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.

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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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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