Friday, January 27, 2023

Private security standards rise in Mexico City

According to statistics, the registration of private security companies in Mexico City has increased by 33 percent in the current administration Civil Defense Secretariat (SSC) capital.

In December 2018, 935 were enumerated and a few days after the end of last year, 1,251 corporations were registered. local policein which are visible companies They are regulated as required by law.

It was in 2016 when the private security law in Mexico City was amended to have a register that would regulate this type of company, due to cases of abuse by bodyguards in previous years, such as lord ferrari, A businessman whose escort threatened and thrashed a driver who allegedly blocked his way while his client was riding in his Ferrari.

In order to appear in the registry, companies have to pass certain tests and produce documents required by the SSC to prove, among other things, that the employees are trained in the use of weapons (when applicable).

“The most common fault for which companies are fined, for example, we find is that they have employees doing things that they didn’t report to us,” said Marcela Figueroa, SSC’s Undersecretary for Institutional Development.

According to SSC data, from 2019 to September 2022, 2,586 verifications have been carried out on private security companies that are on the register, who have to renew their permission every year to continue offering their service.

It was in 2021 when 44 per cent amendments were made, i.e. 1,160, and two years ago (2019) when the lowest number was 354.

In this regard, Marcela Figueroa, Undersecretary of Institutional Development of SSCpointed out that the increase in verification in recent years was mainly due to the COVID pandemic that started in March 2020.

Well, there are two reasons for this (to verify more), the first reason is because of the pandemic, in terms of personal security they are closed or not working in their offices (…) The second is related to the fact that we Under the command of Secretary Omar García Harfuch, the sense of private security was reorganized,” he said.

During that period, the capital’s police have issued 837 fines and 746 resolutions sanctioning corporations that do not comply with the rules.

The most common offenses for which companies are subject to fines are, for example, we find that they have employees at work who do not report to us, that they have dogs that do not report to us, vehicles, weapons and lack of staff. Training,” he said. Figueroa.

in interview with shavingsThe official explained that the reason for revoking the permit to operate is the failure to comply with the requested requirements to be recorded in the register, such that legal documents are in order.

Figueroa took the opportunity to put out a call to those who are going to hire or have already hired the services of a private security company to check that it is on the SSC register.

that they verify that the company which is providing these services, which is applicable before the Secretary of Civil Defense, there are people who, due to ignorance, hire a company which is not registered and even ​that people who do not have the necessary knowledge,” he concluded.

CVA

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