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CRIME CONCERN CALLS FOR GUIDANCE ON PRIVATE SECURITY FIRMS

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Crime Concern, a registered charity and national crime prevention organisation, said unlicensed vigilante neighbour...
Crime Concern, a registered charity and national crime prevention organisation, said unlicensed vigilante neighbourhood patrols are inappropriate and should be discouraged.

Jon Bright, director of field operations, speaking today at a one day conference organised by the Manchester Metropolitan University's Law School, called on the Home Office to provide guidance on where it is appropriate to deploy private security firms and where patrols should only be undertaken by police officers.

Private security patrols should be regulated and no security firm should be allowed to practice without a licence, said Mr Bright.

He also said that agencies such as councils and housing associations should be encouraged to train and deploy more estate and area caretakers and maintenance workers, some of whom have patrolling, surveillance and security responsibilities.
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