Security patrol is carried out meticulously with aim. It is necessary for security personnel to understand the objectives of patrol.

Objectives of security patrol :

  • To detect and prevent fire.
  • To detect and prevent damage from other causes and waste.
  • To ensure company rules are observed, for example, no smoking in no-smoking areas.
  • To detect and prevent offences against the company`s interest.
  • To prevent accidents.

Duties of Patrolling Security Personnel

1. Examine holes through which water or sparks from adjourning premises damage items. Any necessary protective action should be taken immediately.

2. Note any other defects in roofs, gutters, walls or windows through which rain water is entering or could enter the premises and take any necessary action.

3. Check:

  • Locks on buildings, stores and offices and mark padlocks to detect any subsequent substitution.
  • All perimeter fences for breaks, ensuring that goods or any other materials are not stored directly against them.
  • All vehicles of employees in car parks to detect lights or engines left switched on and punctures; inform owners as necessary.
  • That any property is not exposed to the weather where it is or could be damaged.
  • That any keys left in locks are removed and kept in safe custody.

4. Be on alert to notice:

  • Any hazard which might cause or produce an accident and inform the appropriate person
  • Unauthorized persons on premises to detect and prevent offences at cloaking stations.

5. Turn off all taps or valves through which liquid or gas is escaping.

6 .Visit dressing rooms and cloak rooms to prevent theft and other offences.

7. Visit laboratories and other similar places to check on the operation of any equipment in use, particularly when they are not attended.

Alertness, interest and thoroughness must be displayed when on patrol.

The frequencies of the patrols will depend on a number of factors including: the length, complexity and vulnerability to one or more of the risks which patrolling is designed to prevent. The times of patrol must be irregular so as to avoid routine in order to prevent any interested person from estimating with accuracy where security personnel will be at any given time.