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Security Fleet Managers Keep on Trucking

Fuel costs, insurance expenses, driver training and other challenges are keeping some installing security company owners and vehicle fleet managers awake at night. SSI’s second Super Security Fleets study taps into hundreds of firms nationwide to assess key factors vital to effective operations.

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This year’s soaring gas prices have induced many cases of indigestion for security vehicle fleet managers, but that’s not the only stressor causing them to chug as much Maalox as their service and installation trucks guzzle fuel. In addition to the ever-increasing pain at the pump, rises in liability insurance costs, greater investments in new vehicles and more stringent driver training practices are among the many pressing issues. These findings are among the mother lode of precious data provided by SSI’s 2012 Super Security Fleets study — the industry’s only comprehensive project of its kind.

The research features the responses of more than 300 North American company fleet managers and other supervisors or owners involved in making vehicle purchase decisions. The statistics encompass a profusion of considerations and challenges, including fleet sizes, vehicle brands and types, fuel usage and alternatives, GPS and other technologies, insurance, leasing vs. purchasing, and more.

Regarding alternative-fuel vehicles in particular, it is interesting to note that their percentage, within fleets that use them at all (9%), more than doubled from a year ago. Yet they still only comprise 5% of that 9% universe. However, nearly a third of all respondents said they plan to purchase alternative-fuel vehicles within the next three years. So security fleet managers may begin to experience some gas relief in the very near future. Proceed on to peruse all of this year’s facts and figures, as well as the ensuing feature detailing how ADT Security Services manages the industry’s largest fleet.

View the 2012 Super Security Fleets Study.

Article Topics
Business Management · Research · Fleet Management · Industry Research · Research - Security STATS · Security Fleets Study · All Topics

About the Author
Scott Goldfine
Scott Goldfine is Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher of Security Sales & Integration, directing all editorial aspects of the magazine brand in print, electronically, online and in person. The voluminous, innovative and award-winning body of work he has distinguished himself with since joining the publication in 1998 includes groundbreaking research, landmark features, leadership roundtables, high profile case studies, and many industry exclusives. Well versed in the technical and business aspects of electronic security (video surveillance, access control, systems integration, intrusion detection, fire/life safety), Goldfine is a nationally known figure in demand as an industry presenter and subject matter expert to mainstream media. He is responsible for developing many unique products and programs, including the SSI Industry Hall of Fame, Control Panel (industry’s first E-mail newsletter), Police Dispatch Quality (PDQ), Marketing Marvel, Installers of the Year, Integrated Installation of the Year, Security Industry Census, Systems Integration Study, Installation Business Report, Operations & Opportunities Report, Commercial End-User Study and Security’s Fantastic Fleets. Recognized for his relationship building, integrity and lead-by-example ethic, Goldfine is a solutions-oriented team player who advises and collaborates with industry dealer/integrator, consultant, distributor, central station and manufacturer icons, luminaries and executive business leaders on a daily basis. He is also actively involved in several security events and organizations, including the Electronic Security Association (ESA), Security Industry Association (SIA), Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC), False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA), PSA-Tec, SAMMY Awards, International Security Conference and Exhibition (ISC), Electronic Security Technology Summit (ESTS), Mission 500, Electronic Security Expo (ESX), ASIS Int’l, Honeywell CONNECT and other supplier conventions. Goldfine also serves on several boards, including the CSAA Marketing and Communications Committee and PSA Cybersecurity Advisory Council. A certified alarm technician, former cable-TV tech, audio company entrepreneur, and lifelong electronics and computers enthusiast, Goldfine graduated with honors from Cal State, Northridge with a management degree in Radio-Television-Film. His professional media endeavors have encompassed magazines, Internet, radio, TV, film, records, teletext and books. Goldfine resides in the Charlotte, N.C., area with his wife, son and three cats.
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