response was an overreaction' I disagreed(with this threat of bodily harm by someone, I do not take chances, called cops) I do not take chances, even with a low-level threat he should have been warned(by cops)! So now I know, company procedure. This was on the heels of a `wanton and frivolous complaint by another party(s). A bad night.

2. I have mentioned these to employer, not happening yet. Though I am a `first-aider' with CPR.

3. See above.

4. I do, am in excellent shape, illness free for six years(knock on wood!) as well as `well beyond strong' in lifting/pressing capacity (not a braggart, just stating facts)

5. I would like to take some SD courses, but I have learned from pros, so I know a few `moves and counters'

6. I agree, and am vigilant, I also have crime stats sent to my residence through `Statistics Yukon'

7. I have got some tips from other guards, and my boss(of course).This forum has helped a lot too, as well as the book `Verbal Juso'

8. So true, peoples feelings or bodies, can get hurt. Beware of wolves in sheep's clothing.


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Post by BryanM35 Mon Jan 04, 2016 4:30 am

@StevenWS wrote:Top 8 Ways to be a Great Security Guard

Being a security guard is an important job and you should take pride in it. You should strive to be the best security guard that you should be. If you want to be great at your security guard job, here are 8 tips:

1. Know your manuals by heart. You should be familiar with the policies and the procedures of the company you work for. When you first get your job, take it seriously and actually study them as if there was going to be a test. Because, really, at some point your knowledge will be tested – it just won’t be on paper.

2. Practice continuous learning. Take the initiative to go to workshops or seminars when you learn about them. Your employer will be impressed and your knowledge in your field will be appreciated. You will do better at your job with more knowledge.

3. Go to refresher courses when they are offered. These give you the chance to learn from more experienced guards and it is a great chance to practice continuous learning.

4. Stay in great shape. Don’t get lazy just because you have the job. Workout regularly. Practice strength training and aerobic training so that you are always in your best condition and ready for whatever your job requires of you.

Self Defense
Self Defense (Photo credit: Pioneer Library System)

5. Learn self-defense and practice it as part of your workout routine. You can have fun practicing your techniques with a co-worker or a friend and the more you practice the better you will get.

6. Be aware of what is going on in your community. You should know about crimes that are taking place before they come to you. If you are well versed in the news of your area you will be better prepared in the long run.

7. Find a mentor. If you can find someone that can give you good advice when you need it you will have a better chance of being a great security guard. They can point you in the right direction when you need it and give you constructive criticism.

8. Never make assumptions. When you make assumptions you are more likely to go wrong and that can get both you and the company you work for in trouble. Don’t assume that someone is safe just because they are in a suit and tie or a uniform. Don’t assume that someone is ok just because you’ve seen them around before. Follow the rules for everyone, not just the people you are suspicious about. Keep your guard up and your eyes open.


Great write up. I am impressed. This is a very good contribution StevenWS. I really like to appreciate your emphasis on how to be a great security guard. Thanks for valuable addition StevenWS.



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