Safer Places, Inc. Adds Security Industry Veteran To Team

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Safer Places, Inc. (, a background screening and security consulting firm based in Lakeville, has named Auburn, N.H. resident Donald F. Gooding, Jr. to lead the company’s new SAFERintel division on the security consulting side of the company. 

Safer PlacesSAFERintel will provide a strong technical component for the Safer Places security consulting division, overseeing customer systems, being certain that customers get the software updates they need, and also providing online technical support as needed.

“Every day we work with clients designing elaborate security systems and assist them in procuring and installing these systems to meet their security challenges at the best possible price,” explained Gooding. “Too often, when we check back a year or more later, we see systems that have outdated firmware, expired licenses and no preventative maintenance has been performed. It surprised us to see clients spending so much money on elaborate security systems and then not taking full advantage of their features and keeping the systems up to date.  With our SAFERintel service, we solve that problem and add value to our client’s security systems by making sure they are always performing as intended.”

Gooding began his career as a security system installer in 1987 at a company that his father owned, called SafeCor, in the Dedham area.  A subsequent merger between Atlantic Video Systems and SafeCor resulted in Gooding’s role expanding to include not just video systems but also access control systems.

He eventually became a partner in Team AVS, handling service and installation for the Woburn-based company. His role expanded from service and installation to the sales end of the business. In 2012 the company was sold, and Gooding continued to expand his resume at GS Security in Tewksbury, where he remained until 2015. He then launched an electronic security division for a Stamford, CT company USI Security, primarily a guard service. His most recent work experience prior to joining Safer Places was with ECI Systems and Pasek Security.

The Danvers native graduated from Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School and then studied at Control Data Institute in Burlington for computer repairs.

“It’s with great pleasure that we welcome Don to our Safer Places family,” said David Sawyer, founder/CEO of Safer Places. “He is a true industry professional who has vast experience. We know that his contributions will be of tremendous value to us and we look forward to his being part of the team.”