Security Patrols Are the Most Cost-Effective Security Service

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They consist of a deliberative and thorough patrol by a licensed security officer on foot patrol or using a professionally marked patrol vehicle to patrol the site for a pre-established period of time. Some patrols are simply a drive-by and others require the guard to exit the vehicle and do a walk-through of the site.


Mobile security patrols traditionally are used by clients that wanted a security presence at their location but only at random times. Clients often use this service because insurance requirements indicated that a form of security was present.


In addition to regular patrols, our patrol officer will respond to requests for assistance from the staff; 

  • Disturbance/Alarm Response
  • Suspicious Activity
  • Parking Enforcement
  • Facility Checks
  • Regular Lockup or Random Pool/Laundry Checks
  • Overnight Patrol Check-Ins
  • Nightly Parking Lot Patrol
  • Vacation House Check-Ins

Patrol Procedures

The primary purpose of security is to prevent and deter loss. A key element in this strategy is the use of patrols conducted by security officers. Patrolling is defined as the act of moving about an area to provide protection and to conduct observation. 


Patrols are necessary to insure the integrity of the overall security program. Frequent and total coverage of the protected area is needed to provide the most timely discovery and correction of security, safety and fire hazards.

Internal Patrol

Internal patrols: are a key element of an overall loss prevention program and an integral part of the daily duties of security personnel. Generally, internal controls are conducted for the same reason as external patrols: to observe, act, and report on abnormal or unusual conditions.


As part of internal patrols, security personnel should include the following:

• Checking doors and windows, correcting and reporting abnormal conditions (e.g., open, closed, locked, unlocked)

• Checking machinery and/or maintenance instruments

• Observing fire protection equipment (sprinklers, risers, fire exit, etc.) for proper conditions

• General observations: look for anything unusual or out of the ordinary, such as suspicious packages

External Patrol

External Patrol: cover the grounds, parking areas and streets surrounding the facility buildings. 


The basic purpose of the external patrol is to protect vehicles and persons entering or leaving the grounds, to provide surveillance of persons attempting to use unauthorized exits, to prevent the carrying of unauthorized property from the facility, and to prohibit or discourage unwanted persons from entering the facility.

Pattern Variations

Many security textbooks stress the importance of varying the route and time of patrols. No two security officers conduct their patrols in the exact same manner. The point to be made is that even patrols made in a reliable yet systematic routine diminish the effectiveness of patrols. 


In an effort to break monotonous, routine patrols, security officers should be encouraged to be creative during their patrols, staggering the time and route of patrols. When a security officer conducts a patrol while simply “going through the motions, it serves little use to the overall security of the facility.

Entrance and Exit Points

Some entrance ways are not controlled adequately, especially visitor and employee entrances. Even with sophisticated electronic security devices, compromises occur. That is why, as part of an internal or external patrol, the security officer should review activity at entrance and exit points. 


Persons who intend to steal from a facility or commit some other sort of act that would damage an organization will usually enter or exit the building the easiest and quickest way possible. 


An observant security officer, visible at entrance and exit points, may never apprehend a criminal but will no doubt prevent some losses from occurring