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The Rise of the Security Guard Industry

Posted by Amy Hite on Nov 17, 2014

The U.S. security guard business is booming, according to a Washington Post article.

America’s preoccupation with safety and struggle with high-profile shootings has resulted in a boom in the number of security guards and private patrol officers. More than 680,000 work in the field, federal labor statistics show, a 20 percent increase since 2004. The security industry has grown four times faster than the private-sector labor market over that period.

The first spike came after 9/11. … [Business] began to slow down during the recession, but picked up again after a barrage of shootings in highly populated areas that don’t involve gangs or drugs violence, a category the FBI calls “active shootings.” Those shootings include events that the country can identify by a single name alone: Aurora. Newtown. Navy Yard.

The FBI recently released a report looked at active shootings over the past 14 years, and discovered between the first and second half of the study. The seven years averaged 6.4 incidents annually, the last seven years averaged 16.4. The result is a country in which private security personnel outnumber police officers three to one.

The industry has grown to $7 billion in size. The cost is more than security guard staffing. It also includes holidays, benefits, training, uniforms, golf carts, and guard stations. Read more here.

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