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The Benefits of Hiring a Security Consultant: Do It Right the First Time

By Jon Kromroy

Top Tips for Selecting a Security Consultant

Some years ago, I worked as a GM responsible for thousands of vehicles in inventory. Truth be told, I took security very lightly. We were fortunate to be in an upscale area surrounded by other auto businesses that also had little theft. While we performed the basics, we did not go out of our way for crime prevention. One stormy night, lightning struck. My business had been taken at a loss for thousands of dollars. The following week was one of the worst weeks in my career. Police reports, interviews, video footage, public news broadcasts and being cast into the limelight made me a sleepless wreck.

Finding a Solution

Quickly we began a search to increase our security, with the hopes of never feeling vulnerable again. We wanted to make the right choice and feel confident it would bring a stop to future crime on our property. I reached out to industry peers who all seemed to have security problems as well. CCTV could not stop the criminals and police could do nothing to pursue someone even if the image was clear enough. Guards couldn’t stop crime either. I kept asking myself how to adequately stop crime in the future. What would it take?

Help From a Stranger

In the end, it took an unsolicited email to point me in the right direction. The email went like this:

“We recently heard about your unfortunate events of crime on property. Threats exist everywhere. They will continue to exist and they will continue to evolve, but luckily there are some tried and true methods to lock down your assets that will continue to make your auto dealership a hard target for thieves.

  • Use a fencing system or other barrier controls
  • Use gates that can be locked
  • Leave padlocks in closed position at all times, so they are not switched out
  • Motion-detection cameras that relay to a central control station. Remote Guarding
  • Use block parking at the end of aisles and all entries
  • Park vehicle with emergency brake on and wheels sharply turned to make it difficult to tow
  • Use wheel and tailgate locks
  • Keep landscaping well-trimmed
  • Post security and no trespassing signs
  • Maintain all lighting for the building
  • Have a diligent key control system
  • Inventory count daily

If you would like assistance in implementation of these and more security methods I am available to speak with you.”

Peace of Mind

I was hooked, and what I learned from hiring this security professional to advise me on the right direction to take was invaluable. In the end, I selected a service that let me sleep at night. To my knowledge, even after several years of being separated from my GM gig, I hear my choice in protection has stopped many crimes from occurring.

Coming full circle in life as we often do, I remembered the confidence the security professional gave me in securing my assets. I was still hooked years later. So much so, that I pursued a career in crime prevention consulting and advice countless professionals in the same manner I was advised years ago.

Takeaway Tips

Security methods are nearly endless. A good security consultant is easy to find and will know what your business needs after a good discussion and forensic analysis. Here are a few things to consider when measuring how skilled a consultant really is:

  • Do they ask you to work with a certain vendor or camera company? (If so, they are probably getting compensated for doing so and not prioritizing the best option for your needs)
  • Do they have credentials and certifications that can be verified?
  • Are they flexible when considering your needs?
  • Do they present you with an array of options?

Don’t be afraid to reach out, email or sign up for a quick phone call or demonstration. Get help, shut the criminals down and set your security up right the first time. Elite Interactive Solutions is a great place to start with experts standing by eager to help.

Jon Kromroy is a National Director at Elite Interactive Solutions with years of experience securing auto dealerships. Click here to learn more about navigating security solutions. You can also find him on LinkedIn.

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