Hiring Armed Or Unarmed Security Guards – Nationwide Security


The choice Armed or Unarmed is determined by the Environment, Circumstances and Budget

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It’s about time we face the obvious:  We live in a world where crime and violence takes place every single day  across the world in a matter of seconds.  Active Shooters, School Shooting, Armed  Neighborhood  Shooting of men, women and children.

Chicago Statistics For The Year 2017 These numbers are only Chicago. Now think about the entire United States.

Final 2017 Totals
Shot & Killed: 625
Shot & Wounded: 2936
Total Shot: 3561
Total Homicides: 681

Armed Or Unarmed

If a crime occurs on your property and the criminals are armed, the question comes to my mind is, how effective will an unarmed security guard be for you, your family and employees?  Therefore, hiring an armed or unarmed security guard is no trivial matter.

The big difference between armed  and unarmed security guards are the tools they use to get the job done. Unarmed security guards are trained in the use of the baton, stun guns, capsicum spray and other non-lethal weapons, and in some cases be as effective as an armed security guard.

The Profit Factor

Companies large and small have another concern, The Profit Factor.   There are many cost and benefits to be considered when choosing an armed or unarmed security guard.  The following should clarify in what manner security should be provided.

Three Main Advantage Working With Armed Guards

Armed Security Guards

The decision on whether to hire an armed guard is one of the most difficult choices people get to make. Understanding the three main advantages that come with working with armed guards will make it easier for you to make a choice Yes, not every setting will benefit from hiring armed guards, but those who hire armed guards enjoy these key benefits.

Better trained guards

The first point you need to understand about armed guards is that they are better trained than the unarmed guards. Each armed  guard has advanced training in weaponry. The reason for this is because the guards have to understand that not every situation requires that they use their firearm. The armed guards are also highly trained in self-defense and to make sure that their guns are not used against them. Advanced training is a must since armed security officers as well as the companies they work for can be held liable for any inappropriate use of force.

Security companies make sure that all individual guards are tested. The armed guards are not only better trained than the unarmed guards but they must also pass certain state standards as well as standards set by the security company. Their training is more advanced than that of typical unarmed guard.

Extensive background check

The armed security guards have more power over you. To make sure the guards never use their power to their advantage, security companies ensure every armed security guard is taken through extensive background checks. The checks may include a federal background check, which means that their fingerprints will be checked. The guards should also have gun permits. When applying for the shooter jobs, the applicant must not have any criminal record or display signs of mental instability.


Proven deterrent

What happens if armed robbers walk into your store and all your guard has is pepper spray? There is no denying that having an armed guard is the ultimate choice when you want to really deter crime. Persons thinking of committing a crime will be less likely to do so if the guards on your premise are armed.

Not every situation requires and Armed Security Guard. Understand the environment best suited for each type of security guard, armed and unarmed. By doing this you can determine the best fit for your particular security needs and budget.


Unarmed Security Guards

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Top 10 Duties of a Unarmed  Security Guard


  1. To be clearly visible

One of the duties of a security guard is to make his or herself clearly visible, as this would deter criminals. Most burglars, shoplifters, muggers, and other criminals would think twice if they see a security guard on duty. So, being visible is one of the ways by which a security guard foils theft, damage, personal injury, and other dastardly acts.

  1.  To be vigilant

A security guard watches out for any strange thing that may mean harm. For this reason, he must have very keen senses of sight, hearing, and smelling. He should be able to smell it when a cable is burning or when a chemical is leaking from its container. He should be able to detect strange sounds, such as when someone is secretly trying to open a door. He should be able to sense it when someone is cleverly trying to divert his attention off his duty. And he should be able to interpret quickly whatever he sees. So based on these responsibilities, someone who is short-sighted or long-sighted won’t make a good security guard.

  1.  To respond quickly and correctly during crisis

Not only does a security guard sense crisis; he acts fast to control the situation. So, a security guard must always be at alert to avoid being caught unawares. How a security guard responds to crisis varies depending on the threat. A security guard must know how best to respond to various dangerous situations.

  1.  Observing and reporting

Even after a dangerous situation has been successfully averted, a security guard must not relax yet. He should keep observing until he is sure that there are no more problems. After a crisis, a security guard should report the incident to his supervisor, the police or the appropriate authorities (such as the fire services in the case of a fire outbreak). This way, further steps would be taken to avert a future recurrence.

  1.  Getting help

During some very dangerous situations (such as armed robbery attacks or assaults with deadly weapons), a security guard may be unable to handle the situation. In that case, he would need some help, and he should waste no time in calling the police. By getting help this way, loss of lives or property would be averted.

Top 10 Duties, Responsibilities and Role of a Security Guard

  1. Checking and monitoring

Sometimes, a security guard would be required to maintain certain rules and policies as laid down by his employer. Individuals may require that visitors be searched before granted entry or that only visitors for which an appointment has been earlier fixed should be granted entry. Similarly, organizations may require their employees to show their ID cards before being granted entry into the work premises. In such cases, a security guard must check and ensure that all the rules and obeyed.

  1.  Maintain order among people

Security guards are usually present in large gatherings, such as parties and political or religious assemblies. This is to ensure the safety of lives and property and also to prevent stampedes and breakdown of law and order.

  1. Receiving guests

If a security guard positions at an entrance, chances are, he will double as a receptionist because he is usually the first to receive guests and show them their way. This additional duty requires a security guard to be very friendly, approachable, and willing to help others.

  1.  Offer safety warnings and tips

Among the responsibilities of the security guard is to give tips and precautions to his employers on how to prevent security-threatening situations. He should also explain the likely consequences of ignoring these tips, as a way of convincing his employers to adhere to his advice. In addition, a security guard should do his best to ensure that all safety precautions are adhered to.

  1. Performing other special duties

Some security guards, especially those hired by individuals, do more than their primary duty most of the time. They may be saddled with additional responsibilities, such as receiving phone calls, responding to text and email messages, and running vital errands for their employer. If you are planning to take up a full-time or part-time security guard job, keep in mind that you will be required to perform these duties.


The unfortunate situation we face every day is the violence is ever increasing. Thousands of people are being killed including children, WHEN DOES IT EVER STOP.  Until it ends there will always be the unfortunate need for SECURITY.


The choice Armed or Unarmed is determined by the Environment ,Circumstances and Budget.  You as an informed and concerned person will be responsible to make the very important decision.


Thank you


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