n SA Crime Quarterly - Joining forces against crime : potential for the private security industry to become proactive




The extent to which the private security industry has a role in proactive policing is an issue that is receiving increasing attention. At present the industry performs reactive functions in relation to crime; these may include armed response, transporting cash and conducting investigations. This article reflects the debate and considers some of the issues that would need to be addressed if the industry were to be more proactive in combating crime.


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