Who knows how many small to medium-sized businesses have made this mistake before. While their local county, city or state-run law enforcement agencies are generally known to be both efficient and vigilant within the parameters of the law, to be fair, they cannot be in all places at any one time. The mistake being made by small businesses is not so much the lack of the actual hiring of private security but the type of security detail that they have inadvertently bought into.
And what may also have been lacking was a specialized security plan also drawn up with the full cooperation of the local or relevant law enforcement agency. The lack of detail has something to do with the inappropriateness of the actual company and/or staff being hired. For instance, it cannot be expected that a middle aged night watchman with torch and baton or nightstick is able to be in full control of an industrial complex that spans at least a couple of acres.
Should something go wrong in the middle of the night, this poor gentleman would not even have his hands full. He simply would not be able to cope against a gang of half a dozen thieves, quite possibly armed and dangerous, as well as having a degree of sophistication in the event that they have to plow their way through a computer-based electronic central security system. Which in this case would have been non-existent for them.
So, easy pickings for the gang of thieves. But a potentially life-threatening situation for the single guard. The mistakes being made are often influenced by small companies’ reckless refusal to spend more money than they have to on their security requirements. It is a damaging situation indeed.