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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.

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

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Scott Goldfine
Scott joined SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION in October 1998 and has distinguished himself by producing award-winning, exemplary work. His editorial achievements have included blockbuster articles featuring major industry executives, such as Tyco Electronic Products Group Managing Director Gerry Head; Protection One President/CEO Richard Ginsburg; former Brink’s Home Security President/CEO Peter Michel; GE Interlogix President/CEO Ken Boyda; Bosch Security Systems President/CEO Peter Ribinski; and former SecurityLink President/CEO Jim Covert. Scott, who is an NTS Certified alarm technician, has become a respected and in-demand speaker at security industry events, including presentations at the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) Annual Meeting; California Alarm Association (CAA) Summer and Winter Conferences; PSA Security Network Conference; International Security Conference and Exhibition (ISC); and Security Industry Association (SIA) Forum. Scott often acts as an ambassador to mainstream media and is a participant in several industry associations. His previous experience as a cable-TV technician/installer and running his own audio company -- along with a lifelong fascination with electronics and computers -- prepared Scott well for his current position. Since graduating in 1986 with honors from California State University, Northridge with a degree in Radio-Television- Film, his professional endeavors have encompassed magazines, radio, TV, film, records, teletext, books, the Internet and more. In 2005, Scott captured the prestigious Western Publisher Maggie Award for Best Interview/Profile Trade for "9/11 Hero Tells Tale of Loses, Lessons," his October 2004 interview with former FDNY Commander Richard Picciotto, the last man to escape the Ground Zero destruction alive.
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