Police raise concerns of private security companies
Police forces across the country are concerned at the surge in private security companies.
According to an investigation by the newspaper ‘Sonntags Blick’ there have been 689 new companies formed in the last five years.
It seems the fear of increased crime and terrorist attacks is behind the demand.
The police worry as more and more private firms are now operating in public spaces, such as patrolling villages.
The Association of Swiss Police Officers says there needs to be stricter regulation. Currently cantons set their own rules – and Zurich Lucerne and Aargau have no requirements. More than half of the new companies have been set up in those cantons.
Some cantons allow for private armed guards.
The association says there needs to be stricter federal requirements.