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Steve
03-13-2007, 11:12 AM
Here is a novel idea. What if you offered a home owner property safety inspection?

Consider these old axioms: "People buy from people they like." and "Fear motivates most purchasing."

You could walk a property, explain how certain bushes need to be trimmed or maybe re-landscaped. How you would suggest new landscape lighting for the nighttime.

I bet an entire upsell package could be create!

What's your view?

Merchants learning ways to thwart theft, instead of chasing criminals (http://www.thetandd.com/articles/2007/03/04/news/doc45eb5eaedd336604788020.txt) - “What we’re offering to the business is a business safety analysis,” ODPS First Sgt. Ackwele Polidore said. “It’s designed to assist the business and promote safe operation.”

If a business owner requests the analysis, police will come in to inspect lighting and landscaping outside the property.

They’ll look for overgrown brush and hedges that could conceal a potential mugger. They’ll also inspect the advertisements in the windows, but not to see what’s on sale.

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Steve
03-13-2007, 01:07 PM
Landscaping Property Safety Analysis Flyer

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S.P.Martin Lawn Care
03-15-2007, 07:00 PM
Great idea. Used to do that as part of my community policing efforts. Time to make some money with it!

Steve
03-15-2007, 08:31 PM
What other suggestions would you have? What things could a lawn care operator point out?

S.P.Martin Lawn Care
03-16-2007, 12:21 PM
Some ideas for a check list regarding safety and crime prevention inspections.

Windows:

Never allow any bushes, trees, flowers, etc., to grow enough to block the view of a window. Good rule of thumb is this, if you are inside and can’t clearly see what is outside, the window is obscured.

Trees should not be allowed to grow next to a house. Trees can be climbed to wherever a window or ledge is. They can also fall into the house with enough wind pushing them.

If ornamental growth is something the homeowner wants, steer them towards bushes and such that have lots of thorns and similar barbs and sharp edges. Should a crook cut himself on thorns, blood and tissue samples, if found, can be analyzed for DNA. DNA science has evolved to a point where almost anything touched can be examined for evidence. More and more states have DNA data banks making it easier to get a match.

Don’t make it easy to get in. Keep the windows upstairs and down locked. Secure, and reinforce if needed, air conditioners with screws and other means to keep them from being pushed or pulled out. I had a case where the burglar hung onto the edge of the roof with one hand and managed to get inside after forcing the window open.


Doors:

Keep the growth in check like you would for windows. More than one mugging has occurred when somebody jumped out from behind the bushes to ambush the arriving homeowner. The element of surprise works against you.

Do not keep any keys hidden nearby like under the door mat or hanging on one of the bushes. Find another location away from any structures.

Deadbolts. Make sure they reach well into the door frame. Better still, make sure that area is reinforced to resist breaking the frame and door. Metal devices that fit over the door and held in place by the deadbolt covers are good for this. Don’t be afraid to use more than one deadbolt. The force to break down the door will have to be spread over a larger area requiring far more effort to get in. Time is your friend in this case.


Lighting:

Motion detector lights are highly recommended. You can now get them so that additional lights come on inside the house after the outside lights are tripped on. Just be sure and adjust them correctly. It’s been my experience that it will take a few tries to get it just right.

Motion detection lights should be aimed wherever areas of the property that are not well seen can be illuminated and/or allowing the occupant to see who or what is outside ringing the door bell or whatever.

Should a street light style light be preferred by a homeowner, beware there is a formula for determining the correct height vs. lumens (brightness). Can’t get my hands on it just yet, the idea is not to light up the place like Area 51. You have neighbors to contend with and possibly local ordinances addressing it. They also cost a bunch more to purchase, mount, and operate.


Stuff lying around:

Never leave ladders outside where they can be “borrowed” to gain access to your house. Keep them inside if possible or secured with good quality chain or cable with locks.

Keep wooden fences in good condition and replace any weak or broken pieces. They are handy for breaking windows and for use as a battering ram.

Secure hand tools like shovels, rakes, anything with a handle, for the same reason as above.


Alarms systems:

If somebody is bound and determined to get inside, nothing short of Fort Knox will keep them out. Remember that if the house is secure enough to keep somebody from breaking in, you will have a difficult time getting out in an emergency situation. This is something to strongly consider if the occupant is not healthy. I’ve seen it when chainsaws were needed to get inside to rescue a person in critical need of health care.

A good alternative is an alarm system. It doesn’t keep anybody out, it just lets you as well as somebody else know that something is wrong.

Fire, burglary, panic, and medical emergencies can all be addressed with today’s systems.

The best advice is to let a professional alarm company perform a survey and design the system to the homeowner’s needs.

Having said that, there is a golden opportunity for the sales rep to sell a bill of goods that is more than what’s required.

KISS. Keep It Simple Stupid.

Door sensors, some area coverage via infrared sensors and a choice of silent or noisy enunciation is all you really need. Optional would be daytime vs. night time operation. That type of operation activates certain sensors while you are in the house or away from it. Forget all the wizbang stuff.

I welcome any questions or comments you may have.

Steve
03-16-2007, 05:27 PM
WOW that is a lot of great thoughts! This certainly should give us all ideas to work with when creating a safety plan.

tiedeman
06-28-2007, 07:02 PM
I offer a type of security services for snow birds during the winter months for snow removal. Makes it appear that someone is actually home, not 1,500 miles away