5 Things You Must Consider Before Engaging the Services of A Security Guard

5 Things You Must Consider Before Engaging the Services of A Security Guard

The services of security guards are employed for different purposes depending on the security threats at the particular commercial or residential property. Whatever your reasons for employing a security guard, there are things you should look out for, many of which cannot be discovered at a first glance except you are guided by a professional security company.

So in this article, we are going to share 5 important prerequisites a security company must meet before engaging their services.

5 Things You Must Consider Before Engaging the Services of A Security Guard


  1. Mobility and physical fitness:

The job of security guards is one that requires a lot of movement and standing too! So the knees should be strong enough to carry your guards throughout the day. If your security guards can’t do anything but seat, you should consider hiring them as front desk officer not security guards.

A good security guard company would ensure you have only fit security guard as they would have done a satisfied level of physical training. You don’t want to employ an overweight as your guard, they won’t be able to respond promptly to impending danger otherwise you will be the one doing the job of guarding your home or office.

  1. Effective communication skills:

If we are to define communication, one can say communication only take place when the speaker and receiver understand each other. Nigeria alone has over 520 diverse languages. You will be surprised at what some words mean in other Nigerian dialects.

Your security guard should be able to communicate effectively in English language, as its Nigeria’s official language. You don’t have to go through the pain of employing an interpreter for your security guard, that would be a waste of resource, don’t you think?

  1. Honesty:

This is probably the most important of all the characteristics of security guard, and the most difficult to determine at first glance. How to do you tell if someone is truthful, trustworthy, loyal, straightforward after a 2 minutes oral interview?

It’s definitely difficult, but at Sheriff Deputies, we conduct a character evaluation on newly recruited personnel and old personnel through questionnaires and private background checks. We are fully aware that the job of a security guard is such that a breach of trust can cause you as an employer a lot of harm physically, emotionally or financially.

  1. Alertness:

The ability of a security guard to be vigilant and aware of his environment should be another pre-requisite when engaging a security agent. Some security company go to the extent of signing an agreement stating their ability to guarantee their personnel alertness on duty, that’s how assuring a security company can get. You shouldn’t make the mistake of getting someone who would sleep-on-duty. Trust your security company to know about this habit.

  1. Confidentiality:

A security officer should at all times maintain confidentiality and avoid disclosing his or her employers’ private information in public places or to people who his employers would perceive as ‘strangers’.

Informants most times would disguise as security operatives; so again, you would be saving yourself a lot of heartaches getting it right with this. Seek the service of a security guard from a professional and licensed security company like us.


We can all agree that the security of our lives and properties are the most important for everyone. Should you require the services of a security guard, recall the 5 above mentioned criteria a security company must guarantee. We are available at your request. Contact us today let’s conduct a free security risk assessment of your premises.