Magazine article Security Management

ASIS Underwrites Study on Worldwide Trends in Private Security

Magazine article Security Management

ASIS Underwrites Study on Worldwide Trends in Private Security

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In an effort to obtain reliable statistical information about the size and scope of the securiW industry, ASIS International and the ASIS Foundation, Inc., have given Eastern Kentucky University's (EKU's) Justice and Safety Center (JSC) a $150,000 grant to research worldwide trends in private security. The grant will be matched with an additional $150,000 from EKU's College of Justice and Safety. The project is to be completed by September 2004

Since the events of 9-11, the security industry has been un der the spotlight more than ever before. However, information about the size, scope, and breadth of the industry has been spotty at best, with the last major study undertaken more than ten years ago.

"We want to determine where the security industry is today--how the events of 9-n changed the security industry-and identify some emerging trends," says Dr Pare Collins, director of the Justice and Sanity Center. "This is internationally significant because we vail be producing the only document of its kind that provides a snapshot of the industry."

Faculty colleague Dr. Kay Scarborough, JSC staff members, and Dr. Gary Cordner, who served the pasr six years as dean of the College before returning to the classroom, will assist Collins with the research.

Highlights of the report will include the estimated revenues and expenditnres of the entire industry, plus those of eight different subsets of industry: alarm companies, contract guard services, private investigators, consultants and security engineers, locksmiths, manufacturers, and high-tech security providers. …

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