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Tips For A Security Guard To Effectively Perform Bag Checks – Blog | Security Guard Management System

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Working as a security guard, you may have to go through a bag search at some point. This means carefully checking handbags, backpacks, handbags, and other types of bags to make sure you are not entering the venue with illegal items.

Bag checks are a common security routine outside of various venues, schools, and other similar places with large crowds. Some organizations use metal detectors to complete this task, while others prefer the traditional method of manually inspecting each bag by security personnel.

Here, we’ve shared some tips that security guards can use to effectively conduct bag checks outside the venue.

watch people in line

Instead of just focusing on each bag you’re dealing with, you should also pay attention to your surroundings. Always keep an eye on people in line, even those a short distance away. By monitoring these people, you may come across early warning signs.

Look for people who look nervous or handle the bag in such a way that they are trying to hide something. If you can spot such a person, you should check that person’s bag more carefully.

beware of risks

It might be easy to reach into your bag to make sure it doesn’t contain illegal items. The bag may contain sharp objects, such as uncapped syringes and knives. These can be harmful if touched in an unstable manner.

Use batons or similar to clear items and always wear heavy gloves when performing these actions. When you need a better look inside your bag, don’t be afraid to take an item out of it.

do not hurry

You can easily feel rushed when you’re bag-checking in a long line, when people are hustling to get through a checkpoint. Keep in mind that it’s not just about speeding up and getting people into the venue. Your job is to make sure everyone who enters is safe.

Do things methodically and don’t rush. If people are pushing forward and trying to pick up speed, don’t hesitate to ask them to come back in line.

check the bag in front of the owner

Bags should always be inspected in front of the owner as some people will be accused of taking something with them during the check. And this problem can be exacerbated if you turn your back to check the bag and remove it from the owner’s sight.

Put the bag in front of you and put the owner on the table. Search the contents of the bag in order. This way no one can accuse you of stealing something from your bag.

restore to original state

As a security guard, while working to keep everyone safe, it is also your duty to treat everyone with respect. And it’s part of that respect to just put people’s stuff in the bag after the search is over. Such a careless approach can lead to conflict and undermine your ability to get the job done. Therefore, people and their property should always be treated with respect.

These tips will help security guards perform bag checks effectively and keep everyone safe without disrespecting people in line.

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