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Why Positioning, Posture, and Awareness are Everything in Armed Security

Posted on August 23 2018

In the world of armed security, there is not a single day that you can allow yourself to become complacent. In the instant that you present a weak target, you can and will be struck by individuals who have the intent to take your life in the advancement of their own. Posture, position, and the ability to keep your wits about you for long periods of time can mean the difference between life and death.

During the video you are about to watch, two security guards for an armored car company are delivering a load of cash to an ATM. One guard, armed with only a pistol, is carrying the cash to the drop-off point to restock an ATM. The second guard puts himself in a position that doesn’t allow him to effectively cover his partner during an attack.

The two security guards enter their target location as if this is just another boring day on the job. For the two men, moving large sums of cash every day is a regular occurrence, and they have probably made this exact same maneuver two dozen times just this day. The position that the second security guard takes however leaves the two men open to an attack from four armed robbers.

Due to the position the security guard with the shotgun took, he is unable to spot the four men while they are moving in to conduct their attack. By standing near the wall, he has created a large blind spot behind himself, leaving the direction that they entered the location from open. Because of this, he is unable to react in time to the robber’s approach and is forced to immediately surrender or risk being killed outright by men who have him at gunpoint.

Luckily for the first security guard, who was smart enough to realize that he was immediately beaten, the second security guard hears the commotion and turns around weapon drawn. He opens fire into the robbers immediately regaining the initiative in the fight. This in turn allows the second security guard to take the opportunity to open fire on the criminals as well, pushing them into a full-blown retreat.

There is an old mantra that says, “Complacency kills.” Luckily enough in this situation, the partner was able to react fast enough to regain the initiative. The simple mistake of creating a blind spot from the direction they came was almost enough to not only cost them the cash they were delivering, but also their lives. Never assume the direction that you came from is clear. We live in a three-dimensional world, and threats can and will approach you from any direction.

In the aftermath of this event, one of the robbers was killed. He died at the scene of the incident while paramedics tried to resuscitate him using CPR. Fortunately, neither security guard was injured in the attempted armed robbery, and no bystanders were injured in the ensuing gunfight either.

The following footage was recorded on a security camera system near an ATM.



  • scott Broome: September 02, 2018

    Perfect practice, produces perfect performance. I am curious how much training, these guards are “required” to participate in?
    I have not been in this situation, if I chose to ploy myself in this profession, you can bet, I would train, train and then train some more.
    Knowing each site we would be servicing, the logistical attributes, Ingres’s and egress’s and train both mentally and physically, for any and all possible scenario. Heck, I do my best, to look at every place I go, observing all entry and exit points, potential threats, then position myself in the best possibly spot, to either exit with my family, or to immediately react to neutralize the threat. I am neither LE, nor have I had the privilege to have served my Country in uniform. I regret this fact, if I have any regrets at all!
    Having said this, I live in CA, the anti- self protection epicenter of the “Left- coast”, so I already have a distinct dis- advantage. I am not, nor do I intend on being a victim, just stating facts. With this in mind, I have a responsibility to defend and protect, not only my own life and those of my Family, but any life threatened in my piece of the World, I am my “Brothers” keeper!
    I was raised in a small town in the South, south Placer County, CA, that is. Where we looked out for each other and didn’t lock our doors, till the mid-70’s.
    This was when CA was a Great State and our Town, magical.
    Back to the issue at hand. Each one of us has an obvious choice, be a part of the problem, or a part of the solution.
    Had this place had “open- carry”, and Citizens actually used this Right, would this even taken place?
    Just sayin’
    God Bless all who have, or are wearing the Uniform of the Greatest Country in the world, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
    God Bless The USA🎯

  • Nut Sack: September 01, 2018

    I saw three guards also. Pi$$ poor performance by everyone visible in the video. Guard on right puts himself directly in the natural line of fire. Then he’s got to play dead not to get shot by everyone else. They run away and leave the cash??? I’m confused.

  • Ronald Carl Dennis: August 30, 2018

    I believe the correct position for the guard with the long gun would be to stand with the other two to his back on the left hand side of the screen so that he could see everyone that that could see the money transporters.

  • Thomas Robert Stell: August 30, 2018

    I used to have to do that kind of stuff SOLO. My coworkers used to tease me for carrying two pistols. This is just one of the many reasons why I did.

  • faris R KIRKLAND: August 30, 2018

    I don’t see any good spots to overwatch the cash guard. How about advising what to do besides pointing out fault, I also saw 3 guards. Also fxxxxxg terrible sp[ot to have to worry about civilian casualties if a shootout occurs. guard co gets sued cuz who can sue gone or dead felonious scum. Should be done at night.

  • James: August 30, 2018

    I noticed that if she didn’t take anything therefore it looks like a hit. The guard was looking as though he might have even been in on it.

  • Brad: August 30, 2018

    I see three guards in the video.

  • Darrell S: August 30, 2018

    I was certain the robbers would kill the guard with the shotgun as they came around the corner and saw him crouching there, possibly by simply being startled and pulling the trigger. Excellent video

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