6 Key Character Traits for Effective Security Guards  

6 Key Character Traits for Effective Security Guards  

Most events and businesses these days need security guards to keep people safe and handle emergencies if needed. In order to become a security guard, you will need to complete your Security License Training in order to obtain a Security License.

Vigil Training College offers a Security License Training Course that covers the requirements of the nationally recognised qualification (CPP20218 Certificate II in security operations), and compulsory requirements for obtaining a Security License.

Becoming a security guard is challenging and requires a lot of motivation. Every day will be different as you are responding to new events, threats or helping people. It is not always easy to find good security guards as in order to do the job properly, there are some key character traits that you will need to be an effective security guard.

If you, or someone you know, is thinking about becoming a security guard then keep reading to find out whether you have the traits that would make you an effective security guard.

1. Observation Skills

A lot of your day working as a security guard will be to watch and observe if anything suspicious is happening around you. The earlier you catch on to suspicious behaviour, the better you can keep people safe so it is important that you can stay focused and alert the whole time. By being observant, you will be able to notice things and react quicker.

Your reaction must be quick and efficient so it is essential to stay vigilant and pay attention to all the little details around you. Getting distracted by something around you could lead to terrible consequences so it is important to ensure that you do not get distracted easily. 

2. Communication Skills

Good communication skills are so important in a security guard’s job. You will be communicating with a whole range of people, whether it be your colleagues, managers, or emergency service workers.

If a security guard runs into an incident with a person while on the job, they will need to be able to have good and calm communication skills to be able to de-escalate any situation. You will also need to communicate with your colleagues if you need help, and to anyone else around.

3. Physically Fit

A security guard should be physically fit. They should exercise regularly and care about their diet because they need to be able to defend themselves and others in case of an emergency. The job of a security officer entails many physical challenges including being on your feet for long periods of time, patrolling large areas or even chasing after someone.

It is also important that a security guard looks after their health because their job may entail them to work long hours late into the night. Because the job of a security officer requires a lot of focus and alertness, it is important that a security guard can return to their next shift feeling refreshed and not tired because this could directly affect the safety of others.

4. Ability to Work in a Team

Sometimes, when working as a security guard, you will be working in a team for example at a concert or big event where you need to manage a big crowd. This means that you need to be able to work well as a team with your colleagues to ensure that everyone stays safe.

It is also important that you can work well in a team when it comes to emergencies. It will be essential when working with public services such as medical staff, firemen, and police officers.

5. Punctuality and Preparedness

Reliability is a foundational requirement for providing security. People need to trust that the security officers they are putting their safety in the hands of, are prepared and know what they must do. This includes turning up for duty on time and giving your full attention to the job.

Any slips in the roster or being late to work leaves the customer exposed increasing the risk of emergency.

6. Judgment

It is essential that a security officer is able to exercise good judgment. This includes the ability to de-escalate a situation and knowing when they need further help from the police or other public service.

An effective security officer needs to be able to judge a situation and respond accordingly to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the people they are serving. Misjudging a situation could lead to dire consequences and directly impacts the safety of the customers the officer is meant to be serving. 

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