Finding the right company for you
By Mario González-Román Original Print Publication: April, 2007
Security companies in Mexico City are like dogs – they’re everywhere. In 2004 it was estimated that the security industry in this country is worth a billion dollars. With so many companies vying for the chance to guard your home and business, how can you be sure you’re hiring a reliable and trustworthy service?
Word of mouth is a good bet. If your friends or colleagues feel confident with their company, chances are you will too. Ask for a referral. If you have to go cold calling, here are a few things you should know:
All security companies in Mexico City must be registered with the local police. There is no bonding system for individuals to prevent people with criminal records from working as security guards, but companies must still provide the police with personal information about all employees.
Go to portal.ssp.df.gob.mx/Portal/SeguridadPrivada/ where you will find information on almost 200 companies who are either in good standing with the local police or who have been cited, or had their registration cancelled, for wrong doing.
The federal government also tracks private security companies and provides information on why some have lost their licenses. Go to ssp.gob.mx, click on Servicios in the menu on the left hand side of the page and choose Secretaria de Seguridad Pública.
For home and business security in Mexico City, I have worked with and can personally recommend the Mexico City Banking and Industrial Police (PBIDF). It’s a branch of the city police department that can be contracted for private security services. You can contact them for an assessment at (55) 5567 4995 or 5587 7966 ext 3837.
If you live outside Mexico City, contact your local police department for information about which security companies they recommend in your area.
Mario González-Román is a private security consultant who worked for 28 years as the Foreign Service national Senior Advisor for Security at the US Embassy in Mexico City. His website is securitycornermexico.com and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.