A security guard (or security officer) is a person who is paid to protect property, assets and people. Security guards are usually privately and formally employed personnel. Often, security officers are uniformed and act to protect property by maintaining a high visibility presence to deter illegal and inappropriate actions, observing (either directly, through patrols, or by watching alarm systems or video cameras) for signs of crime, fire or disorder, then taking action and reporting any incidents to their client and emergency services as appropriate.
Since at least the Middle Ages in Europe, the term watchman was more commonly applied to this function. This term was carried over to North America where it was interchangeable with night-watchman until both terms were replaced with the modern security-based titles. Security guards are sometimes regarded as fulfilling a private policing function. Chapter 1 The Security Guard is the person who is guarding and protecting either facility or people.
Usually the security guard are working under another company or organization which are dealing mostly with security, but sometime they can be part of the same organization which require the security guard to be there. Most of the time they are taking care of the order and protecting the facilities from anyone who want to enter to the place without any permission so they will stop the person and ask for the reason before let him or her to enter the place, also sometime they will not allow anyone to enter unless they get the order from the manger or the chief directly then the pass will be granted.
Moreover, the security guard is given the work and orders from the manager or the admin person who is in charge of them to take care of the organization or the building by moving around the place for checking or whatever there is any suspicion thing should be reported or take an immediate action. In addition, some places require from the security guard to guide the visitors where to park their cars and in what position all this to control the safety in that place and to avoid whatever danger could happen.
Also some places require from all the visitors to register their names, positions, date/time and where they are going so they will be provided with a visit card so they can enter. On the other hand, some places they do physical checking before entering like checking the bag or the pockets if it’s necessary and if there is more than one person sometime they will allow only one to enter not all of them.
All of this is because of the importance of security and it is different from one place to another place depending on what is the requirement needed for the security. With most of the security guards or the security company should take a standard training that can make them fit and ready to take the position of security guard because if it is not done then it will cause a lot of problems and security issues for everyone due to not enough training which is required for such a position.
Finally, the security guard position need a lot of things so he can do his work in a proper way so, he will need other equipment like for example security camera, a phone or a mobile, a uniform to be recognized and many other things which will help for the work to be done in a professional way because mistakes in this work is dangerous. Chapter 2 There is a lot of advantages of having security system and also security guards. By having the security guards we can be safe in different ways like: • Money saving • Assets and property protecting • People safety • Preventing more damage if there is an accident
If something happen like if someone want to break in or want to steal from some place then the security guard make it very difficult or even stop it from happing, while if the security guard not available then it will be very easy to break in to any place and steal or even make the business in lose. Moreover, it is very important to have security guards as they can reduce the risk, as if there is a fire they will give the proper guidance to the people where to go, moving important thing to a safety place and try to protect whatever is possible until the firemen are arrived then provide them for whatever they want until they put off the fire.
Also the security guards they not only for protecting places or people but also to provide information or guidance to anyone who ask or someone is lost and he don’t know where to go. On the other hand, they can be as the source of the needed information especially when there is no one available at the place like the holidays or late night.
When a place is a having the security guards with their system it is appearing to be more professional rather than any other place which they don’t have the security guards system because we can observe that anyone can just be there without anyone can notice and that because everyone is busy with their work and there is no time to check for anything except it is an emergency then all they will stop to work. Chapter 3 The difficulties that the security guards are facing with their work can be like: • Having a small pay or salary • Ignorance • Lack of opportunities • Blaming from others A lot of pressure In this kind of profession the security guard can work but with small salary which they receive from the companies or the places for the services that they provide, it is not all of them but most of them because in some other places or organization they pay very well for the security guards but it’s not all because the majority is a small pay. Moreover, for the services and for their protection that they provide they don’t get a lot of attention from others either the visitors or the responsible people in the place of work or even outside the place of work.
In addition, this kind of work have a lack of opportunities of growing or to be in better position and this can be from less amount of training or even education which is helping a lot when someone want to improve. Also there is some time when the security guards get all the blaming from others for something even it’s not their mistake but they keep getting this blaming like why you did not do this and that while it is not listed in his agenda to do so.
When something happen at that time they will remember the security guards but if there is nothing happening no one even thanking them or even talk to them and appreciate of what they are doing. On the other hand, the environment which the security guards are performing their duty could be very bad for them in terms of their health and the mentality because they can work in extremely hot or cold places or sometime dangerous places, also the place of work could be very good but they can get a lot of pressure and be strict on them from the management which could lead to negative behaving.
Conclusion For now we know the importance of the security guards, availability and the needful that they have. Even though they are facing problems and difficulties but for them to be around it is a must especially for certain places. We need them among us for protection, safety and to be as a guide, whenever we be in a position which is unsafe or in a worry we will remember the security guards and ask for their protection or a solution for different matters. So this profession is like any other important profession in our life.