Diverse range of security solutions for industry

THE demand for specialised and professional security services in all business sectors has led to a rapid expansion for one Perth-based business.

From an initial idea to service the mining industry, Gold Security Group has grown to the point where it now offers recruitment, training, security, VIP protection and investigative services to corporate and government clients in Australia and overseas.

During 1999, precious metals security consultant Peter Grant and metallurgist and project supervisor Aleksandar Borkovic realised that managers and investigative personnel in the diamond and gold industries were struggling to contain theft, due to insufficient knowledge of the operations of ore processing plants.

With this in mind, Mr Grant, a former police superintendent and investigator, Mr Borkovic and former chief superintendent and ex-Police Academy principal Malcolm Evans formed Gold Security Group to provide security audits and training solutions for the Australian precious metals industries.

A conglomerate of services soon evolved, however, in response to requests by those who knew of the company’s mix of experience and expertise in police management and training, tactical response, criminal and military intelligence and minerals extraction.

Malcolm Evans says Gold Security Group’s focus is now on “quality in diversity”, with the company’s ability to head-hunt “highly trained and efficient people with their own knowledge and skills”, its key to success.

One head-hunting success is investigations manager and former SAS intelligence officer, Geoff Hourn, whose work history includes positions as deputy director of military intelligence, UN Iran-Iraq military observer group team leader, NATO commanding officer for a West German security unit and Australian Securities Commission executive director (of) investigations.

Peter Grant believes the company’s success has grown not only from an attention to detail in recruiting the right people, but also from developing a small quality market in response to existing demand.

Part of the demand is a consequence of the financial constraints on larger organisations responsible for public compliance services, including government environmental, flora and fauna management and trade agencies.

And, as with countries where the incidences of fraud and theft exceed the capacity of government police investigative services, Mr Evans can see a growing need for complementary private policing services in the form of contracted security and compliance forces.

A significant market already exists in Australia, Mr Grant believes, with Federal Police having to ignore most fraud investigations below a $1 million cut-off.

Gold Security Group now: recruits, trains and supplies secur-ity, compliance and mining personnel; undertakes risk assess-ments for domestic, industrial and corporate premises; conducts theft, fraud and covert investigations; provides witness support; and designs, installs and maintains security systems.

“It’s amazing how the snowball has rolled and grown. We’ve finished up with a diverse range of core activities,” Mr Evans said.

“They’re all core now and we’ve got some fresh goals to reset.”

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