2011 Super Security Fleets

How are installing security company owners and operators managing their vehicle fleets in the face of unprecedented economic pressures and pain at the pump? SSI‘s first Super Security Fleets study exposes the answers with input collected from hundreds of respondents throughout the industry.

Motor vehicles have always been central to the business of security systems sales and installation. However, their impact on operational costs has never been more prominent following an extended period of economic pressures and, more recently, record-high gasoline prices. These factors make SSI‘s 2011 Super Security Fleets study — the industry’s first comprehensive project of its kind — especially timely and valuable.

The research covers a multitude 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. Nearly 400 company fleet managers and other supervisors or owners involved in making vehicle purchase decisions participated. The survey was conducted earlier this year by Bobit Business Media Research and has a margin of error of approximately 5 percent with a 95-percent confidence level. In other words, the data is reasonably accurate and reliable.

Among the findings: fuel economy is the top fleet concern (see “In Depth” report), but “greenness” is a low priority; GM and Ford vehicles are more than twice as prevalent as any other make; more than four of five vehicles are purchased as opposed to leased; two-thirds of vehicles are permitted to be kept at employees’ homes; and more then four in 10 installation/service vehicles are equipped with GPS systems. Leading it all off is SSI‘s first Top 25 Security Fleets ranking.

View SSI‘s Top 25 Security Fleets.

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About the Author


Scott Goldfine is Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher of Security Sales & Integration. Well-versed in the technical and business aspects of electronic security (video surveillance, access control, systems integration, intrusion detection, fire/life safety), Goldfine is nationally recognized as an industry expert and speaker. Goldfine is 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), ASIS Int'l and more. Goldfine also serves on several boards, including the SIA Marketing Committee, CSAA Marketing and Communications Committee, PSA Cybersecurity Advisory Council and Robolliance. He is a certified alarm technician, former cable-TV tech, audio company entrepreneur, and lifelong electronics and computers enthusiast. Goldfine joined Security Sales & Integration in 1998.

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