The Bureau of Justice Statistics recently released crime data for 2014. The agency found property crimes declined between 2013 and 2014. But with millions of break-ins and thefts still happening each year, the good news is no reason to scrimp on the security of your commercial building.
A decline in theft is largely responsible for the overall decline in property crimes in the US last year. In 2014, 118.1 people per 1,000 households became victims of a property crime, including burglary, theft, and motor vehicle theft. That is down from 131.4 per 1,000 in 2013.
Despite the decline, more than 10 million people experienced at least one property crime in 2014. That’s why it’s still important to make security a priority for your business. For the most robust security strategy, combine physical security measures with electronic ones.
Physical Security Is Still a Big Deterrent
For many would-be thieves, a strong, locked door and locked windows provide ample deterrent. If a thief cannot bust through your door easily, he’ll likely move onto an easier target. But some thieves are more persistent than others. To protect your property, you’ll likely want more than strong doors and locks.
A master key system can help you keep track of who has access to your building. Limit low-level employees’ access to the areas they need while giving managers and higher-level employees more freedom. The fewer keys you give out, the less likely it is that one will end up in the wrong hands.
If you are in the financial industry or another industry that handles sensitive information and assets, consider installing undercounter steel in your commercial space. Undercounter steel is strong and lockable, protecting cash, hard drives, and other assets.
Electronic Security Prevents Theft, Too
Don’t stop at physical security. Consider adding or upgrading your electronic security measures. Access control systems and keyless entry allow you to monitor who is coming and going. You can also deny access instantly and remotely online.
Security cameras on the exterior of your property may deter thieves from attempting a break-in. Cameras on the inside may prevent theft from occurring within your store or in your office by your own employees. Security cameras can integrate with your access control system to provide high-quality video in real time.
Property crimes may have gone down in 2014, but millions of crimes continue to occur each year. Don’t become a victim; instead, take measures to protect your commercial property. The security professionals at TAMS can help you develop a plan and put it into place. To get started, contact us today.