Security Guard Job Description

Easy-to-adapt security guard job description clearly lists the duties and responsibilities relevant to this key position.

Security guard wearing a black jacket with words "security" on back

Security guards are employed in a wide range of industries and venues. Select the information relevant to your particular security job and the role of the security guard in your organization.


General Purpose

To patrol and protect assigned property, promote and enforce safety and security and act as a visible deterrent against irregular activity.

Main Job Tasks, Duties and Responsibilities

  • patrol designated property to monitor and prevent intrusion, damage, hazards and breaches of security
  • protect property and tenants from theft, damage, trespassing or accidents
  • provide a visible presence that enforces safety and security
  • identify and investigate suspicious behavior, threats and irregular activity
  • respond to alarms and requests for help
  • monitor and control entrance and departure of employees and visitors according to prescribed protocol
  • detect and confront unauthorized persons and violators of security procedures
  • check property through electronic monitoring systems
  • enforce relevant laws and regulations pertaining to all individuals on the property
  • report rule infractions and violations
  • monitor and prevent movement of prohibited items into and out of property
  • conduct exterior property checks for maintenance issues, malfunctions or hazards
  • contact relevant authorities to deal with unlawful or irregular activities   
  • use radio or other communication devices in a clear and concise manner
  • prepare written reports of daily activities, observations and incidents
  • inspect and test fire and security systems
  • implement the prescribed emergency plan in case of emergency

Education and Experience

  • High school diploma or GED certificate
  • State registration/license
  • current and valid driving license plus a safe driving record
  • knowledge of state laws and regulations
  • working knowledge of security operations and safety practices
  • working knowledge of enforcement policies and procedures
  • working knowledge of safety equipment
  • no disqualifying criminal history
  • be at least 18 years of age and 21 years of age for certain positions

Key Skill Requirements

  • detail-orientated and keen observation skills
  • good communication skills - verbal and written
  • integrity and moral fitness
  • reliability and dependability

  • able to react appropriately in emergency and high stress situations
  • able to anticipate, identify and solve problems
  • judgment and decision making skills
  • maintain a professional appearance and attitude
  • flexible to work different schedules
  • meet physical requirements

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