Are Security Jobs Dangerous?

When you think of dangerous jobs what pops into mind? Construction workers? Commercial Fisherman?Factory Work? Farming? Police work?

What about being a security officer?

"How hard can it be to watch a building all night?" you might say. They walk the fence once an hour and look for any suspicious activity. If an officer sees anything he just makes a phone call. "What could go wrong?"

How hard can it be to “monitor and report.”

But let’s run through a scenario

It is late at night and you are walking the back fence of a large distribution facility. This place specializes in shipping cigarettes. Basically cigarettes are easy to steal, transport, and resell.

The security officer has to be alert. He has to be looking for any holes in thefence, shoe prints, or for any damage to any of the trailers. If he sees anything he better get to a safespot and make a call to the police ASAP.

Can you imagine having to sit in a car in the middle of the shipping yard? You have to remain alert and pray you don’t see anything. Not too mention you can imagine how hard is it to stay alert when for the past sixty days the only action has been crickets chirping.

If a thief breaks in how far are they going to go? What will they be willing to do? The officer is alone in the middle of a 30acre industrial facility, will anyone hear anything?

Dangerous Security Jobs Scenario

Another Scenario

A common post assignment is a hospital. Hospitals are unique places. First, people are in hospitals because something isn’t right and chances are they aren’t in the best of moods. Second, many of the hospital staff are female. Third, hospitals bring together members of the family during stressful and emotional moments.

All of these elements combine to form a potentially potent cocktail. It is going to take someone with a physical presence and a quick intellect to make sure nothing gets out of hand.

What about my office? It's quiet.

Let’s take your average midrise office building with an attached parking garage. This building is right off the freeway and not too far from downtown. An officer’s duties might include walking the grounds, patrolling the parking garage, and watching the lobby.

In this scenario you would want to watch out for transients in the parking garage. Especially in the winter homeless people like to hang out in parking garages and get out of the elements. There can be one, two, or an entire group. Large groups like this can quickly create a safety, trash, or biological issues.

Another common duty is for the officer might be called to walk tenants out to their cars late at night. After a long day of work people might not be as aware as they should be. They might have other things on their mind as they walk out into the almost empty parking garage just hoping to get home.

Even where I live?

An officer is assigned to walk around a large apartment complex. It is late and most people are asleep, but there is loud music coming from a top floor apartment. As the officer is walking up the stars he passes two people that give off a strong alcohol odor heading down the stairs. How will the people in the apartment react to a request to turn down the music? Is there going to be one person, or will it be an entire party?

A guard could be patrolling an apartment complex when he sees a late model F150 pickup truck pull up to the front gate. The passenger gets out with a pair of bolt cutters and promptly cuts the gate’s chain and rolls it aside. The security guard sees this as he is walking on foot. How close does the officer want to get? If the officer gets the license plate of the truck what are the chances it is stolen.

So Are Security Jobs Dangerous? The Conclusion

Security officers often work in remote locations, late at night, and in situations that can turn volatile in a hurry. There are long periods of utter boredom punctuatedby extreme excitement. An officer has to keep their head in the game or things can turn ugly fast. Theft, physical harm, or worse can happen in a hurry.

It isn’t easy manning a post alone late at night. It isn’t easy remaining alert when nothing has happened for months on end. And it definitely isn't easy dealing with conflict with strangers that you don't know how they will behave!

Give the guy standing in the corner a little respect. His job is harder than you realize.

Where To Take A Security Guard Test?

Licensing? Training? Where do I start?

Are you asking yourself where to take a security guard test? Are you looking for a career as a Security Officer? We get a lot of questions from our brand new Security Officers - and one of the most common ones is "where do I take the test?"

Most every state requires you to be licensed if you work as a security officer. Applicants to our company often ask us where can they take the test to become a security officer. The answer to that question is different for every state that we serve, so today we’re going to answer some general questions that will make it easier for you, our prospective officers, to find the licensing information that you’re searching for.

Every state has a governing authority for licensing security officers, in some states it gets a little more complicated than that as you also need to be certified to work in a specific county or city. Right now, we’ll keep it simple.

The best way to find out the licensing requirements for your state is to do a search for “Security Officer License your state”. For example, a google search for “Security Officer License Virginia” brings up links to the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services website. From there you can find links to the specific type of license that wish to obtain. We’ll use an Armed Security Officer as an example.

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By clicking on the Armed Security Officer link, you will get information about the general requirements as well as the training requirements that you need before you can be licensed. Some state websites will also link to the various schools offering the training courses that you need.

All states that require licensing will have information on their Private Security websites that will direct you to the additional documentation they require, for example, in Texas all applicants for a security license must have their fingerprints taken. Louisiana requires their officer applicants to obtain their fingerprints and background check in order to apply for their license with the state.

All states will have comprehensive information on their websites about the steps that you need to take in order ensure that you are in compliance with the state and local laws governing private security. Some companies will tell you that you don’t need to be in compliance, but non-compliance can result in fines and possibly criminal charges. The key to your success is to make sure that you thoroughly read and understand the requirements for your state.

Once you have obtained your security license, in most cases, it will need to be renewed at regular intervals.

Where to take a Security Guard Test

At Champion National Security we pride ourselves on selecting the best security professionals that this industry has to offer. With that in mind, there are other certifications that you can obtain as a security officer that will add important skills to your resume. Consider becoming certified in CPR and first Aid, Oxygen Administration, and how to use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). These skills will serve you well in general, but they are especially attractive to Security Companies like ours.

7 Tips for Working the Night Shift

Security guards, firefighters, policemen, nurses, cleaning crews, and more, all experience working night shifts. It’s estimated that 6 million people work the night shift in the US. In our current bustling economy, many industries need help during off hours. This means more shifts need to be filled at all hours of the week.

But what is the impact of the night shift on your body and your daily life? Let's look at the history of the night shift and its impact on your health. We're also going to cover 7 tips to keep individuals on the night shift healthy.

If you or someone you know works a night shift - read on to learn how to help!

The History of the Night Shift

The idea of working nights is not an new one. We’ve had a need for work at night long ago in history. Watchmen of ancient kingdoms would guard the grounds at night. Their job was protecting their master from any threat.

Is wasn’t until the late 1800’s that the concept of the night shift really changed. The invention of the lightbulb allowed workers to work longer by illuminating the dark. Manufactures in metal and textile mills jumped at the chance for increased production and higher profits. They introduced the concept of shift work. This meant they could split crews into groups and rotate when they worked. This allowed more goods without the added pay of extra crew.

The concept of shift work continued to grow into every industry. Today it is still relevant. Many companies and workers enjoy the benefit of shift work. They get time off during the day, atypical weekends, or flexibility for other responsibilities.

Some of the most common shift work is found in the transportation sector. Construction, railroads, freights, all need night shifts. They need to be able to work without distractions from daily traffic or pedestrians.

More increasingly the service industry is becoming a big night shift provider. More retail centers and convenience stores are operating on a 24 hour system. This means they need workers for shifts around the clock.

Shift work is also common in public safety and health care. EMS, Police, Security, Fire Fighting, and Hospitals are just some examples of industries that have the need for staff 24/7 to keep the public safe.

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The Impact of the Night Shift

Working the night shift can be a big change for you, your family, and your health. It’s important to take care of yourself during this unusual schedule. Taking care of yourself helps make sure you don’t suffer from a sleep disorder. Sleep disorders are no joke and can cause workers to have absences and accidents.

What is a sleep disorder? Its definition is a ‘medical disorder of your sleep patterns’. Basically meaning you aren’t getting enough sleep, aren’t staying asleep, or having excessive sleep. Having disruptive sleep patterns can result in serious mental and physical issues. The body needs sleep to restore and rejuvenate. Certain body processes like growing muscle, repairing tissue, and synthesizing hormones all happen while we sleep.

Sleep disorders are linked to many serious mental and physical issues. They’re associated with hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, and heart attacks. It also impacts your memory and learning. It weakens your immune system, making you more vulnerable to germs and diseases.

For your long term health, it’s important to recognize the risk of sleep disorders due to working the night shift. Once you have the information you can start to adapt healthy patterns to reduce the risk.

7 Tips for Working the Night Shift

Here are some tips to help you adjust to the night shift schedule:

  1. Make sure you drink lots of water and eat! Dehydration will make sleep deprivation so much worse, so remember to stay hydrated. Bring a water bottle if you can. And make sure you eat something before you go to sleep.
  2. Be aware of your caffeine intake. Most people will rely on caffeine (energy drinks or coffee) to keep them alert, but it’s important to know that with any caffeine drink you will experience a crash! Also if you drink your caffeine too late into your shift it will affect your ability to sleep when you do get home
  3. Set a sleeping goal. Make sure you’re keeping track of when you fall asleep and wake up. You ideally want 8 hours every time to stay fresh, alert, and functional.
  4. Keep your workspace bright and your sleep space dark. Sure it may not always be possible but do your best to keep your bedroom very dark by blocking windows with curtains, keeping electronics off, and closing the door if possible. If possible try to keep your workstation bright to stay alert and focused while on the job. The circadian rhythm is what the body uses to keep track of a 24 hour cycle. It is susceptible to light, temperature, and certain medications. So do you best to keep that cycle intact!
  5. Try to keep a schedule. If possible try not to work doubles or rotating shifts. Your body can adjust to a night shift schedule much easier if it is a regularly occurring cycle. By disrupting the schedule with working various shifts or taking days on and off, you never adjust to a normal schedule and your body doesn’t know what to expect.
  6. Be wary of bright light on the way home. The sunlight will keep you up longer, so if you are planning on going home and straight to bed, keep that in mind! Wear sunglasses on the way home and don’t do any errands. The longer you stay out in the sun the harder it will be to go to sleep.
  7. Get support from your family and friends. One of the hardest parts of working the night shift is feeling isolated from your friends and family. you may not be able to join in the late night parties or the midday lunches anymore, but that doesn't mean you’ll never get to see them again. Ask for their support and let them know of your new schedule. Ask them not to reach out to you and wake you up when they know you’ll be asleep. And let them know when you are available and they will understand. You’ll still be able to have a social life, it will just need a little bit of flexibility!

Sleeping during the day before night shift

Conclusion

Hopefully these tips make you feel more confident about working the night shift. Your health doesn’t have to suffer from working the night shift. Pay attention to your body's current needs. Some small changes and you can make sure the transition to night shift is smooth!

While it will be a big change to your lifestyle, it’s not impossible. Jobs that help you provide for your family or further your career are important. We want to help you achieve your goals in a healthy, safe way.

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In The News: San Antonio Security Guard Honored

The San Antonio ASIS Chapter will be honoring Security Officer DeLaFuente on their June 7th Meeting.

ASIS San Antonio has started a tradition of honoring private sector security officers who have shown outstanding achievement. Awardees presented with ASIS Coin and “Letter of Recognition” from Chapter Chair.

In order to receive the honor, Officers must be nominated by an ASIS member and have an accompanied Achievement Citation - which outlines their special actions, heroism, and community leadership in San Antonio, TX.

The nominees are then collected and sent for review by the Chapter Chair Mark Hammargreen, CPP.

The Event will be on June 7th, 2016 at 11:30am and is expected to last 1 hour 30 minutes. It will be held at:

La Fonda Restaurant
8633 Crownhill Blvd
San Antonio TX 78209

You can RSVP on their website.

ASIS International is an international global community of security practitioners, each of whom has a role in the protection of assets - people, property, and/or information.

With members in virtually every industry both public and private, and experience ranging from entry level managers to CSO’s and CEOs - the ASIS community is diverse and knowledagle.

ASIS San Antonio is an active section of the ASIS International Community. With monthly meetings to highlight the community, the group makes sure to keep San Antonio safe through security. They also offer training and certifications to assist anyone in the security industry.

For more information on ASIS San Antonio, please visit www.sanantonioasis.org.

Security Guard Stories: Man Saves Life with CPR

When you employ over 2,000 security guards around the united states - you’re bound to get stories. We love our guards and are proud of the work they do. Every now and then we hear of a story that really makes us appreciate the great security guards we employ. We like to share these stories with our employees, our clients, and our readers. It’s important to see the great work our guards accomplish!

Today’s story is how one of our security guards helped save a life with CPR. Read on to hear his amazing story in this edition of Security Guard Stories.

Setting up the story

It was late at night and security officer Smith* was making his rounds at the condominium complex he worked at. Things were quiet. He was chatting with Emily*, the front end manager of the complex. They had just received an unusual request by a gentlemen whose friend lived in the building. Apparently the gentlemen was a bit concerned saying he hadn’t heard from his friend in quite awhile and asked the employee and security guard to check on him.

Requests like this often come in when you work security at a community building, so it wasn’t too much of a surprise. Some people appreciate the added level of communication when choosing a place to live and it’s always nice to know there’s a level of security present for yourself and loved ones! Officer Smith had always been taught to take concerns seriously. He knew not to brush off the request so he and Emily went to the man’s apartment. They were followed by the man’s friend who anxiously awaited more information.

The situation

At the apartment door both Officer Smith and Emily tried knocking several times. There was no answer. The three called through the door with no result. Everyone was starting to get concerned. It was a tense moment not knowing what was going on behind the door. Finally Emily unlocked the door with a master key - and none of them expected what came next.

[Warning: Graphic Information Ahead]

They went in the apartment and immediately found the man hanging from a support bar with a belt around his neck!

Officer Smith acted fast knowing this mans life was at stake. He quickly took the noose off the man and lowered his body to the floor. The apartment was in shambles with a mess of items all over the room. The man's engagement ring and a closed note laid near the body. Officer Smith check the man's vitals and found a faint pulse - a relief to everyone. He started CPR on the man while a distraught Emily called 911.

Law enforcement officials always recommend that when you’ve witnessed a crime, remember to get help. Surprisingly, many people don’t follow their instincts of calling 911 out of fear or panic. They’re afraid of getting involved or afraid of getting in trouble. However if someone’s health is in danger the professionals need to get involved. Call 911 immediately and let them know what’s going on. Give them all the information you can so they can help as soon as they can.

Officer Smith continued to apply CPR to the man until the Police and Emergency Response Team arrived. They quickly took the man to the local hospital and put him under critical condition.

Officer Smith was thanked many times for his support, quick actions, and response. “I’m so grateful for his service”, said a condominium employee.

Security Guard Stories: CPR Saves Life

Our thoughts

We give all our thanks to this security guard and his speedy reaction to such a shocking discovery. He stayed calm, followed the correct procedure, and assisted in keeping everyone safe and alive. We train our guards to excel in situations they might face on the job and are proud of what they accomplish onsite. We want Champion security guards to be synonymous with excellence and professionalism. Our goal is to have our security services change lives. Stories like these remind us that our guards do just that.

One thing to note is that while we are proud of our security guard and want this post to show that, it is important to note that suicide is a serious issue. It’s a major public health concern being the 10th leading cause of death in the US for all ages.

We aren’t here to downplay the seriousness of the problem or speak poorly about those who suffer from depression and deal with suicidal thoughts. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the man in the hospital recovering from the attempt.

Security Guard Stories: CPR Saves Life

Final thoughts

We speak highly of our security guard and his role in Champion. We also know the severity of such a difficult job. It can be stressful, dangerous, and underappreciated. We support his safety and mental well being during such a difficult time.

Discovering someone has attempted to end their life can be a devastating experience. There is typically an emotional response of shock or denial. It’s important to recognize that the experience can be very emotionally draining and stressful. Remember to look after yourself and get the support you need. Unfortunately there is still a stigma surrounding suicide. It may be difficult to talk about. This is not something you have to deal with alone. Remember your support system whether it’s friends, family, work, or a professional. They are there to help.

If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts, there are resources to help. The National Institute of Mental Health provides a toll free lifeline available 24/7 and all calls are confidential.

*Names have been changed to protect people's identities.

7 Sayings a Security Guard Shouldn't Use

One of the biggest roles of a successful security guard is how well they communicate. Think about it - from talking with clients/guests, authority figures, writing reports, or addressing a hostile person - how well a security guard communicates will determine how people view him as successful, and in turn how they will view the business.

For example, a security guard station in the lobby of a business will often answer questions from visitors who aren’t familiar with the building. “Can you help me find this person?” Or “There’s a guy following me and it’s making me nervous.” He will be asked a ton of questions he may not be prepared for.

How well a security guards can communicate effectively could make or break a business’s reputation. Think you or your security guards are doing their best?

Here are 7 Sayings a Security Guard should avoid using when communicating with others.

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1. “So what? That’s not my problem.”

This saying doubles as showing a lack of effort and a lack of concern. Both of these are traits a good security guard should show to their peers and customers. While it’s frustrating to be asked to do things that aren’t within your job description, it’s best for a good working relationship to at least try to assist. If it’s something that a security guard cannot do, it’s better to apologize and point them to someone who can help them. Then they are still showing effort and concern and the client is feeling like their needs are being met.

For example, a better response would be “Here, let me get someone to help you with that.”

2. “I’m not telling you again.”

This saying displays an unwillingness to listen. It’s effectively shutting down the conversation with the other party. Be prepared for the other person to escalate the situation, because they feel like they’re not being heard.

3. “You wouldn’t get it anyways.”

This saying is often accompanied by an exacerbated sigh or rolling of the eyes. It’s very dismissive to the recipient. It also makes you look arrogant, which is not the persona a security guard or business wants to portray when developing relationships with people.

For example, if a business colleague is asking a guard why he’s walking around the building checking doors a better response would be, “I’m just doing my typical guard tour where I check the grounds for safety. Is there anything that I can help you with?”

4. “You need to be reasonable.”

This saying puts people on the defensive. It suggests to them that they’ve been unreasonable and that they need to change their behaviour. It’s a good way to escalate a conversation to an argument!

Champion National Shopping Mall Customers
 

5. “Calm down.”

Did you know one of the quickest ways to get people to NOT calm down is to tell them this? I kid, but it’s sort of true. When someone is upset and feeling like they have an issue, this phrase will make them feel like their not being understood and their feelings aren’t valid. It’s a quick way to get them defensive and more riled up.

For example, if a woman came to a security guard at a retail store upset because she didn’t get the refund she wanted, a better response would be to acknowledge her feelings and remind her of the best protocol she should take to file a complaint.

6. “That’s just how it is.”

This saying is a quick way to get a person defensive and make them feel like you aren’t listening to them. It also makes it look like the security guard either a) doesn’t care or b) doesn’t have any power to help. Even if those ARE the rules, there are better ways to communicate with a person to resolve a situation calmly and positively.

If a security guard is just following orders without really understanding why or listening to the clients, he’s less likely to make actual progress in finding out the root of the problem and resolving the situation.

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7. “He’s a jerk.”

A good security guard (or any employee, really) should never be making disparaging remarks about other colleges or clients. It looks unprofessional. Even if it’s accurate, that means everyone knows it and it’s just rude to call it out. There will always be rude people you have to deal with at work (and unfortunately sometimes security guards deal with the worst of them!) but nothing is gained by broadcasting it to others. The better response would just be silence.

Conclusion

If you are concerned with your security guards or your own communication skills, don’t worry. Communication skills are not a talent people are born with - they are learned and cultivated. There are classes you could take, books you could read, or even online videos on communication you could watch in your free time. Like any skill, practice makes perfect!

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3 Traits to Look for in Security Companies

As someone that is actively seeking employment in the security industry, it is always advantageous to get to know the different companies that you will be applying for. Not only does this help you in the interview process but it will also help you to weed out companies that don't fit your needs, or ultimately are not a good company to work for. Security services companies that provide an excellent service for their clients and for their employees alike. Companies that are a thrill to work for often exhibit a few traits that you should look for when evaluating a company.

Clear Expectations

Security services companies specialize in providing a streamlined service to their clients. They offer the best security services they can and work with many security professionals that have experience in the field. When a company makes their expectations very clear from the first interaction (usually the job posting) then you have a pretty good idea that they will continue to be straight forward with you in future placements.

Great Benefits

The pay for security jobs is well established, but the area where companies truly shine is through benefits. Great benefits can greatly increase the value of a job for potential employees. Jobs that offer excellent health, dental and vision plans are worth much more to you. We all have to go see the doctor from time to time, and not having to pay out of pocket can be a huge expense.

Positive Employment Experiences

It is always a good idea to review the experiences that previous customers have had with a company before beginning employment with them. There are a handful of websites that allow previous employees to leave reviews about the companies that they have worked for and give new hires an idea of what to expect before their first day of work.

Security jobs are often stable, fulfilling, and a great opportunity for those with previous security experience. Try to find a company that exhibits the traits outlined in this article for an excellent employment experience.

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Get Your Resume Out There For Security Guard Jobs

Are you ready to get your resume out there for security jobs? Although it is possible to apply for one or two security guard jobs and end up getting hired, looking for a job in this manner will only keep your chances of landing a job to a minimum. It is important to get your name, and more importantly, your resume out there to potential employers in high numbers. When this happens, you will be in a better position for landing security guard jobs.

Do Not Miss Out on Job Offerings

When it is in your hands to apply for each job that comes up, you may miss out on certain opportunities, especially when you are currently working, going to school, or have other time-consuming obligations. It is crucial to not miss out on the job offerings that could end up being an ideal fit for you.

Get Applications in Quickly

One of the issues with highly desirable jobs is that those who do not put an application in quickly, generally do not have much of a chance to land the job because other fitting individuals have already put in applications. Ideally, you want to be one of the first few to get an application in to show your dedication.

Apply for More Jobs

When you take the time to create a high-quality resume, you want to get it in the hands of potential employers. With job finding services, you can feel confident that your resume will get to more jobs than if you were to put in applications on your own. These additional opportunities are what you need to get hired quickly, as well as to end up with a job that meshes with your job-related wants and needs.

Accepting help for turning in applications will substantially improve your job-hunting experience.

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Security Guard Interview Questions: Will You Be Prepared?

Are you prepared for the security guard interview questions? Making a big decision to look for security guard employment is usually followed by plenty of research. Once you have your sights set on the security guard job you want to go after, you will have to create a new resume and start thinking about what you will do when you are called for the interview.

The Interview Process

Before you are hired as a security guard, you will have to go through a process of one or several interviews in order to determine if you are qualified. Unfortunately, this is the part where many potential candidates do not perform well. When you are called for an interview, it should be your main goal to do well in the interviews so you can improve your chances of getting the job.

We want to help you prepare your mind for the type of interview questions that you can be expected to hear.

The Questions to Expect

What Should You Ask?

After all of these questions have been answered, you should not hesitate to ask the person interviewing you a few questions. If you have done your research on the company, you will typically already have your questions ready.

We hope these questions can help you during your search for security guard employment.

Do You Have What It Takes To Become A Security Guard?

Do You Have What It Takes To Become A Security Guard? Security guards are officers who have been assigned to protect people and their property. This may include having to detect crimes such as fighting, stealing or burglary. A security guard does not have to detect other crimes such as a vehicle accident or a traffic violation. The main concern of a security guard is to ensure the people are protected and that their property is not damaged or destructed.

Not every security guard is properly trained enough to be hired for a security guard job. Are you able to do the following?

Prevent/Protect

To become a security guard, you have to be able to protect the people and the property of the company you have been employed by. You have to know how to prevent incidents and other things; so you have to take action before something actually happens. If there are rarely in offenses at the workplace, you will know you are doing a good job as a security guard.

Notice, And Report

Since you have to prevent incidents from occurring, you will have to know how to report any offenses that you notice. If something does happen on the premises, you do not have to attack. This is what you should do:

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