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How difficult is security?

I've been told it's easy by others, however I want to know what they mean by easy? Because I highly doubt it would be as simple as walking about aimlessly.

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abdo’s Answer

Work means Hard whether working office or just sitting down watching people. I worked security guard I used work the shift from 10pm to 6pm.
my job was to watch and stay my car.I felt hard job because they took my freedom. My Answer is the easiest job i have ever had is working as security guard.
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Kess’s Answer

Hello!
I'm sorry but this is going to be a bit of a non-answer.... It depends on where you work. I used to work security at a hospital, my job entailed walking the various buildings and grounds and handling lost & found items. I also answered questions for a lot of visitors. However, hospital security also includes physically restraining violent / combative patients and family members, acting as a mediator, and responding to fire alarms.

Other security jobs can simply be watching for shoplifters or checking IDs at entrance points.
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Steve’s Answer

Similar to Kess' answer, a bit of a non-answer but happy to give you a few more things to think about. I think it greatly depends on what you want to make it out to be. You may be assigned an initial task of "watch this" or "greet people here", etc. However, when I did a short stint in security I found that the more I found ways to insert myself and help out wherever I could, the more I enjoyed the job and the "easier" it became. So you can make it what you want it to be above and beyond your assigned task.
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Rafael A.’s Answer

Hi Natilius, I'll answer this on behalf of my Father who retired in this field. Kess's answer about it depends where you work is key, working mall security is entirely different from being assigned to a Bus/Commercial vehicle garage, a hospital, corporate park etc. Just think about it this way, the less casual a place is in regards to who can go in and out, with what permissions, or what is stored inside a facility is what can dictate just how serious or intense the job can be. Entry level security tends to have you doing basic duties and not necessarily running a site on your own or even driving a vehicle perhaps, but the job you apply to may very well have that. Consider each opportunity for what it requires and what is best for you.
Your friends who found the job easy may have had locations that made it feel easy, or they are generally organized, are alert in noticing things out of place, and are comfortable making reports. Those are some frequently used skills security officers put to use, so you could imagine that if you hated being held accountable for any of that then this job suddenly becomes very difficult. I hope this helps, good luck!

Rafael A. recommends the following next steps:

Research SORA or equivalent certifications
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Ronnie’s Answer

There honestly isn't a one-size-fits-all answer to this because security covers a large working sector with subsectors. In addition, every individual is unique hence, what one person finds easy in a particular field would probably not be as easy for another person. However, you're absolutely correct to think that it's not just walking around aimlessly. It isn't. That would be an insult to the brave security personnel worldwide who are on the lookout daily to keep their respective communities safe. This brings me to the conclusion that security being easy would most likely be a function of talent and ability working hand in hand with the passion to keep your community safe.
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