Demand surges for security guards

Sep 5, 2003 12:00 PM


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According to the New York Department of State, there were 104,000 licensed security guards in the state on Sept. 10, 2001. Today there are 127,006.



Even before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the security business was thriving. But the 9/11 attacks produced a real surge in demand, David Zeldin, the owner of Long Island-based Investicorp Inc. and past president of the Associated Licensed Detectives of New York State (ALDONYS), the industry's trade group, told

The New York Business Review

.



"We've always gone up by 8, 9 or 10 percent a year, all through the years. Now in the last two years, we have seen our business go up 15 to 18 percent a year," Zeldin said.



The growth in the security business has leveled off, but if another terrorist attack in the United States occurs, "it will go through the roof," ALDONYS vice president William Vassell told the publication.



Across the country business and industrial leaders are realizing that they need to do more in the security field because they are now targets, Vassell added.


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