Observe And Report: What It Means To Be A Security Guard

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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a security guard? What is the job description while applying for a security officer position?

If you are looking for work as security personnel or to hire security for your business or personal property, you may have heard of “observe and report”.

“Observe and report” refers to the ideology which most security companies have styled their training and education for their officers. The process of safeguarding and protecting has evolved immensely over the past few years. Security guards progressed from being someone who looks out for your property at night to someone who is ever-present and you can rely upon for your security. The officers here at Direct Guard Services or DGS are extensively trained to be able to provide you with top-rated security services at an affordable price with no compromise on quality.

Now you must be wondering that what “observe and report” actually means. Well, let’s find out.

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Observe and Report       

Observe and report refers to observing a situation and reporting about it. Let us look at an in-depth explanation about what this signifies for a security guard. “Observe and report” is a two-part theory so we will look at each individually

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Observation is the most important job requirement for a security guard. Any trained professional officer should be well-versed in the art of observation and should be able to deduce and understand what your security equipment may have missed. Security officers here at DGS are trained specifically in their observation skills. Our officers are able to keep a keen eye on the surroundings and premises of our clients and can find out if anything seems out of the ordinary or suspicious. At DGS, we take pride in our extensive training programs that train our officers to be able to read body language, assess the situation, and determine the best course of action.

At DGS, our training program focuses heavily on teaching our officers how to keep their mind calm in case of an emergency and to assess the situation. If there are people in need of immediate help then they shall rush to perform first-aid procedures. Afterward, it is the legal obligation of a security guard to report the incident to the proper authorities.


After observing any suspicious activity, the first step a security guard needs to take is to report the incident. Being able to make a timely report to the correct authorities is also the job of a security guard. Although sometimes the security guard needs to take action themselves, a report must also be made to the authorities. Though sometimes the problem may be out of the powers of the officer,  the officer then needs to make a quick assessment of the situation and notify the respective authorities promptly.

For example, in the event, a fire breaks out, the guards at DGS are trained to quickly assess the situation and find out if there is anyone that requires any immediate attention. Afterward, they are to notify the local fire department regarding the fire and report the extent of the capabilities of its destruction. After making the detailed report, our officers will go around and try to get the situation under control to stop the fire from spreading and provide first aid to any possible victims.

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After looking at the “observe and report” phenomenon you might be able to tell that being a security guard is not as easy as it looks, and being the best at it is tough. Direct Guard Services has worked tirelessly since 2010 to be able to reach a standard where it can claim to be the best in the business.

To learn more about our services contact us by email or visit us at directguardservices.com.

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