Para uma outra visibilidade do setor da segurança privada em Portugal
: a análise da atividade de vigilante estático e de vigilante de transporte de valores

  • Lisa Sandrina Santos Pires Fernandes (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Private security in Portugal, in regarding to surveillance and social control of spaces, people and goods, is assumed to be as an important sector of activity due to the complementary and subsidiary role of the forces and State security services. The study presented here emphasizes the specificity of working conditions of two distinct activities in the private security sector: the activity of a static security officer and the activity of a cash transport security officer. More specifically, the aim consists in analyzing how the security issue of the protagonists of these work activities is addressed, knowing that the construction of collective security strategies sometimes comes into conflict with the preservation of its own security in a real work environment. The sample of this study is constituted by eight participants (three static security officers of a shopping center, three cash transport security officers, one security supervisor and one logistics and handling coordinator). The adopted methodology is predominantly qualitative, grounded in the approach of ergonomic psychology. The results of this study allow us to verify visibility to the professional activities in study in which it is expected that their workers are able to anticipate and manage risk.
Date of Award8 Jul 2013
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorLiliana Cunha (Supervisor)


  • Private security
  • Security officers
  • Working conditions
  • Occupational hazards
  • Security in the work environment


  • Mestrado em Psicologia

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