We live in times when, more than ever in recent memory, we need men and women who are vigilant and prepared to protect our property and lives on the darkest days and the gloomiest nights. Mobile security patrols are an effective approach to crime prevention. Every day armed and unarmed security guards are in security vehicles protecting communities and businesses. We find mobile security patrol services like ours to be very popular in Washington DC.
Things to remember during mobile patrols
Stop and watch
Obviously mobile means you should be cruising and covering a wide area. But sometimes you need to stop and sit, and just observe an area for suspicious behavior, just like a hunter in the woods. Make sure that you read our previous article with a more detailed look at what to look for while patrolling.
Get out and walk
You just can’t do an effective job of observing an area when solely from the seat of a car. The best mobile patrol guards also use foot patrols while on duty. You need to get out and walk, so you can see the areas where people might be hiding from officers in cars, especially in parking lots, public areas, etc. While walking be sure to remember these important tips.
Use a spotlight
There are many powerful flashlights and spotlights on the market these days, and they can also be used for self-protection, either as a way to blind a potential attacker, or as a blunt force weapon. Every security officer should have one.
Check out occupied vehicles
Of course, just because someone is sitting in a car, it doesn’t mean they are doing anything wrong, but criminals often observe a target before they make a move. If you see someone sitting in their car be sure to speak to them. You do not need to approach them in a threatening manner. Simply saying hello or asking if they need help is a great way to make innocent people feel safe and would be criminals feel unconformable. This is a non-aggressive way of letting them now that they are being watched.
Engage with the community
People feel safer when they know a defender is present in the neighborhood, and would-be criminals need to know you are present in the area. Stop and talk to the people in your community and make a personal connection.
Have the right security gear
Professional security guards make sure that they have the right tools of the trade with them. The same applies to mobile patrol officers. Make sure that you have the right equipment such as a bright flashlight and comfortable shoes. You can find more suggestions here.
Stay in good physical condition
You don’t have to be Bruce Lee or Chuck Norris, but you should be in good enough shape to meet the most common situations you might encounter. Your ability to move quickly can save your life or the life of others. Smart security guards stay in shap.
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