Frequently Asked Questions
How does the McGruff Safe Kids Total Identification System work?
The system that we developed is very simple. A child gets his fingerprints and photograph taken by one of our franchisees, and the basic information is entered into a field on the computer. The entire format is one page and requires only basic computer experience. It is a “point and click” system.
I have never fingerprinted anybody before, how will I know if I am doing it correctly?
Very simple, the scanner that we use was developed to capture individual fingerprints. When you click the scan button on your computer, the scanner light turns on. Simply place the child’s finger on the top of the scanner and it will display the child’s fingerprint image on your computer screen. It takes only a couple of seconds, and you will see a clear fingerprint on your screen. You then press the enter key and the software captures the fingerprint image. The computer will automatically place that fingerprint in the box designated for the finger you just printed. That easy! Point and click. You then repeat the process until you have all (ten) digits scanned. It takes approximately one to three seconds per finger.
How do I market this to schools, businesses, civic groups, etc.?
McGruff® Safe Kids TID has a complete step-by-step marketing manual on how to easily market this system. All of the letters and public service advertisements (PSAs) have already been created for you. All that you need to do is fill in the blanks.
Where do I get all of the equipment to become an franchisee, and how much does it cost?
Most of the hardware and software you need to become a franchisee comes with the grand opening package. A laptop computer, printer, scanner,webcam, laminator, all the software needed to run your business, plus much more, is included. We also include all of the marketing display materials. You will have a very professional operation that will draw attention at any event or school function in which you participate.
ONLY $7,995.00. The estimated initial investment required for a McGruff Safe Kids total Identification System business ranges from $7,995.00 to $9,995.00 for new franchisees.
What about competition from other McGruff Safe Kids TID franchisees?
There isn’t any! As a franchisee you will have a protected territory. That means that no other franchisee can do business in your designated area. Each franchisee will have an area with a population of approximately 500,000 people. Territories are assigned and controlled by city/county boundaries. If the county you live in has a population of approximately 500,000 people, then only one system is needed to handle this area effectively. An area this size should keep you very busy!
Can I make my own prices?
Yes! We suggest that you charge a sponsor at the rate of $200.00/hour/unit with a four-hour minimum. Non-sponsor rates vary depending on the economics of your territory.
Can anybody be a franchisee for McGruff Safe Kids TID?
No! Prior to being awarded a franchise, prospective franchisees must complete a thorough background check. The results of the background check will be reviewed by the corporate office and the National Crime Prevention Council. If acceptable, a franchise will be awarded. We are sure that you understand how important it is to protect the children we work with and the good name of McGruff the Crime Dog.
Do I have a support network that I can count on?
Yes! Tech support is available during normal business hours. An after-hours emergency phone number is provided. The McGruff Safe Kids TID staff can be reached via e-mail, phone, or fax. We will always try to assist you in any way we can and as quickly as possible.
What do I do if something breaks or does not work?
Don’t panic. We provide you with all of the resources to contact someone who will help you with your problem. We will attempt to fix the problem immediately or as soon as humanly possible.
How do I get additional supplies?
Easy! We start you out with enough kits to process 250 children. This will give you plenty of working capital to purchase additional supplies. Budget your supplies; do not let them run low before you reorder. You can order online through our password protected Franchisee Resource page, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It will take approximately seven business days to receive your supplies. We can overnight supplies to you, however, overnight shipping can be costly and will drive up your costs. It is the responsibility of the franchisee to pay for all shipping, so please plan ahead. It will save you money and unnecessary stress.