3 types of Security Guard Jobs for extra money

A job as a security guard can be helpful to make some extra money working nights or weekends, I want to highlight 3 security guard jobs one can work that are ideal for night/weekend work to make some extra money either as a 2nd job, to supplement retiree income or to work as a student.

Construction Site Security Guard

A theft occurring in a big construction site could derail the schedule and may even result in shutting down the construction for a period of time.

Not having a construction security guard and the occurrence of theft in the premises will increase insurance cost also. Many larger constructions require heavy machinery and if the rental firms discover that their valuable property is not secure, they may be reluctant to rent their equipment.

security guardNow a days, construction security guards are considered crucial in the industry which has over $1 billion in losses due to theft. Everyone is affected when there is a theft, starting from the contractors all the way to the insurers. Thieves are finding that construction sites are an easy target for the theft of copper, machinery, and other valuable merchandise. Vandalism and theft are two security risks to be concerned about on construction sites.

Lost productivity, missed project deadlines, slipped completion dates and the consequential penalty fees, plus high re-insurance premiums all impact the bottom line and put a strain on the budgets.

Responsibilities of a Construction Security Guard:

  • Control all vehicles and visitors to the construction site.
  • Log the listing of all vehicles, deliveries and visitors on the construction site.
  • Escorting visitors to the construction office.
  • Secure entrance during non-operating hours.
  • Foot patrol of construction site.
  • Inspection of exterior fencing checking for security breaches.
  • Maintain watch over construction equipment.
  • Maintain watch over office trailers and their contents.
  • Emergency Security Officer Coverage.
  • Emergency response (fire or other emergencies).
  • Perform an inventory check on all the equipment at the beginning and end of their shift.
  • Prepare daily activity and incident reports.
  • Use flashlights, two-way radios, whistles, reflective security vest, pagers and cell phones.
  • Notify local police and/or fire departments when needed.

Salary of Construction Security Guards:
The salary can range from $8.00 to $12.00 per hour depending on the company and location.

Restaurant and Bar Security Guard

Restaurant and Bar Security Guards are expected to provide any or all of the Following Services:

Basic Job Requirements of Restaurant and Bar Security Guards:

·         Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma.

  • One year of security experience for a bar, hotel, restaurant, retail store, school or a public law enforcement or private security agency.
  • If the state requires licensing, then satisfactory completion of an approved security guard training course as recognized by the state where you are applying. The incumbents must maintain valid registration as a security guard throughout employment.

Salary of Restaurant and Bar Security Guards:

According to the US Federal Government Agency Bureau of Labor Statistics, Security Guards can earn an average salary of about $26,000. However, this can be significantly higher if you are located in a high cost metro area such as New York City, District of Columbia (Washington DC) etc. In District of Columbia, you can expect an average pay of $36,750 and in New York the average wage is $31,190.

Listed below are the duties and responsibilities of a Restaurant and Bar Security Guards.

Door Supervision:

  • Greeting guests with warmth, a smile, and a clear eagerness to serve while always being friendly and enthusiastic with customers and fellow employees. Opening and closing doors for guests while maintaining an always courteous demeanor

Bag and Belonging Search:

  • When instructed under specific circumstances, search the bag and belongings of guests and or employees.

Conflict Mitigation:

  • When there is a conflict between guests or guest and employees, calmly mitigate the situation. When appropriate communicate and escalate the issues with the local law enforcement officers.

Lock up and Arm the Alarm:

  • Protect the restaurant assets while working to minimize or eliminate the risk of theft when working both at the restaurant and off site

Protecting the Executive Team and Employees:

  • Serving as a bodyguard to the members of the executive team when called upon. Serving as security for restaurant employees during off site events

Hotel Premise and Parking Lot Security:

  • Protecting the restaurant assets while working to minimize or eliminate the risk of theft when working both at the restaurant and off site at the parking lot

Emergency Response and Evacuation Planning:

  • In the case of emergency, provide leadership in evacuating the guests in a calm and orderly manner. Ability to keep calm in adverse situations. Being able to make intelligent critical decisions during emergencies and notifying senior leadership as deemed necessary.

Fire Watch:

  • Watch the premises and activities of guest to prevent fire and other hazardous incidents.

Crowd Control or Movement:

  • In situations where large number of guests and involved, implement proper crowd control strategies in consultation with the senior security leadership.

Activity and Incident Reports:

  • Constantly monitor surroundings in order provide the best security outcome. Report any unusual incidents or activities to the appropriate supervisors

Remote Monitoring of Alarms/Cameras:

  • Analyzing surveillance camera footage regularly and being able to quickly point out discrepancies


Office Building Security Officer

Office building security has unique challenges associated with big and tall environments and large number of incumbents.

security guardSecurity guards, also called security officers, protect property, enforce laws on the property, deter criminal activity, and deal with other problems. Some guards are assigned a stationary position from which they may monitor alarms or surveillance cameras.

Other guards may be assigned a patrol area where they conduct security checks. Guards must remain alert, looking for anything out of the ordinary throughout their shift. In an emergency, guards may call for assistance from police, fire, or ambulance services. Some security guards may be armed.

A security guard’s job responsibilities vary from one employer to another. In retail stores, guards protect people, records, merchandise, money, and equipment. In stores, they may also work with undercover store detectives to prevent theft by customers or employees. They are responsible for detaining shoplifting suspects until the police arrive. The following are the major tasks of a Security Guard or Security Officer who is protecting an Office Building:

Responsibilities of an Office Security Guard

  • Receive newspapers when they are delivered.
  • Check badges to ensure that only authorized personnel gain access to premises.
  • Record visitors in the log book when they get in and get out.
  • Attend the incoming phone calls and route the calls to appropriate persons.
  • Receive the incoming mails, route them from and to the mail man.
  • Check the designated entry ways and doors.
  • Lock and unlock doors and entryways as per the building security plan.
  • Protect the day to day operation of the business by preventing security related factors that can cause business interruption.
  • Guard against vehicle break-ins and personal attacks.
  • Patrol outside areas including parking lots as well as less trafficked locations.
  • Protect the office building from vandalism and break-ins, and maintain employee and vehicle safety.
  • Perform security rounds inside key areas of the building.
  • Write detailed reports outlining what they observed while on their round.
  • Monitor alarms, surveillance TV cameras covering common areas and strategic locations.
  • Enforce the security rules which are established in the building security plan.
  • Contact law enforcement the in the case of suspicious activities, threats, intrusions, security system alerts and robbery.
  • Respond to emergencies (medical and other) by calling emergency responders such as, ambulance service, fire department or law enforcement.

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