Car guards form an integral part of South Africa’s urban landscape. This article reports on a survey of 144
car guards in Tshwane to identify the implications of their work for private security policy and practice. The
profile of respondents reflects their low socio-economic status and marginalisation from the formal economy.
The study found that some car guards struggle to survive financially because of the daily levies payable to car
guard agencies and the managers of shopping centres. The results of the study suggest that, despite positive
sentiments and advancements in policy and legislation, regulation of the formal car guarding industry remains
constrained due to inadequate implementation and monitoring. The article offers insights into the factors
affecting car guarding as a form of private security in South Africa.