Call for security guards to be allowed greater protection

Call for security guards to be allowed greater protection

Security firms have called for high-level discussions with Government to determine the way forward in the wake of the gun violence on the Island. The need was especially pressing in the wake of the double murder at Belvin’s Variety on January 23, said Security Associates Limited CEO Carlton Crockwell. Despite that, arming security guards with guns was “definitely not” the way forward, he stated. “I would like to send my heartfelt condolences to the families of the latest gun violence in Bermuda. We need to examine ways that the security industry can operate in the current environment to better protect its clients and personnel,” he said. “At Security Associates our position is we do not support security officers carrying guns. However discussions should be held between the security industry and government authorities to determine ways that the security industry can operate in the current environment to better protect its clients and personnel.” Operations manager at Shield Security Limited, Anthony Mouchette agreed. “We should be in discussions with the authorities to improve the way we do security in Bermuda going forward. “That discussion should include improving security at our senior schools in particular and schools in general,” said Mr Mouchette. “I […]

Anti-vagrancy and crime patrols to be stepped up

A security firm has been given the green light by the Bermuda Police Service to step up patrols neighbourhoods and the City of Hamilton to combat crime. The new city patrol programme launched by Security Associates last year to stop vagrants from loitering on the doorstep of city businesses is set to expand in April. CEO Carlton Crockwell Sr disclosed the plans include more city bike patrols during the day and night-time patrols in vans at night in various areas. Mr Crockwell also disclosed that the impact of crime has spiked demand for security alarm system installations, which is up by 15 percent. Fuelled by high rates of unemployment in a recessionary climate, he said the local security business will never be the same and the Bermuda we once knew is gone. “We accept the fact that not just in Bermuda but around the world this problem is very real,” said Mr Crockwell. “People are out of jobs, some people are being a nuisance and police are very busy dealing with hard crime. “Security has now become that source of backup, security companies are taking up that slack to become a major source of backup support for the police. “Since […]