By Hannah Marion Namukasa
The Police Directorate of Crime Intelligence says that it has picked credible, information of increased threats towards private security guards, who are being targeted for their firearms by criminals.
According to the police spokesperson CP Fred Enanga, although police acknowledges the rapidly growing demand for private security, by property owners and other private citizens, he warned all owners and proprietors of private security companies, to enhance the safety of their personnel, by avoiding lone deployments and lone movements, while walking on foot or riding to and from their guard points.
“To the individual private security guards, they should know that working as a security guard is a dangerous occupation. Physical attacks of violence like assaults is the leading cause of deadly security guard injuries. These occur at lone guard points and during lone movements.
The best way therefore, to keep security guards safe is to equip them with the necessary tools and effectively deploy them in pairs at minimum. This will enable them work and go home safely at the end of their shift.” Said Enanga
”Therefore, all Territorial Commanders have been tasked to ensure, lone moving security guards, who are carrying firearms, are disarmed and action taken against them and their supervisors. For instance, the PSO gun that was terrorising residents in Mukono, has been established to be from TOP SECURITY COMPANY Limited. The security guard who allegedly lost the gun, a one Oluka Robert aged 25, was arrested from Busembatya district” he added