Security officers must do the crucial task of protecting properties, companies and sometimes people. Although the job description and duties my differ, there is a variety of equipment security guards can use to better perform their job.
For instance, if your security guard license and the company you work for allow you to, you should definitely consider whether or not to carry pepper spray canisters with you on the job. Pepper spray is one of the most effective non-lethal ways to stop an attacker or criminal offender from a close distance. Typically, the blindness lasts from 15 to 30 minutes, which should be enough time to call for reinforcement. Be aware though that in some states security officers are required to complete a training course in the use of pepper spray.
A decent, heavy-duty flashlight is also an essential piece of equipment that all security guards should be carrying with them. Whether you are working days or nights, being equipped with a decent flashlight can be a lifesaver. Additionally, flashlights can be used to defend yourself when a physical confrontation becomes inevitable. Some training schools are known to provide training in the use of a flashlight in a combat situation.
Any security officer who takes his job seriously will want to carry a pair of handcuffs with him, at least if his company and license allow him to. Handcuffing is one of the most common and effective ways to restrain suspected criminals before taking them into custody. Please note that some state laws require you to complete a restraint training course before you are allowed to carry and use handcuffs on the job.
A baton can be an effective tool for both protecting yourself as well as preventing criminal incidents from happening. A person with criminal intentions might be scared off by seeing you. As with the use of handcuffs and pepper spray, you should check with your company whether you are allowed to use a baton on the job.
With all of the above items with you, you won’t be able to properly do your job without a heavy-duty belt. Most belts are sold as a set, containing a very basic belt and separate holsters that you can clip or slide on to it. This way you can organize your equipment the way you want to and be able to reach out to the required tool in no time. It will also allow you to use third-party equipment, for instance if your flashlight comes with its own holster.