CAPE TOWN, South Africa, April 16 /PRNewswire/ --

The high rate of crime in South Africa has influenced property owners and businesses to look at alternative ways of securing their assets. Armed robberies, ATM bombings and other related violent crimes have forced property owners to migrate towards the integration of different security systems in order to come up with an effective and reliable security solution. More advanced features are also becoming available, making security products more attractive to end-users.


New analysis from Frost Sullivan (, finds that the South African industrial and commercial security systems and services market earned revenues of US$3.45 million in 2007 and estimates this to double by 2014. The South African residential security systems and services market earned revenues of US$1,381.5 million in 2007 and this should reach US$2,224.9 million by 2014.

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High levels of crime have influenced the growth of the security industry in South Africa, notes Frost Sullivan Research Analyst Sostina Shiri. Ongoing threats of workplace violence, school violence, corporate espionage, theft and vandalism are boosting the uptake of security systems and services.

As a result, the installation of security systems has risen significantly on the list of end-users' priorities. Although the initial cost of equipment remains high, end users are increasingly becoming aware of the different types of security equipment available and the potential benefits this equipment can provide.

The initial cost of acquiring a security system and the on-going subscription cost for maintenance and support services are however restraints to industry growth.

Although prices have gone down in recent years, advanced security systems are still beyond the reach of many end-users in the market, explains Shiri.

The South African police have not been able to cope with the high crime rates and are working in conjunction with the private security industry to effectively combat crime. Security companies that can take advantage of these strategic alliances are set to benefit from this opportunity.

However, the lack of effective legislation has seriously hindered the growth of the security industry. The current legislation specifically focuses on the guard services sector and has little or no impact at all on the operations of the electronic security sector.

In this market, the only legislation of note is the private security regulatory Act (PSIRA) that focuses on the training and remuneration of guards as well as the procedures required to register a security company, explains Shiri. Very little effort has been made to regulate the electronic security systems market.

Barriers to entry in the security industry are low and new companies are seeing the opportunity, but lack professionalism in the way they conduct their business. This leads to customers not fully realising the full benefits of investing in security technologies.

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