Mountain Men was founded on the idea of combating crime in an unorthodox way. This has resulted in an unusually high arrest rate, which caused criminal activity to drop in our areas of operation. Our method of operation has highlighted the ineffectiveness of traditional security concepts.
As we continue to grow our company and people, we are positioning ourselves to effectively combat the ever-changing crime trends that we currently experience and will continue to experience in the future.
In 1998 former South African Police Force Murder and Robbery detective, Allan Dillon, retired police officer, Patrick Freeman, and friend, Billy Bownes, began conducting neighbourhood crime prevention duties in the Lakeside area in their spare time as a result of an increase in criminal activities in the Lakeside area. With their combined police experience and good knowledge of the area, criminals were being apprehended whilst breaking into houses and motor vehicles and soon the community were calling the three crime fighters “The Mountain Men”.
This subsequently led to the formation of a security company which has grown from three persons patrolling Lakeside on bicycles and conducting observation duties from the mountain above Lakeside to a structured security company with 70 plus employees, a 24 hour control room which monitors alarm systems, dispatches our own armed response vehicles, monitors CCTV live and on event activations, as well as interfaces between SAPS, Metro Police, National Parks Board, Neighbourhood watches and members of the public.