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When you choose Shergroup Security as your integrated security provider, you are choosing a company with heritage and integrity.

The most difficult decision a business owner has to make is with regards to the security of both the building and its employees. This is one of the most critical decisions you’ll make, and it can vary depending on what kind of needs and challenges your company is facing.

Security guards can provide a sense of security to both business owners and customers. They’re also an effective deterrent to criminals who would otherwise be more likely to conduct crimes. You may have to choose between unarmed guards trained in mediation techniques and armed guards with more advanced training who can help avert an escalation situation.

You might choose to hire security guards if you need extra assurance and protection for yourself, your business, or your family. Both armed and unarmed guards can provide security, but which is the best option for your needs? Before making your decision, think about the differences between armed and unarmed security guards.

Difference Between Armed Security and Unarmed Security Guards?

The difference between armed and unarmed security guards may appear obvious at first: one type carries a weapon, while the other does not. When you go a little further, though, the nuances become less obvious.

Unarmed Security Guards |

Unarmed security guards do not carry firearms. They may carry other non-lethal weapons for protection, such as a baton or pepper spray. In some settings, they may carry a taser. Unarmed security guards are typically hired for tasks where the actual threat is low, such as video surveillance, retail outlet monitoring, and school security.

The majority of businesses like to go for unarmed security guards. It’s the best way to deter criminals and protect your property and personnel. Unlike armed security guards, unarmed security guards are a more affordable option for business owners.

Specific businesses that face low to medium risk might consider hiring unarmed guards tailored to their needs. When hiring unarmed security professionals, you can opt for uniformed, suited, or plain-clothed officers.

Armed Security Guards |

Armed security guards are specialized guards, and they usually carry a firearm, which is considered a lethal weapon. Because of this, they are hired to provide a higher level of security for businesses that deal with expensive assets or large crowds, have a large budget, or operate in high crime areas. They undergo intensive training to prepare for the responsibility of their position and have additional certifications and licenses.

Armed security guards are often used for higher-profile events or locations and cost more than unarmed security guards due to the nature of holding a firearm. Because their firearms could make potential clients and customers uneasy and nervous, armed security guards are usually best suited for behind-the-scenes tasks. For organisations with significant assets or products, armed guards may deter theft attempts more effectively than unarmed guards.

What Kinds of Threats Does Your Business Face?

Determine your company’s risk level. Armed security guards are your best bet if your firm is at a moderate or high danger of becoming a criminal target. You can hire an armed guard for the following reasons:

  • Your business has expensive assets such as jewellery and other high-end merchandise
  • Your business has large amounts of cash, such as those in the cannabis industry
  • You host highly publicized and large events, such as live performances or sporting events
  • You need to safely transport valuable items
  • Your business deals with sensitive information or large sums of money
  • You are located in an area with a high crime rate
  • Your business houses or provides accommodations for a large number of people, such as an apartment building or hotel

Employees and staff members that work in high-risk areas can also perform their jobs better knowing that they have the protection of trained security professional.

Unarmed Guards for Low-Risk Businesses

If you believe your company’s risk is modest but you still want security, an unarmed guard is a way to go. The presence of a security guard is far more effective than surveillance equipment or security systems in a low-risk setting.

  • An unarmed guard is good for:
  • School and church settings
  • Traffic control needs
  • Parks, pools, and other recreation areas
  • Museums and galleries

These settings typically aren’t targets for dangerous criminal activity. Theft and vandalism are the most common worries for these firms.

When any kind of security is provided, these types of crimes decrease. In these situations, unarmed security personnel provide adequate supervision and protection.

Cost To Hire

Since both kinds of security guards will have different functions, this will affect the price you pay for each of them.

Armed Guards

Armed guards are trained and provide for a higher level of security so hiring an armed guard can be costly. The hourly fee for an armed guard is higher because of the additional cost related to licensing, training, and equipment upkeep. The price may also vary depending on the risk level of your business, your location, and your specific security needs.

Unarmed Guards

Since unarmed guards do not have to put their lives at risk daily to safeguard your business, they are a more cost-effective option for many business owners. Also, there is no additional cost related to training and licensing involved as they don’t carry firearms. If you are looking for less expensive security, unarmed guards are usually your best option.


Shergroup is here to meet your security needs. Once you’ve taken your business type, your location, and your budget into consideration, you’ll be prepared to make a decision about which security type best suits your needs. Whether you need armed or unarmed security for personal or business reasons, we put your safety first. Integrity, knowledge, reliability, and responsiveness are the hallmarks of our highly trained and qualified guards. We want you to feel safe and secure, and our armed and unarmed security guards are up to the task. Each Shergroup guard has served in the military or worked in law enforcement and has been certified by SIA, so they are knowledgeable and prepared for any eventuality.

We ensure the highest-quality security at affordable costs. Contact us today to learn more about the services we provide. We look forward to protecting and serving you.

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Last updated | 19 July 2023

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