Chile - Country Commercial Guide
Safety and Security

This is a best prospect industry sector for this country. Includes a market overview and trade data.

Last published date: 2022-01-25

The safety and security sector is expected to continue growing due to an increase in the number of high-profile security incidents over the last 12 months.  Although the social unrest seen in 2019 has largely abated, Chile has experienced an increase in violent incidents in southern Chile related to land claims by indigenous groups.  Illegal fishing is a growing problem along Chile´s 2,700 mile coastline, from the border with Peru to the southernmost islands in Cape Horn.  The country also faces a serious problem of illegal immigration through the natural passes between Chile and bordering countries.  For these and other reasons, Chile has a growing market for security monitoring and detection systems, services, equipment, and technologies.

The safety and security sector in Chile is overseen by the Ministry of Interior, which proposes to the President of Chile the rules and actions on internal policies to maintain public order, security, and social peace.  The agencies for Crime Prevention, the Police Force (Carabineros de Chile), and Investigation Police (PDI) are under the Ministry of Interior.

Natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and wildfires are common in Chile. Every year, Chile faces a wildfire season that lasts from November through April with the peak occurring in January and February. The fire season has worsened over the last decade due to the impacts of climate change and severe drought. Most of fires originate in forest areas in the central and southern regions of the country.

The National Forestry Corporation, CONAF, is responsible for managing and coordinating the firefighting activities and training of the over 300 firefighters. In July and August, CONAF calls for bids to cover their needs for the upcoming season, which may include various equipment, products or services, aircraft, manual tools, and protective clothing. The Office of National Emergencies (ONEMI), collaborates with CONAF as needed during the firefighting season.

The Chilean market for safety and security is highly competitive. U.S. technology is highly regarded however, price is always a priority in Chile. U.S. companies must also compete with suppliers from different countries such as Spain, Germany, India, and China.





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Source: Global Trade Data based on Chilean Customs

(total market size = (total local production + imports) - exports)
Units: $ millions

Leading Sub-Sectors

  • Broadcast devices and video cameras
  • Cybersecurity technologies
  • Access control equipment
  • Detection systems for checkpoints
  • Identification and control elements
  • Radionavigation and radio remote control devices
  • Cybersecurity technologies
  • Protective/safety clothing and footwear
  • Equipment and implements for working at height
  • Fire Control implements
  • Safety devices and manual tools


The Chilean Government is planning to implement various security plans for the coming years in three main areas.

· Cybersecurity - there are plans a Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) Systems, the creation of a National Cryptological Center, and Full Digitalization of the Immigration System.

· Risk Prevention Control - National Policy for Disaster Risk Reduction (2020-2030) and a National System for Disaster Prevention and Response.

· Internal Security & Public Order – there are plans for a Mobile Remote Surveillance by 2022 and a National Teleprotecion System.


· SeguridadExpo 2021, Santiago, Chile October 26 – 28, 2021

Seguridad Expo is an international event in the safety and security sector. In 2021, the trade show will be hybrid event with in-person and virtual activities. The event will cover three areas: Public and Private Security, Industrial Safety, and Fire and Natural Disasters. In previous editions, the event has attracted over 5,000 visitors.

· Ministry of Interior

· Undersecretary for Prevention of Crime


· Forestry National Corporation (CONAF)

· Office of National Emergencies (ONEMI)

· Carabineros de Chile (

· Investigative Police (PDICHILE)