ASIS commissions industry study

SSN Staff  - 
Thursday, September 18, 2003

September 18, 2003

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - ASIS International has given Eastern Kentucky University's Justice & Safety Center a $150,000 grant to compile a report about trends in private security. That grant, which will be matched with another $150,000 from EKU's College of Justice and Safety, will examine revenues and expenditures of the security industry, broken down into eight subsets: alarm companies, contract guards, private investigators, consultants/security engineers, locksmiths, manufacturers, high-tech security and contract vs. proprietary security.

Other aspects of the industry, such as employment, security management, investigations, legal aspects (in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom), protection of intellectual property and the impact of security on other industries will also be explored.

ASIS officials said that such a comprehensive study of the industry is needed, in part due to the large number of media inquiries for statistical information the organization receives after Sept. 11, 2001, but also because of the growing number of security management courses being offered in colleges in the U.S.

The study is expected to be completed in 2004.