El Salvador: 20% Less Spending on Private Security

The private security services sector registered an $18 to $20 million decrease in sales in the last year.

Monday, May 18, 2009

The chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of El Salvador, Jorge Daboub, indicated in an article in Elsalvador.com that businesses were spending about $600 million a year before the economic crisis. Current investment has been reduced to $580 million a year, "this means that companies have had to make adjustments in private security recruitment."

Daboub said that "if a company had guards for merchandise transport and others for building surveillance, what has been done is to reduce personnel in the sense that the guards who were taking care of the facilities are now also guarding transports and only the necessary custodians are left at the company in strategic sites."

Chamber numbers coincide with those of the National Union of Private Security Service Agencies (UNASP). To avoid layoffs of personnel, security companies are cutting costs in other areas.

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In El Salvador, the state budget allocated to security is $500 million a year, while the total amount invested by private enterprises for self-protection is $600 million.

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