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Industry Talk: Private Security In Bolivia Is Booming

At least 563 private security guards, aged between 18 and 50 years, serving in the 39 companies legally established in La Paz to provide physical protection and electronics particular persons, property, and institutions.”They are registered 563 (officials) that offer some of these services in La Paz. All are old, “said Lt. Col. Miguel Angel Rivera, head of the Chief Control of Private Security Companies (Jedecoes).

Insight Crime did a great post on the alarming increase in the use of private security in Bolivia. According to IC, one of the main reasons why it has exploded is the lack of trust the population has in it’s law enforcement.

You know it is bad when 85 % of the people who live in four large cities in Bolivia, do not report crimes. There is also a lot of vigilantism going on, as reported by the Economist (and raising scarecrows to warn criminals). Not to mention the cartels and organized crime there.

What is interesting to me is that these guards are not allowed to be armed. My thoughts about this is that perhaps because of this restriction on guards, that the illegal security outfits are popping up to fill that void? IC made this comment.

In 2010, it was found that only around 15 percent of private companies in the eastern city of Santa Cruz, an organized crime hotbed, were legal.

If cartels are operating there, then it is possible that most of these illegal companies are criminally related. Or, they could be companies actually trying to provide an effective service in a dangerous world.

Also, if the demand is that high for security and the government is not moving fast enough to certify or regulate, then supply versus demand economics will apply. Someone will fill the need as they say, and it looks like PMSC’s in Bolivia are very much in demand… -Matt

 

 

563 private guards watched in La Paz
September 9, 2012
At least 563 private security guards, aged between 18 and 50 years, serving in the 39 companies legally established in La Paz to provide physical protection and electronics particular persons, property, and institutions.”They are registered 563 (officials) that offer some of these services in La Paz. All are old, “said Lt. Col. Miguel Angel Rivera, head of the Chief Control of Private Security Companies (Jedecoes).
A licensed private security company, according to the National System of Public Safety, develops preventive surveillance and early warning under custody and in close collaboration with the Police. For his actions, trains its employees on issues of emergency, first aid, environment, customer service and more.
“We do not act violently. Is not permitted. Our main objective is to develop an efficient system of prevention, only if there is imminent risk, if we intervene, “said Raul Moreno, CEO of Radar.

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Bolivia: Drug Cartels Using The Serbian Company ‘Combat Team Security Solutions’

   Man, I don’t like to read about this stuff, but this is the reality of our industry. The money these drug cartels are offering is just too much of a draw to some of these unscrupulous companies operating out there.  Obviously Combat Team Security Solutions could care less if they are protecting a scum bag narco boss. For that, I put them right up there with the Los Zetas or the Somali pirates.

   Now I do not want to fall into the trap of labeling all Serbian’s as criminal with this post, because they are not.  There are plenty of Serbian contractors out there who are doing good things and it is companies like this that give them a bad name. Also, I have a lot of Serbian readers and fans of the blog, and I know this kind of thing probably makes them wince.

   Finally, if you want a good chuckle, check out the website below and the youtube videos this company produced.  I am still trying to figure out why anyone would pay for their services other than to get a good laugh. -Matt

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Serb Mercenaries See Prospects in Latin America

Vesna Peric Zimonjic

May 26, 2010

For most Serbs, Latin America is a distant continent held in regard by the older generation as a part of the non-aligned movement.

But when three Serb bodyguards of alleged narcotics boss William Rosales Suarez were killed in Bolivia, near the eastern town of Santa Cruz earlier this month, it put Latin America into the spotlight.

Sasa Turcinovic, 40, Predrag Cankovic, 38, and Bojan Bakula, 29, arrived in Bolivia on May 13 only to be killed the next day along with three locals deployed to protect Suarez’s convoy of vehicles. Suarez was kidnapped and is still missing.

For days Serbian media was teeming with items on the three. It turned out that Bakula and Turcinovic were the owners of a security agency called Combat Team Security Solution, based in Ruma, 50 km west of Belgrade.

Turcinovic was once a member of the Red Berets, the notorious special Serbian police unit in the 90s which carried out atrocities during the wars with neighbouring Croatia and Bosnia.

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