What is a Guard Shack? Everything You Need to Know

An operational security booth. Guardhouses and Guard Shacks by Allied Modular

How do properties protect themselves, deter crime, and at the same time control who enters and exits? The solution lies in a simple but effective structure: the guard shack.

What is a Guard Shack?

A guard shack is a compact, often prefabricated structure situated at the entrances of locations that require security or access control. They also house and protect security personnel, and may also be used for surveillance. While these buildings look similar to ticket booths, parking booths, and gate houses, their function is principally about security, rather than carrying out financial transactions or other duties.

A couple of small guard shacks outside, about to be shipped.

Benefits of Guard Shacks

As we’ve already mentioned, guard shacks are about security. However, their benefits go beyond simply securing an access point. Here are a few other ways that they can benefit your organization:

  • Portability: Many guard shacks, especially modular ones, are portable. That means you can take them with you wherever security is needed. At Allied Modular, all of our enclosures are forkliftable, which makes moving them a quick and easy affair.
  • Deterrence: Nothing says “stay away” like a well-placed guard shack. It is well-known in the industry that these structures significantly reduce the likelihood of criminal activities happening near your premises and deter potential intruders.
  • Peace of Mind: Similar to the benefit above, these structures contribute to a general peace of mind. People feel safer knowing there’s a security presence nearby.
  • Strength and Longevity: These structures are built to handle security challenges. Though modular guard shack enclosures may be easily assembled and reassembled, that does not mean that they are weak or flimsy. At Allied Modular, our guard houses are built to withstand tough weather conditions and dangerous situations.
  • Customizable: Guard shacks include all kinds of features for both security and functionality. We offer the largest selection in the industry, including flooring, colors, finishes, and styles. Other customization options include bullet-resistant glass, spotlights, wall-mounted HVAC systems, countertops, sliding windows, doors, exterior lighting, integrated electrical systems, and data/phone jacks.
  • Quick Set Up: If you do choose a modular or prefabricated guard shack, it can be set up fast. If you need a quick delivery, check out our Patriot Express guardhouses.
Patriot Express – 8′ x 8′ x 8′ High Integra 400 Exterior Modular Guardhouse
A Patriot Express – 8′ x 8′ x 8′ High Integra 400 Exterior Modular Guardhouse.

How to Choose a Provider

Selecting the right provider is one of the most important parts of setting up a security presence. Allied Modular stands out as the premier manufacturer with over 30 years of experience in creating high-quality and customizable guard shacks. Whether you need temporary or permanent structures, get started on a free quote to begin securing your location today!

The Bottom Line

Guard shacks are part and parcel of any effective security system. They are important for securing vulnerable areas, controlling access, and deterring criminals. With the right design and features, a guard shack provides both safety and peace of mind.

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