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10 Important Pieces of Equipment for Armed Security Guards

1. Duty Belt

A security guard's duty belt is a tool belt used to carry items necessary for their duties. It is usually comprised of a belt, pouches, and accessories to carry items such as handcuffs, pepper spray, baton, flashlight, radio, keys, protective gloves, and other items that may be needed depending on the situation. The duty belt helps to keep the items easily accessible and organized while on duty.

2. Duty Holster

A duty holster is a vital piece of personal protective equipment for an armed security guard. It is used to store and transport a firearm safely and securely while on duty. It also allows the guard to quickly draw the weapon if necessary. A duty holster is designed to provide maximum protection and security for the firearm, which is an essential tool for a security guard to perform their duties safely and effectively.

3. Plate Carriers

Plate carriers are an essential piece of equipment for security guards. They provide a secure way to carry and transport equipment such as body armor, ammunition, and other tools. Plate carriers are lightweight, comfortable, and adjustable, making them suitable for a variety of body types. They are important for security guards because they provide a layer of protection against ballistic threats. Plate carriers are typically used in tactical situations to protect against high-velocity rounds. Wearing a plate carrier can help to reduce the risk of blunt force trauma and other injuries that can occur during a physical altercation.

4. Tactical Gloves

Armed security guards may wear gloves for a variety of reasons, including to maintain a secure grip on their weapon, to prevent leaving fingerprints or other evidence at a crime scene, or to comply with uniform requirements. The gloves provide thermal insulation and are often waterproof, allowing security guards to perform their duties in all weather conditions.

5. Baton / Pepper Spray

A security guard carries a baton / pepper spray in order to protect themselves and others from harm in the event of an altercation. The baton can be used to physically restrain an assailant, while pepper spray can be used to temporarily incapacitate an attacker.


An IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit) is a small, portable pouch or bag that contains medical supplies for treating minor injuries in the field. It typically contains gauze and bandages, trauma dressings, tourniquets, hemostatic agents, and other tools and supplies needed to treat common injuries. Some IFAKs may also include NARCAN (Naloxone HCI). NARCAN is a potentially lifesaving medication designed to help reverse the effects of an opioid overdose in minutes.

7. Flashlight

A security guard carries a flashlight for a variety of reasons. Flashlights can be used to better illuminate potentially dangerous dark areas, which can help to keep a security guard safe. It can also be used to locate items or to search for anyone who may be on the property without permission. In addition, a flashlight can be used to signal for help if needed.

8. Handheld Radio

A radio is a vital tool for an armed security guard. It allows the guard to communicate with other guards, and also Dispatch, who will contact law enforcement if necessary. A radio can be used to alert other guards of suspicious activity, to call for assistance in the event of an emergency, and to report any incidents.

9. Body Camera

A security guard carrying a body camera is a way to increase security and protect both the guard and any individuals they may come in contact with. Body cameras can provide an unbiased account of events that occur and can help to deter any potential criminal activity or wrong-doing. They can also provide evidence of any incidents that may occur, such as assaults or robberies.

10. Smartphone

A security guard may carry a smartphone to stay in constant communication with their supervisors and other members of their team if their radio goes down. They are also a useful tool for writing logs and taking photographs to accompany reports.

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