How to know when it’s time to fire your security guard or security company

Hiring involves time, effort, and resources from both employer and employee or security company. This probably explains why firing could be a difficult decision to make. Moreover, firing could also mean having to defend your decision before government agencies like the State Unemployment Office, the Department of Labor, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Yet, for the safety of your assets, it is important to know when it’s time to fire your security guard or security company.


Is your security guard or the staff from the contracted security company always in a state of slumber while on duty? Or do they appear unfocused and always in a daze when you pass them? Are they tardy? Such unprofessional behavior is enough reason to get them fired. Admittedly, security guards are humans too and also bound to have personal worries, however, professional courtesy demands that they separate work and personal life. An employer deserves a security guard who is not distracted but focused on protecting the client’s business.


Failing to patrol at the scheduled time is negligence that should not be condoned. Negligence here also includes the inability to meet client demands after signing the security contract. Often, security companies make overreaching promises just to sign on a new client, and then suddenly develop cold feet after the deal has been sealed. If you notice that your demands, within the scope allowed under the contract are repeatedly not being met, then it is time to fire your security guard or security company.

Just Not A Good Fit

The reason you hired a security guard or a security company was to not have to worry about security matters. If however, you find that you have more security issues on your hand, then it’s time to consider firing your security guard or security company. For instance, the security guards assigned to you have no experience working your desired schedule or in your kind of environment, it is your right to request a different guard.