Profession gate guard

Gate guards control the access and exit to buildings, warehouses or other type of property to prevent unauthorized presence and unwanted incidents. They prevent and identify theft of corporate property, investigate suspicious activities and write reports. Gate guards may assist employees or visitors with requests or indications. They use handheld radio stations to communicate and operate alarm systems and computers.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • Check methods

    Procedures used for investigative purposes such as surveillance by physical and electronic means, interrogations of witnesses, collection of objects and data for assessment and analysis and physical and electronic research for collecting data.

  • Security threats

    Types of threats to public and private security such as unauthorised entry, aggressive behaviour, molestation, robbery, theft, assault, kidnapping, murder and public demonstration.

  • Illegal substances

    The forbidden substances which cannot be transported from one area to another, or carried by an individual, as well as their nature and how to handle them.

Skills

  • Operate control panels

    Use control panels to steer mechanisms, like automatic gates or machines.

  • Perform security checks

    Monitor and check individuals' bags or personal items in order to make sure the individuals present no threats and that their behaviour is legally compliant.

  • Maintain incident reporting records

    Keep a system for recording details of unusual events that occur at the facility, such as job-related injuries.

  • Work in shifts

    Work in rotating shifts, where the goal is to keep a service or production line running around the clock and each day of the week.

  • Manage theft prevention

    Apply theft and robbery prevention; monitor security surveillance equipment; enforce security procedures if needed.

  • Monitor guest access

    Oversee guests access, ensuring that guest needs are addressed and security is maintained at all times.

  • Practice vigilance

    Practice vigilance during patrol or other surveillance activities in order to ensure safety and security, to look out for suspicious behaviour or other alarming changes in patterns or activities, and to respond quickly to these changes.

  • Manage major incidents

    Take immediate action to respond to major incidents that affect the safety and security of individuals in private or public places such as road accidents.

  • Identify security threats

    Identify security threats during investigations, inspections, or patrols, and perform the necessary actions to minimise or neutralise the threat.

  • Ensure public safety and security

    Implement the relevant procedures, strategies and use the proper equipment to promote local or national security activities for the protection of data, people, institutions, and property.

  • Check official documents

    Check an individuals' official documentation, such as driver's licenses and identification, to ensure compliance with legal regulations, and to identify and assess individuals.

  • Conduct security screenings

    Monitor human flow through the screening checkpoint and facilitate the orderly and efficient processing of people; inspect luggage and handbags following screening procedures.

Optional knowledge and skills

liaise with security authorities register information on arrivals and departures operate radio equipment communicate by telephone comply with the principles of self-defence provide directions to guests handle surveillance equipment identify terrorism threats perform body searches provide first aid maintain facility security systems monitor surveillance equipment deal with aggressive behaviour monitor parking areas to maintain security react calmly in stressful situations detain offenders