A security guard is tasked with patrolling a specific area and performing a wide variety of security-related tasks within that area. Some of their regular tasks include maintaining the security and safety of individuals on a property, maintaining the security and safety of the premises to which the guard is assigned, responding to threatening situations such as bomb threats, and responding to medical emergencies and maintaining supervision of the site during the emergency. They also respond to fire alarms and intrusion alarms, facilitate the performance of duties of emergency specialists who show up during an incident, and fill out paperwork related to the incidents the security guard encounters.
While the security guard's tasks include managing high-danger situations, these events often have a low probability of occurring, especially on a regular basis. The most common day-to-day task the guard performs are patrolling a property, ensuring their presence helps deter crime and malicious behavior, and otherwise pleasantly greeting customers and visitors.
Security guards usually patrol a property on their feet or in a motorized vehicle, so the ability to conduct a patrol within the company's regulations is necessary. A high school diploma or equivalent is generally required, as is a clean criminal history.
Security Officer/Guard 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.