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Why Consider a Property Security Plan?

Curt Price explains the importance of having a Property Security Plan.

To most consumers, property security involves buying products (or components) related to property security such as alarms, hurricane windows, door locks, CCTV and safes (to name a few).

A problem that arises is that without an organizing structure or plan in place, the protection benefits that are expected to come from these products are often

marginalized. The buyer, usually without knowing, becomes vulnerable to their security products not working. They do not see it until they have been victimized.

Let me offer some observations from real person experiences during my many years both in law enforcement and the safe industry.

Burglar(s) went to the side of a house and removed an entire window, which did not break the contact connection of the alarm.  They entered a room that had a motion sensor, but it was not activated, as the homeowners had pets and did not anticipate a break-in of this type.  There was a safe in this room that was bought from a big merchant store.  The low quality safe was pried open and the homeowner lost approximately $50,000 in the burglary.

A retired Law Enforcement officer from the north east area of the U.S. visited my store. He was in no hurry to buy a safe citing that he lived in a gated community and he felt "safe" from standard crime. A short time later, this same person called me and asked how quickly I could deliver the safe we had talked about. I commented that he had changed his attitude rather quickly. I then inquired if a typical type of burglary occurred in his gated community--which was a victim leaving the house for a short time period, failing to activate the alarm (because they live in a gated community). These victims then returned home to find their "safe", which was light weight, had been either pried open or stolen. This, in fact, was what happened in this officer’s gated community--in this case the small "safe" was completely stolen and it was a big loss.

A  business specializing in cellular phone sales has had a string of burglaries that appear to be inside assisted. These stores are notorious for buying the lowest quality safes available. In this case, the store was in a strip center with the neighboring rental unit vacant. The burglars broke into the neighboring vacant space, that of course, had no alarm. The burglars then broke through the gypsum board walls separating the vacant space from the phone store. The alarm was not prepared to activate with this type of burglary. The safe was cut open with a non-torch power cutting tool, leading to a loss of considerable inventory.

In each of these burglaries (and there are so many more), the victims had security products. However, these security products were not adequate for various reasons to stop the would-be burglar.

Contrast these 3 burglary losses with a recent burglary attempt with no loss.

A safe associate had sold a safe to a couple, convincing the client of the need to buy a certain high quality safe. This was met with resistance from one of the two because of the expense, but they purchased the quality safe. A short time after the installation, burglars entered the residence through a door in which the alarm did not activate. There is a belief the burglary was an "inside job" The safe was too well built to penetrate and too heavy to move very far. The burglars ended up activating a motion sensor and left with no loss. My safe colleague understood the need for a high quality, high security safe for his client-- risking the loss of a sale because of the client’s resistance to the cost but keeping the focus on security in the event other security components failed. My safe colleague protected his client.

Buying a security product will not get you the desired outcome if you do not understand the operations of the security product and how this product integrates into your overall property security.

Recently, a successful couple came into my store to buy a safe. One of the two wanted to understand the different security levels. The other’s objective was different, wanting to hurry up and just buy something.  The "to do" list was checked. It was clear that one of them did not buy what they needed. And the one who wanted to "hurry up" was the dominate voice in the decision.

It is common for customers, like this couple, to not place a high priority on property protection. There is no property security plan. Security products, or components, are often bought--alarms, locks, safes, etc.  with the lowest cost being the motivating factor, as was the case with the couple--"we just need something--let's not get carried away".

May I suggest that you, the readers, consider a different approach.

Our property is valuable to us. We do not want to come home some day and find it gone. We need to put some thought into this.

Consider a security plan. A security plan is as secure as its weakest point.

Do not just buy a security product--but understand its workings (I will give examples in later blogs).

We do not want to waste money, but want a best value. The security plan to protect what we worked so hard for needs to be a priority in terms of approach, time and resources.

If you do this, your chance of suffering an unforeseen loss will be greatly diminished.

To be continued…

~ Curt Price, founder of C.E. Safes