The holidays are usually packed with activity and Security guards, are in particularly high demand due to the rising number of events and the increased likelihood of theft. Throughout this season, security guards must look after themselves and limit their own risks throughout this season. Here are a few things to watch out for.
To help you stay safe, here are 15 tips. Also, at the end of this article, there’s a bonus tip.
- Don’t let decorations get in the way of security. Keep your guard up while ensuring that all guests are able to come and go as they please.
- Do not allow one person to block access during an event, especially if there is a crowd present. Have someone stationed near the entrance in case of any emergencies or potential disruptions.
- Try to ensure you’re not alone when it comes to patrolling events premises; have additional security personnel on standby in case something goes wrong.
- Make sure you’re aware of all deliveries coming into your property, whether they be small or large. Stay alert for anything suspicious and report any abnormalities to your supervisor immediately.
- Teach security personnel how to deal with individuals who have had too much to drink; Educate yourself on what to do in these cases. This can include first aids, providing transport, or escorts back home, should necessary.
- Pay attention to your parking lots; an increasing number of theft and vandalism scams take place there. Set up patrols in specific areas at night time when security is typically lowered.
- Keep a close eye on anyone who seems to be acting suspiciously, especially if they are approaching or within arm’s reach of security personnel. If necessary, call for backup before engaging any individual in conversation or altercation.
- Have a contingency plan for potential emergencies such as medical situations that may arise during events; have First-Aid kits ready just in case someone gets injured while under guard.
- Make sure you are up-to-date on security protocols and safety guidelines for the holiday season.
- Familiarize yourself with your security camera footage and keep an eye out for suspicious activity or people in unauthorized areas of your facility.
- Be aware of any changes in personnel that may affect your safety, such as new security guard training or a new supervisor on duty during the holiday season.
- Have a plan for responding to disturbances, both inside and outside of the building perimeter; know how to reach emergency services if necessary.
- Always be polite and friendly when interacting with guests, even if you feel they are causing a disturbance or being inconsiderate. This will go a long way in building good relations with those who need your assistance while preserving peace within the premises.
- Above all else, remember your safety is paramount; guard against becoming complacent and always stay aware of your surroundings.
- Finally… Take care to dress extra warm… and a bonus tip, don’t forget to buy your loved ones presents for Christmas.