The National Police is encouraging private security firms operating in the country to have their security guards report crimes that occur in their respective areas.
Lieutenant General Lim Sokhareaksmey, director of the National Police’s private security management department, said yesterday during a security guard training session that security guards should report crimes, noting that guards can keep their anonymity and would be rewarded.
“We encourage all private security guards to help and report about crimes occurring in their areas to local police,” Lt Gen Sokhareaksmey said. “We will keep the reports secret and we will reward them.”
He added that security guards are essential in assisting police work.
“Now there are more than 30,000 private security guards who are working throughout the country,” Lt Gen Sokhareaksmey said. “The number of private security guards increases from year to year because our country is developing.”
Men Sambo, chief of SKY Security Services, said that he supports the suggestion made by Lt Gen Sokhareaksmey.
“I think that private security guards are the police’s second force,” Mr Sambo said. “They protect the safety of the people.”
He added that most security guards are close with residents, allowing them to know firsthand when a crime occurs.
“If private security guards and the police are cooperating with each other, they both can protect the people,” Mr Sambo said. “So please, if our guards report a crime to the police, I hope that the police will cooperate and respond faster.”