The Security Industry: Dimensions and Issues
This chapter examines the security industry in terms of its functions, size and growth. It is fairly well known that the industry has gone through a large growth phase in the last few decades, but this expansion is often not well documented. In fact, the exact dimensions of change are difficult to map because in many countries, including Australia, there is no single set of comprehensive measures. Nonetheless, we can be confident that in many locations, in terms of personnel, the industry is close to parity with policing. In some places, private security outnumbers police. The chapter also examines a number of key issues associated with the spread of security into every aspect of people's lives. Topics covered include the privatisation of policing, inequality in security, private justice, quality-of-life effects, relations with police, and conduct issues. The chapter concludes with the view that the industry is a significant part of modern society and should be considered an equal partner with police in the task of crime prevention. While there are potential adverse effects of security, these need to be managed within an appropriate regulatory framework.
Professional Practice in Crime Prevention and Security Management
Causes and Prevention of Crime