A few weeks ago, we did an episode on how to make money on your mobile patrol. That spawned the question from some of our listeners: What equipment should I include in my security patrol vehicle? We’ve worked hard to come up with a pretty comprehensive list, and we try to cover all the necessities on this episode.
There are two key documents that need to be in your security patrol car. First, make sure the car contains the post book and client documentation, with information about properties, contacts, and patrol routes. Alternatively, you can have all this information available digitally.
Plus, there should be an inspection checklist detailing everything that needs to stay in the car, so officers can’t have any excuses for “accidentally” taking something with them.
With enough patrol cars spending enough hours in the field, eventually someone’s going to run into an emergency situation. Maybe it’ll be an injury, or a car crash, or weather, but whatever the case, you want to be prepared. Some useful emergency tools to have on hand are:
- Medical kit (“just something you can buy at Target.”)
- Inclement weather gear
- Emergency blanket
- Road flares & traffic cones
- Reflector vests
- Fire extinguisher
- Ice chest (if in a desert area)
“Make sure that you have a really good maintenance program put together, a good mechanic somewhere, and then a good inspection checklist, because you’ve got to make sure these guys are putting oil in the car, you’ve got to make sure that they’re checking the tires,” I tell Johnny.
Regular inspections are key to preventing serious maintenance issues with patrol vehicles. Check out our inspection tool and webinar for more information on that topic. Even with a good inspection checklist, though, sometimes breakdowns will happen, and you need to be prepared, so make sure you have:
- Tire maintenance equipment
- Jumper cables
- Can of fix a flat
- Oil and transmission fluid
- Simple detailing equipment
- Small utility tool box
- Air fresheners
You always want your officers in the field to be accessible, whether to get instructions from you, take calls from customers/residents, or coordinate with other patrols. To make sure they’re always reachable, ensure that they have:
- Bluetooth headset to take calls while driving
- Phone charger
- Mounted GPS
- Company phone (or their own device)
All that other stuff is there to take care of your officers and your patrol car. That’s all critical, as you can’t have a mobile patrol without an officer and a car. Still, you also want to make sure they’ve got the equipment to do the job properly when they arrive at the location. These include obvious items, such as:
- Light bar or floodlights
- Zip ties or handcuffs
- Hardhat (for construction sites)
But also some less obvious things. For instance, we’ve found it very useful to have:
- Work gloves
- Dog treats
- Trash bags
- Hand sanitizer
- Candy or snacks
Those last two items especially come in handy when you have to deal with vagrants and repeat loiterers.
With all these items in hand, your officers should be prepared for anything they might encounter on a mobile patrol. You’ve still got to have the proper training and processes in place, but starting with the right equipment sets you up for success.