An unarmed security guard is hired in many capacities depending on the specific requirements of an organization.
The only difference between an armed and an unarmed security guard is that the former is trained in using guns, while the latter may or may not be. However, both these roles are responsible for the safety and well-being of people and premises that are assigned to them.
Usually, a high school diploma or a GED equivalent is sufficient to work as an unarmed security guard. However, you may be asked to obtain training in this capacity by some employers.
As an unarmed security guard, your main work will be to ensure that the building or area that is assigned to you, and the people within are kept safe and sound at all times.
Skills & Abilities
To be considered eligible to work at this position, you have to be physically strong and possess the ability to look diversity in the eye, and manage security issues.
Physical dexterity and an inherent ability to analyze situations to see if they may be potentially dangerous are important. An analytic mind, and the capability to handle emergency situations is also important when working in this role.
Moreover, it is imperative for people working as unarmed security guards to be vigilant, service-oriented, and exceptionally well-versed in dealing with people from different walks of life.
Unarmed Security Guard Duties & Responsibilities
• Inspect premises to determine if any nefarious activities are taking place.
• Follow instructions to secure premises and people by performing patrolling activities.
• Monitor surveillance equipment to ensure that it is in good working order, and is set up properly.
• Perform inspections on buildings to ensure that access and egress points are secured properly.
• Report irregularities such as improperly set up alarm systems, and presence of unauthorized individuals.
• Control traffic by directing cars and ensuring that they are parked in designated areas.
• Ascertain that surveillance equipment is properly serviced by performing preventative and regular maintenance on them.
• Authorize the entrance of employees and visitors, ensuring that their credentials are in order.
• Contact emergency services such as police and the fire department, in cases of dire emergencies.
• Scan and check people and items being taken into the premises by using hand-held scanning devices.
• Circulate amongst employees and visitors, especially during events, to preserve order and ensure the protection of property.
• Warn violators of rule infractions and violations, and apprehend violators or evict them, using force when necessary.