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What are the dangers of being a security guard?

I'm thinking about being a security guard but I don't want it to be like where I get hurt on the first day. Also how frequent do these dangers occur?

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I've been working Security for almost two years now, and I've never been hurt on the job. I think the danger would increase if you were an armed security guard, but most Security is unarmed. If I can do it, you can....

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Well, you're cute, though. I mean, they'd think twice before harming a cute girl.
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*cute woman
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No one I have ever met has ever been harmed either, and I've met about 20-25 guards. Security guards are there to make employees feel safe and secure. We write incident reports when things are stolen, handle medical emergencies, and make sure there are no safety hazards in the building. It's really not like the movies :)
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Well, still... You're still cute and they'd still think twice.
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So... What's really the point then? I mean in security guards. I mean if a normal person like me can be one, then surely they can't be very frightening. Right?
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Right. Most of just there in case of emergency.
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But I don't know what to do in an emergency!
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That's what training is for. The company that hires you will give you training and instructions even before you start. Then your manager or supervisor will give you more instructions.
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I don't have any experience in any jobs, though, except for physical labor.
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A security would have to enforce 'security' .. and perhaps may be involved in a situation where someone isn't a willing participant. Some security guards carry weapons. You will need training in self defence, weaponry and enforcement.

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Depends on were you plan on working and there are millions of people on the planet. but some once they see a uniformed guard if they were thinking about something criminal the moment they see you or any guard in general they double think and you dont have to worry and some people just look sketchy anyway it depends on your reasoning skills to determine threats but i can say it all depends but the dangers shouldnt occur very often but you'll have your share .

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The pay really isn't worth it ...

Why they pay security guards minimum wage, is beyond me.

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I'm a Security Officer and I'm payed 11 an hour :D
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I used to be a laborer, sweated all day, and only made 8 an hour.
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Depends on the business, of course ... but most places, security guards are paid close to minimum wage.

Which, IMO, is ridiculous. Especially if they are responsible for the safety/security of people making middle-income or higher ... or for guarding businesses worth millions, like banks.
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Yeah, I think those would be the Armed Security guards Jackie told me about.
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Not necessarily.

Amazing, but true ... I knew a guy who worked at a nuclear power plant as a security guard ... they were ALL unarmed, and made minimum wage. This was prior to 9/11/01 - so I don't know if that's changed.
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Oh that's really messed up, Walt. I agree, even I feel like I should be payed more. I work for United Healthcare right now. The CEO of United Healthcare is the highest payed person annually in America.
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*paid (sorry, you spelled that wrong)
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Right now ... there's a company in my town that provides guard patrols to banks and other businesses. They have nifty, police-looking vehicles, full of electronic equipment (radios, computers) that look like you would see in a police vehicle. They even have K9 patrol vehicles.

The guards are unarmed and make minimum wage.

They are forbidden by company policy from confronting suspects. All they do, is call the police ... and not 911, unless it's an emergency ... a "break in" is NOT an emergency, under their policy.

So, I asked one ... why the K9 (which can't be used) and all the equipment (which is just for looks)? Their answer: a shrug.
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Falling asleep and smacking your head against the wall.

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Lol legitimate danger!
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Usually nothing but you never know when something untoward may happen.

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Are you kidding me??? Haven't you watched "Mall Cop"????

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