Whether they’re working
in a corporate environment or at the local retail park a security
guard has an important role to fill. That is to protect the people
around him. That’s a lot of responsibility and not one that can be
taken lightly. As such security companies look to hire people who are
mature and responsible enough to carry out such a job role. While
these are the base level traits every security guard should possess,
there are also others that might make them more of an ideal
candidate. Let’s take a closer look…

Not easily

Being alert and aware
of your surroundings even when distractions are forthcoming is an
excellent trait that all good security guards possess. An unobservant
guard for example could easily miss something which might put
people’s lives in jeopardy, or could fail to spot criminal activity,
so to ensure the security of people and property a security guard
needs to remain alert.


Let’s face it, security
personnel can be left in charge of millions of dollars worth of
property and equipment, so they need to possess the highest degrees
of integrity. A security guard that isn’t honest might put the
company at risk, costing them thousands of dollars in the process.
For this reason it’s so important for security companies to run
background checks on all employees to see if they have ever been
dishonest in any way.

Be physically fit

An unfit or overweight
security guard might not be able to fulfil their job role properly
and when that happens lives could potentially be in danger. It goes
without saying that being in good shape leads to physical and mental
alertness and although we’re not suggesting for one minute that a
candidate needs to be a honed athlete, they do need to take care of
their appearance and be able to respond to situations quickly if
needs be.

Good communication

Communication skills
are so important when it comes to being a security guard. That means
both verbally and in written format. They often have to fill in
detailed reports, and any information missed or not conveyed
properly, could put lives in danger. In addition more and more
security guards are being employed in customer focussed roles and
although this is a specialised skill, being able to communicate
effectively is one of the main cornerstones.


The fifth and final
trait every good security guard needs is the ability to be flexible.
You could for instance be positioned at a gate one day checking
people in and out, and another day you could be carrying out a mobile
or roving patrol. A good security guard is one who is able to quickly
adapt and make the changes necessary to suit the environment they’re

At MA Security, all our
security personnel are hand picked after possessing many traits
listed above. They they go on to obtain the relevant security
licenses, master licenses and accreditations necessary to be the very
best. If you need to hire a security guard, then why not contact us
on 1300 020 406 and put us to the test.

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