Depending on the setting, a security guard's duties may vary significantly. In some instances, a security guard remains “static,” e.g. stays in the same location, monitoring closed-circuit security feeds. A security guard may also monitor employees as they enter and exit the building or perform certain activities, such as cash handling. In mobile security positions, the security guards may patrol and monitor on foot or in cars.
- Communicate closely with law enforcement, fire departments, and emergency medical personnel
- Document, usually daily, the activities, including disturbances, that occurred. Clients then use the reports to assess potential damage from the disturbance.
- Ensure alarm systems, doors, and windows are all secure and properly working
- May interview witnesses and/or testify in court
- Patrol and inspect property to protect it from fire, theft, vandalism, or other criminal activities