Airtronics contracted to build vacant property protection system components

June 10, 2009

Chicago-based Vacant Property Security recently awarded Airtronics Metal Products Inc., San Jose, Calif., a contract to manufacture heavy-gauge steel doors, frames, window screens, and other components to be used in a one-of-a-kind system designed to minimize vacant property crime and curb neighborhood blight.

Finding plywood ineffective at preventing break-ins, city officials in such major U.S. metropolises as Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Houston are calling for the use of a new steel reinforcement system to secure vacant properties.

"We have found working with Airtronics to be a very positive experience. Their sense of urgency, innovative approach to exceeding our specifications and proactively solving problems is extraordinary," said Timothy McMahon, VPS director of U.S. operations.

The VPS rental system consists of modular window guards, steel doors, and adjustable steel sheeting, which fit externally over property openings, eliminating leverage points where a thief could use a crowbar to break in. Perforations in the window screens allow light filtration and air circulation so contractors can work and buyers can move around comfortably inside. Keyless, digitally controlled doors provide owners with access control.

Property owners rent the system, paying only for as long as they need to protect their vacant property. The VPS system is currently being used in dozens of major cities, including Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Las Vegas, and Houston.

"[VPS] offers the most effective system for protecting unoccupied properties, and we are proud to be a part of this solution," said Jeff Burke, president and CEO of Airtronics. "We like the fact the system is green; all of the metal fittings are reusable, unlike plywood, which is discarded.