Research and statistics


  • The role of private security in supporting police responses to domestic violence (Tim Prenzler & Lauren Fardell, 2016). Members can download the paper here> Others should email
  • Public Private Partnerships: Exploring the Opportunities (David Owens, 2014). View article from Security Insider.
  • Outsourcing opportunities for the security industry: Scope and Prospects (Tim Prenzler, 2013). Download paper.
  • Private Security and Public Interest - Exploring private security trends and directions for reform in the new era of plural policing (Rick Sarre and Tim Prenzler, 2011). Download paper.
  • Private security in Australia: Trends and key characteristics (Australian Institute of Criminology, 2009). Download paper.

Security industry data

Estimated expenditure on private security in Australia, 2012-2013: $4.857 billion.*

  • Manpower: $2.514 billion
    • Including customer service/concierge, loss prevention/retail security, corporate risk, investigation services, cash management, armed escorts, ATM servicing, event security, crowd control, critical infrastructure protection, aviation /maritime security, mobile patrols/alarm response.
  • Electronics: $2.343 billion
    • Including hardware, electronics and equipment ($760 million); Installation ($810 million); Monitoring ($390 million); Other ($383 million).

*Figures provided are an estimate only

Crime stats

There are a range of online tools to show crime rates in various locations around Australia.

Further research resources

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