A SECURITY company is to begin dusk to dawn mobile patrols using former Gurkha soldiers around elite homes on The Peak. Jardine Securicor says it will start the operation within six weeks if enough residents in the plushest part of Hongkong sign up for the scheme. Eighteen of the crack troops have already found jobs with the company as guards at specific properties and estates on The Peak and 95 are working in security roles elsewhere in Hongkong. Those employed as site guards serve the homes of senior executives. Jardine Securicor Gurkha Services managing director, Mr Chris Hardy, said: ''The men we currently have at The Peak provide security for specific areas and what we are proposing is something rather different.'' Under the scheme, two former Gurkhas armed with truncheons would be on mobile patrol in a marked vehicle around the exclusive roads in the area. They would make three random checks each night at the houses of residents who pay a monthly fee. ''There will also be an on-call reaction service in which customers could contact our operations room which will be on The Peak,'' Mr Hardy said. ''A woman alone at night may hear a noise outside or see something suspicious. She could need assistance in other domestic emergencies. So she could ring us and our patrol will be there in a matter of minutes.'' Former Gurkhas have hand-to-hand combat skills, advanced first-aid training and fire fighting expertise. Mr Hardy said the men would add support to the local security guards employed at properties in the area. Patrols will carry electronic clocking devices to prove that they have checked properties. Customers will receive a daily report on the times properties were checked and what was seen. Mr Hardy said the scheme would not clash with the police's role. ''We are not in the arresting and apprehending business. We will provide a fast response to somebody's unease. Our service will compliment the police, not clash with it. ''Many of the calls I expect we would get would normally involve taking a policemen off the street to carry out a check. We would actually be helping the police because our guys would be taking some of that workload from them. ''Our men will not be doing anything different to what a properly run security service should do.'' He added that police have been informed about the plan and the company are seeking further discussions. Crime levels on The Peak are amongst the lowest in Hongkong, but Mr Hardy said a number of residents had approached the company.