The role of a Security Guard though demanding is equally as morally rewarding. Security personnel risk their own personal safety on a regular basis to keep people and their property safe. Security guards patrol properties to protect customers and employees and thwart vandalism, theft, crime and terrorism. If you are considering a career in the security service sector, listed below are 10 essential qualities and requirements expected of security guards which will indicate if man-guarding is for you.

  1. Licenced- By law all security guards must obtain a SIA licence
  2. People orientated Selflessness is a characteristic that is essential if you are considering a career in the security services therefore you must be willing to be attentive to the safety of our clients, residents, employees or customers before your own when on duty.
  3. Attention to detail- Security guards are always required to be alert. When patrolling their allocated premises, they must not only stay focused however also absorb their surroundings by paying attention to the smallest of details which could later prove to be important. An unobservant guard might easily overlook something that could put lives in jeopardy or miss out on witnessing a criminal or thief in action to ensure the security of those we protect.
  4. Physical fitness Security jobs require all hired personnel to be physically fit due to the unpredictability of the job. Security guards must be physically fit enough to handle any physical challenges that may arise suddenly by responding quickly in an appropriate manner.
  5. Patient- Often when on the job situations may arise that require a guard to remain calm and level headed to avoid disruption therefore patience is key.
  6. Honest- A good security guard is always honest. They are trusted to represent the company for which they work and often find themselves working long shifts alone, therefore they must be a reliable and honest person.
  7. Willing to work long hours- Most security services require guards to work long hour shifts therefore if you are considering a career in this field you must be willing to work hours.
  8. Training- All security personal must be provided training so they are able to deal with the many different situations that may arise.
  9. Good communication skills- A good Security Guard knows how to communicate effectively both verbally and in their writing skills. Clear, courteous communication can be the deciding factor in handling a tricky situation effectively. Communication also allows the security officer to carefully and accurately document each incident of importance, as well as the status of the facility at the close of his/her shift.
  10. Join a reputable company to represent you- After reading the above points if you feel that you are suitable for a role as a security guard get in contact with us. G3 Security Ltd is the fastest growing most reputable security service agency in London. Send your cv to and we will get in contact with you shortly or give us a call on 02032880000 to discuss your suitability.