Life of a Security Guard

Many people look at a security guard and think “wah, this job damn senang lor…sit down do nothing, get paid”. But FiveStars, I’d like to share with you a story about what it is really like.

Firstly, I’m in the business of securing condominiums. Sure, the job sounds easy – but I can assure you it’s not. We’re a lost and found centre, a missing children’s centre, we’re plumbers, locksmiths, repairmen, we get called to do odd jobs, we’re in direct line of fire if there are break-ins, domestic quarrels and the first in line with threats.

Threats, abuses and complaints – we get it all the time when we merely do our job to check on visitors, we get complaints when we do our job to interfere in domestic quarrels. People make noise at the BBQ areas and it is our fault if we cannot get residents and their friends to be have civil.

I even had a resident make a complaint when her cat died jumping out of the window, and it was my fault for not spotting the cat on the window ledge.

The salary isn’t huge, the pressures are high. And we’re not allowed to work two jobs at a time even if we wanted to. Please go easy us, we’re just here to do a job like everyone else.

Liew Bee Choo, 52, security officer at a condo in the East.

Editor’s notes: The median basic of a security officer is btw $700-$800. Media gross wages after working 12 hours a day, 6 days a week is $1550. The Progressive Wage Model is set to increase their salary by as much as $300.With overtime, that would be at least $450.


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