History of Overland Security Services
Bruno J. Zemaitis founded this company in 1947, by purchasing
the Merchant’s Patrol Service from then, Santa Maria Police Captain, Frank
McCaslin. In addition to a down payment, the balance owed was paid in the form
of a handshake loan from Bank of America, in Santa Maria. Over the next 57
years, Mr. Zemaitis renamed the company “Overland Investigation Bureau” and
built it into a staple of the Central
his ownership and due to his presence between the Five Cities area and Santa
Maria, county sheriffs in both Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties
deputized Mr. Zemaitis. During that time, he was actively involved in
investigating both minor and major crime throughout this area.
was involved in the 1950s Wray Murder Case, in Santa Maria and the death of
Betty Short, AKA the Black Dahlia; murdered in Los Angeles in 1947. Betty Short
had worked for a time at Camp
Cooke, now Vandenberg
AFB, during WWII. Her murder remains unsolved to this day and it was thought
that someone in Santa Maria may have been involved in her death.
the 1960s, Overland was instrumental in providing security for Pacific
Telephone Company during a long and contentious labor strike. Due in no small
part to the efforts of Overland; telephone service in this area remained intact.
In 1964, Mr. Zemaitis attended night school at Long Beach College, in the study
and operation of the Polygraph Lie Detector. Mr. Zemaitis was one of the first
non-law enforcement individuals to receive this training in California. Throughout his life, he
continued to improve his knowledge of the law and crime prevention.
the 1980s through the 1990s, Mr. Zemaitis and his able assistant, his wife,
Beth, continued to operate Overland in providing security and peace of mind to
business and industry in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.
1991, Mr. Zemaitis son, Edward, returned to the city of his birth to assist his
parents in the operation and management of Overland. Edward’s background included
business management, construction, real estate sales and property management.
Edward is the middle son, and one of four brothers and sisters.
Zemaitis efforts resulted in expansion of Overland’s service area, improved accountability
and increased training for all uniformed personnel. Due to his efforts,
Overland can proudly state that our personnel are among the best in our
the passing of Mr. Bruno Zemaitis in 2004, Edward purchased the business from
the estate and continued to offer these same services under the namestyle of
Overland Security Services, LLC. As technology has changed, so has the service
offerings of Overland with increased use of computer, video and remote
of 2014 Overland has offered superior service at competitive rates for 67 years
under one family management and ownership.