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Securitas’ three red dots turning 50 years on May 11

The iconic three red dots, constituting the logotype for security solutions provider, Securitas, is celebrating its 50-year anniversary since first registration.

Securitas’ iconic logo - with its three red dots and the name “Securitas” underneath - was registered with the Swedish Patents and Registration Office on May 11, 1973. At the time of registration, the logo had already been in use since 1971, but the registration confirmed Securitas’ ownership of the logo.

Karl Erik Ekeroth, the artist behind the icon

The logo was designed by Swedish artist Karl Erik Ekeroth (1931-2019). Ekeroth studied art history, lettering, and painting at Konstfack, Sweden’s largest university specialising in art, craft, and design. His idea of using three dots comes from the letter “S” in the morse code, known from the international distress signal SOS.

The use of lowercase letters in logotypes was fashionable in the ’70s, which is why Ekeroth used only lowercase letters for the company name in his original sketches. However, Securitas’ CEO at the time, Erik Philip-Sörensen, preferred uppercase letters, and Ekeroth reluctantly agreed. But he did manage, as a quiet, artistic protest, to squeeze in a lowercase “u”. After the brand update of 2021, only the "S" remained capitalized, with the subsequent letters lowercase - in some ways preserving Ekeroth's artistic expression.

Unchanged since registration

“Securitas’ visual identity has seen two major overhauls,” says Mauro Silva, VP Brand and Strategic Marketing. “But the three red dots have remained almost untouched since registration. They represent our values (integrity, vigilance, and helpfulness), and are our most powerful brand asset and our unmistakable identifier. In February, Securitas was named the 8th most valuable Swedish brand in the world, which shows the power of being true to our legacy, no matter what.”

Over 350 000 employees and millions of people in 45 markets all over the world encounter the three red dots each day. They are found not only outside Securitas offices, but are visible at clients’ sites, and on cars and uniforms, instilling pride in our officers and clients across the globe. The world has changed tremendously in 50 years, but our determination to help make your world a safer place remains the same.

“The three dots are a constant reminder of our values,” says Helena Andreas, SVP Group Communications and People. “Each day, they help shape the culture of our business, which in turn helps us to create long-term success by providing value to our clients, colleagues, and communities. This commitment, decade after decade, is what has made Securitas the world leading security solutions partner we are today.”

About Securitas

Securitas is a world-leading safety and security solutions partner that helps make your world a safer place. Almost nine decades of deep experience means we see what others miss. By leveraging technology in partnership with our clients, combined with an innovative, holistic approach, we’re transforming the security industry. With 350 000 employees in 45 markets, we see a different world and create sustainable value for our clients by protecting what matters most - their people and assets.

  • Founded in 1934 in Helsingborg, Sweden
  • 358 000 employees
  • Present in 45 markets globally
  • Magnus Ahlqvist, is CEO and President

Quick facts

  • The first filing of Securitas’ logo was on October 27, 1971
  • The logotype is designed by Karl Erik Ekeroth (1931-2019)
  • The registration date was May 11, 1973
  • The idea of using three red dots comes from the letter “S” in the morse code, known from the international distress signal SOS
  • The red colour is Pantone 1787C + 1788U, (C 000, M 092, Y 076, K 000)
  • Securitas made the top 10 ranking on Brand Finance’s 2023 annual report on the most valuable and strongest Swedish brands
  • The three red dots are also part of the logos for Securitas Technology and Securitas Healthcare.


Images (see here below)

1. Karl Erik Ekeroth, the artist behind Securitas’ logo, at work at his desk (photo: private)

2. Portrait of Karl Erik Ekeroth (photo: private)