Should You Invest In Professional Manned Guarding?

Manned security guard walking the perimeter of a building at night holding a torch.

Whether you are a home or business owner in the UK, security for your property and possessions is never too far from  your mind. Unfortunately in the cases of some businesses who’ve never been a victim of crime in the past, they often tend to sit back on their laurels, don’t take the necessary security measures, and then suddenly the criminal strikes. 

Conversely, there are lots of businesses out there who are far more diligent and invest in the latest surveillance systems, but in most instances investing in this type of technology isn’t enough to prevent crime all together. That’s where professional, manned guarding security comes in.

In this article, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of manned guarding so that you can decide if it is the right choice for your business.

Manned Security guard on night patrols arounds grounds of business shining torch at shrubbery and grass area

The Pros of Manned Guarding

1. Realtime Security

There are many pros of having manned guards in the UK. The most significant benefit is that they provide real-time onsite security. Having that human touch matters because they (security) can patrol the areas and report suspicious activity. Most times, having manned guards works as a determent.

2. Proactive Security

Guards can patrol areas and see what may not be otherwise immediately visible on CCTV. Furthermore, most CCTV systems have blind spots that potential intruders can exploit.

3. Respond to Various Issues

Having security systems like a CCTV camera is fantastic and can be a pretty good deterrent against theft. That said, they still can’t outdo trained security guards, who can respond to many different types of threats. For instance, a security guard can immediately respond to a potential fire or water damage. While CCTV cameras will record video, they can’t stop the damage itself. In addition, on-site security guards can respond to suspicious noises like glass breaking or someone prowling on the roof.

4. Prevent People from Accessing your Premises

A physical security guard can stop people from entering without authorization. Those who seek unauthorized entry for many reasons, like stealing or maybe vandalizing the property, will be met with resistance. Put another way, a physical security guard on your property can prevent intrusions of all types.

5. Prevent Damage to your Premises

Many times, people want to cause damage to your property. They may want to damage vehicles in your parking areas, break windows, or cause any other type of damage. Security guards can prevent this from happening. Even if someone enters the property, the security guard on-site can prevent damage and often chase them away.

6. Secure Certain Areas of Your Premises

Manned guards in the office can help keep people away from specific areas. Even though everyone in the office may be an authorized employee or client, they may not be permitted to enter certain areas. The security guard can be given verbal instructions to keep people away for a certain period or all the time. That’s something not possible with an electronic system.

7. Improved Customer Service and Image

When customers perceive business as being more secure, it helps raise your brand’s profile. In addition, when people are engaging with your business, having manned security offers a heightened sense of security. The heightened sense of security improves customer reaction and interaction with your business. Thus, the business will appear more customer-oriented while providing secure interaction and a working environment.

Manned Security guard on night patrols in corridor of building with torch

Potential Cons of Manned Guarding

Static manned guarding is an invaluable service that any business owner should consider investing in to ensure security. That said, there are a few potential cons of manned guarding that everyone should be aware of before moving forward.

1. Can Be Costly

The most significant issue, especially for many smaller businesses, is the cost. Whether you hire guards on your payroll or perhaps hire a security company like ours, the service isn’t going to be cheap. Though you can shop around for the most cost-effective service in this industry, you get what you pay for in most instances.

While you may assume that the cost isn’t justified, a lapse in security is risky. If anything, the potential damage that a burglar, for instance, can inflict on your business may be more than what manned guarding may cost.

2. False Sense of Security

The other potential con of professional manned guarding is the false sense of security they can instill. While manned guards improve security significantly, there is no guarantee that incidents will not happen. That’s why employees should be advised not to let their guard down, especially when locking the area.


We strongly recommend hiring a manned guarding service for your business, however this does not mean you shouldn’t invest in CCTV cameras, access control, and motion sensors. Think of them (security technology) as part of the business’s entire security ecosystem.

Hiring well-trained and experienced manned guards however are far better equipped to understand and deal with certain situations, allowing them to proactively tackle issues. Moreover, having a team of experienced guards at various locations allows guards to coordinate and respond to potential issues like unruly patrons or intruders before they become a threat to a business’s employees and clients. Combing this approach with technology such as security cameras ensures that any incidents and situation are recorded and can therefore be presented as proof as and when needed to the relevant authorities.

What Can RGM Security Do For You

Here at RGM we offer extensive range of manned guarding services, providing fully trained, experienced SIA licensed security personnel for both the private and public sectors throughout the South Wales area including Swansea, Llanelli, Carmarthen, Neath Port Talbot, Bridgend, Merthyr, Rhondda Cynon Taff and Cardiff. For more information on these services and how we can help please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Colour graphic of PDF weakness guide checklist from RGM Security Ltd

Fill in your information below and we will email you a guide to checking weaknesses in your organisation