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It’s been estimated that robots could take over 4 million UK private sector jobs within the next 10 years. We are now entering a time where Artificial Intelligence (AI) is being integrated into our lives more and more and questions are being asked about the consequences that this will have on our jobs in the future.

In November of last year, the Government announced plans to spend £500m on tech initiatives which included the development of AI.  Although AI is undeniably going to have an impact on the workforce of the future, we have outlined below four reasons why security guards shouldn’t be worried.


Lack of Judgement and Functionalities

Robots are programmed to do specific things. For example, if a robot security guard is programmed to detect people carrying metal objects, it will do only that. In addition to being single-minded, they also lack the judgement of human beings. This could be dangerous in certain situations as robots are unable to read body language, make judgement on people’s actions and lack the ability to reason or adapt based on circumstances.

Human security guards are trained to deal with a wide range of incidents and can assess situations and act in the necessary manner. Only human security guards can act quickly and efficient enough to protect effectively from a potential threat.


Vulnerable to Hacking

No matter how advanced a robot is, they are still a creation of human technology. Therefore, they will always be susceptible to hacking. Research has shown that robots created by some of the biggest names in the industry in fact contain cybersecurity flaws. Having a robot security guard that is vulnerable to being hacked will pose a serious risk to a premise and its people.

Human security guards are a much safer bet in the sense that employers will not have to worry about a guard being reprogrammed to potentially cause harm or damage… because they have a brain rather than circuitry.



It is true that, generally, per hour a robot security guard is cheaper to run then paying the wage of a human security guard. But there are further additional costs that come into play such as the cost of hiring an operator to maintain and repair the robot, paying for any technical faults and buying necessary software updates. In the long run, employers of robot security guards can expect to pay much more money.



A robot security guard patrolling the perimeter of a building would be somewhat reliable, in that it is following the same route over and over. However, using a robot security guard in a dynamic and unstructured environment continues to be a challenge.

Robots rely on cameras and lasers to determine their position. If there were shadows, bright light, low light or some other type of environmental factor obstructing them, the robot would likely lose track of its position. Yes, it is true that humans too get confused in uncertain situations and environments – but humans are much more likely to perform better in the face of uncertainty.



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John Melling is a Director for Churchill Security Ltd. John is a highly motivated, determined and decisive security industry professional. Drawing on his extensive experience gained within the security industry whilst working on the coalface John has operated at all levels within the industry. He has a proven track record for motivating and leading high performance teams and has helped mentor and develop many people at Churchill who now hold key or senior positions within the business. John is committed to delivering only the finest services, exercising compelling leadership, maintaining good internal morale and striving to resolve any challenges efficiently and effectively.