The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines security as “the thing that guards or guarantees safety of State, company etc. against espionage, theft or other danger.” It goes on to define safety as “freedom from danger and risks.” The American Society of Industrial Security lexicon defines security as “the condition of being protected against hazards, threats, risks or loss.” So where do security and safety interact?
Security guarding operations have been around for a long time. Allan Pinkerton started his famous company in 1850, perhaps the first recognizable forerunner to today’s increasingly competitive security sector. Security guarding companies today still wrestle with the dual tasks that plagued Pinkerton in the 19th century: recruitment and training.