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Security Guards

Thinking of deploying a Security Guard Service?

One major economic justification for deploying an 'on site' Guard Security Service is that insurance companies (particularly fire insurance carriers) will give substantial rate discounts to sites which have a 24-hour presence; for a high risk or high value venue, the discount can often exceed the money being spent on its security program.


Because, having security on site increases the odds that any fire will be noticed and reported to the local fire department before a total loss occurs. Also, the presence of security personnel (particularly in combination with effective security procedures) tends to diminish "shrinkage," theft, employee misconduct and safety rule violations, property damage, or even sabotage.

Make sure they are licenced!

As a requirement of the Private Security Industry Act 2001, the UK now requires all contract security guards to have a valid Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence.

The licence must be displayed when on duty, although a dispensation may be granted for store detectives, bodyguards and others who need to operate without being identified as a security guard. Licences are valid for three years and require the holders to undergo formal training, and are also required to pass mandatory Criminal Records Bureau checks.

All Crimewatch Security officers are industry trained to perform arrest and control procedures (including conflict management), operate emergency equipment, perform first aid, CPR, take accurate notes, write detailed reports, and perform other tasks as required by the client they are serving and hold current and valid SIA licences.

New economy threats

In recent years, due to elevated threats of terrorism, most security officers are now required to have bomb-threat training and/or emergency crisis training, especially those located in soft target areas such as shopping malls, schools, hospitals and any other area where the general public congregate.

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So, what is a 'Static' security Guard?

A 'static' security guard, (or security officer) is usually a formally employed person who is paid by a private security firm to protect your business property, assets, or people for specified shifts i.e. days, nights, weekends etc. for a specific period i.e. 3 months, 6 months, 12 months etc.

Usually, security officers are uniformed and act to protect your property by maintaining a high visibility presence to deter illegal and/or inappropriate actions, observing (either directly, through patrols, or by watching alarm systems or video cameras) for signs of crime, fire or disorder and then taking action and reporting any incidents to you and/or the emergency service as appropriate.

Here, at Crimewatch Security Limited, we practice the "detect, deter, observe and report" methodology. Security officers are not required to make arrests, but have the authority to make a citizen's arrest, or otherwise act as an agent of law enforcement at the request of a police officer.

In addition to the methodology mentioned above, a Crimewatch Security officer's primary aim is to add value to your contract by performing other 'added value' activities that can be identified and save your business time and money. For example;
  • Receiving and distributing your incoming post.
  • Controlling the issue and return of your 'sensitive' keys.
  • Locking and unlocking of certain rooms or areas at specified times.
  • Carrying out fire extinguisher inspections (visual check and report only).
  • Internal/external maintenance audits and reports.
  • Reception duties (booking in/out your visitors and/or your staff)
  • Escorting staff and/or visitors to certain areas.
  • Setting and unsetting alarms
  • Car park control maintaining your designated parking spaces.
  • Gate house duties.

In addition:

Security officers are often called upon to respond to minor emergencies (lost persons, lockouts, dead vehicle batteries, etc.) and to assist in more serious emergencies by guiding emergency services to the scene of the incident, helping to redirect the general public to safe locations, and by documenting what happened on an incident report.

Access Control

Access Control

Security personnel may also perform access control at building entrances and vehicle gates; meaning, they ensure that employees and visitors display proper passes or identification before entering the facility.



Patrolling is usually a large part of a security officer's duties. Often these patrols are logged by use of a guard tour patrol system, which require regular patrols. The most commonly used form used to be mechanical clock systems that required a key for manual punching of a number to a strip of paper inside with the time pre-printed on it.

Recently, electronic systems have risen in popularity due to their light weight, ease of use, and downloadable logging capabilities. Time-set patrols are, however, becoming less accepted as an industry standard, as it provides predictability for the would-be criminal, as well as monotony for the security officer on duty.

Random patrols are easily programmed into these systems, allowing greater freedom of movement and unpredictability. Global positioning systems are also easing their way into the market as a more effective means of tracking officer movement and patrol behavior.

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