Estate Threat Assessment
An Estate Threat Assessment is a detailed security audit designed to identify and remedy security based issues centered on the home(s) of the client. Unlike a Workplace Assessment, CASS Global understands that home is where the client goes to relax and enjoy life with family members. To that end, most have little desire to live "inside the goldfish bowl" surrounded by roving patrols, barbed wire fences, etc.
An overt fortress is not home to most people, and we strive very hard to make sure this doesn’t happen.
Most security companies develop templates with a "check the appropriate box" mindset. For high net worth clients, this approach neither goes deep enough nor is able to compensate for the myriad issues confronting high net worth individuals.
Access control for a few household staff and a handful of service providers is fairly straightforward...until the system breaks down during the annual Corporate 4th of July event held on the estate.
Chain link fence with barbed wire certainly looks imposing...until we show you how to use wire cutters. An 8 foot wall with jagged broken glass is equally intimidating...until we bring a ladder and a wool blanket with us.
So as ever with CASS Global, the focus is on the minute and the detailed, for if we get the little things right, the big ones tend to fall into line by default. Any of the competition, who proudly proclaim they can complete it in an hour or two, are either lying or not digging down to the level required.
Several of the areas we focus on during the assessment are as follows:
- Perimeter Control
- Access Control
- Dead Ground
- High Speed Avenues of Approach
- Cover and Concealment
- Observation Points
- Fences and Gates
- Ingress and Egress Routes
- Doors and Windows
- Alarm Systems
- Evacuation Routes
- Fire Safety
- Remote power supply (generators) and how they are tied into the power grid
- Service Provider Protocols
- Domestic Staff Security Standard Operation Procedures (SOP’s)
- Time Clocks
- Thermal Detection Devices
- Infra Red Detection Devices
- Pressure Pads
- Police Response Time
- Canine Policy
- Contingency/Resiliency Planning
- Updated DNA samples, clothing, etc
- Safe rooms and inventory
- Communications systems
- Quick Reaction Force if applicable
- Mail Handling
As this represents only a portion of an Estate Threat Assessment, any layperson will immediately realize this is a complex and dynamic document.
The next step in the process is the most challenging, and often the most rewarding. This consists of educating the client in terms of reality and presenting the most possible options to empower them to make intelligent, rational decisions. As mentioned earlier, the trick here is to always find the right balance between security and convenience while maintaining the ability to shift in either direction predicated upon need.
Statistical norms state that we usually lean towards a tighter security posture while most clients edge closer to convenience. Invariably, we are able to find the right mix and both sides leave happy. CASS Global feels this education/empowerment process is a key point in the assessment process. By making it an interactive function, our clients in fact become part of the solution and better understand how it works which results in increased security (and satisfaction) for all.
CASS Global firmly believes the best relationships are based on transparency and any company who is not willing to educate the client is, in our opinion, not competent enough to deal with high net worth families who deservedly have a different opinion of what "quality" entails.