Security firms help curb crime - Mthethwa

2011-11-15 11:36

Johannesburg - Improved co-ordination and information sharing between the police and more than 8 000 private security companies has contributed to a reduction in serious crimes such as heists and robberies, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

"We acknowledge that some of these successes were achieved through the contribution of the private security industry," Mthethwa told delegates at the Security Industry Alliance conference.

They were also achieved through proper policing, legislative changes and the commitment of both the police and society.

The private security industry was growing quickly, with over 400 000 security guards, he said.

Regulating the industry

Work was underway on the private security industry regulatory authority bill to address weaknesses in the industry.

Changes would address some of the problems in the industry and better regulate them.

It would also help the government deal with shifts in the nature and commission of crimes.

These included the prevalence of unaccounted for firearms and ammunition in the hands of some of the "mushrooming" private security companies, and why companies which closed did not report that firearms were no longer in use.

Proper regulation would tighten the regulation of guards to deter criminals from entering the industry, and to prohibit foreign control over sectors of the private security industry.

"We want to emphasise that government does not intend to run the human resources of private security companies, however, as and when we need to know who the employees are, whether they are correctly vetted, we will do so," said Mthethwa.

The government was also considering making clients liable for doing business with security companies which did not comply with regulations, or minimum wage labour law requirements.

He warned that people who committed cash-in-transit heists prepared with precision, were prepared to use a variety of weaponry get people out of their way, and often used inside information.

"We need to ensure all companies take seriously their responsibilities to protect not only their clients, but also their guards and the public who are affected by cash-in-transit heists."

  • Mike_or_Mpho - 2011-11-15 11:50

    I'm not sure that this is something to be proud of. Where are my taxes going? They should have covered my security, and my medical expenses, and my law fees and education

      Themba - 2011-11-15 11:57

      With 25% unemployment rate you cannot cater for everyone as if we had an ideal 5% unemployment rate. Even the so-called developed countries still have private security firms and a low crime rate.

  • Tabile - 2011-11-15 11:59

    Black people who put you in power Mr Minister, have no access to private security! What are they doing improve the curbing of crime in the black townships, I guess nothing...

      Themba - 2011-11-15 12:06

      Do not racialise this, so may black people voted Cope and DA. In any case the government must service the whole country and not just black people. This is perhaps an opportunitiy for me and you to start security companies tailored for the twonships! Agree?

      PilgrimX - 2011-11-15 15:15

      @Themba. Just keep in mind that over and above my taxes to keep SAPS in place, I also pay a (very high) monthly fee to belong to a company such as ADT. Then, I also pay a monthly fee to my neighbourhood watch and drive patrols twice a week. Without this, in our neighbourhood, my house would be emptied on a weekly basis. Our neighbourhood watch accomplishe more than SAPS can ever dream of achieving. We "service" ourselves, but at a price.

  • Dave - 2011-11-15 12:08

    If the Security Firms are such a great help then give a Tax Rebate for the cost of hiring the comapanies and for equiupment installed.

  • Susan - 2011-11-15 12:10

    That is because the security firms are doing the job police are suppose to do.

  • Mouldy - 2011-11-15 12:21

    I as a tax paying citizen I expect to receive protection from my country's Police Force, yet I have to pay through my nose to hire a private company to do the job. You as a "Minister" (Cadre) now want to "regulate" the private security companies who incidently, do a better job than your pathetic police force. By so doing, you will impose all kinds of regulations on them, making their service more expensive. No doubt part of your planning would be some method of extorting more money from the private firms, who will pass the cost on to me. So instead of cleaning your own back yard and getting rid of the criminal element in YOUR police force and making them more effective, you are looking towards MY private security company? Did you dream this up during dinner party with your friends or did your forefathers speak to you in your sleep? Either way you are displaying your total lack of understanding as to the root cause of the crime promblem in SA. Typical semi-educated ANC Cadre posing as a real Minister.

  • Paulo - 2011-11-15 12:50

    ja I wouldn't be shouting this from the roof tops but then again confusing duties and achievements is all the same with this lot.

  • Lemisa - 2011-11-15 13:32

    if we can stop trust lyk RATANANG nd put more focus on crime we can stop exploiting people working in private cc and get them employed.

  • Dorothea - 2011-11-15 13:52

    This makes me mad. Yet another stupid minister admitting that he cannot do his job..... he is acknowleding that he has let the country down. TAXES should be used to provide security. This should not be a private sector issue at all.....But he talks about this 'partnership' as if this is a major achievement!

  • Poen - 2011-12-01 14:03

    Utter rubbish. Some security companies are a law to themselves - and are more like vigilante organisations. They infringe on the public's right to freedom of movement and randomly stopped people in the street and search them - something they are not forbidden by law to do.

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