Knowing how to patrol successfully can make a huge difference in how well you do as a security guard. Following through with good patrol habits can ensure that you are performing better, but also help to make you look more professional. Creating a consistently professional routine not only looks great to supervisors, but it helps dissuade potential criminals and threats. Next time you head to your security guard job, try utilizing a few of these tips.
Wear Comfortable Uniform Shoes
This might seem like a simple thing, but wearing comfortable uniform shoes can make a huge difference in how well you work. When you’re on your feet all day your choice of footwear can have a significant impact on how quickly your fatigue catches up with you. Proper footwear for security will be comfortable and breathable for all-day wear as well as having rubber soles for traction in case of wet or slippery situations.
Keep A Safe Distance
Whenever speaking with anyone ensure that you are maintaining a safe distance so that you can take quick action when needed. Always hold eye contact while speaking, but keep your self aware of any upper body movement.
Don’t Keep A Pattern
One mistake that many guards make is to fall into a routine with how they patrol. When you are performing regular patrols, it’s easy to get into the habit of making your path regular and on a timed loop. If a criminal is attempting to access the area you patrol, they will quickly be able to recognize and predict your route if you’re not changing it up regularly.
Switch Up Your Routes
Along with ensuring you’re not always patrolling at the same times, following different paths is a great way to stay fresh. Not only does taking different routes keep threats from taking advantage of your patrol gaps, but it helps keep you aware and focused. When you’re following the same path multiple times a day, it’s all too easy to become bored and complacent.
Stop Look and Listen
As you are patrolling get into the habit of stopping to look around you carefully and listen regularly. Not only is it hard to hear and see moving targets if you are in transit, but you may miss subtle signs of disturbance.
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