This year has been a tough one for Malaysians when it comes to crime. Despite the best efforts of the Royal Malaysian Police to reduce crime, many Malaysians are still not feeling safe.
According to official statistics, for the first nine months of this year, there were 4,436 violent assault cases compared to 6,244 cases for the whole of 2012.
Meanwhile, there have already been 15,375 cases of violent robbery, including gang and armed robberies, from January to September this year, compared with 20,140 for all of last year.
Despite the police coming down hard on criminals, some Malaysians are still opting for private security services to protect themselves.
According to the Security Services Association of Malaysia, the number of certified security companies has tripled over the past decade to 712 from 200 and the demand for personal guards has soared.
One company that has seen a rise in business this year is Super Force Security Services Sdn Bhd.
Incorporated in September 1995 with the aim of providing wide range of security related services to various customer groups in the industry, Super Force currently provides security services for the IT infrastructure of office buildings, residential areas, commercial complexes, hotels, shopping malls, construction sites, education centres, business entities and their various installations, community projects, social and corporate personalities, multinationals and government agencies among others.
However, it is the company's personal bodyguard service that has seen the most significant rise. "There has been an overall rise in demand for guards. Depending on the agency, some are experiencing between 50 per cent and 200 per cent increase in business," said Super Force chief executive Wan Asmadi Wan Ahmad Najib who got his start in the industry as a bodyguard himself.