Frequently Asked Questions
As a security company, we get asked an array of questions concerning security guards, the services we provide and general queries regarding our business.
If you have any questions or messages, do not hesitate to contact us! We try to answer each one to the best of our ability.
About security services...
A security guard is defined as “a person employed to protect a building against intruders or damage”. This is typically achieved through visual deterrence, public management and occasionally, some amounts of physical force. Security guards serve a critical role when it comes to ensuring businesses are able to keep functioning in areas of particularly high criminal activity, or when those said businesses are being targeted by criminals.
Security officer is just another word for a security guard, the only discrepancy being that the term “officer” sounds more formal and may be used in formal circumstances such as a “concierge officer”.
Security guards are critical as they ensure businesses are able to remain safe, even when there isn’t anyone located at a site. Additionally, security officers can help to protect a premises that is in a particularly dangerous location. Security is something that is sought out by all businesses, to this end, just one wrong run in with crime and a business could go from thriving to flailing. Security guards are an imperative feature of modern society.
In short, security guards are just effectively trained civilians, having no more legal power than a regular citizen. Anything you can legally do, a security guard is also entitled to do, including a citizen’s arrest. Security guards can only perform citizen’s arrests if they have reasonable grounds to believe the person is a danger to themselves or others, or has committed/in the middle of committing a crime.
The main duties of a security guard are to ensure the particular premise they are stationed on is protected to the best of their ability. This may include…
- Patrolling through certain checkpoints.
- Noting down any suspicious activity throughout a day.
- Communicating with the police on any criminal activity.
- Helping customers throughout the premise.
- Welcoming people onto the site.
- Surveying your surroundings for potential criminal activity.
- Calming people down and diffusing potentially hostile situations.
- Restraining people to ensure they don’t endanger themselves or others, though this is a rare occasion.
Whilst this list isn’t exhaustive, it goes through a few of the main points a guard may encounter.
To detain a suspected shoplifter, security guards are entitled to use a ‘reasonable’ amount of force. Section 3 of the Criminal Law Act 1967 states that you may ‘use as much force as is reasonable in the circumstances in the prevention of crime, or in effecting or assisting in the lawful arrest of offenders or suspected offenders or of persons unlawfully at large’.
Security guards have no more legal powers than any other member of the public. They have to receive your consent before searching you and if you do not give them it, they cannot proceed.
Like any other civilian, security guards are permitted to perform a citizen’s arrest, but only if they have reasonable suspicions. There are specific conditions that the circumstances must meet in order for the arrest to be legal…
- They witness or have reasonable grounds to believe that a person has committed a crime.
- To protect a person from causing injury to themselves or others.
- Prevent a person from damaging property or causing a loss to the business.
- To stop a person from leaving the scene before police arrive.
The cost of security guard can vary depending on the type of work that they have to complete. You should expect to pay between £10.00 and £40.00 per hour.
As a security guard you need highly attuned skills to ensure what you are guarding stays completely secure for your entire shift. 4 key skills to keep in mind are…
- Physical fitness
- Good communication
All of these are the top skills necessary to ensure you are able to perform quality security guarding at all times, if you are looking at applying for a security position and would like more information, we have written an article on the topic here.
Security is widely considered to be a very noble job alongside having a very wide selection of roles you can go into once you are finished. Devoting your career to protecting other people’s businesses and livelihoods is a very respectable position to hold, on top of this, a lot of security guards go onto become security supervisors, work in the police or armed forces, or even start their own security supplier business.
To become a security guard in the UK, you are legally required to have an SIA licence and go through some form of security training. Dependent on what type of security work you want to do will alter what type of licence you will apply and train for, more information can be found here.
This is highly dependent on the circumstances of the guards role, as a rule of thumb, your employer will let you know the site and dress code before any given job. For example, in a retail environment you may be asked to dress inconspicuously in casual dress where a concierge role may have you in full formal wear. The key to this aspect is to be flexible and dependable, understanding the business you are working for and dressing accordingly.
Interviews are a nerve wracking prospect, ensuring you are able to get the job can be a difficult task. A few tips from us to bolster your ability to land that job as a security guard are..
- Researching the company beforehand. You must know enough information so you can impress your prospective business.
- Practicing your answers in advance.
- Checking your CV to make sure everything is correct.
- Providing examples of how you would solve potential problems.
- Showing your skills and how they would benefit you as a security officer.
- Emphasizing your understanding of the security industry.
All security guards must hold an SIA Licence. It’s a criminal offence to take on security work without this licence and you could face up to six months in prison or a £5,000 fine. Qualifying for an SIA licence is fairly simple, you will complete different training that consists of first-aid and you will be examined.
The SIA are also known as the Security Industry Authority and they are responsible for regulating the private security industry. Their duties include the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking roles within the security industry and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme that measures private security suppliers against independently assessed criteria.
About our company...
We offer all of our security guarding services across the United Kingdom, including larger cities such as Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, London, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Region Security Guarding has had over 10 years of experience and are proud to be a leading and trusted supplier of security services and security guards throughout the whole of the United Kingdom.
Region Security Guarding LTD holds SIA Approved Contractor status for the provision of security guarding services.
Our security guards are fully vetted, trained and licensed to meet standards set by the SIA.
You can hire our security services through requesting a free, no-obligation quote. State the services you require and we will be in touch with a personalised, tailored quote within 48 hours. We always promise to match or BEAT our competitor’s prices.
Region Security Guarding is always looking to recruit experienced and SIA licensed security personnel to cover job opportunities. When recruiting security guards, we look for…
- Applicants who are SIA Licensed.
- Have experience of working within security services.
- Aged 18 or over.
- It would be advantageous if applicants hold a full driving licence.
- Applicants must have 10 years checkable work or education history.
You can fill out our application form by visiting our careers page.
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