Here are 4 common misconceptions about security guards

X Common Misconceptions about Security GuardsMovies and TV shows can influence the way we think about things and the way we view the world—often without us knowing it. Security is no exception. In this article, we’ll discuss 4 common misconceptions about security guards.

What are the misconceptions about security guards, and where do they come from?

When many people think about security guards, they go in one of two directions: either the stereotype of the bumbling, incompetent mall cop, or the portrayal of slick super-spy security personnel in many Hollywood movies.

Others think that security guards are only required in bars and clubs to avoid brawls at night. However, this is one of the biggest  misconceptions about security guards. They are not just hired in industries where there is high risk of fights.

In fact, security guards can be hired for protecting any kind of premises including construction sites, shopping malls, educational institutes, shops, offices, and even residential complexes.

Myth#1: Security guards are not trained

Here’s the facts: the security guards at Affordable Security Guards have formal, unarmed training from Arizona Guard Card that allows them to deal with a variety of situations and scenarios. They know how to react, who to call, and how to take detailed reports. It’s wrong to assume that they’re not ready to guard a property just because of the way guards are depicted on TV.

Myth #2: Security guards only deal with crime, and that’s it

The reality is that security guards perform many other services apart from deterring crime. They not only provide first aid in case of an emergency, but also call ambulances, assist elderly individuals, and much more.

Of course, a guard giving directions to a lost customer or helping an elderly woman cross the street doesn’t make for great TV, so it makes sense why many shows would rather depict a tense break-in situation. Still: guards can fulfill a variety of functions.

Myth #3: Security guards don’t really deter criminals

Another misconception regarding security guards is that they can’t deter armed break-ins. The truth is that the presence of even one security guard can often make criminals think twice about their target.

That’s because the ideal situation for a criminal is for them to commit their action both speedily and undetected. A security guard raises the stakes and makes it less likely that they’ll be able to get away before the police arrive.

A good and trained security guard—like those here at Affordable Security Guards—knows to immediately call in criminal activity to the authorities. In doing so, the criminals know that whatever plan they have has been changed by the imminent arrival of the police. It’s a game-changer.

Myth #4: The cost of hiring security guards is so high that only the extremely wealthy can afford them

Think about what kind of companies or people have security guards in movies. It’s typically the wealthy or well-connected.

This depiction cannot be further from the truth. A lot of security guard companies provide affordable services—just like ours! In fact, the cost of security personnel is affordable for most small business owners.

The benefits of hiring security guards, however, far outweigh the costs. And that’s not always something they explore in the movies!

Call Affordable Security Guards for all your security guard needs

The reality—and not one of the misconceptions about security guards—is that security guards play an important role in ensuring a safe environment for people and property. The presence of security guards provides peace of mind to employees and customers. In case you want to hire unarmed security guards in the Phoenix metro area, you can contact Affordable Security Guards.

Why you should hire guards trained by Arizona Guard Card

What sets Affordable Security Guards apart from other security guard companies in the Valley is the training our employees receive through the Arizona Guard Card program. Simply put: it’s one of the best training programs in the Phoenix metro and the state of Arizona.

In this blog post, we’ll review three reasons you should hire trained guards instead of untrained guards.

(Are you a security guard interested in learning more about this training program? Click here!)

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A trained security guard knows the right decision to make in various scenarios.

#1. It’s the law

In the state of Arizona, a security guard company like ours needs to have all guards certified, trained, and registered before they can start work. This includes unarmed guards. Before you start work with any security guard company here in Phoenix, be sure to ask about their certifications and registrations.

This state requirement includes an 8-hour unarmed training course that all security guards must complete. The Arizona Guard Card program puts our security guards to the test through our training program, which is taught by true professionals and experts in the world of unarmed security.

#2. Good guards make all the difference

When a crime happens on your property, having a trained (and experienced) security guard can be a true difference-maker. Let’s explore why in this example:

You’re responsible for a construction project where, because of the nature of the project, potentially valuable tools and equipment need to be left on-site each and every night. Because of this, you’ve hired a security guard company to watch the property.

Early in the morning, a couple of shady looking characters enter the construction site and begin picking up equipment.

What the untrained security guard might do:

An untrained security guard might decide to directly confront them. Depending on the circumstances, this might be a bad idea: the guard might be inadvertently tipping the thieves off without backup, allowing them to get away with valuable goods. The guard could also set off a chase through the dangerous construction site where someone could get hurt. In a worst-case scenario, if the robbers are armed, the guard’s life could be in danger.

What the trained security guard might do:

A trained security guard, such as the ones at Affordable Security Guards, have the expertise needed to make a better call. Depending on the exact circumstances, the guard will probably call the police in the above scenario, so that the authorities can apprehend thieves without direct confrontation between the guard and the criminals. Then, the guard will write a detailed report that can assist in any police investigation and the recovery of stolen property.

It’s that kind of judgment call that makes the guards at Affordable Security Guards—trained by the Arizona Guard Card program—the best choice to work with your business.

#3. You don’t have to pay more for trained guards

Here’s the best part about guards trained through the Arizona Guard Card program: true to the name of our company, you’re not going to pay more for trained guards than you’d otherwise pay for untrained guards from another company. So, for the same price, why not get expertly trained guards?

Call us for Arizona Guard Card trained guards for your business

You don’t have to settle for untrained guards. By working with Arizona Guard Card, you’ll get some of the best unarmed security guards in the state, trained by the best guard training program in the state.

Learn more about our security guards, and contact us by giving us a call at (623) 428-2308