February 1, 2023

What Are The 5 Different Types Of Security Guards

As a business owner, prioritising the safety of your business premises, customers, staff and merchandise is paramount. To put it simply, the best way to do this is to have security guards at your business premises. However, with so many types of security guards and services to choose from, finding the perfect solution can be a somewhat confusing task. Thankfully, we’re here to help you ascertain which type of guarding service is best suited to your individual business needs and requirements. 

Today, we explore the 5 different types of security guards, in a bid to help you make the most informed decision when choosing an ESS service to further strengthen your company or business’ existing security strategy. Read on to find out more. 


1. Static Security Guards

Chances are you have seen this type of security guard inside and outside commercial and retail buildings. Generally, static guards are hired to protect a business and are usually stationed at entrances or exits of banks, retail stores, warehouses, offices and more. At ESS, our static security guards ensure your people feel safe and are responsible for the protection, safety and wellbeing of your assets, staff and customers. Static security personnel are best suited in locations where constant surveillance of people or assets operating in a fixed area are required.

Our guards are highly trained to proactively look for suspicious behaviour and respond to threats as soon as possible. Despite their name, they are far from “stationary” and play an important role in monitoring your business to ensure it is secure, and resolving any issues quickly. Moreover, the presence of a static security guard not only ensures your staff and customers peace of mind, but can also provide a deterrent to criminals and thieves who would otherwise be more likely to target your business. 


Businesses That May Benefit From Static Security Guards:

  • Retail Stores
  • Supermarkets
  • Hospitals
  • Construction Sites
  • Office Buildings 
  • Banks
  • Hotels
  • Gyms
  • Residential Communities


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2. Mobile Patrol Guards

Unlike status security guards, mobile patrol guards secure premises and personnel by patrolling property and using  the latest technology to safeguard your property and assets while delivering greater accountability and transparency. At ESS, our comprehensive mobile patrols include internal and external business perimeter inspections, physical checks of doors, windows, gates, machinery and vehicles, theft sensitive areas as well as checking for intruders, graffiti or other damages to your business premises. In addition, we also have dedicated security patrols for homes across Australia

 Having an on-site security guard can provide adequate protection, but a static security presence only does so much. With this in mind, mobile patrol guards are the perfect type of security service if you own a warehouse or large office building that needs round-the-clock security on a large premises. Mobile security guards can patrol on foot, by bike, or by car, which means they can monitor multiple areas during and have a more accurate picture of the situation, so the risk of any potential threats slipping under the radar is reduced.

Businesses That May Benefit From Mobile Patrol Guards:

  • Warehouses
  • Large Office Buildings
  • Construction Sites
  • Hospitals
  • Industrial Sites
  • Schools
  • Hotels
  • Parking Lots
  • Shopping Centres


3. Armed Security Guards

Armed security guards are the perfect option for businesses dealing with high-risk environments and situations. As the name suggests, armed guards are trained and licensed to carry weapons, which they may use when the people or premises to which they are assigned are under threat or extreme duress. This type of security service can provide numerous benefits to certain commercial businesses and institutions. Your business might benefit from armed security guards if you have high value assets or large amounts of cash on site, you deal with sensitive data, you host large events, or you provide accommodation for large numbers of people. 

However, with that being said, armed security is not necessary for all businesses and it is vital for business owners to  take stock of your greatest security threats and needs before hiring armed guards. At ESS, our highly trained armed security personnel provide an effective, visible deterrent and protect your highly valued assets. Whether you need armed guards or unarmed guards, permanent or temporary assignments, we have you covered.

Businesses That May Benefit From Armed Guards:

  • Financial Institutions
  • Universities
  • Hotels
  • Currency Exchange
  • Museums and Art Galleries
  • Jewellery Stores
  • Any businesses located in high-crime areas 


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4. Events Security Guards

If you’ve ever been to a concert, sporting event or conference, chances are you’ve come across at least one event security guard. Generally speaking, event security guards are hired to maintain access control of any type of event or large private gathering. These types of security guards are the  first line of defence, receiving guests and ensuring that only invited guests can access the event or venue. They are also able to check IDs, maintain crowd control and intervene should there be any incidents or disturbances at your event. 

ESS events security guards protect guests and patrons with professional, friendly, and customer service driven crowd controllers who will protect your brand and reputation whilst maintaining a safe environment for patrons. Our pool of highly experienced and customer-focused security guards have provided protection for hundreds of thousands of visitors, spectators, VIPs and attendees, balancing the needs of individuals, groups, event organisers and promoters and organisers.

Occasions That May Benefit From Events Security Guards:

  • Music Concerts
  • Business Conferences
  • Sporting Events
  • Corporate Functions
  • Movie or TV Filming
  • Weddings & Personal Celebrations


5. Professional Gatehouse Security Guards

Last but not least, professional gatehouse security guards are hired to ensure only authorised visitors gain access to your business premises whilst securing your property. At ESS, our professional gatehouse security guards are in charge of duties including access control, patrolling grounds, inspecting vehicles, hazard and incident reporting, and providing customer assistance. We know the value and importance of having well presented and highly trained security staff operating in gatehouse, reception or concierge positions to create a powerful first impression. With this in mind, we work alongside you to ensure security staff act appropriately and uphold the high standards that we are known for.

Business That May Benefit From Gatehouse Security Guards:

  • Warehouses
  • Distributions Centres
  • Airports
  • Manufacturing Firms
  • Storage Yards
  • Apartment Complexes
  • Ports


And there you have it — 5 types of security guards that can bring your business’s security strategy to the next level. At ESS, our mission is to provide a secure and safe environment for our clients, our people and the wider community. If you are a business owner looking to invest in a reliable, qualified security guard service to secure your facility and site, simply call us at 1300 20 22 24 today. 

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