The revelation by some commercial sex workers that they use patrol vehicles as taxis at night is worrisome.
It is expected that officers on patrol must respond rapidly when called. People's expectations are that the money paid to private companies will ensure a good service that saves people's property and lives.
The concerns have been raised in the past about the security breaches despite the money spent by households or companies on security. Private security companies bridge the security gap as it is well-known that the Police sometimes tend to relax.
Similarly, the Police use tax payers' money to provide security to Malawians during day and night but it is worrisome when the resources are wasted at night to transport commercial sex workers.
Usually, there is no explanation from the security companies or the Police when robberies take place bearing in mind that the neighbourhood is usually patrolled.
One of the reasons is the unprofessional conduct of the officers whereby the resources are used for personal gratification forgetting that their ultimate goal is to provide security. Such negligence has often led to loss of property or life.
Quite so often, such conduct has dragged the security companies into disrepute. Instead of shrugging off this revelation, the security companies should put in place mechanisms that would ensure that their officers' conduct restores confidence in the people who pay a lot to have their premises and lives secured.