As for every other profession, security guards also require the right equipment to be able to perform their job optimally. Therefore if you are a security guard, it is essential that you are equipped with the right items.
Let’s get the essential items out of the way:
Your license is what validates you as a security guard. When on the job, you should have it on you at all times.
You need to have a good, working flashlight with a long battery life. A good flashlight will be robust and hard, so choose a metallic one instead of the plastic one.
- Pepper Spray
It is good to have a pepper spray even if you will never have to use it. Think of it as taking precaution.
- Digital Camera
Having a small, light-weight camera with a reasonable resolution quality is perfect for the nature of your job. You should be able to document things and a digital camera will be perfect for it. In addition to a digital camera, it might be a good thing to have a notepad and pen at hand as well to note down numbers, names etc.
- Mobile Phone
Mobile phone is an essential for today. You need to be able to contact and notify others.
Remember that your job will require long hours of commitment. Therefore, you should invest in good quality shoes that will allow you to maneuver and will also be comfortable.
- First Aid Kit
It goes without saying that Security personnel should be familiar with providing first aid in case of emergencies. You should not only have a first aid kit at hand but also be experienced in providing first aid such as CPR etc.
Other than these essential items, depending upon the job you might require more items especially if you are working in a team.
This depends on the nature of your job. And while a baton may be nice for a small job, you might think about obtaining a licensed weapon for a more high profile job. Before you decide to use a weapon, be sure that you can use it with expert care. A weapon in useless if not used properly.
- Bullet Proof Vest
Again, this depends on the nature of your job. In a high risk job, you should ask your employer to provide you with one.
If you are working in a team, a two way radio is an essential item.
So there you have it. These are some of the essential things that security guards should have with them. It makes you professional in dealings with clients. If you don’t have these items, you should ask your employer to get the essentials for you.