Private security is one of the highest growth sectors in the nation. The employment rate in this field is now over 1 million. In comparison, the employment numbers for full-time local law enforcement officers is 120,000. More than ever, companies turn to private security out of necessity to protect their property. Police have less legal powers, and it’s the main reason for the mercurial rise of the private industry.
Small businesses have to deal with the reality that thefts and other crimes can occur on business premises. Some businesses, such as convenience stores, banks and retail stores, may be more of a target for criminals and petty thieves than other types, but a wide variety of businesses choose to hire security guards.
A recent medical emergency at a local mall demonstrates how some simple training can save a persons life. A volunteer worker and a security guard came to the rescue of a Warren man who suffered a heart attack at the Eastwood Mall. John Gillespie was back at the mall to help present special awards to Shirley Lisk and Raymond Ellis, who helped him survive his heart attack on April 21.