Armed response chosen over cops - report
Johannesburg - People are increasingly relying more on armed response services than on the police to keep them safe, according to a report on Friday.
From 2005 to 2010 about 2 000 new security companies had entered the market as a result of the drop in confidence in the police by home owners and businesses, Beeld reported.
Dr Johan Burger, from the Institute of Security Studies, told the newspaper there was a need for armed response because of an increase in crimes targeting homes and businesses, such as robberies and hijackings.
However, the ideal situation was that security companies should work hand-in-hand with the police rather than replace them.
According to the SA Institute of Race Relations, 4 600 security companies provided armed response service in 2005. This had increased to 7 500 (61%) by 2010.
The number of security guards employed had increased by 236% over the same period, Beeld reported.