Central Security History


Central Security Systems

Central Security Systems incorporated in December of 1985. The family business was started by Dick, Darlene and Don Harpster. Our office moved to 370 NW Broad St. in downtown Southern Pines in 1988. Bill Harpster, who joined the business in 1990, became Vice-President in 1997. Jason Harpster, Dick’s son, worked as a security technician part time during college and became General Manager in 2010.

Sandhills Home Theater was formed as a division of Central Security Systems in 1996 and has been a member of CEDIA since 1997. Ryan Douglas joined in 1999 and has led the home theater division since 2011. Dick and Ryan worked with the Town of Southern Pines and started the Movie in the Park series in 2012. Every spring and fall we give back to the community by sponsoring and showing four free family movies in the downtown park.

The early 2000s were important years for the company as we established our proprietary radio network for alarm signals in 2001. Several key members of our organization started during this time including: Jeff Adams (2000), John Andrews (2001), Tim Davis (2002), Josh Bormet (2004), and Trey Cameron (2006). Protecting and serving customers starts with building a strong team. Local technicians are available 24/7 in case you need anything, even if it is after hours.

Service and integrity are key attributes of the company as Dick and Jason are both Rotarians and lead by putting service above self. Dick has had perfect attendance with the Southern Pines Rotary Club since 1986. It is not a coincidence that Jason is an Eagle Scout and chairman of the local Eagle Scout Review Board.

Other recognitions:

  • Community Service Awards from the Town of Southern Pines in 2012-2014
  • Members of the North Carolina Burglar and Fire Alarm Association (now the Electronic Security Association) since 1989.
  • Board members in 1994-1998 and 2006-2015.
  • Dick Harpster served as President 1997, 2006, & 2007.
  • Southern Pines Business Association members since 1991. Board members since 2012.


Most of our employees have been
with us a long time:

  • Ryan (1999)
  • Jeff (2000)
  • John (2001)
  • Tim (2002)
  • Will (2002)
  • Josh (2004)
  • Trey (2006)
  • Shaun (2010)
  • Andria (2015)
  • Emiliano (2016)
  • Joseph D. (2016)
  • Cody (2016)
  • Pam (2017)
  • Bill Z. (2017)
  • Brandon (2018)
  • Joseph G.(2018)
  • Taylor (2019)
  • Adam (2020)
  • Lance (2020)