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Do you have what it takes to be a security guard in Leeds, elsewhere in Yorkshire or the wider UK? When some people think of security guards, they simply assume we’d be looking for hardmen – the sorts of guys you don’t want to mess with but can certainly handle themselves in a tight situation. While our guards are required to have a certain degree of fitness and physical presence, we also select our security guards according to an entirely different set of criteria. So, do you still think you’ve got what it takes?


Perhaps the most important attribute of any good security guard is patience. Our security guards understand that for 364 days of the year, a guard’s job is to simply stand watch over an empty property, but on the one day that they may be called into action, you’ll be grateful for their presence. Security guards need to be able to patiently observe a vacant property for long periods of time, without getting distracted or switching off. It can, at times, be a very boring job, but there’s no room for complacency in this profession. Over a long, uneventful shift the temptation may be there to put your nose into a book or listen to your iPod – if you think you’d succumb to such temptations, it’s safe to say that manned security guarding isn’t the profession for you.


It’s no good having a patient, dedicated security guard on site at all times if they miss the incidents they’re hired to prevent. Security guards are intended to be your eyes and ears on the ground; there to vigilantly patrol your property when you can’t be present yourself. While the vast majority of a security guard’s evenings will be spent in dutiful observation without much call to action, it’s important that they’re on site ready to bear witness to any thieves or vandals who may choose to attack your property on any given evening. Security guards who switch off aren’t doing their jobs properly – constant vigilance is necessary or you risk missing a potentially crucial piece of information.


We don’t expect our security guards to take on the world, but a certain level of confidence is absolutely necessary. The ability to approach and confront potential trespassers or suspicious individuals is a must – shrinking violets have no place in the security industry. It’s not just confrontations that security guards require confidence for, however. Guards must routinely deal with members of the general public, the police and of course their employers, so a professional manner and the ability to communicate information accurately and effectively is essential in this industry. Security guards need the confidence in their own abilities to gauge difficult situations and make the right call every time – criminals and trespassers will view hesitance and doubt as signs of weakness.

Observational skills

While the security guard’s job occasionally involves confrontation, for the most part it focuses around observation instead. Security guards need to monitor their territory constantly, taking detailed notations referring to any changes or events that may occur over the course of their shift. These notes are of vital importance – the attribute that most sets security guards apart from other security solutions – like CCTV monitoring for instance – is their ability to offer testimony. A judge is far more likely to make a conviction based on the testimony of a security guard than following some partial CCTV footage, so an observant, diligent security guard can help to seriously speed up the legal process after an attack on your business. Furthermore, criminals understand that a security guard’s testimony is far more powerful in court than mere CCTV footage alone, so more often than not, they won’t risk trespassing on your premises. Security guards represent a more effective deterrent than any other security solution around.

Security guards require numerous attributes in order to perform their jobs clinically and professionally, but they may not be the attributes you’d have expected at first. If you want a security solution to keep your business safe in Leeds or wider Yorkshire, look no further than our dedicated, professional security guards. If you’ve read our blog and still think you’ve got what it takes to be a security guard, consider applying for a job with us here at Acclaimed Security. We’re currently recruiting guards from Yorkshire, Lancashire and Durham.

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