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You might hire a security guard to:

  • Secure the premises and personnel by remaining on patrol and verifying visitors
  • Monitor surveillance footage, alarms, closed-circuit TVs, and security equipment

  • Perform routine building inspections to protect against fire, theft, and illegal activity

  • Detain violators, interview eyewitnesses, and write up security breach reports as needed

Required skills and qualifications Preferred skills and qualifications
Meet basic local requirements for age, education, certification, registration, and licensing Prior law enforcement experience
Pass screening and background checks Firearms training, licensing, and registration
Attention to detail and observational skills First aid training coursework
Ability to think quickly and make sound judgments Knowledge of fire and safety regulations
Excellent written and verbal communication Experience with surveillance technology