Chapter 16



Patrols assist in preventing/deterring loss and positively add to any organization's security program. This chapter discusses the two types of patrols: internal and external. Observation is the key element on every patrol that a security officer conducts during his or her shift.


External patrol; First patrol; Internal patrol; Pattern variations; Sixth sense

Patrol procedures

The primary purpose of security is to prevent and deter loss. A key element in this strategy is the use of patrols conducted by security officers. Patrolling is defined as the act of moving about an area to provide protection and to conduct observation.
Patrols have existed since security measures were first implemented. In Hospital Security

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