Security Guards: A Dangerous Profession

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The view of security guards in popular culture is not always a positive one. They are often portrayed as over weight, lazy and even sleeping while on duty. The reality, though is much different.

Security Guards: A Dangerous Profession

While many security guards might have quiet postings, many more put their lives at risk everyday guarding people and property.   The following news stories from the last five weeks illustrate just how dangerous the job of a security guard can be.

     December 31, 2017

Two Las Vegas security guards were shot and killed after responding to a disturbance in one of the rooms at Arizona Charlie’s Casino.

     January 21, 2018

After a retail theft at a Kmart store, a Rockford, Illinois security guard was seriously injured. The robbery suspect carjacked the guard’s vehicle, dragging him before the guard fell away.

     January 26, 2018

An ex-soldier was sentenced to life in prison after he shot and killed 56-year-old Scott Von Lanken, a Denver transit security guard.

     February 4, 2018

49-year-old Shawn Patilla was fatally shot while working at a Columbus, Ohio bar as a security guard.   When police arrived, Patilla was lying on the floor still alive. He later died at a nearby hospital.

A Very Stressful Job

Security guards perform a mix of tasks and often find themselves in stressful situations. You can find guards working in bars and clubs trying to keep the peace. When a fight breaks out, it is the security guard that must break it up and protect others.

You will also see guards working at retail stores observing shoppers and looking for thieves.

Guards work at sporting events and concerts to help control crowds, and they protect employees at businesses, as well.

They can also be on the receiving end of harsh comments from the public, like those Joseph Hernandez dealt with while he was working a conference in California last June. reported that after dealing with a separate physical altercation, Hernandez was asked to guard a door temporarily and keep conference goers from entering. That’s when an attendee who wanted in the room began to verbally assault him. “You’re blue collar as f*ck,” the attendee said, “You should kill yourself.” To his credit, Hernandez stood there and took the abuse quietly and did not make a difficult situation worse.

The Bottom Line

Today’s security guards are working in an angry world that seems to get angrier everyday. They deal with more assaults, both verbal and physical, than ever before. Based on the news stories above, it is accurate to say that guards risk their lives when they go to work.

The next time you see a security guard, you don’t have to thank that person or say anything special. But a smile and a “Hello” would certainly mean a lot.

If you have questions about protecting your employees and business, call American Security Force today at 855-722-8585.

We’re Hiring Security Guards Now

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American Security Force is hiring both full-time and part-time security guards.  These are for postings around the Los Angeles Metro area and hours are to be determined based on the specific posting

Overview for Security Guards

Quality Security

The professionals at American Security Force are highly trained and effective in their role. We want to make sure our clients are aware that we only work with the most experienced and capable individuals.

-What you can expect from our security guards?
-Thoroughly vetted for background and ability.
-Licensed security professionals.
-Extensive experience and knowledge specific to their role.
-Required extensive training and ongoing education.

We have something the others don’t; commitment. We don’t just have a commitment to the process of providing quality security. We have a commitment to you, our client. Your safety and security matter to us. When American Security Force has a presence at your office, business or wherever else you need us to be, we want you to know that your property, assets and YOU are safe.

Job Skills / Requirements

Job functions will generally vary from post to post. Each post will require a security officer to perform some or all of the following essential duties, responsibilities, functions, and may require some of the following physical requirements.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:
-Maintain foot patrol in accordance with instructions.
-Walk the perimeter of client premises, using prescribed schedules.
-Record rounds on in Daily Activity Reports.
-Observe all activity occurring during each scheduled shift.
-Listen for all unusual sounds.
-Identify any unusual odors.
-Open and close gates and/or doors, and lock them, as required.
-Respond to all problem situations encountered, as appropriate.
-Report any suspicious activities to clients staff, your supervisor, or emergency personnel.
-Perform safety check-in procedures.
-Use safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, as required.
-Communicate with supervisors, clients, and any responsible person on-site, as required
-Prepare written Daily Activity Reports and Incident Reports.
-Maintain communication with the public, contractors, vendors and clients to assure satisfaction with ASFs services.

Education Requirements (Any)


Certification Requirements (All)

Valid State Driver’s License

This job reports to the OPERATIONS MANAGER at American Security Force. Hours for these positions will be determined by the specific posting.

You can apply for either a full-time or part-time security guard by clicking HERE.


American Security Force is an equal-opportunity employer.

Security Guards In California: A Cut Above

Security guards watching downtown Los reports that a security employee was indicted on misdemeanor assault charges last week.  He was one of many security guards working a championship game in December. He is accused of punching a fan after the University of Houston’s win over Temple.

The Cougar’s win at their home stadium was for the AAC title. Fans rushed the field to celebrate and that’s when Derrick Dewayne Hicks savagely punched a student. The incident was recorded on an attendee’s cell phone. The video clearly captures the crowd booing after they witnessed the assault.

The incident is not a proud one for the security industry. By the very nature of the job, security guards are put into positions of trust. Hicks broke that trust. While this incident might tarnish the reputation of security guards, it does not represent them as a whole. The assault at the University of Houston was an isolated incident and is certainly not indicative of our industry.

Consider this: According to the United States Department of Labor, there are over 1 million security guards working in the U.S. For arguments sake, let’s say that at any given time, there are five stories in the news from across the country about security guards behaving badly. That equates to just .00046% of the total number of guards. That’s a pretty small percentage.

California Security Guards

When it comes to the number of security guards by state, California has the most with 148, 740. When looking a little closer at the number of guards per area, Southern California ranks second after the New York City Metropolitan Area.

California also stands out because of its stringent training standards for security guards. It includes the “Power to Arrest” training, plus an additional 32 hours on top of that and eight hours of continuing training each year to stay licensed. That means our state has some of the best-trained security officers in the nation.

In addition to California’s mandates, officers with American Security Force receive additional classroom instruction and in-field training. We believe our team of security professionals is the best available. Because of that, we compensate our officers above the industry standard. Doing so results in less turnover and more stability for our customers.

So while you might hear stories in the news about security guards behaving badly, remember, these incidents involve a tiny fraction of the total number of guards working in our country. They don’t represent our industry and they certainly don’t represent the guards at American Security Force.