History of Home Security: Security Guards

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Throughout history, humans have been trying to find a way to defend their property. Weapons were wielded, pets were trained, walls were built and moats were dug. And yet, thieves and robbers somehow continued to find new ways to intrude onto properties.

Eventually, humans figured the best approach was to fight fire with fire and started employing others — security guards — to protect their property.

The Watchmen

The first time someone hired a “security guard” most likely occurred in Ancient Rome, around AD 6. The Vigiles Urbani (“Watchmen of the City”), more commonly known as the Vigiles, were the firefighters and police of Rome. They are largely credited as the first group to serve as security personnel.

The Vigiles’ served primarily as firefighters, but also had the responsibility of acting as Rome’s police force. They were tasked with catching thieves and robbers and being on the lookout for instances of minor crimes, such as disturbance of peace.

Rise of the Bodyguard

Many years later, during the Industrial Revolution in the late 1800s, property ownership boomed. As a result, there was an increase in the number of people who hired personal security guards. However, employing guards wasn’t cheap and, for the most part, those of wealth were the only ones who had access.

Today, security guards are more commonly found in businesses. Sure, you’ll see security details around the homes of celebrities, athletes, politicians and other high-profile personalities, but go to any corporate building or retail store and chances are you’ll see at least one security guard patrolling the premises.

Time for Technology

Security guards may be effective, but they’re certainly not the most practical solution for protecting your belongings; a more accessible solution was needed for homeowners.

Luckily, an inventor named Augustus Pope would patent the first electromagnetic alarm system in 1853, paving the way for the home security systems that we know today.

Next time on History of Home Security, we’ll take a look at Pope’s work and his contributions to the start of modern home security. See you then!

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  4. Magnum Protective Services

    Nice post. Security guard should always be at attentive to prevent being stuck unawares.

  5. Jalu Sakti

    This information is so cool! I never quite knew the history behind seurity guards, but from your article, I understand it, now. It really does make sense to have a security guard nearby because even if you have an electronic security system, who would take down the guy stealing stuff? There is definitely a need for on-site personnel who can keep everything safe. Thanks for opening my eyes about this topic!

  6. Saurabh Chadha

    Nice post. Security guard should always be at attentive to prevent being stuck unawares.

  7. Security Guard

    A professionally trained, experienced, and reliable security guard is better than 10 IP Cameras from my experience. Just having the visibility of a guard in the area deters most crime. This is why we chose to form our business on physical guards rather than camera technology.

  8. judy wilson

    It’s interesting to learn about the history of security guards. I didn’t realize that they started out as city watchmen that served as firefighters and as the police force in Rome. Having a personal security guard during the Industrial Revolution seems necessary to keep personal properties for the rich safe from intruders. It’s great that they’re used today to keep businesses and personal properties safe today.

  9. Olia Frisk

    Great Post, security guard must always be at alert to avoid being caught unawares.

  10. Travis Thompson

    While technology has come an amazingly far way, there is still nothing like a human body guard. Even trained dogs can have trouble when offered a steak, and electronic security can be beat (I used to install them, they’re not sophisticated). A guard supplied by an experienced security services company will always make a bigger impression on a thief than an electronic system.

  11. Stop De Dief

    This is really true. According to time, the technology also improved. Nice post, I want to know more about IP Camera. Can you write a blog for IP Cameras ?

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