Death on the door: How security industry risk has grown as police numbers fall

From tackling crime to guarding trains, private firms are filling roles public services once had. But it’s a dangerous business…

Michelle Bailey has endured countless scrapes. The most recent, just before Christmas, involved an acutely intoxicated woman repeatedly threatening her with violence. Bailey, the 48-year-old managing director of Barnsley-based Active Response Security Services, talked her down, as always. “You need to keep very calm. So far no one has ever pulled a knife, thank god,” she said.

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