About Us

Company History


Gates Security provides professional security services to protect business continuity for companies and schools; and quality of life for families, HOAs and neighborhoods.  The company has a sterling reputation for effective and reliable electronic and physical security measures for personal safety, property protection and special event success.

The corporate focus is on a full range of capabilities and value of service.


We are on the cutting edge of security technology and remote access portals with integrated alarms and camera surveillance systems. In fact, we participate in developing the next generation electronic security products with our manufacturers.” Scott Wagenseller, CEO and Founder


Excellence in patrol and response services is possible with academy trained armed patrol officers using cars, bike patrol, canine units, 4×4 trucks, and motorcycles.  The company secures two dozen public and private schools, supervises over 2500 acres of public and private park-lands and deploys bike patrol teams for neighborhoods, special events and business districts.

Gates Security has the only proprietary communications system that connects patrol officers with a 24-hour dispatch and monitoring center in Pacific Palisades and Thousand Oaks. The company’s digital communication equipment is capable of interfacing with public safety agencies in multiple jurisdictions.

Gates Security is an urban ranger agency in appearance and capabilities, prepared to handle many types of threats that threaten quality of life or safety for families, schools, municipalities and businesses.  In short the company is, “Prepared to Protect.”

Company Bios

Scott Wagenseller, Chief Executive Officer:

IMG_0028Founder and security expert Scott Wagenseller, established Gates Security in 2000 with a unique vision to integrate reputable electronic security systems with security professionals who understand how to protect people and property while also minimizing exposure of liability for discerning residential and commercial clients.

“It is important to provide our clients with protection professionals that have the latest information, training and support to stay in front of our clients to prevent and if necessary protect our clients from the constant wave of crimes and quality of life issues that leave people with an uneasiness for their safety.”

Scott calls on his broad experience and training in law enforcement, physical security and technical education to bring together the best team of security professionals to solve problems other security companies can only observe and report, . . . not solve.

As an active Navy Officer, LT Wagenseller serves our country, commanding security forces for military bases, state events and worldwide operations. He has the security clearance and training to work with the latest security measures our military uses for its personnel and asset protection.

As a consultant to schools, public personalities and businesses, Scott has designed security systems and solutions to accommodate existing lifestyles and operations while maximizing best practices for security. Scott appreciates the importance of value added security features for businesses who need protection from disruption or loss and residents who pay a premium for lifestyle.


Mike Cushway, Manager- Installation & Service:

IMG_0043Over his 18 years in the custom residential electronic security industry, Mike Cushway has held positions which included lead crew foreman, residential/commercial alarm installer, home options installer, audio/video systems installer, assistant superintendent, customer service technician, senior. homeowner satisfaction representative, service technician and installation/service manager.

Prior to joining Gates Security in 2012, Mike spent fourteen years with local home builders and security companies.

Since joining Gates Security, Mike has become a truly valued part of the Gates Security family and part of the foundation which will help us grow into the future. His continued dedication to providing the best service to our clients is a testament of his professionalism.





Sgt. Eric Fine, Patrol:

IMG_0044With his 16 years with Gates Security, Eric Fine has held positions as a Patrol Officer, Sr. Lead Officer and Sergeant. He acts as our Public Safety Liaison Officer with local Police and Fire Departments.

Prior to joining Gates Security in 2001, Born and raised in Pacific Palisades, Eric has developed relationships with the public to ensure progressive solutions for quality of life nuisances.

Since joining Gates Security, Eric has truly become valued part of the Pacific Palisades & Brentwood communities and the Gates Security family and is part of the continued growth of our company.





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