Solid Security Offers Tips to Deter Thieves

Break-ins, vandalism and thefts – both internal and external – are all concerns for salvage yard owners.  

Theft and vandalism can vary in value and size from radios, airbags, tires, rims and even motors which translates to hundreds or thousands of dollars - or even full vehicle costs. And most occur on weekends or over holiday seasons when facilities are not staffed, giving thieves more time to steal or damage property. 

A security system can help combat these issues. But first, business owners need to determine the best fit for their particular needs.  

Solid Security, based in Saint Augustine, Fla., offers non-lethal perimeter security solutions to customers across the country. Tom O’Brien, owner, suggests that auto recyclers start by asking three main questions when looking to install or upgrade their security systems:  

  1. What is your biggest security concern?  
  2. How will you arm / monitor the system?  
  3. How will you respond to the alarms?  


“Once these questions have been answered, clients have a better idea of what type of system or combination of systems will work best for their property,” explained O’Brien.   

The main types of security systems include:  

  • Monitored Pulse Fence (electric fence) 
  • Security Cameras 
  • Motion Sensors 
  • Barb Wire / Razor Wire 


“Our products, powered by Gallagher, are founded on two core principles: deterrence and detection,” said O’Brien. “The Gallagher Monitored Pulse Fence covers a wide range of capabilities to fit most recyclers’ needs. 

 “The cost-effective monitored pulse fence system consists of a grid of energized, high tensile wires that can be constructed inside a new or existing perimeter fence. The monitored wires detect unauthorized entry or exit into defined areas and trigger instant alerts. 

“Configured and controlled using Gallagher Command Centre, our effective and reliable solutions can be managed and monitored across multiple sites from one central location,” explained O’Brien.  


Powerful Deterrence 

Attempts to breach the perimeter are deterred by an energized pulse sent around the perimeter fence line. Monitored pulse fencing meets stringent safety criteria, while delivering a short but safe shock, making it almost impossible to climb the fence. 

Zoned fences allow voltage levels to be adjusted to meet varying needs: high for maximum deterrent and low for periods of low risk. 


Detect and Respond 

A networked perimeter solution incorporates sensors that continuously measure and report on wire tension and monitor fence structure vibration or movement. Sensors can be used with or without an energized pulse to detect intrusion without the intruder being aware. 

The system intelligently differentiates between serious breaches and disturbances by wildlife, birds or harsh weather conditions. False alarms are prevented, and intruders are unable to use the cover of adverse weather to breach the fence undetected. 

When a fence sensor is triggered an alarm will activate for that zone, allowing guards to immediately focus their attention where it’s most needed. 

Full integration with imaging systems provides a visual and audible record of events that can be viewed as a live stream or relied upon as evidence if required. 


Costs & Maintenance  

“Almost any budget can be met depending on coverage and quality of the products,” said O’Brien. The company offers both lease-to-own and direct buyout options.   

“Having a robust security system can benefit the customer with reduction in insurance costs.  Using our security system also allows for reduction in 24/7 physical guard costs.”   

And, there’s no noticeable increase in energy costs.  

“We typically use 110v circuit to trickle charge a battery, which allows the fence controllers to run on 12v DC pulsed current.”  

Solid Security also offers maintenance contracts and fully trains customers on troubleshooting and minor repairs.  

To learn more about Solid Security, visit  

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