Keeping It Local
Platt Security: Fifty-Five Years and Counting
In the summer of 1958, a local police sergeant was asked to provide security for an Elvis Presley concert at the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium. He and a few of his off-duty officer buddies earned $20 each for the night’s work.
On that night, a new business was born. Fifty-five years later, Platt Security is still going strong, now with 250 employees who serve dozens of clients, from housing developments to shopping centers, all over Los Angeles and Orange counties.
The son of the police sergeant is Marc Platt, who took the company from its modest beginnings as a sideline business for off-duty cops to what it is today – one of the premier private security firms in the Southland. Now 62, Marc Platt also worked for Long Beach Police Department for 18 years before retiring early to take the helm of his family business.
As a contract security provider for the Long Beach Unified School District, Platt Security, headquartered in Signal Hill, is also a local Measure K partner. The company provides after-hours services for construction sites and monitors alarm systems district-wide.
Besides providing armed and unarmed guards, Platt Security sells and installs security cameras and surveillance systems for commercial establishments. The company also has an investigation services branch that helps employers root out potential fraud or harassment.
“Anything related to security, we do. But it’s not a one-size-fits all approach,” said Platt. “Our success comes from understanding that each client has a different set of needs and that each site has its unique set of conditions. We tailor our services to those needs and conditions.“
The father of three was born and raised in Long Beach. He graduated from Gant Elementary, Stanford Junior High, and Millikan High School.
Platt Security was first hired by the district in the 1980s to provide security at high school athletic events. The company also found a niche offering security service for housing developments across the country, after it gained the attention of federal housing officials by turning around the low-income Springfield project in Long Beach.
“This was a HUD (Housing and Urban Development) project that was infested with drug dealers and petty criminals,” recalled Platt. “When our firm was hired to provide security, we took a different approach. Instead of arresting people, we cited tenants who were attracting criminal activity. Soon, word got out that you could be evicted unless these activities stopped. People who were evicted were also barred from renting at other HUD properties."
Platt Security has another specialty — providing security at Indy car races around the country.
"Our company got its real break when we were hired in 1975 to provide security for the annual Long Beach Grand Prix, one of the top Indy events in the nation,” said Platt. After nearly 40 years, Platt continues to be affiliated with the prestigious event, serving as its director of security.
Platt Security has become a training ground for law enforcement professionals.
"We have more than 100 former employees who have gone on to become officers with local police agencies," Platt noted. "Our motto is we are always learning, always improving and that is what makes our people the best at what they do."