Security company owners accused of putting profits before lives

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Security company owners accused of putting profits before lives

Head of the Estate Police Association, Deryck Richardson is concerned by what he describes as a trend of attacks against security officers.

Mr Richardson made the comment on the heels of news that a security guard was ambushed and shot at an ATM.

Hasely Augustine was part of a crew of Telecom Security Officers who went to deposit cash at an RBC ATM in Cunupia.

The officers were ambushed at the ATM by 5 men armed with assault rifles and handguns.

Augustine was reportedly shot at point blank range during a struggle with one of the bandits.

The bandits fled and Augustine’s colleagues took him to the Cunupia Health Centre where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Speaking on Power 102 Digital, Mr Richardson highlighted the string of incidents dating back to 2013 in which security personnel lost their life.

He noted that security officers are on the frontline and have essentially become the target of bandits.

Mr Richardson accused some security company owners of putting profits ahead of lives.

He pointed to the lack of training and equipment given to cash in transit or CIT officers as an example.