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Securing Your Business After Dark with Remote Monitoring Solutions

Lance Guillory
May 10, 2024

When the sun sets, the cover of darkness unfortunately brings with it more serious crime. Theft and vandalism are just the start of the security risks many businesses face. Let’s discuss how expert security measures and remote monitoring solutions can fortify your organization against these threats.

Understanding Your Nighttime Risks

Many small businesses (retail spaces, warehouses and inventory rooms, brick-and-mortar stores, etc.) can benefit from enhanced nighttime security measures. For example, parking lots turn into tricky spots at night. It’s dark, and that can lead to trouble like break-ins or even just folks tripping because they can’t see. 

For those running businesses, this is a big deal. No one wants to end their day dodging shadows or facing a lawsuit over a dimly lit space. Keeping the parking lot safe is smart for business because when customers feel good coming to your place, they keep coming back. 

Here’s more on the statistics:

Crimes become more violent as day turns to night

Instances of DWI, murder, robbery, and aggravated assault increase while lower-level crimes like vandalism or larceny become less-likely. However, no matter the way this is cut, it means potential damage and loss to you, especially when looking at the prospect of break-ins or escalations of violence past your locked doors.

Criminals can easily hide in the cover of darkness.

One of the biggest challenges to address after dark is limited visibility. Low light makes it difficult to rely on traditional security measures, like CCTV cameras, to capture clear images and identify perpetrators. Reduced visibility and lower staffing levels at night also make it easier for intruders to operate undetected. Another challenge is the lack of human presence, like an on-site patrol, which acts as a strong deterrent. 

Addressing Your Nighttime Risks

Here are a few tips for business owners looking to light their customer’s way (and keep them safe).

Security Tip #1 - Patrol the Area

One of the most effective ways to secure your business after dark is by having a physical security presence on-site. Regular patrols throughout the night act as a deterrent for would-be criminals and can quickly address any suspicious activity or alarms. Patrol officers should be well-trained in identifying suspicious activity and responding appropriately to any security breaches.

Security Tip # 2 - Sound the Alarm

Alarms are another critical component of securing your business after dark. They serve as an early warning system that can alert both you and the authorities in case of a break-in or breach. 

Modern alarm systems also come equipped with remote monitoring capabilities, allowing for immediate response and intervention, even when there’s no one physically present on-site. Beyond simple door sensors, there’s motion detectors, glass break sensors, and perimeter protections that react to unauthorized entry attempts.

Security Tip # 3 - Remote Monitoring Solutions

Remote monitoring solutions have become an increasingly popular option for keeping threats from turning into serious issues. These solutions use a combination of CCTV cameras, motion sensors, and other security devices to constantly monitor your business premises. In the event of any suspicious activity or alarms, trained security personnel can remotely assess the situation and take appropriate action without the need for a physical on-site presence.

The Benefits of Remote Monitoring

Remote monitoring solutions such as CCTV cameras provide round-the-clock surveillance so that your business is protected, even during non-business hours. They’re cost-effective as they eliminate the need for hiring and training on-site security personnel. They also provide access to real-time footage and data, allowing for better identification of future threats. Ultimately, these solutions offer you a way to efficiently respond to security breaches and lower the risk of damage or loss.

Some solutions are less intensive but can be tailored to your needs. Looking for expert security counsel for your business? Let’s talk about Remote Monitoring Solutions for you.

Choosing the Right Security Solutions

Every business has unique security needs, influenced by its location, size, and industry risks. Selecting the right combination of technology and strategy is crucial. Safe Haven Risk Management specializes in creating customized security solutions that leverage the latest in both to safeguard your business. 
Get in touch to make your small business safe.

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