Our unique company name was chosen very specifically. The name "Praetorian" is taken from the latin word praetoriani. In Rome, the commanding general of the Roman army was known as a praetor. It was his duty to choose from the army ranks a private force to act as guards of the praetorium, also known as the general's tent. When Caesar Augustus became the first ruler of the Roman Empire, he recruited these Praetorian Guards to protect the emperor and the citizens of Rome. Thus, forming the Praetoriani.
Praetorian Security was incorporated in March of 1981, by founders Peter Church and Gale Lang. Initially the company provided only security patrols and uniformed guard services, before it expanded
to provide alarm system services. From there began the converging of patrol services and alarm services to provide the alarm response services. Over time, the company has continued to grow, focusing
strongly on customer service and maintaining good business relationships.
On May 1st 2011, after 30 years in business, the founding owners Peter Church and Gale Lang sold the company to local Chilliwack businessman Frank Kragh. Not long after that, Frank merged his existing company and Praetorian together to form Amax Praetorian.
Licensing and Bonding
Our company and all of its security personnel are licensed under the Private Investigators and Security Agencies Act of British Columbia, and bonded in accordance with the Security Bonding Act. The terms of the security bond provide protection to our clients relating to the honesty and lawful conduct of the company and its employees. Our employees are also insured under a commercial blanket bond which provides further employee fidelity coverage. Additionally, a company policy of general liability insurance is maintained.
Owner / Manager
Frank has over 30 years experience in the security industry. He started his working career in the electrical industry wiring residential and commercial properties. He took a short detour that landed him working in the telecommunications field, installing commercial phone systems. This lead to Frank installing a phone system for Praetorian. At that time, he was propositioned for a job opening as a system specialist installing alarm systems. He took that opportunity and began his career in the security industry, and worked for Praetorian for 13 years.
In September 1999, Frank left the company to start up his own business, Amax Security Plus. In May of 2011, he purchased Praetorian Security from the former owners. Not long after, he merged both companies to create Amax Praetorian. Now, Frank leads a busy life managing the company.
Owner / Secretary Treasurer
Debbie is no stranger to financial management. She has been balancing books for the past 30 years. Her career began when she was working for a local company, holding a position of accounts payable/receivable and payroll for a number of years. She took a leave to travel a bit before returning back to the work force. Shortly after her return, she met her husband, Frank. She began a busy life raising 3 children with Frank, and running the financial side of Amax Security Plus.
With the acquisition of Praetorian Security, and formation of Amax Praetorian, together with her husband as her partner, she finds herself keeping busy managing and overseeing all the financial transactions of the company.