Former detective sergeant Mick Dransfield has launched a specialist crime prevention business in Barnsley.
Mr Dransfield spent 19 years in South Yorkshire Police’s CID department before setting up Drantec, which also capitalises on the experience he built up as an electrician at Grimethorpe Colliery, before joining the police.
Drantec supplies CCTV surveillance, burglar alarm and LED lighting systems to clients that include Barnsley and Burton Albion football clubs, Doncaster Racecourse and Doncaster Robin Hood Airport, as well as factories, haulage companies and freight distributors.
“Throughout the years in the police I kept up with the regulations for electrical work, and it has paid off,” says Mick.
Most of the CCTV cameras Drantec installs are visible to the public, but the company is also involved in fitting covert cameras - and that is where Mick’s police experience is vital.
“There are very strict rules about when you can use covert cameras.
“You can’t just use them to spy on people without good reason and you can’t put them in certain sensitive places.
“It is also important that cameras, particularly those that might lead to evidence to be used in court, are in a position, and of a quality, that gives clear pictures that identify people.I lost count of the hours I spent as a police officer studying grainy CCTV footage of the top of someone’s head!”
Drantec has already been involved in a number of sensitive covert operations, including catching a member of staff at a garage fiddling MOT results and fitting cameras to a safe house for victims of people trafficking.
Mick says that none of this might have happened if it hadn’t been for the backing he has had from the Genesis programme.
The programme, run by Enterprising Barnsley, provides him with a rent-free office at Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre at Wilthorpe, and business mentoring and advice.