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Our Story

photo_our-storyOur humble beginnings date back to 1990 when two guys working in the security industry had a dream and the desire to own their own business. In 2003, after several years of hard work and determination, Security 101 was founded under the idea of creating a new breed of commercial security integration company.

Then in 2007, the concept hit it's mark when the company offered the first franchise. Since that time, Security 101 has experienced tremendous growth and has been the prominent force in the commercial security industry, building a reputation for exemplary support and the highest quality of service to business owners.

Security 101 has been built and designed for strong growth and continued success.

11 Advantages

…to the Security 101 commercial integration business opportunity


Instant name recognition

When you become part of the Security 101 family, you will be part of a recognized brand name that utilizes over 20 years of industry expertise.


Global/National accounts group


Security 101 has developed a large list of national and regional clients. As a Security 101 franchise, you will benefit from ongoing growth and support from our team globally, nationally, regionally and locally.


Cooperative advertising program


Generate business for your office while building brand awareness.


Ongoing training and support


After the initial startup stage is completed, you’ll receive ongoing training and support as well as personal attention to your specific needs. You're not in this alone.


Preferred vendor program


Security 101’s long-term relationships with vendors and suppliers have gained us some of the best pricing and strongest incentives in the industry.




Unlike most franchises, we offer large territories that offer you uncapped growth potential.


Growth potential


The growth in the security industry is phenomenal. The U.S. commercial electronic security market is the largest in the world.


Revenue streams


By now you recognize the many potential revenue streams and recurring monthly revenue that exist in the commercial security industry. Security 101 will aid you in taking full advantage of these areas of business such as service, installations, equipment sales, monitoring and service agreements, and managed services.




By this we mean you are running a business predominantly Monday-Friday, allowing you freedom to spend nights and weekends with your family.


Marketing support


You will receive marketing direction and support. From professionally designed marketing and direct-mail materials to public relations and social media exposure, you have a partner in growing the brand.


101WARE software


As a Security 101 franchisee, you will benefit from our proprietary application built specifically to assist you in managing and growing your franchise.

Industry Facts and Figures

photo_stats-chartsWe'd venture to guess you're a bit of a numbers guy (or gal), so we've compiled some statistics for you to browse through. If you haven't studied the numbers, these figures are sure to get you grasping for your piece of the growing commercial security business!

  • The electronic security industry generated an estimated $33 Billion in 2012.
  • 72% of companies who install and monitor security systems say their company was financially better off in 2013 than it was three years prior.
  • 25% of security integrators had a 2012 estimated gross sales revenue of $1M-$4.9M while the median for all security integrators was $3 million.
  • Average number of annual video surveillance installations per dealer/integrator increased 9% in 2011. 45% of installations were commercial and 21% were large industrial customers.
  • Offices, hospitals, schools/universities, and manufacturing accounted for 50% of the entire access control market in 2013.
  • Integrators/dealers charged 3% more for access control installations in 2012.
  • The average number of annual video surveillance installations for integrators had a 9% increase.
  • Company sources of revenue generation remain mostly unchanged from one year to the next!
  • 69% of industry growth is based on the main products/services we provide and are experts in. These include: access control, CCTV, and integrated systems.
  • 38% of integrators revenues in 2013 were from new systems installations, 18% system upgrades, 22% systems service/maintenance,  9% equipment sales/distribution, 6% system design, 4% consultation and 3% other.

In the Media

Security Today
"It's a Woman's World, Too" featured article and cover story.
"The Power of the Franchise" was written by SD&I's Editor-In-Chief, Paul Rothman.
SDM magazine cover
"Integrator Franchise Provides National Coverage With Local Ownership"
SSI magazine January 2015 cover
Security 101 President Steve Crespo is featured on the cover of SSI magazine.
Security Dealer Magazine
Security 101 works with Cox Enterprises, Inc. of Atlanta.
Jacksonville Business Journal
Mike and Charlie Taylor of Security 101 Jacksonville are featured.


Deciding to start a business is a huge decision. Right now you're likely weighing the pros and cons of owning your own business and talking about it with the people you trust most. Here's what a few Security 101 franchise owners have to say:

One of the biggest benefits of being a Security 101 franchisee is the camaraderie and the knowledge base provided by the other owners within the franchise organization. This information has proven to be invaluable by helping me avoid pitfalls, saving money and helping us be successful.” —Rich Montalvo

Rich Montalvo
Ross Linville

Becoming a Security 101 business owner is as rewarding personally as it is professionally. There is a sense of family among the other Security 101 franchisees. We know each other, learn from each other, and watch out for each other. I don't think I could get that in another franchise.” —Ross Linville

 Security 101 has helped since the beginning by making things so easy. Probably the best thing about our franchise is when we opened up we were ready to do business.” —Rob Ryan

Rob Ryan
Charlie Taylor

One of the greatest parts of owning a Security 101 franchise is attending the owner's conferences. I always enjoy the trade shows and exchanging ideas with the other Security 101 franchisees.” —Charlie Taylor

 Security 101 sets the bar high in the industry with its diverse culture. There are no limitations when it comes to providing customer-centric service. In traditional corporate environments, major decisions regarding customer service are often over dialoged and delayed. At Security 101, each local office makes a decision that is in the best interest of the customer and their decision is supported on a national level.” —Ryan Wise

Tony Iovine

 Security 101 has helped tremendously by making things so simple. Everything we needed, Security 101 provided our team right from the start.” —Anthony Iovine