Hawkeye breaks into T&T security market

Joseph Smith to head operation

BY AVIA COLLINDER Business reporter collindera@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, July 29, 2016

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Sean Clacken, CEO of Hawkeye Security Ltd, indicated this week that security expert Joseph Smith has been appointed managing director of Hawkeye’s new offices in Trinidad.


DLM Group, holding company for the security firm, announced on Wednesday that Hawkeye has expanded to Trinidad, its first expansion into the wider Caribbean.


Smith, Clacken said, "has extensive security experience in Jamaica and Trinidad – 20 years – and has resided in Trinidad for over 10 years. He has also run a large security company in Trinidad."


In Trinidad, Clacken added, the company will be building new business from the ground up, "focusing first on delivering two primary services – Guarding Services & Vehicle Tracking. Over time, we will expand to offer the full line of security solutions that we offer in Jamaica."


Hawkeye is at least the second Jamaican security company to break into the Caribbean, following the Guardsman Group which although not yet in Trinidad and Tobago, has a strong presence across the Caribbean in Barbados, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.


DML describes Hawkeye Security as Jamaica’s 2nd largest and fully integrated electronic security and static guarding solutions service providr.


The company provides electronic security solutions such as web-based vehicle-tracking service – HawkTracker, HD video surveillance, intrusion detection and burglar alarm systems.


Services include static guarding services for commercial customers across many sectors in Jamaica which include finance, hospitality, education, manufacturing, media, business process outsourcing, diplomatic missions, aviation, cargo and others.


Hawkeye’s office in Trinidad is located in the upscale Diego Martin area of Port of Spain.


Clacken said the operations have started with a small core team that will increase over time to meet the customer and business needs. "Guards will be recruited from Trinidad at this time," he added.


Clacken said the security market in Trinidad is very similar to Jamaica.


"Based on our research, our vehicle tracking product has unique features and is very competitive in price. We will also be able to leverage some of our Jamaican infrastructure (such as our 24-hour monitoring centre) over the long run to expand into other product lines and services," he said.


The company is targeting spend of US$200,000 within the first year of operation.


"Having provided the most innovative security solutions in Jamaica for over two decades, we believe this is the right time to achieve more growth by expanding into new markets," Clacken said.


Recently, the company merged commercial guarding services that were under subsidiary Ranger Security into the Hawkeye operations, bringing the companies under the Hawkeye brand.


"Bringing the companies under the single brand name Hawkeye is part of our strategy to drive growth by continuing to give all our customers the best value and quality by delivering more innovations in electronic security and guarding services," explained Clacken.


Hawkeye began operations in February 1988. The company says on its website that it was the first to introduce the implementation of Rapid Response Bases, strategically located in neighbourhoods, to provide faster response times to customers.

 


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