I pay attention to other security guards when I see them working at their client business and I can tell within minutes if they are a good security guard or a poor security guard by the way they move and observe their surroundings while working.
Good security guards want to work in the security industry because they want to protect and serve people more than worry about big careers or pay checks.
Lions own the territority
You never see a lion sitting in its cave or den not wanting to do its walks around its territory to see who has been in or around their turf.
It is all about territory. Guards need to understand that to control the local antisocial elements and reduce crime in your area you need to patrol your territory and show that it is yours.
You see lions slowly patrolling around the boundary to show other predators that this is their turf and they are watching who comes into it. Security guards need to patrol slowly around and make eye contact with everyone that comes into their turf.
Eye contact is everything
By looking them in the eyes you establish that you have acknowledged them and invited them in. If they are suspects then they know that you have seen them and identified their faces warning them to behave just by your eye contact.
Deterrence is achieved by being highly visible
If you patrol your boundaries often and occassionally stop to check something out you will be seen to be proactive in protecting your territory. You may not see them watching you but they will notice that you are checking your area in detail.
This shows that it would be better for them to go elsewhere.
Entrance is by permission only
If you see someone that might be suspect or a potential trouble later you make eye contact and keep it for slightly longer than normal to make sure they know that you have seen them.
You could move closer and make it appear that you are walking towards them as if you are going to remove their invitation to come into your territory and cause increased nervousness. This reminds them that you are in control.
Talking to potential trouble makers and getting to know their names before hand will reduce the problems you have because you can pass on their details to the Police if required.
Remembering that the way you walk tells the watching bad guys how well you protect your site.
© Copyright 2008 by Paul Baker
Information supplied by Paul Baker
Over twenty years security & risk management experience across Australia to protect corporate clients from critical incidents and security risks.
Previously served in the Military and expert in explosives, weapons, and information gathering techniques.
Achieved formal qualifications in a wide range of security risk management skills and commendations for crisis response operations
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