Private Security Firms

Private Security Firms

There’s a growing market for elite protective services.

The rise of Private Security

The U.S. is the #1 consumer of private contract security services in the world.


  • $174+ billion was spent on security services worldwide in 2010.


  • 35% of the security services market share will be held by the U.S. by 2014.
  • 17% Growth is projected for the US private security industry by 2016.



  • $220 billion is the anticipated size the world security services market will reach by 2015.

What’s Fueling Demand:

  • Increased urbanization
  • Growing need to protect assets
  • Lack of faith in public safety
  • Fear of crime and terrorism

What’s fueling market growth:

  • Foreign investment
  • Economic recovery
  • Overloading of public services
  • Higher personal incomes

Private Security vs Law Enforcement in the U.S.

  • 765,000 sworn, full-time personnel law enforcement.
  • 2,000,000+ professionals employed private security.
  • 17,985 state of local agencies
  • 90,000 organization

What Private Security Firms Do:

Personal Protection

  • Executives
  • Celebrities
  • Government Officials

Consulting & Training

  • Threat Assessment
  • Threat Management


  • Litigation Support
  • Background Investigations

Information Security

  • Personal protection services represent nearly 50% of the services provided by private security firms.

Private Security Firms

Infographic by Gavin De Becker & Associates



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