In-Site Location Selection Investigation: Don’t Make a Move Without it

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In-Site Location Selection Investigation offers home buyers and business owners crime and hazard protection.

“Until now, home buyers could expect to receive more protection from bugs than from the threat of crime or hazardous situations,” says Robert A. Gardner, CPP, a security consultant and private investigator with offices in Ventura, CA and Las Vegas, NV. “While government regulations may require termite inspections and disclosure that a property has mold or may be at risk from a 100 year flood, there are usually no requirements that prospective buyers be told of potential crime risks or other hazardous conditions”.

“The fact that a neighborhood is experiencing a rash of burglaries or robberies, that the area is plagued by gang problems, or other criminal activity, or that a nearby neighbor has a penchant for selling drugs and throwing wild parties, is usually only discovered after it is too late,” Gardner warns. “The same is true of less obvious dangers such as slow police or fire department response, lack of adequate evacuation routes during emergency situations, or dangers posed by hazardous facilities or activities in the vicinity.”

Gardner advises that, “Anyone moving to a new home or business location should make a serious effort to ensure that the building provides adequate security and that the neighborhood offers a safe and crime free environment for living or working.” He observes that “one or two casual visits to a new home or business location can often be deceiving. A neighborhood that appears quiet and serene on a Sunday afternoon can become a homeowner’s worst nightmare on Saturday night. Likewise an attractive business district during office hours can often become a dangerous no man’s land after dark.”

To address the problem, Gardner has drawn on his more than 35 years experience as a security manager, police crime prevention specialist and emergency planner to develop In-Site, a unique new service which gives home buyers and business owners the ability to accurately assess the security and safety of an area before deciding to move there.

Currently available in California, Nevada and Arizona, In-Site is a three part program designed to provide an in-depth analysis of a location’s physical security, neighborhood characteristics, crime history and hazard profile. The client may choose all three program components or just one or two. Program components include:

Physical Security Analysis:

Using the highly effective concepts of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, an experienced security professional conducts an on-site inspection to assess the presence and effectiveness of physical security measures on the property.

Statistical Analysis:

Available crime statistics and other pertinent data are obtained from local public safety agencies and private reporting services. Analysis of police activity reports and statistical data provides valuable information regarding crime types, crime rates, and calls for police service for the selected location.

Area Survey:

A skilled investigator conducts a site visit which may include a door-to-door check of neighboring residences or businesses to gather facts and opinions about criminal activity, disturbances and general quality of life in the area. If desired, surveillance of the location may be conducted to obtain first hand information about activity in the area. A hazard assessment may also be performed to verify area emergency access and evacuation routes, identify significant hazard threats, and assess the reputation and effectiveness of local police, fire, and emergency medical services.

For more information contact Robert A. Gardner, CPP in California at 805-659-4294, in Nevada at 702-733-8711 or on the web at:

About Robert A. Gardner, CPP

Robert A. Gardner, CPP is a "Board Certified" security management professional and private investigator with more than 35 years experience evaluating, developing, and managing security and crime prevention programs. He is a nationally recognized security expert and is frequently retained as an Expert Witness in security related litigation.

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