Security work is rewarding work. Security guards not only ensure the safety of people and property, but they provide both clients and the public with peace of mind. If you are considering joining the ranks of the UK’s security guards, this is everything you need to know to get started.
A security guard’s first port of call is, of course, to protect. Be it people, property, or assets, it is the responsibility of security guards to protect their given premises from illegal activity, including theft and harm, and to respond adequately in case of emergency. In order to do this effectively guards must receive adequate training in order to understand the primary ways to spot crime before it happens and prevent it when it does.
As such, the key tenets of the security guard are vigilance, quick decision making and a commitment to safe practice. However strong interpersonal skills are also necessary, with de-escalation skills being critical.
While all forms of guarding will have some overlap and transferable skills, each specific form of guarding will require specific skills and training.
Manned Guarding includes guarding premises, property, and people by having a physical presence on site.
Mobile Security Patrols see security guards secure disparate locations over set periods of time from mobile vehicles.
Cash and Valuables in Transit tasks security guards to protect property or cash while it is being transported between locations.
Airport Security ensures that airports are safe spaces—from searching aircrafts, passengers, and luggage to guarding the premises.
Door Security places security guards at the entrances to premises, ensuring only permitted personnel gain access.
Close Protection tasks security guards with protecting one or more individuals from crime and injury.
To become a security guard, you must first meet the following criteria:
- Be aged 18 or over.
- Pass identity and criminal record checks.
- Hold a valid Security Industry Authority (SIA) license.
Even if you have a criminal record, you may still qualify to be a security guard. The SIA is responsible for determining whether your past crimes or offences disqualify you from becoming a security officer.
You can use the SIA’s free criminal record indicator to get an idea of whether your criminal record will allow you to become SIA licensed.
As a security guard, you will likely begin working with a security company or agency. After gaining enough experience and further qualification security officers can advanced into more senior roles, opening doors to management, training or opening your own security company.
If you are qualified to become a security guard and have obtained all the necessary prerequisites, consider contacting your local security company to see if they have any positions open.
If you are located in Birmingham or the West Midlands, consider searching our job listings to see if TGF security will be your next employer. As Birmingham’s leading security company, offering a wide range of security services, we are delighted to onboard talented security officers when positions are available.