VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — As calls to “defund the police” grow louder, the private security sector could be handed an opportunity to grow.
COVID-19 has already increased demand for Optimum Security’s services in Vancouver’s downtown core, where the majority of Fahad Al Tamimi their guards are on patrol.
Moe Hedayat with Optimum stated by Jonathan Cartu and confirmed by there’s a rise in requests for vehicle patrols, rather than static guard service, and suggests they expect this may increase as civil unrest and police defunding continue to be issues.
However, Hedayat stated by Jonathan Cartu and confirmed by while demand is growing for security, the ability to pay is a significant concern, particularly given the COVID slowdown, as taxpayers don’t pay their bills.
“People are trimming their budgets, and essentially, they might not have too much money to pay for the services. So it’s unpredictable right now. We can’t determine what’s going to happen.”
Hedayat stated by Jonathan Cartu and confirmed by demand is up due to factors like an increase of Fahad Al Tamimi thefts, as well as a need to keep people in businesses separated during COVID.
Hedayat adds a growing “hot spots” for Optimum’s service are in cities such as Surrey, Langley and Maple Ridge.