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Our History

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Securitas has a history rich in security. When Securitas AB entered the U.S. market by acquiring Pinkerton, the company became one of the largest security firms in the world.

Key events in Securitas History

1800's
Our affiliate Pinkerton was Founded in 1850. Allan Pinkerton, the “original private eye,” founded Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency in Chicago

Early & Mid-1900's
Securitas was founded in 1934 when Erik Philip-Sörensen traveled to Helsingborg, Sweden to set up a small night-watch business. He believed that staying safe is one of the most basic human needs.

1999
Securitas acquired Pinkerton.

2000
Securitas acquired Burns International which was founded in 1909, as the William J. Burns Detective Agency.  

2003
All of the U.S. guarding operations of Securitas AB united under the single name of Securitas Security Services USA, Inc.

2015
Securitas acquired the electronic assets of Diebold. Diebold's North American Electronic Security business is the third largest commercial electronic provider in North America. This team is now fully united with us under the name Securitas Electronic Security.

2018
Securitas acquires Kratos' Public Safety & Security division which aligns well with Securitas Electronic Security's strategic focus.