1. Nitecore EA41 Compact Flashlight – $60
A tactical flashlight is a tough, reliable alternative to the regular plastic, short-lived, unreliable flashlights you get at the checkout line.
This flashlight is extremely bright (1020 lumens), with multiple settings and an easy-to-use button layout. It is drop-resistant to about 5 feet, waterproof and submersible, and has a beam distance of 1100 feet. Compact, it comes with a holster for easy carry, as well as a beam diffuser and a micro key chain light for a low-profile backup light source.
A flashlight is a hugely important tool for a security guard. Make sure he or she has a good one that won’t let them down when they need it the most.
2. Milwaukee Fastback II Utility Knife – $15
A utility knife can be a useful tool in many situations. It can be handy for cutting away clothes in an emergency situation or opening after-hours deliveries.
The Fastback II was chosen as the best utility knife by Sweethome, and locks both in the open and closed position for safety. It also has extra blade storage and a gut hook for quick, light cutting.
3. EOD Breacher Bar
The EOD Robotics Breacher Bar is a simple and robust multi-tool for anyone who may need to hammer, break, or cut objects. Developed with input from bomb technicians, SWAT operators, and Patrol officers, the Breacher Bar can be used in a variety of security situations.
It can be paired with paracord to form a more comfortable (and functional) handle, and is small enough to fit in a pocket. Because you never know when you might need it.
4. Schrade Tactical Pen – $25
This is no Bic ballpoint. This Schrade tactical pen is another useful multi-tasker. Use it to take notes, write an important reminder, break a window in an emergency, or as a weapon in a tight spot.
The version pictured above is a ballpoint and has a cap with a built-in whistle. There is a stylus cap option, as well as a fountain pen option.
5. Thermos 40oz Insulated Bottle – $30
Day shift or night shift, a guard needs coffee…and nobody likes cold coffee.
This Thermos Vacuum Insulated Thermos will keep hot beverages piping hot for 24 hours, or cold drinks cold for just as long. It holds 40oz, which should be enough to last through a long shift.
6. Orthaheel Shock Absorber Insoles – $35
Security Guards spend a lot of time on their feet. A comfortable insole can make a huge difference after a long shift.
These Orthaheel Shock Absorber insoles can be trimmed to fit your shoes perfectly and will help take a load off without having to sit down.
7. Fitbit One Activity Tracker – $80
An activity tracker is a great way to monitor the number of steps and the amount of activity a security guard has to do. Knowing their steps and competing with themselves to do more than the previous day may help their shift pass more quickly.
The Fitbit One is a clip-on style. It rides on your belt and delivers the most accurate fitness and step tracking available.
8. Kindle Paperwhite – $100
A long security shift can have a lot of down time. Too much down time can get pretty boring. An e-reader is a great way to pass the time between rounds.
The Kindle Paperwhite has a front-lit screen for dim environments, a high-resolution e-ink display for easy reading, and has access to hundreds of thousands of books through the Kindle store.
9. G-Shock Ga-100 – $67
A security guard needs an accurate time from a robust watch that won’t quit from a slight amount of abuse.
The Casio G-Shock watch was designed for rough environments and resists shock as well as water. The model chosen here has analog hands and There are a variety of styles and colors available.
10. Tubular Professional Polar Buff – $27
It can get cold on outside rounds, and wool stays warm even when it gets wet.
This buff by Buff USA is used by professional police, firefighters, and anyone else who works outside. Moisture wicking and quick-drying, it’s soft and comfortable and will keep a guard warm and focused while outside in winter weather. There are warm-weather options, too.