World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey has roughly 217,000 private security guards who are employed in public offices and private companies, a figure that outnumbers the soldiers in the armies of six countries in Europe -- Austria, Belgium, Portugal, the Netherlands, Norway and the Czech Republic.
Federation of Private Security Associations (TÖGF) President Bülent Perut told the Hürriyet daily on Tuesday that the number of private security guards in Turkey is rapidly increasing. Private security guards maintain security in various institutions, such as banks, hospitals and shopping malls. Counting those carrying the title of private security guard but not currently working as such, the number of such personnel is as high as 604,000 in Turkey.
According to Perut, 1,430 companies have obtained licenses to train guards since 2004 after Law 5188 on Private Security Services went into effect.
Perut also said the sector of private security guards became popular after the Sept. 11 attacks in the US, and more and more people in the world, including Turkey, have opted to become guards since then. For him, private security services are an effective tool for fighting unemployment. Perut also added that the private security services sector is valued at up to $6 billion for the entire world.
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