Security Gates Make Criminals Think Twice
Criminals want an easy way to get into a property. They want to be able to commit a crime and flee the scene before police and other authorities can arrive. They want to be able to steal assets and vandalize a property without anyone stopping them. For these reasons, criminals hate security gates.
That’s because physical security tools, like security gates, put a strong physical barrier between criminals and your property. Gates make it extremely difficult and time consuming for any unauthorized person to access your location. Because of this, criminals often avoid locations that have security gates installed. Not only would they rather choose locations that are easier to break into so they can save time and effort, but they also avoid security gates because they do not want to get caught by police.
One of the most popular types of crime against businesses is the smash and grab robbery. In these crimes, criminals use force to break through windows and doors. Speed is the key to such break-ins. Criminals know that if they can get in and out of a property quickly, then the police simply cannot respond quickly enough to catch them in the act. Most smash and grab robberies are over in a few minutes. Some take just seconds. Even if an alarm sounds and the police are dispatched immediately, there is no way that they can arrive on time to stop the criminals.
However, if security gates are installed, it becomes much more difficult – and it takes a lot longer – to potentially gain access to a property. Breaking through physical security tools requires specific tools and specialized skills and the chances of success are very low. Criminals don’t want to risk a lengthy and complicated break-in. They know that they’re likely to be caught while attempting such a crime. Therefore, they avoid locations that have security gates installed.
This is how security gates not only deter criminals, but how they also protect the business. When a criminal sees a location with security gates installed, they don’t even consider the property to be a possible target.
The Many Benefits of Physical Security
Physical security gates don’t just help deter smash and grab robbers. They also protect against several other crimes, including vandalism and shoplifting.
When you have security gates installed at your business, you are prepared for moments of civil unrest such as protests, demonstrations, and riots. These events often happen spontaneously, and they can quickly get out of hand and very dangerous with little notice. Security gates can easily be locked into place in just a few seconds, keeping your business, your staff, and any customers that may be inside your business safe.
Physical security tools also reduce shoplifting. Shoplifters generally steal by slipping small yet valuable items (such as medication, alcohol, electronics, etc.) into their pockets or bags while no one is watching. However, if these items are stored behind locked gates or inside locked cabinets, criminals will not be able to access them. Many shoplifting attempts are crimes of opportunity and, if a criminal sees that they’ll have to speak to store staff to get access to valuables, they are likely to move on to another target.