Securing Our Nation How Modern Security Systems Help Deter Theives and Keep Burglaries Down
Security has long been a need for residences and businesses alike as intruders become craftier than ever. It is estimated that there is a break-in at least every 10 seconds in the United States, making the need of a commercial security system to help deter intruders and protect businesses even more pertinent. Here are some facts to help business owners see for themselves their need of a commercial security system to ensure that their business remains in safe hands.
Shoplifting and Theft
Aware business owners may notice it as time goes on: shrinking inventory. It is estimated that 38% of inventory shrinkage can be attributed to shoplifting. What is even more shocking is the fact that 34.5% of inventory shrinkage is actually attributed to theft from a business’ own employees. Investing in video surveillance cameras can help businesses catch thieves in the act and themselves act as a deterrent to theft; a majority of thieves familiarize themselves with a facility prior to stealing to ensure that there are no alarm or monitoring systems. Even fake cameras can go a long way to stop all but the most experienced criminals.
While some thieves try to steal from a business during operating hours, a number of thieves wait until the business closes up before jumping into action. In 2013 victims of burglaries suffered an estimated $4.5 in property losses; up to 74% of these losses were actually reported as residential properties from households that did not have automated systems to alert authorities. When asked, convicted burglars attempt to determine if an alarm is present around 83% of the time before attempting a burglary; half of would-be thieves stated that they would discontinue the burglary if they discovered an alarm. In order to better protect their assets, business leaders are in need of a commercial security system that is integrated with automated operations to alert authorities, stop thieves, and protect businesses.
Building a Better Alarm
Determining the best alarm and security system for your business is largely a matter of your business’ needs which will vary based on its location, inventory, and building layout itself. Police respond to an estimated 38 million alarm activations each year; around 94 – 98% of these alarms are false activations which costs the police department 20 minutes and 2 officers to investigate every time. In order to help minimize the number of false alarms, most alarm systems have a built-in delay that waits before contacting a business’ security monitoring company, who in turn contacts the police; this delay can range between 30 seconds to three minutes. Installing an alarm system in conjunction with a video surveillance system can help businesses avoid an estimated 67% of burglaries. To determine the best kind of security system to protect your business, contact a security company to receive a consultation on the latest and most secure alarm and surveillance systems to keep your business safe and in good hands.