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The primary responsibility of a Security Officer is the protection of people and property. Patrol is a vital part of this responsibility, and it’s important for every Security Officer to master patrol skills. 

The use of patrols as a security measure can be traced all the way back to ancient times, and there’s a good reason for that. We call it the “Theory of Patrol”.  The Theory of Patrol is based on the hope that individuals contemplating a crime may not go through with it, knowing someone with authority to legally stop them is nearby.

We can never entirely stop improper behavior; there will always be some people looking for ways around the law. However, when faced with the risk of getting caught, many would-be criminals may choose not to follow through with their plans. A regular and highly visible, but unpredictable, patrol by a Security Officer serves to let people know that the property and the people on it are being looked after, and that attempts to commit a crime on the property are more likely to be discovered. 

To support the nationwide launch of the “If You See Something, Say Something™” Department of Homeland Security campaign, Sunstates Security is releasing The Principles of Patrol, the first in our new series of courses designed to promote awareness.

Written by Sunstates Security

May 24th, 2012 at 6:48 pm