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  • CorpSec
    Nights all the way for me. I have worked them for most of my 15 years in security and really like them. Being in management there is so much more responsibility that goes along with nights. The buck stops here on most things.

    Whereas during the day and afternoon they have engineers, tech support, human resources and thousands of other resource people at their disposal, I don't have that luxury. I have to make decisions and live with them. I don't get to pick up the phone and pass the buck. I like that aspect.

    It is also cooler, more laid back, and less political. And I get more money for being here non-traditional hours.

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  • Guest
    Guest replied

    I will work nights until it is no longer an option. I love the fun stuff that happens at night. Plus I don't get constant request to open doors. We have master keys. I hate being interrupted from trol or another situation by the moron who locked himself out of his office. Also, in Texas right now, it is entirely too hot to want day shift.

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  • The Hussard
    During winter i prefer evening shift and in the summer i prefer night shift dont have boss or supervisor and we can wear polo and short in summer for the night shift

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  • Hank1
    I work nights which I prefer but due to my position, it is a requirement. I am the Watch Commander and a Lieutenant. It is my belief and expeirence that the only people out between the hours of 2300-0400 are people in uniforms and the bad guys. If I am interacting with a subject in a housing community at 0100, I am assuming he / she is up to no good whatsoever! My shift typically runs 12 hours from 1700-0500 5 nights a week. These hours do not cover any meetings I have to attend at the office before my shift starts. And yes, I understand that my position dictates that I am available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And more especially during hurricane season which is 6 months long.

    Be safe,


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  • HotelSecurity
    I think I posted this already but if I had it over to do again I would not do the 15h00 to 23h00 shift that I'd been doing most of my career. I missed a lot of my daughter's school functions. I can not be a member of any organization (I used to be a leader in the Boy Scouts) because I can not attend evening meetings. For this reason if I had it to do over again I would choose nights. My dad, who worked rotating shifts every 2 weeks in a manufactoring plant, used to change with the person scheduled to work the overnight shift when it was his turn to do the afternoon shift, for the last 4 or 5 years than he worked.

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  • Miguel
    I also prefer the night shift. Usually it´s the most peaceful, it allows you to read and do other stuff while working (I NEVER forget I´m working) and I get a 0,88 eur. (1 US $ approx.) bonus per each hour I work between 2200 and 0600.

    I´ve been for 14 months in my current site working the night shift 80% of the time, since there´s only a day shift on weekends. It´s the second better site I´ve been so far, and I hope I´ll stay for a LONG time.

    I had worked plenty of nights in other sites, too. Usually I had no problem to get this shift, since most people don´t want to do nights. However I´ve noticed that the night shift has a not so small hardcore fan base. Also in this forum, I see.

    Working nights has probably a bad side, too; it might have a negative influence on health. If humans and most animals sleep at night, its for a reason, isn´t it?. Some veteran s/o´s have told me that they felt a bit "burned out" after a long time working the night shift. And recently I found out that in the Netherlands and other north european countries, it´s forbidden by law that people over 35 work nights.

    So far, I haven´t experienced any significative change in my health that can be surely linked to working the night shift so often, but I´m 29 and haven´t working nights for so long after all.

    Has anyone experienced some bad side effects from working nights?

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  • exguard
    Day / Night Rotation

    I'm at a major northeast refining complex that runs 24/ 7/ 365 {How else do you expect gas prices to rise !!! lol lol} we have 4 platoons with two officers and a shift supervisor working a combination day / night rotation. We also have an average of 10-15 priviate contract security officers working various fixed posts around the facility. Our main responsibility is patrol but we get involved in a little of everything.

    Our schedule is known as a {2-2-3-2} 2 days, 2 off, 3 nights, 2 off, 2 days, 3 off, and than repeat the cycle. This gives all of us every other weekend off - NICE !

    Basically it's broken down like this:

    Week #1
    Monday - Day Work
    Tuesday - Day Work
    Wednesday - OFF
    Thursday - OFF
    Friday - Night Work
    Saturday - Night Work
    Sunday - Night Work

    Week #2
    Monday - OFF
    Tuesday - OFF
    Wednesday - Daywork
    Thursday - Daywork
    Friday - OFF
    Saturday - OFF
    Sunday - OFF

    Each Tour after a set of days off is new {either day or night} - I personally feel more rested on my in-betweens than having a steady day, mid-watch, or mid-night shift. We work 12 hour shifts 0500-1700 or 1700-0500 so either way I'm home in enough time {about 5:20} to either have a nice dinner with my wife and kids or home in enough time to get to bed, sleep until about 11am or noon and still have somewhat of a day before going back in the next night. - We're on an 84 hour cycle {4 hours built in OT every pay} so we're in pretty decent shape

    We used to operate two weeks of days and two weeks of nights {before my time} but I've herd the officers quickly shot it down. Our Communications Division still works it and may soon be changing to our rotation.
    Last edited by exguard; 01-10-2007, 12:02 PM.

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  • Lawson
    I love working nights, it gives me more freedom to get things done. During the dayshift, it is like a preset schedule for everything and you are running around like a chicken with your head cut off.

    At night, theres less administration, most of our patients have taken their meds and gone nightynight, and things are just easier to deal with.

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  • EMTGuard
    I work nights by choice. I perfer the night shift. Shifts are more laid back, less traffic and cooler in the hot climate down here in the southern US.

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  • Rick51a
    I work 11 to 7 am. I don't like days with all the big wigs around. They just get in the way of good security. I've got a boss that has never worked security. She has three departments she runs, Security, Maintenance and Housekeeping.
    Oh well, I have to work so I just make the best of it. Besides, like I say, the big wigs are on days so they stay out of my hair.
    Besides I have more time at night for my second job and that's writing. You'd be surprised how much you can write in those spare moments. Some people would ask how can you write and work. Well, my partner spends that much time reading news papers so I figured instead of reading I'd write.


    Originally posted by BUCKSHOT
    Who here works nights by choice? I just love it myself, however i found hearing the same songs on the radio everynight can get a little annoying. Thats what do though to get me through the night.

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  • The Lord of the Keys
    I'm just getting used to the night shift since I've started Campus Security. It seems all the interesting things happen at night.

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  • AlliedEMTguard
    i love working nights by choice....except on weekends (gotta have a social life somewhere lol) usually it will be the 1600-0000 shift and on occasion i will do a 0000-0800 just to fill in for someone. when i work at the hospital i always do a 2300-0700 because thats when all the fun stuff happens.

    when it comes to the radio, i just normally listen to all my favorite stations such as Z100 (NYC) k-ROCK (NYC) Q104.3 and 1010 WINS/660 WFAN. If not i sometimes listen to the hospital scanner and see what im missing out on.
    Last edited by AlliedEMTguard; 12-27-2006, 10:35 PM.

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  • Jackhole
    Originally posted by flashlightcop509
    WHAM (Rochester, NY) 1180 am talk radio
    One of my favorite radio stations from back home. Just wish I could pick it up this far south...

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  • Doc757
    been working nights for about 4 months now. i didnt think i would like going back to nights after being away for 3 years, but i have grown to love it. Night time seems to bring out the crazy in people and is usually good for atleast one use of force report a week.

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  • flashlightcop509
    I work 2000 - 0600, and I actually don't enjoy listening to music on the car radio while at work, for the same reason others have stated; Nodding off, whatever...

    Three stations I've got programmed into my cruiser's stereo... WCBS (NYC, NY) 880 am news station, WBAL (Baltimore, MD) 1090 am talk radio, and WHAM (Rochester, NY) 1180 am talk radio (has the aforementioned George Noury's AM coast to coast)...

    Other than that, I keep my handheld scanner going during the evening to keep track of what's going on in the area; Always the chance of hearing a BOL or such announced, seeing the suspect vehicle and calling the last seen location in to the local or state PD...

    When it's a slow shift and all else fails, I swear by Vivarin...

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