United stand for your security in Stanthorpe
ON PAPER the partial sale of Stanthorpe Security looks like a split.
In reality old partners in crime, or rather the prevention of it, Dave Carter and Greg Cockerell have split the existing former Stanthorpe Security business into two more manageable parts so the pair can continue working together and give their clients a more personal customer experience.
Mr Cockerell, who has worked in the security industry in Stanthorpe for more than 22 years, bought the Stanthorpe Security business eight years ago with his wife, Steffany.
As of April this year Greg and Steffany sold the mobile patrols and static guard parts of their business to their employee of four years and former training partner Dave Carter.
Mr Carter has a wealth of experience as a small business owner, having operated C K Industries kitchen manufacturing and installations for the last 13 years.
Mr Cockerell will continue to operate the cash escorts and crowd control aspects of the business under the new name of Nighteyes Security.
"We will continue to work as a partnership," Mr Cockerell said.
"It just makes it easier for each of us to concentrate on providing the best service to our customers for the particular service we provide and to get around to see our clients if we're splitting the work.
"It means we can provide a more personal service, because no one really wants to talk to us during our work hours at 2am.
"On the surface it looks like a split but it's really a union."
For Mr Carter, who has lived in Stanthorpe all his life, the change is just a "small transition".
"I've just taken on the paperwork of clients I was already seeing," he said.
"We're just pooling our resources. I will continue to undertake some crowd control and cash escort work with Nighteyes Security and Greg still does patrols for Stanthorpe Security so the customers are still dealing with the same guards they were before the sale."
What they do...
- Mobile patrols: Night patrols of clients' businesses or properties. Stanthorpe Security offers a minimum of three checks between 8.30pm and 5am.
On the first check they make sure all locks and points of entry are secure. They also respond to their clients' alarms as a free service during patrol hours, saving the customer from having to go out in the middle of night to check premises and reset alarms.
"We also take a trained security dog with us on all patrols because the one thing scarier than a security officer is a barking dog," Mr Carter said.
"Cronus has been a part of our team for two years now and loves his job."
- Static guard: Static onsite guard protection on sites such as building sites, farms or guarding highly valuable property.
- Cash escorts: The security officer collects all banking from the clients' premises and attends to deposits and change pick-up from the clients' bank, returning the completed banking to the client, alleviating the need for the clients' staff members to carry large volumes of cash in public.
- Crowd control: Involves crowd control at hotels, festivals and events. Mr Cockerell said his business's busiest time of year is the biennial Apple and Grape Harvest Festival.
"It's a lot of work but it's good fun," he said.
Both businesses maintain all appropriate licences and insurance and are members of the Australian Security Industry Association Limited.
For more information phone Dave Carter at Stanthorpe Security on 0418 716 329 or Greg Cockerell at Nighteyes Security on 0447 278 609.