Doing security: critical reflections and an agenda for change

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Security has become a salient issue for governments, organizations and the general public. Yet despite this growing concern, the provision of security is often substandard. This book exposes some of the common failures in security using case studies, including one of the greatest security breaches of recent times - 9/11. It highlights the generally low opinion many offenders have of security systems and exposes the poor standards of many security officers and managers. It also lays bare the poor regulation, limited professional infra-structure and widespread security inequity in society that contributes to poor security. Doing Security brings together the latest theoretical thinking, research and best practice globally to provide radical proposals to enhance the effectiveness of security in society at national and organizational levels. It sets out a model for delivering security in organizations that can offer new competitive advantages based upon a reconfiguration of security management as Security Risk Management. It also sets out a policy agenda at national level for more effective regulation of the security profession, arguing for the creation of Security Unions, based on the model of credit unions. This study is essential reading for all those concerned with security and risk management, and crime prevention.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages272
ISBN (Print)9780230553118
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Publication series

NameCrime prevention and security management
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan


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