There are over 700 legitimate private security companies in Honduras that are staffed with over 70,000 security guards. In comparison, there are 16,00 police officers and 14,000 army soldiers in the country.
There are around 300 illegal security companies operating in the country. Government security officials claim that organized crime groups create security companies in order to illegally traffic firearms into the country.
650,000 of the 800,000 firearms that circulate within Honduras are illegal unlicensed weapons. Between 2011 and 2013, roughly 100,000 weapons were believed to have been trafficked into Honduras.
Source: Rene Novoa, “Honduras: Organized crime infiltrates security companies,” Infosurhoy, September 4, 2013.