When you think of a security guard, you'll probably picture black trousers and a light blue shirt bearing the company logo, shoulder epaulettes and a baseball cap with 'SECURITY' in all caps. However, security guard uniforms have come a long way since then, despite what the TV might tell you. This iconic uniform has adapted with the times.
How have they adapted?
The security guard's uniform is much more subtle than it used to be. Many guards now work in a corporate environment, and their uniforms need to reflect that. The rise of suits, smart shirts, and breathable jackets have increased in office environments. It is also worth noting security guards often play a front of house role these days. Meanwhile, warehouse and construction sites tend to use cargo pants and breathable outerwear for their security guards. All the while, practicality is at the centre of the modern security uniform, with comfortable shoes offering support. In the same way the police adapted their uniform to a much more practical design, so have forward thinking companies and security staff providers.
Why have they adapted?
In the corporate world, the security guard has adapted with their job description. Their primary objective tends to be customer safety and support rather than an overt crime deterrent. This low profile approach keeps security guards distinct from uniformed police officers. Instead, their appearance conveys a team player, enforcing their place as leaders in emergencies. From corporate offices to public parks, the security guard now promotes the company brand as well as the safety of their remit.
Will they adapt again
In our current climate, and with new government advice rolling in daily in response to COVID-19, security uniforms are adapting yet again. The priority in this latest evolution is safety, for both the people they work with and the guards themselves. Your company's security guards may now be responsible for enforcing face coverings in public spaces, so they will need suitable PPE and face coverings too.
That age-old toolbelt may need to return to the uniform repertoire, now hosting hand sanitiser and spare masks to offer to clients.