Security officers are responsible for maintaining the overall security of a property. Security officers use many different tactics to prevent theft, vandalism, and damage to properties. They may patrol the property in a vehicle and may maintain records of who enters or leaves the property, either at a front desk or a front gate. They may keep track of signing visitors in and out and monitor incoming deliveries. Security officers generally assist with providing guests with information and directions. Employees protect the property and its inhabitants from fire risks and other safety violations. They respond to emergency situations by communicating with emergency personnel and potentially handling physical threats by restraining offenders. They may also maintain parking regulations and ensure parking lot security. It is important for a security officer to be aware and alert at all times, constantly being aware of risks and concerns.
For most security officers, no education is required, but some positions will want to see a history of criminal justice experience. Security officers are needed in a wide variety of businesses. The people a security officer works with can be incredibly varied depending on the business they work in. Some will rarely speak to anyone except incoming guests to the property, while others interact regularly with human resources and other administrative staff. A security officer can work various hours depending on the needs of the business they protect, as hours can differ from one type of business to the next. Many jobs require night or weekend security to protect a property around the clock.
Security Officer Tasks
- Respond to alarms and emergency situations.
- Make periodic tours to check for irregularities and to inspect protection devices and fire control equipment.
- Greet incoming guests and tenants, providing information regarding the site and surrounding area as requested by visitors.
- Guard and monitor premises to prevent theft, property destruction, violence or rules and safety violations.
- Perform fire prevention, safety and maintenance tasks and parking/traffic enforcement.