Our History

Joseph (Joe) N. DuCanto, J.D. founded Securatex in 1982 as an Illinois-based private detective agency, which soon evolved into a broad-based security company. The company is presently licensed in four midwestern states and employs more than 400 people.

Prior to the launch of Securatex, Joe was a Senior Partner in what has become one of the nation’s largest matrimonial law firms, Schiller, DuCanto & Fleck. He achieved a national reputation as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” (Naifeh & Smith, 2001-2) for his work in family law, was published in numerous journals and lectured widely to law groups and schools, and he served as an adjunct professor at Loyola University of Chicago’s School of Law from 1968 – 2013.

In the early 1990’s the need for Project Management became apparent. It was at this point that Patricia DuCanto joined Securatex. In 2001, Patricia was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer with direct responsibility for the overall performance of company operations. Utilizing her experience in budgeting, analysis, strategic planning, billing, and customer service, she subsequently executed a reorganization of the company.

In 2003, Patricia was named Chief Executive Officer/President. She has carried on Joe’s vision of exploring a business focus with emphasis on employee and client retention, advanced employee training, incentive programs, quality control and advanced information systems processes. Since our inception Securatex has earnestly and successfully sought to hire the best people available to serve at all levels and functions within the company. Our major effort has been to create a corporate culture that strongly emphasizes quality and performance in tandem with the needs of our varied clientele. We serve a spectrum of industries including law firms, residential buildings, health care, museums, logistics and manufacturing, corporate and industrial centers, entertainment facilities and public utilities.

In 2018 William (Bill) Heiman, who had been involved with Securatex since 1999, was named President and Chief Executive Officer.