The security ministry is cracking down on private guard services because about 20 percent have expired permits to operate and many employees also lack the required permissions.
Guard firms have to renew their permits every five years. Employees who work as guards have to renew their permits with the ministry every two years. In addition, guards who carry weapons must have an additional permit.
Guards and companies have a tendency to let the paperwork slide because considerable effort is required to provide the documentation the ministry needs. In addition, obtaining a permit to carry a weapon is complex and time consuming.
Ministry officials said that those who hire guards and guard services have the responsibility to make sure the paperwork is in order.
The ministry officials also said that the growth of the number of private guards is a concern.