Making Money by Verifying Alarms in Salt Lake City

CBI Security found a profitable niche when Salt Lake City went to a verified policy in 2000

"At first you have the initial shock of "We want police", says Valdez, "but when we show that we can be there in 15 minutes, they warm up quickly."

Can the model expand as city police officers find their time more and more limited?

Yes, says Valdez, who notes that some metros have already discussed having out-sourced guards handle incidents like minor traffic wrecks. But it really comes down to finances.

"I think we can save the cities a lot of money," says Valdez.