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The sector of private security in Portugal is governed according to the legal regime established by Law No. 34/2013 of 16 th May.

Under this law, it is considered private security activity:

a) the provision of services to third parties by private entities for the protection of persons and property as well as to prevent the commission of crimes;

b) the organization by any entities and to their advantage, of self-protection services for the protection of persons and property, and for the prevention of crimes.

Security services referred to include:

  • Surveillance of movable and immovable property and the input control, presence and exit of people, as well as the prevention of entry of arms, substances and use of articles and possession prohibited or likely to cause violence ;
  • The personal protection;
  • The exploration and the central management of reception and monitoring alarm signals and video surveillance;
  • The transport, custody, treatment and distribution of cash and valuables and other objects which by their economic value may require special protection;
  • The screening, inspection and filtering of baggage and cargo and passenger control access to security restricted areas in ports and airports as well as the prevention of entry of arms, substances and use of articles and possession prohibited or likely to cause acts of violence;
  • The inspection of tickets under the supervision of the competent public authority or entity held a concession of public transport;
  • The preparation of studies and plans and organizational projects and private security services assembly.

And may be exercised by the following entities:

  • private security companies;
  • Entities, organizing self-protection services;
  • Entity security consultants; Training providers.

Then lists the legislation governing the various components associated with the activity of Private Security in Portugal… [See More]

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