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    Lately I've had problems holding down a job, I've gone through several jobs in the past 6 months. I've had a couple construction type jobs and I've worked at a local movie rental place as well as working at the local Target. I wasn't happy with any of the jobs, either they didn't pay enough or the work was too physically demanding (I'll admit it, I'm lazy) or the job just sucked in general. However, I think I've finally found the career I've been looking for.

    I recently got hired on by a big security guard company out of Richmond. Anyway, I think I've got a pretty gravy job and I was wondering what you guys think of it.

    The job is at a local book distribution plant. The main building is 600 yards by 300 yards. That's pretty darn big! Basically, I have an hour to complete one patrol which usually only takes 20 minutes at most. I was told that I can pretty much do whatever I wanted to make that patrol last the full hour. That includes reading one of the books, smoking a cigarette, pretty much what ever I want. There's a secondary building that I have to patrol three times a night that's 3 miles away. I get paid $9.50 an hour plus milage to and from the secondary building.

    At this point, I'm only working the one site working two twelve hour shifts a week. But I've got a lot of bills and I'm going to need more hours/money to be able to survive. I live in the middle of no where and there's only a few jobs available within driving distance. I know there's one job at a gate house nearby but I don't really like dealing with a lot of people so I'd rather not take that job. The site that I'm working at now, I'm the only one there the entire time.

    Basically, I'm just wondering how good I've got it. To me, it sounds like a pretty gravy job. But I'm just wondering what should I expect for the second site that I'm going to need to start working at? Should I expect pretty much the same or am I to expect all night paperwork and such from the second site.

    Another question for you all. I've got some body armor that I've been looking for a reason to wear. Do you think it'd be alright to wear it while I'm on duty? I can't wear a gun on duty and I feel akward going on duty without some sort of protection. I don't want to ask the company for fear that they'd say no. I mean I'm in the middle of no where, you can't get in the door without a pass card (either that or just blowing the door off the hinges with C-4 or something) and most people don't even know what the place is at least I never did until I started working there. So the chances that anyone will try to break in or something is slim to none but I don't have to explain to you guys that I'd rather have the protection and not need it than to need it and not have it.

    So what do you all think of the job and the idea of wearing some body armor? Thanks for any and all your input.

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    Niiiiiice. You should ask if they're hiring

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    I work for Securitasbased out of richmond and they're always hiring. All pay is contractual meaning that each site pays differently. Like for example, they have an armed position up in Short Pump thatactually pays less than my unarmed position. I was just lucky that I called this place when I did and I had a better driving record that the other applicant. From what I understand, it's about as easy as it gets. In the PET (Pre-Employment Training) they said that we would writing a lot of incident reports but there's only been two incident reports the entire time Securitas has had this company. Like I said, it only takes 15-20 minutes to do the patrol and the rest of the time I can pretty much do whatever I want except for sleeping or leaving the site. In addition to everything else, it pays more than the average contract!

    Basically all I'm wondering about is what you all think of wearing my vest while on duty. I don't see any reason why they would say no if I asked but it's better not to ask if you think they're going to say no. Hopefully none of my bosses are on here!:shock:

    Also, if anyone else is a security gaurd, let me know what your average day is like. They have a position within driving distance (barely) that is at a gatehouse for a gated community but I'm trying to loose weight and all the walking is actually preferred for me. I have no way of knowing but I think I would hate just sitting on my butt all night. Plus, I'm a smoker for the moment and a lot of places won't let you smoke while you're on duty and I think that's one place that doesn't allow smoking.

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    357luvr, Congrats and good luck. I did some quick reading about Securitas, and being a history buff, their beginning and acquisitions is interesting. Go to the SECURITAS Site and click "About Securitas", then Click "History".

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    We have them in our building where I work (and posting right now)

    They are nice ladies but I prefer the term "Uniformed Canaries"

    Around here their job mostly keeping all the security badges properly coded, escorting visitors, patrolling the parking lot and stuff.



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    Ah yes, the people who patrol the Wal-mart here in Chesapeake. So do they hire part time, or just full time?

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    If you need body armor, I'd suggest a gun instead.. (I can call you the resident gun nut, and because this is the appropriate forum, it won't be construed as an insult.. hehe), besides a gun is a lot more comfortable to wear.

    It irks me that the "politically correct" assume it's better to have dead employees than dead customers, probably because there is less liability for dead employees.

    357luvr wrote:
    I recently got hired on by a big security guard company out of Richmond. Anyway, I think I've got a pretty gravy job and I was wondering what you guys think of it.
    Another question for you all. I've got some body armor that I've been looking for a reason to wear. Do you think it'd be alright to wear it while I'm on duty? I can't wear a gun on duty and I feel akward going on duty without some sort of protection. I don't want to ask the company for fear that they'd say no. I mean I'm in the middle of no where, you can't get in the door without a pass card (either that or just blowing the door off the hinges with C-4 or something) and most people don't even know what the place is at least I never did until I started working there. So the chances that anyone will try to break in or something is slim to none but I don't have to explain to you guys that I'd rather have the protection and not need it than to need it and not have it.

    So what do you all think of the job and the idea of wearing some body armor? Thanks for any and all your input.

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    mercutio545 wrote:
    Ah yes, the people who patrol the Wal-mart here in Chesapeake. So do they hire part time, or just full time?
    They have both positions available. As far as wearing a gun, they expressly forbid it in the employee manual. However, they don't say anything about body armor! LOL

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    psmartin wrote:
    If you need body armor, I'd suggest a gun instead.. (I can call you the resident gun nut, and because this is the appropriate forum, it won't be construed as an insult.. hehe), besides a gun is a lot more comfortable to wear.
    Back in the dark ages, I did some part time work as a security officer, and all my employers made it clear that one is not authorized to be armed on duty, even ifone possessesthearmed certification, if the assigned post isunarmed - it brings up all kinds of liability issues, etc. I assume the same is true today. I did carry deeply concealed sometimes, but I never let anyone know.

    It sounds like 357luvr is looking for an excuse to wear his vest, not because he feels thathis post is that dangerous (please correct me if I am wrong, 357). Assuming that is true, I can think of no reason why he should not wear it if he so chooses.

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    you got me dead to rights Jim, I'm basically just looking for an excuse to wear the vest.

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    Back in the old days I too worked security in Norfolk, Chesapeake and Hampton.

    I was an armed guard and we did low-income housing. If we were there, there was a good reason for it.

    A typical night was:

    Chasing and hopefully catching one of the many crack dealers

    Getting cursed out and screamed at by some fat lady because we caught one of her many children with pot

    Brawling with 1 or more idiots tresspassing

    Brawling with 1 or more drunks who want to wander aroudn with their 40oz

    Waiting for the local police to arrive to run the person we just arrested for warrants

    Trying to carefully wash off the pepper spray that your partner hosed everyone down with.

    etc



    I wore a vest doing that job for obvious reasons. If you want to make your shift less comfortable then go ahead and wear one. They have you their for insurance and liability reasons. More to call the fire dept if there is a fire than anything else.


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