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Are Security Uniforms Necessary?

Jul 9, 2008
More and more companies are relying on security guards for protection and safety. A security guard acts as the eyes and ears of the owner of the property. This helps to ensure the vandalism, theft, and problems are kept to a minimum. There are times when it is not practical to ask for police monitoring when a security guard can do the same thing. It is, however, important for the security guard to be dressed for the duties he or she performs.

The security uniforms the security guards wear can be as formal or as casual as the company wants. The finance companies prefer to have security guards in uniforms that look more like a police officer. This helps to deter any person who thinks about robbing the bank. However, certain department stores require their security guards to dress as normal shoppers. This allows them to walk around undetected to look out for shop lifters.

At times the security uniforms need to be informal. Certain schools and other public places prefer their security guards to wear knit shirts with collars and sleeve bands. The bands and collars are clearly marked so people know who the security guards are. Bars and nightclubs sometimes ask their security guards to dress in this manner so patrons know who is there to keep things in order.

Certain insurance companies require the security uniforms to be recognizable upon inspection. This is for liability purposes. The security guard who approaches a person should be easily identified. This way the person can not later say they did not know they were being approached by a security guard. A person who sues for injuries sustained in a confrontation has been known to state they were defending themselves because they did not know it was a security guard they were dealing with. By keeping the security uniforms easily identifiable this argument will not hold up.

Security uniforms can be professional uniforms with dress pants and matching dress shirts. The colors can vary according to preference. The security guard can choose a more relaxed look with t-shirts and ball caps. Outer wear is also available from trench coats and rain coats to sweaters and down vests. Other pieces of the security guard uniform is safety equipment like reflective vests and jackets. This allows the security guard to work in safety while on traffic detail or public assemblies.

While a security uniform may not be a requirement of your business, the benefits to having the security team in uniform are tremendous. Many people are intimidated by a person in uniform. Theft and vandalism is less prevalent in areas where uniformed security is in place. Gated and other residential communities benefit from a security guard in professional uniforms because it makes the properties seem more secure. The residents also feel safer knowing they can look out and see a uniformed guard on duty keeping watch.

Groups and organizations which sponsor events also benefit with the security team dressed in security uniforms. Even if the uniform consists of a knit shirt marked as security the people in attendance will know there is protection in place. If an emergency occurs the people will know where to turn for help.
About the Author
Steve Lott is manager of the product education team at Security Wearhouse - where you can find a durable, high quality police shirt or security guard uniform made of the finest materials.
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