7.2.3 Individual Security

People might seek individual security if they have reason to believe that they will not be adequately protected by a country’s governance.

No police force can guarantee total security for every individual, so many take some measures to protect themselves if they can afford to do so.  The following sub-sections examine three ways of doing this:

●  They can take precautions, such as crime prevention measures (7.2.3.1).

●  They can buy guns (7.2.3.2).  This is highly contentious, because there are more gun deaths in societies which have a high level of gun ownership.

●  They can appoint other people to look after their security, ranging from security guards to armed militias (7.2.3.3).

Some of these ways of providing individual security affect the rest of society.  Weapons in private hands can inflict a death penalty without the safeguard of a court of law – as in the contentious case of the killing of Trayvon Martin in February 2012.  A CNN article, Trayvon Martin Shooting Fast Facts, described how a private security guard, George Zimmerman was acquitted of murder after he had killed an unarmed boy in disputed circumstances.

Back

Next

Next Section

This page is intended to form part of Edition 4 of the Patterns of Power series of books.  An archived copy of it is held at https://www.patternsofpower.org/edition04/723.htm.