A private security company is a business corporation, which provides armed and unarmed security services and expertise to private and public clients. Private security companies are defined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as companies primarily engaged in providing guard and patrol services, such as bodyguard, guard dog, parking security and security guard services. Many of them will even provide advanced special operations services if the client demands it.
Examples of services provided by these companies include the prevention of unauthorized activity or entry, traffic regulation, access control, and fire and theft prevention and detection. These services can be broadly described as the protection of personnel and/or assets. Other security services such as roving patrol, bodyguard, and guard dog services are also included, but are a very small portion of the industry.
The private security industry is rapidly growing, currently there are 2 million full-time security workers in the United States and this number is expected to increase by 21% percent through 2020. Making the security industry a $100 billion a year industry, with projected growth to $200 billion by 2010.
Security, Military Training, Asset Protection, Logistics and Infrastructure Companies
One of the most famous private military companies is the American security firm Blackwater (“Black Water”). It was founded in 1997 by former commando Eric Prince, along with the shooting trainer El Clark. A few years later, another company was created, which was essentially its new branch, Blackwater Security Consulting, whose fighters took part in military operations in Afghanistan.
Operating around the world in harsh climates, with short deadlines, and in combat situations. Our program management strategies and innovations have saved governments and commercial clients millions of dollars while delivering higher than expected levels of service. AGS is the government services arm of AECOM.
DynCorp International LLC is a leading professional services and project management firm with global expertise in aviation services, logistics, and security operations. There are two subsidiaries, DynCorp International Technical Services LLC (ITS), and DynCorp Field Technical Services LLC (FTS). They provide Foreign law enforcement training, Logistics, Base operations, and Personal and physical security worldwide.
Spy and detective Allan Pinkerton founded the Pinkerton National Detective Agency in Chicago in 1850. Nowadays, Pinkerton Government Services “offers a full range of cleared protective services designed to meet the specific requirements of the U.S. government.” It provides regular security services such as guards, fire fighting and emergency medical technicians, as well as specialized resources like sniffer dogs.
Cubic Defense Applications (CDA) supplies live, constructive and virtual military training systems, integrated services and communications products to the U.S. Department of Defense, government agencies and 50 allied nations.
EODT is a professional services company providing strategic stability operations support and integrated critical missionsolutions that ensure the safety and operational readiness of government and corporations worldwide.
KBR is a private military, engineering and construction company based in Houston. It was formed in 1998, when Halliburton subsumed Dresser Industries and amalgamated Dresser subsidiary The M. W. Kellogg Co with its own subsidiary Brown & Root. KBR has worked in countries like Cuba, Kosovo and Afghanistan.
Triple Canopy, Inc., is a private security company that provides integrated security, mission support and risk management services to corporate, government and nonprofit clients. The firm was founded in May 2003 by the U.S. Army Special Forces veterans, including former Delta operators.
Canadian firm GardaWorld claims to be the “largest privately-owned security company in the world.” The company’s headquarters are in Montreal, Quebec, but it employs around 45,000 people across North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. GardaWorld secures individuals and resources in at least 140 cities and protects 28 North American airports.
Registered in the Dominican Republic, but with offices in Kentucky, Ukraine and the U.K., Northbridge Services Group is a private military contractor that claims to provide “highly confidential and effective security related services designed to address the needs of governments, multinational corporations, non-governmental organizations, the corporate sector and prominent individuals.”
TRICORP is a risk management consulting company specialized in providing training, optimal security and protection solutions for organizations, governments and the private sector.
Tricorp team is made up of an interdisciplinary team of professionals with past experiences army and police units able to provide the best solution to clients.
Prosegur is a multinational private security company with 150,000 staff spread out over Europe, Asia, Oceania and Latin America. The firm was established in 1976, and its head office is located in Madrid. Its service areas comprise manned guarding, home security, fire defense, and security technology and consulting.
G4S describes itself as “the world’s leading global security and outsourcing group,” specializing “in outsourcing of business processes in sectors where security and safety risks are considered a strategic threat.” The British multinational security giant was set up in 2004 when London-based company Securicor amalgamated with Danish business Group 4 Falck. Currently, G4S employs more than 620,000 people.
Formerly known as the Corps of Commissionaires, Corps Security is a British security company that officially speaking reports to Queen Elizabeth II. Established in 1859, it is said to be the world’s oldest security firm, and today it has a team of about 3,000 security personnel plus a dozen offices throughout the U.K.
Established as an independent company in 1999, ICTS Europe describes itself as “a global expert in the provision of leading edge security solutions for the transportation and public safety industries.” It offers rail, corporate and energy protection services, but its specialty is airport and airline security. And in addition, ICTS Europe has K-9, technology and “global solutions” capabilities. The firm currently works with more than 250 rail, education, business, health, aviation and public sector groups in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
Former Israel Security Agency and El Al Israel Airlines security personnel formed Israeli private security company ICTS International N.V. in 1982. The firm’s head offices are in Amstelveen in the Netherlands.
Former South African policeman and Special Forces officer Chris Beukes founded TSU Protection Services in 1999, and it now claims to be one of South Africa’s top private security firms. “I realized that whilst there were lots of security companies across the country, very few were specializing in executive protection and the higher risk services, largely due to the lack of trained staff in these areas,” explained Beukes. “
Established in Helsingborg, Sweden in 1934, Securitas AB is a worldwide security company with head offices in Stockholm. In 2012 the company had around 300,000 workers spread out over 53 countries and an annual revenue of over $10 billion. Securitas AB’s services include guards and patrols, investigations, home alarm systems, loss prevention, security consulting and guard dog supply.