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Insider tip of the month–Introducing & compliance of search

When introduced and completed correctly, search can play a major part
in loss prevention and as part of your “security mix”. The below are guidelines only

Search overview

No private person has the right to search anyone. Consent must be obtained. Any agreement (contract etc) does not remove the necessity to obtain consent immediately prior to a search taking place.

Under NO circumstances should any force or intimidation be used to carry out a search.

Introduction of search

When introducing / implementing searches it is important the current work environment / ethos is not disturbed. Implementing search, can, at first, cause some animosity and discomfort. However, correct search training, methods & knowledge can eliminate many potential obstacles and within approximately 1 week search procedures should simply become part of the daily work routine. To maintain the dignity of individuals when subjected to a search. Search policies and procedures may vary from site to site according to business requirements and it is necessary for the business to conform to agreed local standards.

Search signage should be displayed at all ENTRY/EXIT points.

All searches must be recorded

Quality and random search provide better results than quantity

Key search protocol

  • A search does not imply that the individual being searched is under suspicion. Treat people in the same manner you would like to be treated and put them at ease. Use the words “please” & “thank you” regularly
  • Bodily contact is not advisable (search wand used). Do not follow body contours. Straight lines only.
  • Never enter pockets (needles/accusations)
  • Females can be searched by a male, providing a 3rd party is present to witness the search and a search wand used otherwise the method is female v female / male v male.
  • Any refusal request the reason and document