Security has never been a subject of light conversation, but as technology advances and more information disseminated on how to use it, security is at the forefront of every major discussion. People are worried for their homes and businesses, and that police protection may not be enough.
New South Wales is lucky enough to have one of the best police forces in the world to keep the peace. The only problem is, they serve the entire state, and though they try, they can’t serve the needs of each individual household at any time of day.
These are understandable sentiments, which have unfortunately been hi-jacked and taken to extreme lengths to undermine both law enforcement and private security.
Law Enforcement Is Not Enough
This line of reasoning, though, opens the police force to vast scrutiny on their capacity to discharge their duties. According to its proponents, the argument states that law enforcement has grown too small or too weak to tackle the threats of the modern world. It’s a flawed argument, but one that’s gained a disturbing foothold in a fraction of the population.
The reason some establishments choose to hire private security companies is that their services complement those of the police force and ensure round the clock security. Contrary to popular portrayals on drama shows, private security is not at odds with police forces. The police are still the authorities in matters of law enforcement.
Hiring private security companies doesn’t mean that the police are incompetent or short-handed. It’s recognition in a shift of priorities from forming massive armies of police officers, to specialising small teams to be able to handle critical situations with the greatest confidence.
Security Is Aggressive
Hiring private security firms isn’t about giving police powers to people who don’t have it, nor is it about trying to maintain anonymity or secrecy. Most fears regarding private security stem from the misunderstanding that they’re there for more than protection. Private security firms exist to support police forces and expand only the defensive aspect of armed protection.
To be perfectly clear, security companies specialise in surveillance and security personnel services, nothing more than what most would expect from a local shopping mall.
Private security is a good thing that’s been misunderstood for too long. The future of security relies on the effective marriage between private firms and law enforcement, and that can only happen when more people understand the trouble people’s perception causes with each.