A History Rich in Security

When Securitas AB entered the U.S. market by acquiring Pinkerton, the company became the largest security firm in the world. At the time, Securitas AB was already the leading protective services company in Europe, but few here in America were aware of the firm’s stature in the industry or the respect associated with its name.

Remote Guarding by Securitas2015

Securitas AB acquired the electronic assets of Diebold, a legendary name in the security profession. Diebold's North American Electronic Security business, based in Uniontown, OH, is the third largest commercial electronic provider in North America.

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Remote Guarding by Securitas2014

Securitas USA purchases a quarter of Iverify, one of the leading Remote Video Services companies in the United States and operates a state-of-the-art Remote Video operations monitoring center, the largest of its kind and headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Guarding by Securitas USA2003

All of the US guarding operations of Securitas AB are united under the single name of Securitas Security Services USA, Inc.

Security Officers2000

Securitas AB acquired legendary American private security firm, Burns International.

Founded in 1909, the William J. Burns Detective Agency was also headquartered in Chicago. During his career, Burns was known as “the greatest detective the U.S. had ever produced.” In 1921, he was appointed director of the newly formed Bureau of Investigation that later became the FBI. Burns’ drive, determination and commitment to service helped his company grow from a small detective agency to the second largest security provider in the U.S.

Risk Management1999

Securitas Acquires Pinkerton

Like Securitas AB, Pinkerton had a rich history dating back to 1850 in Chicago, when Allan Pinkerton, the “original private eye,” founded Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency. In 1861, he achieved national recognition when he uncovered and foiled a plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln. Pinkerton helped organize a federal secret service, of which he became chief. Today, Pinkerton is the industry's leading provider of risk management services .

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