Origin of the SECOM brand and company name
Foundation of the original company, Nihon Keibi Hosho
SECOM Co., Ltd. was established in July 1962 as Japan’s first security company. When it was founded, the company’s name was “Nihon Keibi Hosho”. Initially, the company offered manned security services such as patrolling services and static guard services.
The name “Nihon Keibi Hosho” is derived from this company being Japan’s (“Nihon”) first security (“keibi”) company with the added “hosho”, meaning “secure” and conveying the connotation of “compensate”. The now commonly used term “keibi hosho” was coined at that time.
While Nihon Keibi Hosho being in charge of the security of the athletes’ village at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics catalyzed the company’s breakthrough, the hit 1965 television drama “The Guardman”, inspired by the company, instantly increased its name recognition. In 1966, the company developed Japan’s first on-line security system. While increasing company locations nationwide, they worked on expanding their services to corporations.
1973: Establishing the SECOM brand
In February 1973, as on-line security systems started to proliferate, the new SECOM brand was launched. Afterward, the company was often referred to as “SECOM”, although it retained the name “Nihon Keibi Hosho”.
The SECOM name was coined as a contraction of “security” and “communication”, and the concept of this new brand was to build “a new security system collaborating people and science”. Utilizing a network infrastructure built by expanding their on-line security system, the company continued to create innovative security services.
1983: Company name changed to SECOM
For the decade since launching the new brand, the company kept “Nihon Keibi Hosho" as its company name, while "SECOM" was used as its brand name, and worked hard to expand its operations. In 1975, computers were introduced into the on-line security system to develop the world’s first computerized security system (CSS). Later, in 1981, the company launched Japan’s first residential on-line security system to venture into the home consumer market. In December 1983, after ten years of using its brand name for its company name, the company changed its name to SECOM Co., Ltd.
Just as we had entered the advanced information society, SECOM, under its new company name, introduced and began to realize the creation of the Social System Industry—its vision to comprehensively provide systems and services for security, convenience and comfort, based on a network of security systems.