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Security firms take over public space

22 December 2007 - The number of private security firms in the Netherlands has increased by 80% during the past five years, Ronald van Steden estimates in a dissertation on the branche. In Amsterdam, private security firms patrol the streets in Slotervaart and the Transvaalbuurt.

According to Van Steden, firms such as Group 4 Securicor (G4S), Trigion and Securitas employ 35,000 security guards in the Netherlands. The police employs 55,000 people, but many of them work at offices rather than on the streets.

It is still unusual for private security firms to guard public spaces, but the sector is looking to expand its market. “G4S lobbyists have very good relations with the government and MPs”, Van Steden told de Pers. “Security guards are going to do more and more tasks that used to be done by the government. And that includes the police”.

Security guards and new firms are screened by the police, but after that oversight is limited. “After making a rough arrest, the police officer involved will be talked to by his colleagues; in the private sector something like that hardly occurrs”.

Further, security firms spend little on training for their employees. “The profit margins are small, the financial means for training are limited. Municipalities and districts including Slotervaart hire security guards to controll problem youth, and they also often try to get the cheapest possible deal”, Van Steden told NRC Handelsblad.

Source: de Pers, NRC Handelsblad (in Dutch). Illustration: Safety & Security Amsterdam 2007 (photo Beveiligingnieuws)


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