The Hounslow City Council has approved a 1 year contract with Parkguard, a private security firm to conduct patrols in the local parks. The private security agents will be accompanied by dogs and their main objective is to deter illegal encampments and criminal mischief, while working in coordination with local police forces.  

This is yet another example of municipalities turning to private security firms to address a shortage of law enforcement and an uptick in criminal activity and bodes well for the future of the private security industry, which is expected to grow exponentially over the next few decades.