This is a question that arose from a conversation i had with a local business owner the other night in my local pub.
If your town/village had little or no police presence on a regular basis, would you be happy with a private security firm keeping an eye on the
Long story short, i live in a quiet forest village in the UK, picturesque and pretty peacefull apart from the tourists. Crime is pretty non-exsistant
here, so much that for ages now we haven't had a village copper as such. We used to, but now it has been reduced to a monthly "drop in surgery"
where you can chat to an officer about neighbourhood policing issues if need be.
We get the odd burglary here and there, but the houses here are stupidy expensive so you're bound to i guess. Other than that, it's a few rowdy
teenagers at night and thats it.
Recently though, we've had a lot of break-ins and thefts of specific industrial items, and i was discussing this with the owner of one of the shops
the other night. He suggested that he'd be more than happy to pay a private security firm to keep an eye on his premises. He said that other business
owners in the village shared his opinion.
The way it was put across though, was that it would be nice if the private security firm could have a presence around the village though, and not just
at the property.
Now i don't know too much about private security firms, apart from the larger ones we discuss here like Blackwater. That immediately doesn't instill
much faith in the idea lol, but i guess the village would be safe(ish).
I'm just curious whether others here would consider putting towards a firm who kept an eye on your town if police were a rareity?
Could they even have a say on the security of a whole town? Are they just restricted to protecting a specific property?
Maybe the idea is open to abuse and just plain wouldn't work?
Thanks for any thoughts on this,