Shadow West Security – Protection of Life & Property
– by Phil N Rossner
Shadow West Security, owned and operated by David Babbage — a former member of Canadian Protection Services and the Canadian Armed Forces — is a Sooke-based company that has been in business since 2006. They are the only licensed security business in Sooke.
One of their initial jobs, as David reflects, was working on a construction site: “In January, 2006, I was offered a job at Sunriver Estates in Sooke to provide First Aid/Site Safety/Security for the construction of houses at the site.” Now, almost 10 years since inception of the business, the company provides over 900 monthly patrols for their clients and spends over 240 hours a month on the road. They also provide “static guards” (a guard located on one site instead of mobile) at events and incidents, as well as traffic control personnel and OFA (Occupation First Aid) attendants and equipment for work sites.
There are a total of three full time employees, including the owner, as well as eight fully licensed and trained security professionals and four OFA Level 3 first aid attendants on call. As David states, “we are dedicated to creating a safer environment for the people living and working in our unique and growing community.”
[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]In discussing the support structure with regards to the start-up of his business, David says, “my family supported me, and my credit card assisted me in the purchases of required vehicles, and equipment to start.” He also mentions that, at least initially, the banks were unwilling to help him, but he still recommends that new entrepreneurs try to get a business loan to assist in start-up.
As far as motivation to continue offering his security services, David cites that it is in the knowledge that he has helped his clients and how grateful they have been that he has been readily available when they really needed the services that he offers.
Knowing that the trials and tribulations of starting and maintaining a business are many, we asked David if he would he do it again, and, if so, would he do anything differently? “I would definitely do this again, but I would have tried to get a start-up loan and to have put away extra funds to pay Revenue Canada.”
Shadow West Security presently maintains an office in Sooke (see contact info below) and are available for a complete spectrum of security issues, including services for home-owners, residential street patrols, alarm response, etc. For a complete listing of their services, check out their website.
- Website: http://www.shadowwestsecurity.org
- Email: email@example.com
- Address: 6631 Sooke Road, Sooke, BC
- Phone: 250-514-1196