The BBC provides this briefing on the recent boom in private security companies in Guatemala. As crime rates remain high, individuals and businesses are turning to private guards to keep them safe.

From the BBC

Guatemala security: ‘Those who can afford it buy protection’

With an average of 13 murders per day across the country last year, Guatemala is one of the most dangerous nations in the world, outside of a warzone.

Bedevilled by drug gangs, grinding poverty and an abundance of guns, violent crime rates are sky high.

In the capital, no suburb “including the upscale shopping, tourist and residential areas” are “immune to daytime assaults”, warns the US State Department.

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