A big congratulations to the President and founder of KC Security Services, Daniel Laprade!
Today he celebrates 10 years in security service.
On this day in 2008, Daniel began his security career at the age of 19 years old with Paladin Security in Victoria, BC. 7 years later he would go on to create KC Security Services in January of 2015.
Here is a Q & A with Daniel:
What have you enjoyed the most throughout your Security career?
“It’s been a fun 10 years in the industry. Over the years I have watched the changes in technology and how the security business is evolving. We’re only going to go up from here, and you can expect to see alot more responsibility put in the security industry in the next 10 years. Everyday I go out and make a difference in people’s lives by protecting them or their properties, that’s what I enjoy the most.”
What is your background before entering security?
“Before I got an interest in security I was a funeral assistant for 3 years. This consisted of almost everything at the funeral home except preparing them or arranging funerals. I continued this for another 2 years before I went full time in security. I really enjoyed that experience, and wouldn’t rule out doing that again in future sometime. ”
Have you ever left or thought about leaving the security industry throughout the years?
“I haven’t officially left the industry, however many times considered it. Actually fun fact, a month before I decided to launch KC Security Services I was on the verge of getting out of the industry completely but changed my mind after consulting with relatives and friends about my ideas for a company. At this point there are no plans to leave anytime, I expect to be in the industry for many years to come as we grow our company and become a leader in security services. ”
What position do you enjoy the most in security?
“Without hesitation it would be mobile patrol and alarm response. This is the very position I was lucky enough to begin my career in. I have however done almost every thing else such as stationary, event security, traffic control, loss prevention, mall security, access control and more. ”
What is the most enjoyable part of your company and do you have any plans to “retire” in the field and simply run the company in an office?
“The best part of owning the company is having control over all aspects of how we do things. From the get go, I have always said we wanted to do things differently and not be your average company. That includes getting involved in the community heavily, giving back where we can and providing the best service to our customers. As for your question about whether I would give up working in the field alongside my employees, that’s a definite no! Even if we became a very large company across Canada with thousands of employees, you will see me on the road patrolling and doing what I enjoy the most. I believe that is one of our success factors that sets us apart from our competition. ”
What advice do you have for anyone wanting to start their own business?
“Very simply, go for it and don’t look back! It’s not easy believe me, I would be lying if I said it was. However you will have many people who will support you including friends and family. Also there are many programs out there to help you with guidance, and I use many of these to connect with other like-minded entrepreneurs. I can say I put in 12-16 hour days frequently, patrolling all night and trying to coordinate things during day all while making probably around $5 an hour. I do it because I love what I do, and after the first year it gets better. Stick with it and follow your dreams! ”
KC Security Services celebrated its 3rd anniversary on January 5th-2018 and continues to grow daily.