22 January 2010
Security careers can provide a varied and exciting daily life filled with new challenges and tasks each and every day. If you are interested in a security career, you need to know exactly what the job entails – the bad and the good. It can be a very rewarding job, but it can be exhausting for some too. It is important you know exactly what you will be doing before you commit yourself to entering the profession. What responsibilities do security guards have? The responsibilities security guards have vary depending on where exactly they are working. The jobs with the most responsibility likely will demand the most qualified and experienced individuals, and will also be more stringent about background checks. Security guards perform a number of tasks each day. They must patrol the building or the area of the building they are responsible for regularly, looking out for any signs of trouble.
They must also keep a close eye on CCTV cameras (if there are any). CCTV is something that is highly important to security professionals these days, since it allows them to monitor multiple locations at once, meaning they can head straight to where there is trouble if they spot anything, therefore a good amount of time is generally devoted to this task. Security guards also need to keep logs of anything unusual that has happened throughout the day, and if it is serious enough, they should investigate it or report it. Security guards are unable to make arrests should criminal behavior occur, but they are trained to restrain and can hold the individual until the police arrive. Criminal behavior however is not a daily concern for the majority of security professionals, but rather other violations are of importance (e.g. people being in an area of the building that they shouldn’t be in). What qualities do security guards require? Most security guards find they end up on their feet for most of the day.
Many individuals find this naturally to be extremely exhausting. They also must be able to spend extended period of time watching CCTV cameras. Being able to be focused on the job is of vital importance with regard to these two duties, and having a good attention span is essential for the effective monitoring of CCTV. Security professionals also need to be able to work well under pressure. Situations may arise where they need to act fast and need to know what to do, so it is essential they can keep a clear mind to perform the job properly. Security guards must also be fast acting and good at working within a team (since teamwork can often be essential for dealing with some situations – e.g. you may need to get other security staff to monitor and intercept a suspected thief).