Security Management

Learn about products services and strategies in the security industry. Know how to minimise the risk of all types of crime from assault to theft; petty crime to serious.

Course Code: BBS213
Fee Code: S3
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment
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Learn to Manage Security

  • Security for people, places, property
  • Security services, products, strategies

Know how to mitigate risk of damage, injury, theft or other crime

Lesson Structure

There are 9 lessons in this course:

  1. Scope And Nature of Security Operations
    • Introduction
    • Threats
    • What can be threatened
    • Perceived threats
    • Threat versus risk
    • Threat assessment
    • Second line of defence
    • Hierarchy of security controls
    • Home security
    • Plants for security
    • Inside the burglars mind
    • Ethical Issues in security
    • Insurance
    • Social media
  2. Low tech Security Equipment
    • Introduction
    • Gates and doors
    • Latches
    • Locks
    • Safes
    • Vaults
    • Safe types
    • Vault types
    • Alarms
    • Lighting
    • Signs and Security cameras
    • Placement
    • Single versus combination use
    • Piracy and theft
    • Weapons
  3. Security Equipment Technology
    • Lighting
    • Alarms
    • Wired systems
    • Wireless systems
    • Monitored systems
    • Unmonitored systems
    • Triggers - types, motion, sound, laser triggers
    • What is triggered
    • Fire and other alarm systems
    • Smoke detectors
    • Heat detectors
    • Carbon monoxide detectors
    • Locating detectors
    • Security cameras - inside or out
    • Closed circuit or stand alone cameras
    • Specific camera types - PTZ, boxed, fixed, bullet, turret etc
    • Motion detection/activation
    • Thermographic imaging
    • Doorbells
  4. Security Personnel
    • Types of security personnel
    • Using security personnel
    • Fixed position security
    • Security patrols
    • Security dogs -pet dogs, guard dogs
    • Security Equipment Installers
  5. Risk Assessment and Protocols
    • Being proactive, not reactive
    • Evaluating risk
    • What is risk assessment
    • Risk mitigation
    • Risk assessments at a premises
    • Electronic risk assessment
    • Security protocols
    • Burglar profile
    • Burglar security measures
    • Shoplifting and security measures
    • Arson and security measures
  6. Applications – Property Protection – land and buildings
    • Protecting land and buildings
    • Perimeter fencing
    • Automatic gates
    • Window bars
    • Protecting commercial properties
    • Burglars and intruders
    • Terrorism
    • Reducing fire risk
    • Security lighting
    • Protecting land
  7. Applications – Property Protection -cars, art, valuables
    • Need and level of protection
    • Worth of an item
    • Level of risk exposure
    • What the valuable is
    • How conspicuous is it
    • Where/how is it kept
    • Cost of protection
    • Pets and livestock
    • Highly valuable items
    • Protecting valuables
  8. Applications – Personal Protection
    • What is personal protection
    • Why personal protection is needed
    • Types of harm
    • Situational risk management
    • Types of threats
    • Operators working within a management system
    • Situational crime prevention
    • Personal protection of oneself
    • When threatened from a known individual
    • Gender based violence
    • Bullying, racism and discrimination
    • Devices & equipment for protection
  9. Applications – Commercial property and events
    • Commercial property protection
    • Inventory
    • Preventing theft and tampering
    • Offices
    • Factories
    • Shopping centres
    • Events protection
    • Contingency and emergency planning
    • Rules and regulations
    • Crowd control
    • Traffic & transport
    • Adult activities and children
    • Theft and vandalism

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


  • Discuss the scope and nature of the security industry.
  • Describe and recommend low tech security equipment for appropriate use in different contexts.
  • Describe and recommend high tech security equipment for appropriate use in different contexts.
  • Describe and recommend the use of security personnel for appropriate use in different contexts.
  • Assess security risks and in response recommend appropriate protocols for different situations.
  • Explain different appropriate security measures to be applied for protection of land and buildings, both residential and commercial.
  • Explain different appropriate security measures to be applied for protection of valuable items including cash, jewellery, art and collectables.
  • Explain different appropriate security measures to be applied for personal protection in different contexts.
  • Explain different appropriate security measures to be applied for protection of people and property at events and commercial properties including shopping centres, tourist attractions and workplaces.

Who Might Benefit from this Course?

  • Trainee Security Guard
  • Business owner or manager
  • Security Officer
  • Security equipment suppliers and manufacturers
  • Property owner or manager 
  • Landscaper, builder, architect

The security industry exists to reduce the psychological and physical threat to people in society; and to diminish the incidence and severity of threats turning into reality and causing harm. Whilst threats may take several forms, they are most generally a person, action or item liable to cause harm. 

There are two primary components to a threat: 
1. What causes the threat?
2. What is threatened?

Many security industry jobs are focussed on mitigating threats, while others contribute to a greater or lesser extent toward managing security. These include supplying both products and services. They cover policing, legal services, private investigators, consultants and security officers. The security industry also employs a diversity of other people from fencing contractors and security system installers through to locksmiths and safe makers.

Volunteer and lobby groups can exist to contribute to crime prevention; while prison and parole officers, social workers and counsellors are involved with controlling or rehabilitating criminals. 

Why Do this Course?

  • To improve your own security
  • To work in the security industry
  • Professional development for anyone with an interest in crime prevention


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