Concern has been raised over the vacuum in the knowledge and application of private security standards and guidelines in most organisations as this lead to losses in companies.

Speaking at a workshop for chief security officers, aimed at professionalising private security industry, security consultant Mr Dave Dodge said the sector is experiencing rapid growth and development as a practice and discipline and it is critical that organisations and individual embrace new security systems to reduce losses in organisations.

He said there is need to train security personnel so that they grasp and understand new security systems that enhance in the ease of doing business in their organisations.

The Institute of Certified Loss Management director Retired Colonel Joshua Muriwe bemoaned the need for proper training for security personnel rather than just picking unqualified people as this compromise the sector.

He said unqualified personnel has impacted negatively on the application of international accepted professional standards and guidelines saying the profession has to adopt a professional constitution, code of conduct and pronounce standards and guidelines.

The workshop was aimed at equipping security officers with current trends in the security sector.