Security is Important, So Is Letting Criminals Know
To stop criminals from striking your business, it’s important to understand how they choose their targets and what makes them strike. Once you know their motivation, you can take steps to make your business look less attractive to criminals.
How Criminals Choose Targets
One important thing to note is that criminals look for locations that are easy targets. They don’t want to strike a property where it will be too difficult for them to get away with the crime. After all, the longer they spend attempting to break into a property, the greater the likelihood of someone catching them in the act. Therefore, locations that look like they have minimal security tools installed are frequent targets. These are easier targets.
How to Deter Criminals
This is why it’s not only important that you protect your property, but that you let criminals know that your property is protected. This is the same reason why alarm system companies put stickers on the properties where they install alarms. However, while the presence of an alarm system may deter criminals, it doesn’t actually stop them from breaking in. Even if you have an alarm that immediately contacts the police, it takes time for the police to arrive. Criminals know this, and this hurts the effectiveness of alarm systems. Criminals prefer smash and grab robberies. They want to break into a location, steal what they’re looking for, and get out before anyone arrives.
The Advantage of Physical Security Gates
Physical security gates protect your property from smash and grab robberies. They put a physical barrier between your business and the criminal. When most criminals see security gates installed at a business, they simply move on and choose another target. It simply isn’t worth the risk to them.
Security gates have the distinct advantage of providing physical security while at the same time being a visual crime deterrent. When criminals see gates, they know that your location is protected. While this means that many of them won’t attempt a break-in, if they do, the gates will make it incredibly difficult to gain access to your location. Most smash and grab robbers use tools like rocks, bricks and crowbars to access a property. These tools are ineffective against security gates.
Unlike window film, criminals know that security gates are installed just by looking at a property. While window film may make it more difficult to break into a property, you don’t know that film is in place until you’ve attempted a break-in. Criminals might make several attempts to gain access, damaging your property in the process, before they even realize that window film is installed. Obviously, you want to reduce the chance of a criminal damaging your property. That’s where security gates come in.
Modern rolling or folding security gates can easily be rolled or folded out of the way during business hours so that they do not detract from the overall appearance of your property. However, when you close for business, you can lock them up quickly and easily, protecting your location and deterring criminals at the same time.
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