Ensure well-being of security guards

It is heartening to see the various actions being taken to raise the image of the security industry in Singapore ("7 in 10 security officers getting better pay, training", March 12; and "Security officers to get more career paths"; Dec 4, 2015).

With better career prospects and monetary rewards, more people will be attracted to the profession.

But the day-to-day welfare of security officers must not be overlooked.

Clients who engage guards from security agencies should ensure that the worksite or workplace has proper rest areas, for instance.

Locations near bin centres should be avoided.

Some condominium managements do not provide adequate shade or shelter for the guards, who have to stand outside the guard post during their sentry duties.

This could affect their health adversely, especially during bad weather.

Residents, visitors and other workers should also cooperate with the guards by complying with the security rules, such as by displaying or producing their identity or security passes upon entering the premises.

Security cannot be compromised for the sake of convenience .

Syed Abdul Muneef Syed Muhammad

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 18, 2016, with the headline 'Ensure well-being of security guards'. Print Edition | Subscribe