It’s standard lip service, again

SSN Staff  - 
Monday, December 1, 2003

I read with interest Joanne Friedrick’s special report on security standards contained in your October issue.

As old-timers in the industry know, our company had always been at the forefront at CSAA and NBFAA urging them to promote and adopt stricter standards for the betterment of the industry.

We no longer are members of either association because of their conscious effort (lip service aside) to actually impede the implementation of higher standards.

These associations’ attempts at creating standards have historically been aimed at arriving at a standard that reaches down to a level consistent with what all of their current and prospective members do at the time, rather than being aimed at arriving at a proper standard to insure adequate service to customers - a goal everyone in this industry should meet in order to remain in business and have an industry that commands respect.

Unfortunately, the drive to retain members for these associations continues to be more important to them than their purpose for existing in the first place.

Robert D. Kleinman
AFA Protective Systems Inc.
Syosset, N.Y.