SRI Security Research Institute, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia
Security is a necessary cost for businesses wishing to operate in the developing economy of Papua New Guinea. The country continues to face levels of crime and violence out of proportion to other East Asian countries; which deters many would be investors. However, the potential in PNG is vast and eagerly sought after despite the high costs required to operate without harm, therefore, it is necessary manage the security situation. Experience from similar countries has shown by using optimal security management systems and structures it is possible to work safely, securely and effectively, but this requires a comprehensive security, threat and risk assessment to be conducted first . Based upon this assessment, a security management plan can be created .The predominant threat comes from criminality, which is endemic in parts of PNG. The police force is struggling to address the issue, but due to lack of resources and manpower is often seen as part of the problem An inimical model is therefore proposed that incorporates the local community and actively seeks their support to gather greater intelligence to thwart would be criminals. In addition, empowering more local security managers, with their vital local knowledge, will improve the overall intelligence flow.