Types of Commercial Theft and How to Prevent It
Commercial property security represents an interesting paradox. In many cases, the buildings are open to the public, at least to some extent. Retailers and many types of office buildings rely on customer interaction and foot traffic to sustain their business. However, some members of the public represent threats of theft, property damage, and other crime.
Between 2004 and 2008, 12 percent of the criminal acts against people occurred in commercial places, and 7 percent took place in commercial parking lots or garages, according to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Companies face risk in managing their exposure in retail and commercial spaces, including parking lots and common areas.
The best approach to security for commercial properties is to create layers of security. Physical security — fences, gates, locks, door barriers, lighting, open sight lines in parking lots — are one layer. Another key layer for commercial security is employing remote video monitoring.
Remote video monitoring allows virtual security guards to maintain constant visual observation, aided by motion sensors and other technology that will alert them to an incident. With a remote video monitoring system, the video can be reviewed at any time by any authorized person, so people who respond don’t have to go on-site to review security footage.