A non-lethal weapon is a device that is designed to put people in dangerous situations, causing them to feel pain or suffering powerful enough to stop them from acting violently, but in a way that does not endanger their lives under normal conditions of use. Tear gas, rubber bullets, batons, water cannons, pepper spray, and tasers are examples of such weaponry.
As a result, the term "non-lethal weapon" is specified because the weapon's objective is not to kill, and if it were referred to as "less lethal" or "less than lethal," as others prefer, the officer might feel justified in killing. As a result, the term "non-lethal" is preferred.
What advantages do non-lethal weapons provide to security firms?
The first is the fact of life preservation, which is linked to the second: avoiding contractual civil liability. Without a doubt, a security company's expenditures are reduced by not being involved in lawsuits. On the other hand, it's worth recalling that in Colombia, a psycho-physical examination is required in order to own a weapon; if the security guard fails to pass it, the company loses money. Let me offer you an example: if we take a sample of 1,000 guards and 3.9 percent fail the psychophysical exam, the corporation will lose roughly 600 million pesos in earnings.
Weapons that are supplied to surveillance businesses as gifts from the government do not constitute part of their fixed assets. Non-lethal weapons, on the other hand, become fixed assets of the companies because they do not belong to the state but to individuals who acquire them. As a result, the businesses expand. That includes both financial and operational advantages.
Non-lethal weapons, on the other hand, have the biggest advantage of assisting the surveillance service in becoming a reactionary one rather than a preventative one.