A security patrol vehicle can greatly boost the level of security that a private security officer can provide. Modern security patrol vehicles have grown quite sophisticated and can be thought of as being similar to what law enforcement officials use. These vehicles can provide better security coverage in a larger area, such as in a residential complex or in a large company property, and can act as a deterrent.
There are certain pieces of equipment that every security patrol must have, with the main ones being the following:
It’s better to be safe than sorry. That’s why a security patrol vehicle should have emergency/first-aid equipment on hand. This can consist of:
- A full medical kit
- A fire extinguisher
- Traffic cones
- An auto rescue tool (featuring a window breaker and seatbelt cutter)
- Reflector vests
- An emergency blanket
- Safety glasses
If a patrol officer happens to come across a person or a situation in need of any of the above, he or she will be prepared.
Having the proper communication equipment is also essential in any type of security patrol vehicle. Some of the equipment can include:
- A GPS system
- A two-way radio
- Bluetooth capability for hands-free phone calls
- A mounted laptop or computer tablet
- Appropriate security patrol software on the laptop or computer tablet
- A siren and speaker PA system
- Dual or tri-color LED light head
- Focus beam LED lights (adjustable)
- A switch box to control lights, including sirens
It’s necessary to have all of this communication equipment built into the vehicle or at least attached inside of it so that all security patrol officers have it. Communication equipment is an absolute necessity when apprehending criminals or suspicious individuals, since they are needed for security patrol officers to communicate with one another and to communicate with those that they’re trying to apprehend.
It’s also necessary to have the equipment needed so that the patrol officer can accomplish his or her job to the best of their ability. Some of the main operations equipment that a security patrol vehicle should be equipped with consists of:
- Handcuffs or zip ties
- External security company decal/graphics
- A push bumper
- Gun rack (armed security patrol only)
- Backup batteries
- Seat and trunk organizers
- Vehicle security cage
While there are other possible operations and miscellaneous equipment that can be included, these are the main ones.
Besides the essentials, it’s important for a security patrol vehicle to adapt to the environment that they’re in. Certain environments may call for additional accessories and equipment to be added. A security patrol officer should always have the equipment necessary to handle any situation.