Security Guarding Shift Patterns & Coverage Hours

Security Guarding Shift Patterns & Coverage Hours
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Ensuring suitable coverage of a guarded site is essential to maintaining a secure premises. In this post we explore 3 of the most common security coverage patterns for a static security guarding service.


So what are the three most common security guarding shift patterns?

Security guarding companies can provide a range of static security guarding options, from ad-hoc requirements to contract daily coverage. In most cases, the coverage hours provided by the security company will be fixed to ensure uniform and regular coverage.

The 84-hour Week

The 84-hour guarding schedule provides your business premises with 7-day coverage, for 12-hours per day. This coverage is the least common of the three most common guarding shift patterns, and usually aims to cover the dark hours of the site. A common start and finish time for this service would be 6am to 6pm, Monday to Sunday.

The 108-hour Week

The 108-hour guarding schedule provides your business premises with 7-day coverage, for 12-hours per day Monday to Friday and 24-hour coverage Saturday and Sunday. This coverage is probably the most common of the three guarding shift patterns discussed in this post.

It aims to cover the dark hours of the site during the week and provides full coverage over the weekend. A common start and finish time for this service would be 6am to 6pm, Monday to Friday; with two split shifts over the weekend.

The 168-hour Week

The 168-hour guarding schedule provides your business premises with 7-day coverage, for 24-hours per day. This coverage is a common guarding shift pattern, and usually aims to cover both the daylight and dark hours of the site. Often this pattern is split into two 12-hourĀ  shifts, running from 6am to 6pm and 6pm to 6am.


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About the author: Taylor Rees is the Group Commercial Manager for CSA Service Group, a leading provider of recruitment and facilities services.