Everyday Carry to be a Security Guard Superhero
Security Guards do a little of everything. Not only do they keep an eye on their employer’s property, they’re often first responders to an emergency on site and interface with the public often. They’re often tasked with handling unexpected events, disruptive visitors, vehicle breakdowns, and much more.
To help you handle any situation, Security Degree Hub has a list of 10 items to keep on hand that will help make you a superhero at work.
A First Aid Kit is a must-have for every security professional. Really, they’re a good idea for just about anyone to have in their vehicle or work station. In many circumstances, you’ll be the first person on hand to resolve any emergencies – especially if you’re on the night shift and something happens. Medical emergencies may be rare, but it doesn’t take much to be prepared to apply some minor first aid techniques while waiting for a response unit to arrive.
The MediSpor Mini First Aid Kit, above, is a miniature that’s easy to fit in a desk drawer at the post, in a glovebox, or in a backpack. It includes everything you’d need as the most likely first responder to an emergency on the property, including a CPR mask, tourniquet, emergency blanket, and more. There are many kits on the market of varying size and content layout, but the miniature first aid kit is easy to carry and can help with common events.
You will definitely be the first person called when there’s a dead vehicle. Your main response will be to try to jump the car. If you don’t have a work-provided vehicle of your own – or even if you do – a battery pack is a must-have for helping anyone stranded in the parking lot of your workplace.
The MoKo Emergency Car Jump Starter is a compact version, easy to carry in a bag or store in a desk drawer. It provides enough power to resuscitate most vehicles, though larger trucks might need something more powerful. If you have a work vehicle or an outpost, or if your parking lot contains an unusually high number of larger-displacement vehicles, it may be better to get a larger pack designed to deliver a higher amperage. With a battery pack for jump-starting vehicles, you’ll be a minor superhero at work.
For the same reasons as the first aid and battery pack, you should have a tire pump on hand at the bare minimum. You’ll be the first person to be notified if there is a flat tire, and you’ll want to be able to respond with something other than a shrug.
The Slime 40001 Motorcycle Tire Inflator, again, is small and compact enough to throw in a bag. Don’t let the name fool you – it will work fine on car tires. It may take a little longer, but it will get the job done. Again, if you have a work vehicle or space with some storage, you might consider getting a larger model. You may also want to consider having a tire repair kit and/or a can of fix-a-flat in case the tire won’t hold air.
It’s hard to overstate the importance of a flashlight, especially on the graveyard shift. Useful for identifying maintenance problems, doing security rounds in the dark, assisting people with any trouble after hours, and even disorienting intruders if the flashlight is bright enough. Your flashlight should be bright, durable, and rechargeable, eliminating the need to hunt for batteries or keep a stock of them on hand.
The flashlight pictured above, the Solaray Pro ZX-1, comes with rechargeable lithium batteries and a recharging station. It is water-resistant and durable – most of all, it’s extremely bright! The light has multiple modes and can run for hours on a charge. Focus the beam for a bright spot or use it as a flood light and keep your grounds safe and sound.
A security guard might be called into action to just about any task at any time. Minor repairs and minor emergencies come up from time to time and you’ll want to be ready to tackle the job. This necessitates a great multi-tool, able to handle a range of tasks while being portable and affordable.
The Leatherman New Wave is an outstanding, well-reviewed multitool that will handle nearly any situation. It has 17 tools that each lock into place when in use to keep your hands safe, is made of stainless steel, and has a 25-year warranty. Not only will this tool serve you on the job at times, it will serve you in daily life. A great multitool is never a bad thing to have on hand. It even comes with a sheath to mount it on your belt. Leatherman is the best-known name in the business, and you won’t find any better.
Depending on your job, your employer, and your state laws, you may occasionally need to restrain an troublemaker while you wait for the police to respond. Whether it’s an intruder, a belligerent visitor, or a thief, there may be the rare occasion where you need to look out for the safety of yourself, your wards, and yourself.
The zip tie restraints above may come in handy. They’re inexpensive to keep a few on hand in case of emergency, they’re disposable, and they’re simple to use with no key to keep track of. If your employer and law approves, having these zip tie restraints easily accessible could eventually save the day.
If you work in a northern climate, you’re going to deal with snow. At some point during the winter, someone on or near location will get stuck and need your help. If you want to be the hero, you’ll need some gear to help them get their car out.
Linked above is a kit for emergency snow extraction which includes everything you need in a pretty large package. While robust, it is heavy and takes up some space. If you want a simple, do-it-yourself kit, you’d be fine to start with a compact shovel (like this one by Gerber), a set of snow traction pads, some lock de-icer, and maybe even a mylar blanket to help someone fight the cold.
Since you’ll likely be out on rounds regularly, you’ll need a way to reach out to the main office, law enforcement, or emergency services without using your personal phone on the job. Your employer may provide a phone or pay for your phone plan for emergencies. If not, you may be able to talk them into picking up this extremely inexpensive, durable phone and a cheap plan to go with it.
The BLU Tank II GSM is under $20, durable, simple to use, and usable with gloves on – perfect for a security guard on patrol in any climate or situation. Also, since it’s not a smartphone, it comes with no additional distractions. Every guard needs a cell phone for emergency use and general communication, and this one will be easy to request, use, and replace if necessary.
Here we get into the self-defense portion of the list, and we’ll start with the most available defensive tool available to the security guard: the baton. You’ll need to check your jurisdiction, as well as your employer’s rules, regarding baton permitting and legality for use in your job.
With proper training, a baton is a great, less-lethal tool to control or subdue an intruder or to defend yourself if necessary.
The ASP Protector Concealable Baton pictured above is a concealable baton – small, compact, easy to carry, and hard to see when not in use. It’s a reasonably priced item made by ASP. The friction-loc design allows for rapid presentation while avoiding accidental deployment.
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A handgun is the most common weapon for security professionals to use. As with any weapon, you’ll want to follow your state and local laws, as well as your employer’s guidelines with regard to firearms.
Many smaller employers don’t supply a gun for an armed security guard, so you may need to provide your own. If you don’t already have one, or would like a dedicated firearm for work, there are nearly limitless options. Pictured is a Glock 17.
Keep in mind that armed security positions pay more, so the extra training and expertise can pay. According to Glassdoor.com, on average, you can expect to see a bump of about $7,700 annually for an armed guard vs. an unarmed guard.
Many of these items, if not already available to you, often can be expensed by your employer. Check with your supervisor and see what they say about providing these essential daily items for your desk, security outpost, or vehicle. Either way, if you want to be the occasional hero at work, this list will help you be just that!