Corporate Perceptions of Private Security

Shearing, C., Stenning, P. & Addario, S. 1985. Corporate Perceptions of Private Security. The Canadian Police College Journal, 9(4): 367-390.

Posted: 4 Sep 2019 Last revised: 13 Sep 2019

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Clifford Shearing

University of Cape Town; Griffith Institute of Criminology; University of Montreal, School of Criminology; University of New South Wales; University of Toronto

Philip Stenning

Griffith University

Date Written: 1985

Abstract

Results indicate that, despite its ubiquity, private security evoked no agreed-upon public image or stereotype. It was a seen, but largely unnoticed form of policing, although respondents had noticed an increase in the number of locations employing private security and the number of personnel. A substantial proportion of the sample recognized that overt and covert surveillance is the fundamental strategy of private security. Most were able to identify readily situations in which private data and intelligence systems operate to meet security objectives. Despite this, respondents failed to distinguish private security objectives of protecting property and profits from police objectives of crime control. While feeling private security personnel had few powers in their own right, respondents did see them exercising considerable powers as agents of property owners or corporate authorities. Respondents distinguished between corporate and individual victims in considering the authority to use force in the protection of property, feeling that the use of physical force generally was more appropriate when exercised by the individual victim protecting his property. Finally, while respondents were relatively uninformed about formal channels for making complaints against private security personnel, they preferred private to public channels.

Suggested Citation

Shearing, Clifford D and Stenning, Philip, Corporate Perceptions of Private Security (1985). Shearing, C., Stenning, P. & Addario, S. 1985. Corporate Perceptions of Private Security. The Canadian Police College Journal, 9(4): 367-390., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3443802

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