Securitas entered the Canadian market in 1999, but our history goes back more than 150 years with the acquisition of two security firms, Pinkerton and Burns International.
In 1934, Erik Philip-Sörensen established the forerunner of Securitas. In the late 1940s, the demand for more advanced security services increased and Securitas Alarm was formed to offer technology as a complement to the guarding services. In 1972, all of Philip-Sörensen’s security companies were gathered under the collective name of Securitas, the Latin word for security.
In 1999, when Securitas AB entered the North American 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. Like Securitas AB, Pinkerton had a rich history dating back to 1850 when Allan Pinkerton founded Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency.
In 2000, Securitas acquired Burns International. Burns International had grown from a small detective agency to the second largest security provider in the U.S.
In 2001, all of the Canadian guarding operations united under the single name of Securitas Canada.
Watch the video below to learn more about our rich history: