THESE two pals have joined forces to work round the clock to keep criminals off their patch.
The security dream team have made it their mission to fight crime across the region with the launch of their new business, Globaltech Security.
And with an impressive catalogue of crime-fighting coups, Christine Poole and Dean Fox have already secured a string of major contracts.
The business partners, who have been friends for 15 years, have previously spent more than 20 years working in security across the North East.
Between them, they have caught more than 1,000 shoplifters and both scooped Shop Watch Awards for their work.
As well as providing retail security, events stewards, door supervisors and CCTV, they also focus on instructing people in high-risk jobs, such as the NHS, on how to protect themselves against aggressive and physical behaviour by teaching the breakaway technique.
Christine, who runs several martial arts clubs in Sunderland, said: “In 1987, I found my love for marital arts.
“Being just 5ft 2in tall, I knew I would need to get strong qualifications behind me.
“I was the first female door supervisor in the Sunderland area.
“Women in the industry was almost unheard of back then.
“Having spent my life attending self-defence classes, I know how important it is that people learn simple techniques that can enable the victim to detach without causing serious injury.
“Going into business with Dean has been amazing.
“He is like my brother and knowing that we enjoy what we do and can make a living out of it is wonderful.”
With an impressive portfolio behind them, the fledgling business has attracted a series of regional and national contracts, including ensuring the Olympic Torch travelled safely throughout the region.
They have just added international security to their portfolio after being invited to review security for a major employer in the Far East.
Dean, a former soldier, said: “When I was discharged from the Army in 1991 after breaking my leg, I went into security.
“But when I worked for TG Hughes I found that it was closing down and this inspired me to take control of my own destiny.”
As the business is permanently on the go, they have opted to snap up a virtual office at the North East BIC, in Hylton Riverside.
Globaltech Security offers a range of services from retail security, events stewards, door supervisors, manned guarding and CCTV.
The North East BIC offers a wide range of products and services to support the needs of anything who wishes to start a new business.
To contact the business support team, phone 516 6149 or visit www.ne-bic.co.uk.