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Unregulated Private Security Firms Fuel LatAm Crime, Violence: Report

A new report says that a lack of regulation of private security companies in Latin America is having negative impacts on security and at times facilitates criminal activities, underscoring how the region's booming private security industry can...
A private security guard stands watch in Guatemala City

Private Security Firms are Unfortunate Necessity in Central America

The private security sector in Central America is large and growing fast, raising concerns about the lack of proper oversight of the industry as well as the shortage of resources for law enforcement in the...
More than 450 private security agencies in El Salvador are operating illegally

El Salvador Struggles to Enforce Regulations on Private Security Firms

Police in El Salvador say that a legal technicality is preventing them from holding private security agencies accountable for offenses they commit, highlighting the difficulty of ensuring sufficient oversight of private security bodies in Latin...
A Guatemalan security guard arrested in 2012

Just One Percent of Guatemala Private Security Guards Operate Legally

The Guatemala government said that 99 percent of the country's private security guards are working illegally,as efforts to regulate the booming private security sector -- which has been accused of everything from extrajudicial killings to criminal...
A hired security guard in Guatemala

Is Guatemala’s Booming Private Security Industry Benefiting Org Crime?

The growing number of private security firms in Guatemala speaks to the state's inability to provide protection for its citizens, but this booming industry is vulnerable to criminal co-option and could generate security concerns of its...
Private security in Central America

Private Security Companies a Cover for Criminals in Honduras’

Criminal groups in Honduras are allegedly taking advantage of the proliferation of private security firms by setting up their own companies as a cover for their illicit...
A private security guard stands watch in Guatemala

Illegal Firearms Arrests Highlight Lax Private Security Regulation in Guatemala

Between two and three private security guards are arrested for possession of illegal arms each week in Guatemala City, according to a new report, highlighting concerns over the lack of regulation of the country's numerous private security...
Bolivian police officers

High Number of Private Security in Bolivia Capital a Worrying Sign

There are currently over 550 private security guards working in the Bolivian capital La Paz, an alarmingly high number that points to the public distrust of the country's police force and raises questions over how useful a stop-gap this can really...

Trafficking Firearms in Honduras

The weapons trade within Honduras is difficult to monitor. This is largely because the military, the country's sole importer, and the Armory, the sole salesmen of weapons, do not release information to the public. The lack of transparency extends to...
Salvadorans spend over $1.5 million on guns annually

In World’s Most Violent Country, 30 New Firearms Registered Daily

Between 2010 and 2015, Salvadorans were registering firearms at a rate of 11,000 per year. This suggests 30 new firearms were registered every day in a country where the vast majority of crimes are committed with guns. In a market that had sales of...

Guatemala Elites and Organized Crime: Introduction

Guatemala is Central America’s most populous country and its largest economy. But an intransigent elite, an ambitious military and a weak state has opened the way for organized crime to flourish, especially since the return of...
Juarez Mayor Murguia, Police Chief Leyzaola with bodyguards

Private Juarez: a Border Town’s Security Revolution

In 2010 Ciudad Juarez was one of the most violent and dangerous cities in the world, a frontline battleground in the "War on Drugs." Then, in 2011, the crime rate began to fall sharply—and kept falling. Today, the city has morphed back...