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A security guard patrols and inspects private and public buildings to prevent theft, fire, vandalism, acts of terrorism and other illegal acts. Depending on the security needs, security guards may work inside or outside. In some cases, they will monitor security screens watching for suspicious activity. They normally work with other security guards and the facility's employees and management.
The daily duties of a security guard include:
The terms "security guard" and "security officer" are often used interchangeably, but they are different. In most cases, a security guard is unarmed, whereas a security officer is normally armed. Security officers therefore tend to have more training and often supervise security guards.
Since security guards are often untrained in the use of fire arms, they will not normally be required to carry a gun. In many cases, the presence of a security guard is sufficient to deter people from attempting criminal activity.
Depending on the job, security guards can work either full time or part time hours. Their work schedule, however, may involve working evenings, nights and weekends according to the needs of the company.