Commercially managed properties are often hard to secure due to:
- Large perimeter areas to monitor and secure
- Multiple points of entry
- Unfrequented areas offering privacy or shelter
- Availability of resources (retail goods, personal property, mail rooms, garbage and recycling)
- Anonymity due to high volume of occupants and visitors
One proven tactic is to minimize threats and liabilities is to keep problems from entering your facility or business. This can be achieved in several ways at the perimeter and building entrances, within entry lobbies, and at stairwells, elevators, and tenant entries.
One of the most frequently sought solutions is to deploy video surveillance cameras, which can help provide wide area situational awareness. The problem is that cameras don’t prevent crime – they only document it – but only if they’re operational, continuously monitored, and properly placed at the time of the incident. Even the use of security guards has limitations, as they can’t be everywhere or monitor everything at once, are often not properly trained in preventive tactics, and are subject to everyday distractions.