How To Spot A Fake Security Guard

Fake Security Guard

Sometimes it’s easy to spot a fake security guard, much like the image above.

However, there are other times when it’s hard to tell the difference. Luckily, there are a few ways to pick the real security guard for your business.

Sadly, numerous fakes try to gain access to security jobs all the time to take advantage of their position. But, when you learn to spot them, they’ll never get hired to begin with.

Check Their Background

Whenever you’re considering hiring a security guard, run a thorough background check. You can’t rely upon a resume or even a badge to determine if a security guard is real or not. In fact, fake badges are being used all the time for various scams.

The last thing you want is to hire a fake security guard that actually has a criminal record. This just leads to trouble for your business, employees and visitors. For instance, a fake guard at a Wal-Mart was caught trying to lure women and children into his car.

Put Their Skills To The Test

If a security guard is real, they’ll have no problem going through a few tests for you. For instance, use security monitors to see how they interact with visitors and employees. Test how comfortable they are using radios and surveillance equipment.

Ask them how they’d handle various situations, especially those common to your specific business. Even if you’ve already hired a fake security guard, watching them closely will help you quickly see if they’re real or not.

If you’ve already hired someone, talk to your staff to ensure the guard is performing as expected. If there are any issues, the guard might not be who they say they are. It’s always a good idea to keep a check on your guards to make sure there aren’t any problems.

Interview Them Thoroughly

A resume and/or cover letter isn’t enough to prove a security guard is real. You need to interview them personally. This is a great time to listen to your instincts.

Of course, do your research beforehand as to what qualifications a security guard should have, common training and backgrounds and the right ways to respond to security incidents.

Most fakes are easily spotted during an interview. They simply can’t keep up with all the questions. Don’t feel guilty about a lengthy interview. After all, you’re trusting your security guards to protect your business.

Ask To See Proof Of Qualifications

Finally, ask to see proof of any applicable qualifications. Just because they say they’re qualified, doesn’t mean they actually are. Fake security guards will tell you what they think you want to hear. However, they aren’t likely to have proof of their qualifications.

It’s a quick way to catch a fake guard in a lie. It’s also another important reason to do your research about security guards before hiring anyone.

Hire Through A Reputable Security Guard Service

When you’re vetting security guards yourself, you’re always going to worry if you’re hiring real ones or fake ones. You don’t have to spot fake security guards if you go through a reputable security guard service.

For instance, at BOS Security, we only hire the best and most qualified. Every guard has been thoroughly vetted. Instead of worrying, you get real security guards with the training necessary to provide optimal security for your business. We even track all guards for their protection and your peace of mind.

If you already have some guards, but question whether they’re real or not, hire a guard from a reputable company. They’ll be able to spot any fakes and advise you on how to proceed.

Contacting BOS Security

Want to learn more about our highly qualified security guards? Call us today at 404-793-6965 and we’ll be happy to answer all of your questions.

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