Our History

Security You Can Trust Since 1953

Per Mar Security Services was founded in 1953 by John and Eleanor Duffy in Davenport, Iowa.

Per Mar was originally chartered as a security and investigative business.

The business started out in John and Eleanor's home on 804 Iowa Street in Davenport, Iowa. To this day, Per Mar is family owned and operated by the Duffy family.

We have grown to become the largest family owned, full-service security provider in the Midwest.

Our company has grown through steadfast dedication to our community, employees and customers.

John and Eleanor Duffy

This is Our Story.

Per Mar's 50th Yearbook

The First 50 Years

To learn more about the history and the first 50 years of Per Mar, click on the image of our 50th anniversary yearbook.

Then and Now

Per Mar has grown over the years, but our commitment to providing reliable full service security solutions, superior customer service and protection customers can trust has never wavered.

First Per Mar Building

The first Per Mar location was at John and Eleanor Duffy's home, located at 804 Iowa Street, Davenport, Iowa.

Per Mar Centre Current

Today we have 25 branches across Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

First Central Station at Per Mar

John and Eleanor Duffy in our first Central Alarm Monitoring Station on Per Mar's 25th Anniversary.

Per Mar Alarm Monitoring Center Today

Today our Monitoring Center is one of the top alarm monitoring centers in the country. We monitor alarms for more than 50,000 customers across the Midwest.

Eleanor Duffy Winning Customer Service Award

Eleanor Duffy founded the Quad Cities Diabetes Association in 1971. Here she was recognized as the 1987 Grand Award Winner for outstanding volunteer contributions to her community.

Per Mar Community Service Award

Per Mar was a 2018 recipient of the Honeywell Community Service award for our efforts in sponsoring and participating in the Hand-in-Hand Chili Cook Off.

First Night of Guard

In 1959, Servus Rubber inspired John Duffy to provide security officer service to businesses and became Per Mar's first security officer account.

Security Guards today

Today our security officers serve businesses and campuses all across the Midwest.