Anonymous asked in Computers & InternetSecurity · 1 month ago

When can a security guard detain someone for suspicion?

I saw a guy who appeared to be detained by a security guard in a residential area. He didn’t look sketchy-he was clean cut, wearing polo tucked into khakis. Not someone you’d expect to see go through all that

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  • Lv 7
    1 month ago

    legally, they cannot detain ANYONE who has not broken a law.

    of course, they can ACT like they can, and people can choose to comply.

    if it is a private neighborhood, they may have rules that you comply to on entering, but those rules must be clearly posted at all entrances.

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  • 1 month ago

    when you let guards have no actual power

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  • marty
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

     Security guards do not actually have any more legal powers than any member of the general public; they have just been employed by a business to help protect it from theft.  If they actually see a crime happen they can detain a person only until police arrive just as any citizen may do. If they only suspect a person may have committed a crime, detaining that person isn't legal and they can be sued or face charges against them.

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