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Bates Security Acquires Central Security and Electronics

Dana Harlbut, Amy Smith and Jeremy Bates pose in front of Central Security sign
From left to right: Dana Hurlbut, Amy Smith and Jeremy Bates.

Bates Security/​Sonitrol of Lexington, Kentucky, continues its growth with the acqui­sition of Central Security and Electronics in Lake Placid, Florida. This will be Bates Security’s 5th office and it will continue to be operated as Central Security. Central Security is the dominant security company in the Highlands County area where Lake Placid is located.

Dana Hurlbut, the former owner of Central Security and Electronics said, Our Central Security team has been privi­leged and proud to serve our community for over 30 years. What we began in 1988 as a one-man operation wiring security for builders in new homes has grown into a well-estab­lished full-service security provider with ten office and technical staff. Thanks to all of our loyal patrons, we are now providing security, fire, camera, and access control services to several thousand customers, including our local government offices, educa­tional and religious estab­lish­ments, as well as numerous commercial and residential accounts. With an eye toward future growth, we are pleased and excited to announce that we are merging our company with Bates Security, a similar and successful family-owned business with offices throughout the Southeast.”

Jeremy Bates, President of Bates Security explained, We share many of the same goals with Central Security, including a commitment to providing excellent customer service and cutting-edge technology options. My brother Bryan and I are excited to lead the company’s growth into new areas of Florida, Georgia and Kentucky, and the addition of Central Security helps further that goal. The Bates team brings additional resources and ideas that will further enhance the services of the Central Security client base in Lake Placid, Highlands and surrounding counties.”

In the last two years, Bates Security also recently completed acqui­si­tions of the Lyon Alarm in the Central Kentucky areas as well as Southtech Integration (dba Dynamark) in Jacksonville, Florida.

About Bates Security

Founded and based in Lexington, Kentucky, in 1969, Bates Security is a locally owned and operated full-service electronic security provider offering service for residential, business, educa­tional and indus­trial customers in the primary states of Kentucky, Georgia and Florida. Services include security systems, access control, video surveil­lance (cameras), fire detection, fire inspec­tions, elevator monitoring, medical alert, gunshot detection, temper­ature detection and more. In 2011, Bates received the Installer of the Year Award from Security Sales & Integration Magazine, the Small Business of the Year Award in 2013 from Commerce Lexington and, after ranking 14 years in a row on the SDM 100 List, Bates Security received the 2018 Dealer of the Year Award from SDM Magazine. Bates Security currently ranks as the 37th largest security company per the SDM 100.