MOSES LAKE — John-Robert Abens launched Moses Lake Security and he’s happy with progress so far.
“It’s actually going pretty good,” he said. “We got our license in record time — seven days. That very first day we were going (out to work).”
Moses Lake Security serves residential and commercial customers but, according to Abens, the company focuses on commercial. Most of the residential work comes from word-of-mouth referrals.
Abens is not new to the security industry. He has been involved since 1976. He started with Evergreen Electronics in Bellevue, owned by his father, Norman Abens. He marvels at the changes since then.
“The technology has gotten so much better,” he said. “It’s just amazing. Now you can tie systems together. You can tie your camera system to your burglar alarm system.”
Abens lived in the Bellevue area most of his life and came to Moses Lake about 10 years ago. A friend who lives here encouraged him to come east of the Cascades. Now he says he’s here to stay.
“I love Moses Lake. It’s the best place on earth,” he said.
Abens was a partner in another company when he decided to strike out on his own. Sales came quickly. All he had to do was talk to people about the changing world around them.
“As time goes on, people are more concerned about security,” Abens said. “There’s more burglaries. They’re going farther out onto the farms. There’s lot of gangs. It seems there is more crime.”
Abens estimates that any given business has a 60 percent chance of being hit by criminal incident. He says the range of loss of these incidents is from $200 to $75,000.
According to Abens, an adequate system for a mom-and-pop business costs between $1,500 and $2,500. For a large industrial or processing plant the range is $6,000 to $12,000.
“One of the people we sold a system to, he got hit for a $75,000 loss, but we were able to recover a lot of the loss,” Abens said. “That’s because of a camera we installed. The (suspect) vehicle was caught on camera.”
Abens said the best chance of catching an intruder is when a business has a silent alarm. A sound alarm may save the business some money, but it will scare the intruder away.
“If you have a trap camera, you have an excellent chance of identifying them,” Abens said. “It usually doesn’t look like a camera. It looks like something that belongs where it is. You put it where you know a burglar is probably going to walk.”
People who would like to know more about Moses Lake Security may e-mail Abens at email@example.com.
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