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The company where people need to search makes the physical search procedures, however, the basic principals for people search remain similar in the world. Security staff, use various security tools to screen the people, but, in case of the suspicious, or organization policy, they should conduct the physical search for the people.

Controlling the rate of searches

When working on the site, everybody has to search for entering and exiting you should control the people flow, because, Failure to do so can enable people to pass through and from the checkpoint without inspecting the dangerous and prohibited objects.

To prevent the confusing environment controlling the people’s movement as manageable rates are essential. so, make sure you follow the following points;

  • Maintain order in the pre-screening and queue zone
  • Guide the people to proceed when the previous person search.
  • Prevent uncontrolled advancement through the screening point

Conduct physical search

When you are conduction the physical search you should concern the 8 of people’s bodies.

  1. Head, hair, and headwear
  2. Collar 
    • Turn the collar up
  3. Roll the fabric checking for sewn-in items
    • Right arm
    • Direct the person to extend the whole arm
    • With both hands pat from the armpit outward to the wrists
  4.  Left-arm 
    • Direct the person to extend the whole arm
    • With both hands pat from the armpit outward to the wrists
  5. Front of the torso and waist 
    • Pat the torso from top to waist
    • Inspect shirt pocket linings
    • Inspect shirt seams
  6. Right groin, leg, ankle, and foot
    • Stand to the right of the person
    • With both hands pat the inner and outer thigh
    • Pull trouser pockets inside out
    • With both hands pat the leg down to the ankle
    • Lift trouser hem and inspect ankles and socks
  7. Remove shoes and inspect insole, tongue, and laces 
    • Back of the torso and waist
    • Pat the torso from the neck down to the waist
    • Inspect shirt seams
  8. Left groin, leg, ankle, and foot
    • Stand to the left of the person
    • With both hands pat the inner and outer thigh
    • Pull trouser pockets inside out
    • With both hands pat the leg down to the ankle
    • Lift trouser hem and inspect ankles and socks
    • Remove shoes and inspect insole, tongue, and laces

physical-search

Physical items need to search

  • Purses and handbags
  • Backpacks
  • Laptop bags
  • Toolboxes
  • Suitcases

Preparing for the Physical Items search

  • Gain consent from the owner of the belongings
  • Separate the item (bag, case, box, etc.)
  • from the primary search area
  • Direct the owner to place the item on a secondary search table

performing the search

  • Direct the owner to open the item
  •  Visually inspect the contents (do not touch anything)
  •  Direct the owner to remove items of interest and place them on the table for closer visual inspection

Searching people outside of a designated search area

The nature of security operations also results in unexpected occurrences. Often security staff needs to check for personal or properties outside a security screening point. Under the situation, you may require to conduct searches outside of the search area.

  1. Evidence of consent
    • Ask the person to sign a statement in the official notebook giving consent for the search
    • Obtain a witness if possible
  2. Personal safety
    • Choose a well-lit location
    • Move away from any traffic hazards
    • Request back up Security staff if available
    • Communicate the intent to perform a search with the control room
    • Choose to perform the search under CCTV coverage if available

Conclusion: As a security staff you should aware of the types of times you need to identify and have the knowledge of the physical search procedures, because, these enable you to perform the search task effectively.

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