Protecting your property has always been about prevention. After all, there’s not much you can realistically do if you have an intruder on your premises breaking things and stealing your items except for calling the police and hope they arrive to catch the thief in the process. That’s why many of us have resorted to using CCTV cameras and security systems to deter thieves from our homes, but some of them are expensive and not very practical.
Whether you’re trying to protect a home, a business office or your retail store, there are many ways to go about safeguarding your assets. Here are just a few clever tips on how to deter intruders from your property.
Illuminating your premises at night is the perfect way to deter intruders. If there’s a lot of lighting, it makes it easier to stop and identify people who are trying to scout your premises for weaknesses and they will show up clearly on CCTV cameras. You can get LED flood lights for relatively cheap and they can be installed around the perimeter of your premises. They don’t cost much money to run and they are very effective at brightening up the area.
In addition to floodlights around the outside of your business, you can also use indoor lighting and large glass windows to illuminate your property, giving intruders the impression that someone is actually indoors or that you haven’t closed up the store or office yet. If you want to be even fancier, you can get motion sensor floodlights that kick on whenever they detect something moving. If the lights suddenly turn on, you can be sure that something is moving around outside.
Hiding Your Security Systems
Security systems may act as a deterrent to newbies and would-be thieves but for a professional, they are not a problem. In fact, if you leave the stickers and brand labels on security systems and leave them in plain sight for thieves to see as a deterrent, you’ve just made their job ten times easier by stating the brand so they know how to deal with it, and putting it in plain sight so that they can tamper with it. If you cover up the security system or place it in an open location that is illuminated by floodlighting, you essentially make their job a hundred times harder because not only can they not tamper with it because they don’t know the brand, they also won’t be able to mess with your security systems without first being seen. It’s all about strategic placement of the technology that you use to protect your premises.
The more innocent your premises looks, the less likely you are to be robbed. If you are showing off expensive things in the window of your store and you don’t have sufficient protection, then expect to have your store broken into despite whatever security systems or protection you have. Make sure that you use shutters to completely close off your business so that you aren’t showing off anything to people passing by that might want to make a quick bit of cash off your assets, and try to hide away anything that is valuable so that burglars are less likely to come and rob you.
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