Car guards ‘must register’

2008-04-19 00:00

Car guards must be registered as security service providers with the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (Psira), according to Psira chief executive officer Seth Mogapi.

Among other requirements, car guards are required to complete a Grade-E security officer training course.

“If a car guard fails to register or is not appropriately trained, such a person is guilty of a criminal offence,” Mogapi said.

He encouraged members of the public to ask car guards to identify themselves by presenting the identification cards issued by Psira to registered security service providers.

Psira has a law enforcement division and works in partnership with the police to ensure that security service providers comply with the statutory code of conduct. Mogapi said members of the public can report matters relating to the private security industry, particularly regarding unregistered security businesses and employee security officers, to Psira’s KZN office at 031 305 5622.

“Car guards have sprung up all over the country during the last 10 years,” Mogapi said.

“These operators take many forms. Some are well organised and involve registered security businesses and registered security officers. However, others operate illegally and draw mainly on the services of otherwise unemployed persons. In some instances, individuals make their services available independently from any form of organisation or business.”

Registration requires that the guards are citizens or permanent residents of South Africa, have completed the training, are at least 18 and are not guilty of certain criminal offences, among other requirements.

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