Southern Safety Looks to Grow in Florence

by Ardie Arvidson

The Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce ambassadors joined Southern Safety Group LLC on Tuesday to celebrate its new chamber membership with a ribbon cutting at the chamber office.

Jody Lynch, CEO, her daughter, Grace Lynch, and Ellen Mitchell, Director of Development, were on hand to cut the ribbon.

Lynch said she is excited to be a part of the chamber and to form a great partnership with its members.

“Florence is very important to me,” she said. “It is where I prefer for us to grow.”

The company provides business and individual security, logistics, risk management and private investigations.

Other key members of her team are Jeff Chamblee, training; Alison Lynch, logistics; and Andrew Patterson, director of finance.

The business is based in Florence County. Lynch said she started the security part of her business in September but has been in private investigation since 2013.

She moved here in 1992 and has worked in law enforcement with both the Florence Police Department and the Florence County Sheriff’s Office.

Lynch said her team has a combined 120 years in law enforcement and military service.

Lynch is a veteran.

“We give veterans first priority,” she said.

Lynch said she was introduced to the security world during Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

“I was there for eight weeks,” she said.

She also worked in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina during Hurricane Florence, responsible for more than 200 workers here to help out with the recovery.

Lynch was recently in South Korea scouting for contracts and is now looking at a contract in Alaska.

She has worked for MTV and reality television shows doing logistics.

“We do security assessments for businesses,” she said. “We utilize drones for our overall assessments.”

Lynch said she went from law enforcement, a male-dominated industry, to another industry that is predominately male dominated.

“I feel like we will be a leader in our field,” she said.

For more information, contact Lynch at

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