Daily Activity Reports are very important documents for the client. The Daily Activity Report, also known as a “DAR”, is the only tangible way for your client to get a feel of what is happening at a particular post or assignment.
Nearly every Uniform Security Officer is required to submit a written activity report or log on a daily basis.
It is extremely important for a Security Officer to have good writing skills. Poor writing skills can mean the difference between a “warm body” Officer and a highly Skilled Security Officer.
I want to share with you a real example of a weak poor Security Officer daily report.
The photo you see in this post displays the entire written report for an 8 hour shift.
Take a look at the content that is written and then imagine that this was your Daily Report. Ask yourself these questions:
1. Is this really a detailed re-cap of what I observed on my entire shift?
2. Are terms like “All is well…Nothing to report…No problems” proactive prevention?
3. Would the client by satisfied with this report?
4. Am I relaying as much information as possible about this location?
5. Did I deter or prevent any crimes? If so, I don’t need to include it on my report, do I?
Can you see where I am going with this line of questioning?
The bottom line on this report…from my perspective…is that it gets a big fat “F”!
After reading a stack of logs like this one, most clients would be mumbling…”If this is the re-cap of what happened over an 8 hour shift at a busy center, then maybe I don’t need a Security Officer assigned to this location?” Remember…the client is paying your salary, right? Shouldn’t you try to make the client happy?
Here’s some really good advice…
Don’t ever turn in a report that looks similar to this one!
(Unless you want to forever remain an entry-level Security Officer)
Stay tuned to a future post where I will provide an example a great Daily Report!