Watchman

Watchmen guard entrances to factories, office complexes, and also to residences or residential streets. They are usually classified as Grade E security guards.


Day watchmen at industrial or commercial premises monitor incoming traffic and pedestrians, watching carefully for suspicious people and firearms. Watchmen keep records of people entering and leaving the premises and sign and issue security passes. Outgoing traffic and pedestrians have to return their security passes. Watchmen are constantly on the lookout for stolen equipment and motorcars.

Night watchmen at commercial and industrial premises patrol the premises, often with guard dogs, keeping a constant lookout for attempted break-ins. They also check that all windows and doors are closed and locked and watch out for occurrences such as fire, gas or water leakage and explosions.

There is a constant element of danger in the work of watchmen, particularly that of night watchmen, who may therefore carry firearms and must be trained to use them. Watchmen are usually linked by two-way radio to their employing security company.

Watchmen at private residences and in streets in residential areas keep a constant lookout for burglars and hijackers. They usually escort residents into their properties to ensure their personal safety and the safety of their vehicles.


How to Enter

Schooling & School Subjects

No specific requirements




What to Study

Certificate courses at various levels are offered by independent institutions and instructors registered with the Security Officers’ Board.

Most employers offer in-service training.


Employment

  • specialised security companies
  • large companies with a security division
  • private individuals


Further Information

Any of the above-mentioned potential employers

The Security Association of South Africa (SASA)
P O Box 414
Kloof, 3640
Tel: (031) 764-6765 Fax: (031) 764-6765
www.sasecurity.co.za

Institute for Security Studies
P O Box 1787
Brooklyn Square, 0075
Tel: (012) 346-9500/2 Fax: (012) 346-9570
www.iss.co.za


Getting Started

  • try to obtain vacation work in a security company
  • learn how to use a firearm safely and effectively
  • get a shooting licence
  • make an appointment to speak to watchmen about this type of work


Related Occupations