Crime in the United States has become a great concern, for much of the population. This is not a new thing, but every once in a while it pops up like a new political agenda that needs immediate attention.
According to a report published on September 28, 2015, the 2014 FBI statistics indicate that violent crime decreased by 0.2 percent. The word, “decreased,” is very encouraging, until one realizes that it is less than one percent.
There is a helpful list of resources provided by FindLaw.com listing eleven resources (one of which has 35 suggestions for personal safety). This may mitigate some personal concern while awaiting some sort of permanent solution, or at least an attempt at a personal solution.
Privatization: Definition and Growth
An interesting contradiction in modern law enforcement has been the growth of private policing, as compared to the much larger public police force. The definition of a private police force is that of a force that is non-governmental. There are interesting statistics, compliments of a firm in San Francisco, which help us to understand the role of the private police force in California.
For many people, the term “security firm” or “security guard” is more familiar than the non-governmental police force. In other words, it is the privatization (a.k.a. private police force) as compared to a public police force that is funded by taxes.
It appears that the trend is the case of more private sector employees existing than public or governmental employees. According to a link on mediafilter.com, in the early 90s, 50 billion private security police professionals were hired, compared to 30 billion in the public sector. Granted, this is an older source, but has that practice changed in recent years? The other question to ask is whether or not all information has been reported. It would seem that public information is easy to obtain (with the right credentials), but that not every celebrity is going to report the employment of a personal security guard or a security guard that doubles as, say, a driver. This is not uncommon in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills.
Private security includes those who are self-employed individuals and privately funded business employees and organizations who provide security-related services to particular clients, for a fee. That fee includes the protection of the individual or entity, to protect themselves, private property, or interests. The protection covers various hazards.
Definition of Private Police
Further investigation of the term private police presents a deeper definition. That is that the private police may contain a team of guards, alarm respondents, watch guards, investigators, private detectives, in-store detectives, and more.
Some of these corporate privatized professionals have put all of their focus toward activities that include computer fraud and industry betrayal. These two categories are areas that the public police tend to overlook as they focus on more important areas, like violent crime. It is also a category (or categories) which may not show up properly in the statistics of privatized security employees versus public employees.
Private security employment has grown because of the opportunities for income. The demand for security, like demands for goods, increases. It is easy to see that since governmentalized budget-restricted monies fund the public police force, that there are limits to the amount of increase. This is especially true when dealing within a designated (limited) time frame. However, if a person with means feels that they need more “protection,” privatized policing is only a phone call away, and money is not an object.
Advantages of Privatization
In the case of an unexpected hotel security situation or alarm response, there is an adequate quantity of private firms that would be able to offer the service that is needed, for a reasonable rate. Privatization also means that a business could purchase only the service that is needed to address the specific needs. This is a cost savings, compared to the process of confronting a monopoly of suppliers charging ridiculous prices. The monopolies exist when there is no competition. On the plus side, competition also provides a healthy dose of encouragement of efficiency, on cost reductions, and innovation.
It is easy to see why privatized security (i.e. security agencies and security guards) exists, in comparison to the public policing service. They provide a service that is needed and fill the gaps that exist in the public policing arena. Based on the requirement for taxes, and the reluctance for tax increase, it doesn’t appear that this discrepancy will change in the near future, and it appears that security agencies and private policing will continue to be the answer, especially for the rich and famous of Los Angeles.