Muhammad Baig: President at Baig Security

Baig Security was founded by Muhammad Baig in 2020. As a Sheridan alum, Muhammad developed a passion for promoting safety and security. His academic background in Human Resource and Business Marketing led to him starting Baig Security, ensuring all his clients and employees have the best work experience and a safe work environment.

Safety is the #1 priority at Baig Security. Because safety is so important to us, we want to provide the best solutions to ensure just that for all of our clients. We have two offices in Burlington and Hamilton but we service all of Ontario.

Baig Security’s vision is to become the best security company in Canada.

An interview with Baig Security President: Muhammad Baig

Baig Security is committed to going above and beyond to provide the highest quality in security services in Ontario. Offering a range of services from commercial and residential services to monitoring port and dock to insurance and private investigation services. We provide customized solutions no matter the size of your business and to meet your needs.

At Baig, we pride ourselves with providing highly trained professional security guards who are always ready to safeguard your business, people and assets. Each client gets top notch customer service.

Since he started Baig Security, Muhammad Baig has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Under 40 Security Industry Professionals by SP&T News! The growth of Baig Security could not have been possible without the strong and dedicated teamwork of our employees and the leadership of Muhammad Baig.

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Baig Security president, Muhammad Baig

Looking to learn more about our services, what we do or have questions you need clarified? You can contact us by email at [email protected] or request a quote on our website at www.baigsecurity.com 

Let us help you secure your business, people and assets.

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Security Guards: Expectations Vs Reality

We interviewed two security guards about their experience in the security industry

The first person we interviewed is RyanJohn Staples, you can check him out on LinkedIn here: Ryan’s Linkedin. He has 4 years of security Guard and loss prevention investigations experience. When asked what led him to become a security guard, RyanJohn said:

“Got asked to start as a doorman with a bar once I turned 19 then within a year became head of security for a couple of years and started with a few companies’s not long after.”

We also asked him what he thought a security guard would be like and he said: “From first starting off at the local bar I expected it to be slow some nights and full of incidents and issues on other nights. All in all, I find as long as you treat people with respect no matter the incident and remain calm you will have great days. I always tell people new to security to absolutely never take anything personally and always be professional as we are the ones to defuse any issues that may occur.”

According to RyanJohn nothing for him changed in terms of expectations and reality while working in the security industry. We also asked RyanJohn if he could change anything what would it be his response was “More in-person training courses would be a bonus. I am always looking to learn new things to better myself, gain more knowledge.” 

Another question that was asked is how has covid affected his work.

He said “ Gave me more opportunities and more jobs.” 

If there was anything that could change about being a security guard RyanJohn said he would prefer more in-person training as he is always looking to learn and gain more knowledge.

Another guest we interviewed was Damien Rickus, you can check him out on LinkedIn here: Damien’s Linkedin. His background experience is in the Armed forces and he has also been  Security Officer. One of the questions we asked Damien is about what led him to become a security guard as we wanted to learn more about what inspired him to become one.

He said  “It is a good career path when you become self employed as you can be earning £20 up, the main reason is that I can gain so many qualifications and have access to similar career paths through the same courses.” Another question that was asked was what did he think working as a security guard will be like and he said “I thought that security guards be under pressure from employers and that there would be something happening every day”

How did that differ from reality?

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“There’s not much happening every day in the sense of this is serious, I learnt that the main thing is to be vigilant to deter crime and help the community but keeping everyone safe due to the fact that security guards are trained in first aid, fire safety and security, this means we are ready to tackle a multitude of problems.”

Damien also answered our question related to how covid affected his work and said “Covid has shut down a lot of venues meaning work has not been available however once everything opened back up there are more jobs for security than the country has guards.”

With his experience as a security officer and working in the armed forces, we wanted to find out if he could change anything about being a security guard what it would be and he said “I would change the pay rate as security and safety are essentials in the world if the pay increased the number of trained guards would increase making the nation a safer place to be.”

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What’s it like being a security guard?

We interviewed three security guards about their experiences on the job. 

The first guard we interviewed was Chris Ballantyne. He’s had 3 years working in health care security after graduating from the Protection, Security and Investigations from Georgian College. 

What led you to become a security guard?

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“I wanted to become a security guard in order to build an excellent foundation and reputation for a further career in law enforcement. Working in a hospital, we work alongside law enforcement almost daily, building rapport as well as getting a brief sneak peek into their procedures.”

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When asked What do you like about the job? Chris said, “Knowing I’m building my knowledge and resumé base for my next career, the people are awesome, and it’s not the same thing every day, always a little different.”  

Chris says that working as a security guard, he found he dislikes, “Unfortunately the pay, sadly in New Brunswick security is a tad underpaid, even when calculating cost of living factors percentage-wise, it’s still low in my opinion, but many careers are lower paid in the Atlantic provinces of Canada.”

Next, we interviewed Damien Rickus, who has been working as a security guard since March 2021.

Damien became a security guard because being a security guard was one of the three career paths I chose when leaving secondary as there can be a lot of progression within the security business from a static guard up to close protection and going from employee to employee self-employed into a business owner.

When asked, “What are some misconceptions people have about security guards? “Damien said:

“The biggest misconception people have about security guards is that we are lazy and have no clue of what is happening around us; this is untrue as a security guard needs to be fully alert at all times also we have a multitude of tasks and training in which we need to complete in order to keep every person as safe as possible.”

Check out Damien on Linkedin

How many hours do you work as a security guard?

The majority of shifts are 12 hours; however, you can work a 15 hour shift if your company lets you do so; signing the opt-out agreement is the best thing to do as you can then work 5 days out of 7, making for a total minimum of 60 hours in a week.

How much do you make as a security guard? Do you feel it’s fair to pay?

Chris says, “$16.50/hr. I feel it’s low compared to where I used to live, which was about $10/hr more. The hospital there and here are similar in size (the one I currently work at is technically bigger by bed count), thus serving a similarly sized community.’

Damien has similar views stating, “The majority of pay for security staff is around £10 per hour; I believe this to be unfair as there ate costs that we security personnel have to endure to qualify and get our badges”.

What are some of your responsibilities?

Chris, who works in healthcare security, says his responsibilities are:

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Maintaining secure entrances (Locking doors, making sure windows and doors are closed, not damaged and functioning as intended. Maintain parking lot standards (written warnings, counts of spots). Assist staff with upset or possibly violent patients, visitors etc.

Whereas Damien says, “The responsibilities of a security can include, first aid, patrols, access and egress control, CCTV monitoring, key keeping, some receptionist responsibilities (if working in a gatehouse), spotting potential threats.”

Phillip Brigante is currently working as a security officer who previously worked as a security police officer in the air force. His military training is what led him to become a security guard. One thing he enjoys about the job is being able to help people and find there’s nothing he dislikes about the position. He shares Chris and Damien’s views on the common misconception of being a security guard is that they are seen as rent-a-cops. 

Check out Phillip on his Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/phillip-brigante-a174aa20b/

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What’s it like to work in the Security Industry?

We interviewed four different security professionals to find out firsthand what it’s like to work in the security industry? 

Featuring Gerry Markee, RyanJohn Staples, David P Bradney, and Cole Nethercott. 

We had the first question: What are your views on the security industry?

Gerry Markee is a retired Security Trainer, Union Executive and Steward. He was employed in Hospitals and Museums for over 40 years. Gerry worked in Health and Safety and as a consultant in Security Legislation that updated the Security industry legislation. 

When asked about his views on the security industry, Gerry said, “Disappointment. Despite legal changes demanding better training, employers and governments will always fight to keep wages and costs as low as possible, creating, for the most part, a job ghetto. Management is often incompetent, anti-labour, and not above breaking laws due to serious ethical failings”.

David P Bradney is retired as a Colonel after 27 years in the United States Marine Corps in 2017. He worked as a combat veteran with deployments to Somalia, the Philippines, Iraq, and Afghanistan. In addition, I participated in numerous Theater Security Deployments and diplomatic missions throughout the Asia-Pacific Region, East Africa, and South America. David has been the Central Region Vice President for Gardaworld security services in the US since 2017, where he led and managed branch teams delivering security services across ten (10) states from Texas to South Dakota.

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Davids’s experience in both the Security and the Military means he has amounted a lot of knowledge over the years. He said that the trends he noticed are, “The industry will continue to experience steady growth across the world, but hybrid solutions are becoming more necessary due to rising costs in labour and growing statutory and regulatory restrictions.

Check out David on LinkedIn

The number of security providers will continue to contract because of mergers and acquisitions. This M&A activity is so prevalent now because most smaller providers are unable to compete in terms of cost and resources with the largest companies even at the regional level.”.

How do you feel covid has affected the security industry?

Cole Nethercott is an experienced security professional of 3+ years with a demonstrated history of working as a security guard within the industry. When asked how he felt COVID-19 had affected the security industry, he said,

“I feel that it has been good for the industry; as Security, we need to be able to adapt to situations and adapt quickly. I feel like security guards, and companies have done that and have done it well to the best of their abilities. I feel that we have more of a role in the day to day operations and actually have a voice with our clients now more than before”

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I would like to see better training for the security industry, higher standards, and better relations with LEO’s; an example, in Ontario, Canada, the security course to receive your security license is only 40 hours, I’d like to see that become maybe a month, going over items more in-depth such as fire response and fire panel operations, basics of computer and CCTV operations (hands-on), better medical training rather than just the basic emergency level, hands-on radio operations (I’ve trained too many guards that don’t know how to use a radio or even turn it on, I understand there is a starting point for everyone for the knowledge base, but that should be covered in the security course). I feel that there should have been more awareness brought about security guards being part of the frontline at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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How do security guards impact workplace safety?

RyanJohn Staples is a Security Guard with four-plus years of experience and a demonstrated history working in the security and investigations industry. 

Ryan’s views on how a security guard impacts workplace safety are,

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“Security guards promote a safe workplace for everyone, and it brings peace of mind to others as we’re usually the first contact before police are called upon for assistance if an incident occurs.”.

Check out Ryan on his Linkedin

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How to become a licensed private investigator?

First things first, are you eligible to become a private investigator?

Who can become an investigator?

To be eligible for a private investigator licence in Ontario, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be eligible to work in Canada
  • Have a clean criminal record

What type of investigator do you want to be?

This is an important next step to starting a P.I career. You might be surprised to know that they do more than just discover affairs! There is a wealth of different career paths you can take as a licensed investigator. 

Different Private Investigator Paths

The following are some of the career paths that come with working as a private investigator:

Personal family investigations

A family investigation generally involves working with divorced people and child custody. 

DIVORCE & CHILD CUSTODY 

Crimes against persons

Child custody investigations

Cyber extortion and bribery

Art and jewelry theft

Attorney legal support

Litigation support

Genealogy, probate and estate

Lost and unclaimed assets

Workers compensation fraud

Corporate crisis management

Workplace drug trafficking

Fraud and forgery investigations

Brand protection

Manufacturing and industrial theft

You can also specialize in surveillance, fraud, motor vehicle investigations, insurance and cyber forensics.

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Steps required to be licensed as a private investigator

Basic training course

Check out our Private Investigator Training course. This specialized 50hr online course meets and exceeds the syllabus requirements of the Ontario Ministry of the Solicitor General. It is delivered 100% online and has been updated recently to reflect any changes in relevant legislation. Upon sign up, our Private Investigator students receive a comprehensive practice test to complete at their own pace to further prepare them for the provincial exam.

As a licensed private investigator in Ontario you will have to deal with challenging situations and will require proficient training to be able to handle them. We offer a comprehensive private investigator program that is aligned with the Ontario Ministry’s 50hr syllabus and meets Ministry requirements. Our curriculum will also give you all the practical tools and training you need to be successful.

Licensing exam

Apply for a private investigator licence

Once you’ve successfully completed your private investigator training course you will need to apply for your license. Once you receive it you can start practicing as a private investigator. 

What is the cost of obtaining a private investigator licence?

The cost varies based off of course provider, our course is $229.

Interested in learning more about our training courses? Go to this link www.baigsecurity.com/training for more information.

How much money do security guards make?

Are you looking to start a new career? Does Security sound like a good fit for you? It’s essential to know everything about the job you are looking into. We are here to help.

How much a security guard makes is dependent upon three things: location, training and experience.

Average Security Guard Salaries by Province

Location is one of the three factors that contribute to security guard salaries. The following wages were gathered from Indeed. Security Guards in Canada make an average of $16.62. Salaries will vary based on if you work in the public or private security sector.

Ontario

$16.50

Quebec

$18.57

Manitoba

$16.12

British Columbia

$17.85

Saskatchewan

$16.17

Alberta

$17.43

New Brunswick

$14.30

Nova Scotia

$14.04

P.E.I

$14.42

Yukon

$18.94

Newfoundland

$16.27

Nunavut

$17.33

How does experience affect your pay?

Experience is going to be the most significant factor in determining your pay. The more experience you have, the better your income. In general, at least two years of experience working as a security guard is the minimum amount of experience you can have and see an increase in your salary.

How does education affect your pay?

There are many benefits to continuing education, but the biggest is how it can boost your salary. Having a certificate or degree that is relevant to the security industry can increase your salary as a security guard, in some cases as much as double what someone with only a high school diploma would earn. This does not include the special training you will need to go through to get your license, as every security guard must take it.

What are my Career paths and Pay Rates?

As a security guard, there are many branches you can go into (including average salary):

  • Security Supervisor $18.45 per hour
  • Security Officer $17.38 per hour
  • Cyber-security specialist $23.71 per hour
  • Armed guard $21.11 per hour
  • Border security $26.02 per hour
  • Private security consultant $57.14 per hour
  • Correctional officer $28.44 per hour
  • Fire protection specialists $21.97 per hour
  • Private detective or investigator $24.98 per hour
  • Policing $31.38 per hour

Each one comes with its own unique requirements. If you are interested in expanding into one of these security sectors, we recommend researching what you need to do to be prepared and successful.

Bonuses/Benefits

As well as your salary, working as a security guard can also give you access to benefits and bonuses, the scale of which depends on your employer. The most common type of bonus given out to security guards is holiday and individual performance-based bonuses. Most security guards are offered benefits for medical, dental and vision.

Is a career in Security the right choice for you?

Now that we have covered all the bases in terms of the pay for security guards, you can begin your security journey.

There are many more things to consider when looking into working at a security company. So here are some next steps for you:

  • Research requirements for your location (including education, licensing, age and criminal record)
  • Find a Security Training course approved by your province/state (which will teach you about security protocols, maintaining order, and report writing)
  • Get your license
  • Start working as a Security Guard

If you are unsure how to get started in Security, or are looking for a security job, check out our website, www.baigsecurity.com or send us an email at [email protected]

Have questions about the security guard training program? Check out our post on security training in Canada here: https://qr.ae/pGIMbI

What are the requirements to become a security guard?

So you want to be a security guard? Don’t know where to start? If your answer is yes, Baig Security is here to help you.

This post covers: 

  • How do I get a security guard licence?
  • How long do you have to go to school to be a security guard?
  • How much does it cost to become a security guard?

How do I get a security guard licence?

To be a security guard you need to have a security guard license. Each province and territory has different rules in regards to licensing, so make sure to check these requirements before you get started. 

If you live in Ontario click the link below to see the requirements and licensing process. 

https://www.ontario.ca/page/security-guard-or-private-investigator-licence-individuals#section-0

To get your license you need to take a training course. If you are licensed in a different province then where you are practicing you will need to get that provinces license. 

There are three things you need to be to be able to take a training course. You must be over the age of eighteen, have a clean criminal background, and can legally work in Canada. All courses are 40 hours, and you receive a training completion number at the end.

Here is a link to an Ontario certified training course:

https://baigsecurity.com/training

Our training hub offers:

We offer many features to help with completing your training. Not only is it entirely self-paced (meaning you can work as fast or as slow as you need without penalties), signing up with them also gives you access to more than eighty video lessons and three hundred practice quizzes.

As well, signing up with this security licensing training course provider gives you direct access to instructors via email or live chat so if you have questions or need guidance they are available to you.

To earn your license you need to pass the training course for your province, receive aid training and take an exam. Once you’ve taken the exam you will receive your license. 

 

Educational requirements

You need a minimum of a highschool diploma to work as a security guard. However, if you get further education, like a certificate or degree, you will be more likely to have a higher salary. See more about salary and pay on our other blog page https://baigsecurity.com/blog/how-much-money-do-security-guards-make

Below we’ve listed a few relevant degrees and certificates that might help you in the security industry.

Certificates examples:

De-escalating

Management

Non-violent confrontation

Degree examples: 

Law

Criminal Justice

How much does it cost to become a security guard?

There are few costs associated with becoming a security guard.

The biggest cost is the training course. The price varies depending on what course provider you sign up with. 

The Licensing exam

How much is the test?

The price of the security test is $75.15 after tax in Ontario. 

Hopefully this post has helped you to understand the requirements to be a security guard. 

Check out our other articles on the security industry at https://baigsecurity.com/blog

Any questions? Ask them on our quora, link below.

https://www.quora.com/profile/Baig-Security

What are the pros and cons of being a security guard?

Are you looking for a career change? Maybe a side gig while you are in school? In this article, we will take you through the pros and cons of being a security guard.

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Pros

We will be starting of with the pros of being a security guard. Continue reading to learn more aobut pros and cons of being a security guard.

Pro number 1: 

Every day is different. As a security guard you tend to work more then one site, which lets you be exposed to different places,  and people. As well, by working multiple sites you will be able to pick up a variety of skills, for example, involving investigation, emergency intervention, first aid, supporting police, plain-clothes work, guarding foreign dignitaries (non-govt), tons of stuff. 

Pro Number 2: 

Working in the security industry gives you access. You get to see things others don’t like backstages at concerts, or bank vaults, private villas of the rich & famous, and government facilities.

Pro Number 3: 

Due to the variety of the work you can network with a broad amount of professions, for example, teachers, nurses, lawyers and business owners.

Pro Number 4: 

The demand for reliable and trained security guards is high in the market as each business demands security.

Pro Number 5: 

Due to the exposure to a broad amount of tasks and businesses, you are able to pick up many new skills and be a jack of all trades. For example, as a security guard, you can learn customer service, patrolling and more by performing several different duties.

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Pro Number 5: 

If you don’t like working with others, this job is for you. More often then not you will be able to work independently. 

Pro Number 6: 

As a security guard, with the large amounts of skill you pick up and the vast opportunity to network, segueing into your own security business is the logical next step. 

Pro Number 7: 

If you’re 18 or older you can work as a security guard. You don’t need a degree, so if you are a student this is a good way to make some cash. 

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Cons

There are some cons of working in the different security career paths. They vary based off the security companies you work with and your lifestyle.

Con Number 1: 

As a security guard, you can end up working long hours. For many this is not compatible with their lifestyle. 

Con Number 2: 

As a security guard, you can be exposed to violence. It can be a dangerous line of work. 

Con Number 3: 

As a guard, you can’t work from home. No pajamas and the comfort of your couch in this job!

Con Number 4: 

The starting salary is low, however there is room for improvement depending on your experience, and who you are working for. 

In Conclusion:

Hopefully this article helps you to understand what it’s like to work as a security guard and the positives and negatives of choosing this as your career. 

Looking for work in the security industry and are already a licensed security guard? There are lots of career opportunities in security. Working as a security guard is a great second career or student job, check out our available jobs on our site at security guard jobs in ontario.

If you don’t have training as a guard check out our security guard training programs at security guard training courses.