What To Know When Hiring A Security Guard

Hiring a security guard is a relatively simple process, but there are some things you can do to make it easier and ensure that you get the service that meets both your security needs and your professional expectations. Here are four things you can do to make hiring a security guard an easy and pain-free process, while getting the best value for your dollar.


Know Your Options – Determining how many guards and what type of security you need should be your first priority. There are some common options that most companies will offer, such as armed and unarmed security guards, undercover loss prevention and overnight security. Knowing the specific type of security guard and services you need will better equip the security company to match you with a guard that is best suited to the assignment. If you need to better familiarize yourself with the services offered by security guard staffing companies, you can view our list of services here.


Background Checks – Every security guard must meet the standards set by the state they work in which, in California, includes a background check with the Department of Justice and the FBI. Some companies may also conduct their own background checks when hiring guards, depending on the level of service they’re expected to provide. (For example, a bodyguard or armed security guard would often be subject to a higher level of scrutiny than an unarmed guard.) To do your own research on security guards, you can use the BSIS website to look up licensing information, permits and registrations, and if a guard has any disciplinary actions on their record.


Think Local – Though this may be an obvious priority for some, it can be beneficial to hire a company that has a local office in the area you need service. There are many national security guard services that operate regionally or across the U.S., but some of them lack the type of local knowledge that can be helpful when providing security services. Familiarity with the community in which a guard works is more important to some jobs than others, but it’s always comforting to know that you can easily contact or meet with an associate from a company in the same city.


Contract & Terms – Once you’ve determined your security needs and settled on a company that you like, it’s time to think about the terms of the contract. Many companies may have a basic contract that includes the core expectations of the job, but you should include any specifics in a contract of your own if the job has any special requirements. This may include things like patrolling certain areas or how to write up their activity logs in a manner consistent with company policies. If there are any details you want to make sure get covered, be sure to include it in the contract or have the company include it in theirs.