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Security Firms are Big Source of Weapons for Rio Criminals

...weapons. In El Salvador, where private security personnel outnumber civil police officers, over 1,700 private security weapons initially reported as missing between 2009 and 2011 were later found to have been sold...
Salvadorans spend over $1.5 million on guns annually

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

...El Salvador that there are now more private security agents than officers in the PNC. In 2015, there were 24,100 private security guards. There is such strong demand in...

Guatemala Elites and Organized Crime: Introduction

...Police, an elite unit that provided security services to private companies. The failure to insert these groups into productive post-conflict activities left an army of unemployed security service workers....

Colombia Elites and Organized Crime: ‘Don Berna’

...from taxing purely drug trafficking activities into taxing local drug dealing, gambling, private security, prostitution, extortion and illegal gasoline sales, to name but a few. With the collapse of...

Honduras Levies Security Tax to Pay for Prison

...security, and said that the government wants to “have more public security and less private security.” But the private sector’s response has been mixed. Some business leaders say that...
Venezuelan security forces

Why are Killings of Security Forces in Venezuela on the Rise?

...within the security forces.  The Venezuelan non-governmental organization Fundepro registered 338 killings of police, military, and private security officials in the country last year, reported El Universal. This represents an...
Private security is taking root in Caracas

Amid Crisis, Venezuela Citizens Take Security Into Own Hands

...Communities in Caracas are turning to private security and vigilante groups in response to the state failures behind Venezuela’s security crisis, but examples from around the region show this...

Honduras Elites and Organized Crime: The Cachiros

...special security tax. The fund manager would have to handle sensitive information, including how the resources would be spent on the security forces as well as other security-related equipment,...

How the Private Sector Helped Counter Rural Extortion in El Salvador

...extortion and private security’s high cost, some such as Jorge Daboub, the former president of the National Association of Private Companies (Asociación Nacional de Empresas Privadas), argue that financially...

Guatemala Elites and Organized Crime: The CICIG

...under Victor Rivera Azuaje, a shadowy Venezuelan who had worked for years with Central American governments and the private sector, dealing with kidnappings and other security matters. Rivera Azuaje...
El Salvador gang members work as security guards

‘El Salvador Gang Members Use Security Guard Posts for Extortion’

...Gang members have been sent to work as security guards in El Salvador in order to extort vehicle owners, highlighting the risks inherent in relying on private, ill-regulated companies...

Wave of Killings Showcase Puerto Rico’s Ongoing Weakened Security

...least two gangs. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) baggage screeners, private security personnel, airline staff, and even restaurant workers were implicated in helping to smuggle cocaine onto planes bound for...