Bates Security Acquires Central Security & Electronics in Florida

Central Security is a leading security company in the Highlands County area where the company operates from its headquarters in Lake Placid.

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Bates Security/Sonitrol, based here, has acquired Central Security & Electronics in Lake Placid, Fla., for undisclosed terms.

The transaction marks the addition of Bates Security’s fifth office. The newly acquired business will continue to be operated as Central Security.

According to the company’s website, Central Security is the oldest existing local alarm company in Highlands County, where Lake Placid is located, with over 90 years of combined expertise in the industry.

“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,” says Dana Hurlbut, the former owner of Central Security & Electronics.

He continues, “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, explains, “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 has completed acquisitions of the Lyon Alarm in the Central Kentucky area, as well as Southtech Integration (dba Dynamark) in Jacksonville, Fla.

Founded in 1984, 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.

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