Misconceptions About Security Guards

Misconceptions About Security Guards


There are seemingly limitless misconceptions when it comes to the security industry

And most of those fallacies are focused on security guards. Whether it’s watching stock in a retail store, keeping the peace in a bar or patrolling a warehouse, ┬ábeing a security guard is a challenging role. Here are a few of the most common misconceptions when it comes to guards:

  1. They are a Law Unto Themselves

The security industry in Australia is heavily regulated and security guards are no different. For example, if a security guard is asked to remove a drunken patron from a ┬álicenced premises, it’s not as simple as grabbing the patron and dragging them out the door. Guards have no legal powers beyond that of a regular citizen and so must adhere to common law – unlike police offers who have the power of arrest. A security guard is only there to enforce the rules of the venue and must take into account their legal obligations when doing so.

  1. They Are Just ‘The Muscle’

As many businesses have discovered, security guards can bring much more to a business than the traditional roles of acting as a criminal deterrent and dealing with those who break the rules.

In a luxury goods store, for example, a guard might perform a risk assessment, open the door for customers, help summon team members to assist, or even look after umbrellas and coats when it’s raining.

  1. It’s Not a “long term” Job

Many of our security guards are here for a career in the industry and the opportunities that brings with it. Security guards can move into supervisory and management positions and even travel the country.

Some of our team have also chosen to move into different areas of the business – from working in bars and clubs to the dog squad for example – while others prefer to hone their skills in specific areas.

Infront security guards are highly trained, motivated professionals who are capable of doing more than just standing on a door.

To talk about your security requirements, get in touch with one of our specialists today.

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