Bates Security/Sonitrol of Lexington, Ky., continues its growth with the acquisition of Central Security and Electronics in Lake Placid, Fla. This will be Bates Security’s fifth office and will continue to operate as Central Security. 

“Our Central Security team has been privileged and proud to serve our community for over 30 years,” said Dana Hurlbut, former owner of Central Security and Electronics. “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 10 offices 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.”

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, Fla. Bates Security was No. 37 on the 2021 SDM 100.

“We share many of the same goals with Central Security, including a commitment to providing excellent customer service and cutting-edge technology options,” said Jeremy Bates, president of Bates Security. “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.”