Addressing a gathering on "Urban Security & Private
Police" on the sidelines of the 20th Session of the
Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice at Vienna
(Austria), CAPSI chairman Kunwar Vikram Singh put emphasis on
involving private security guards in policing to check crimes.
Singh said government police has become more terrorism
centric in recent times and urban security has taken a
backseat resulting in rise in crimes in urban areas.
He said that due to uncontrolled rural migration to urban
areas, the crime situation is becoming more challenging.
"Under these circumstances, private policing initiatives
with some level of partnership with the State police forces is
the best solution to check urban crime," a statement issued by
CAPSI said quoting Singh.
Singh said security skills of private guards need to be
honed to meet the new challenges.
He suggested that private police should be analogised as
"Para-Police" on the lines of Para-Legal and Para-Medics.
"Non-police work like traffic control, serving of legal
summons, local intelligence gathering, verifications, securing
public installations should be given to Para-Police," the
CAPSI chairman said.
"The change from traditional agricultural life to
industrial life in cities and inequitable distribution of
wealth and resources also give rise to urban crime," Singh
He noted that unemployment among the rural youth is the
main cause of the rise in crime rate in urban areas.
New Delhi: Central Association of Private
Security Industry (CAPSI), an umbrella body of over 100
companies providing private security guards, has underlined
the need for offering employment to rural youth to check
migration and rein in crimes in urban areas.
First Published: Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 19:03