Business Benefits of Insecurity

The prevailing violence and crime in Guatemala has led to an increase in the supply of services and products to provide security.

Monday, August 15, 2011

There are currently 150 security companies, employing about 120,000 people offering services such as surveillance and custodial care among other things.

"These kinds of services are mainly sought by businesses and neighborhoods, due to a distrust of the services provided by state security forces.

Security staff are just one facet of the security industry, which includes other products and services such as CCTV systems, surveillance cameras, motion sensors, alarms, life insurance, anti theft barbed wire, security wall construction, armoured vehicles, protective clothing, weapons and defensive localisation systems", published

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