"It ain't what you don't know that gets you in trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so."
Effective security is governed by the Weakest Link theory. Protection against any sequence of events depends on the support of the whole, which is only as reliable as its weakest link. In the case of security, the links are the components in the system.
The problem with security in general, and especially residential and marine security, is that entire industries have developed around the notion of supplying individual links rather than complete, fully functional solutions. This becomes clear when viewing the dynamics of crime.
Most homes, even gated communities and estate properties, provide little if any deterrence or protection. Home invasions are the least risky, most lucrative activity for criminals, with staggering collateral damage for the homeowner. In addition to the home invasion, which is a life-threatening event, there are the following threats:
- 60% of all rapes occur during home invasions
- 38% of all assaults occur during home invasions
- a burglary is recorded every 12 seconds
Burglar alarms make noise, not security. By the time an alarm goes off a determined criminal is already in the home. Even silent alarms that notify the police do nothing to protect the residents, and the results can be deadly.
SAFE's systems are based upon Corbi's HALF HOUR PRINCIPLE . Once an alarm is triggered the criminal is probably already inside. Assuming the police respond, it typically takes up to 30 minutes or more for help to arrive. Anything that is going to happen; be it kidnapping, rape, murder, etc., is most likely going to happen in the first 15 minutes or less. Therein lies the problem.
While safe rooms ( panic rooms ) have been the focus of much public attention, as stand alone facilities in residential applications their effectiveness is highly questionable. On average it takes between 7 to 10 seconds to get from a break-in point to the master bedroom. There simply isn't enough time to gather your family members into a safe room. However, when used in conjunction with a Safe Core, the safe room becomes an effective part of a complete safe environment.
Even armed guards are vulnerable to an attack. Loyalty is an added concern. SAFE's systems enhance the security guard function by keeping them isolated in a crisis and the client in ultimate control of the guards and the situation.