Video Verification in the Media
Protecting a commercial facility overnight has become a great concern because in recent years the burglary rates of these spaces has been on the rise. According to FBI data, retail establishments have the highest burglary rates, along with office-park suites and single office buildings. In 2016, the burglary of commercial properties increased 2.6 percent overall and overnight burglaries increased by 6%, compared to 2015 rates.
A recent article called “Safely Into The Night” in the July/August issue of LP Magazine, an industry publication focused on loss prevention and asset protection, takes an in-depth look at this problem. For the article, a number of experts and industry professionals, including our General Manager Ed Warminski, were interviewed to find out what security technologies and tactics they find to be successful for preventing overnight burglaries in specific retail applications.
Some of those technologies and tactics include:
- The integration of energy management and alarm systems – The article discusses how Food Lion stores changed the way they protect frequently stolen items, like cigarettes and baby formula, that are housed in service centers at the front of the store. They integrated the energy management and alarm systems using relay panels. When an alarm activates, the front of the store immediately floods with light and loud sirens and strobe lighting effects are triggered. The implementation of this integration helped reduce breaking and entering by more than 300%.
- The addition of physical barriers – To prevent thieves from stealing items of value, Chili’s restaurants utilize a series of physical barriers. Cabinets storing liquor and food coolers are kept locked. Expensive food items, like high-end steaks, are kept in a separate locked food cooler inside of the primary one. Floor-bolted safes and computer equipment are kept in the back offices behind several layers of protection, including nearly impenetrable, reinforced doors.
- Tough building perimeters – To deal with a series of “smash and grab” burglaries, in which store windows were smashed and merchandise was stolen, Academy Sports & Outdoors added reinforced glass, tilt-wall construction, bollards, iron gates, and hurricane shutters to their stores.
- Overnight alarm systems – Kroger supermarkets wanted to improve the safety of employees, as well as prevent theft during overnight activities. As a solution, they installed a specialized overnight alarm system. It is armed an hour before the store closes, and allows for specific doors to be disarmed with individual PIN codes. By disarming specific doors rather than the entire system, overnight activities can carry on without disruption and management can use system reports to track and understand those activities.
- Video Verification – The integration of video with alarm systems not only improves the security of a facility, it also decreases false alarm notifications. False alarms can be costly and can eventually delay police response times. “For some c-stores or strip center stores, false alarms are the number one item they’re concerned with,” said Ed Warminski, our General Manager at Supreme Security Systems. As a result, Warminski said, many retail clients are opting for video verification services. Video verification works by integrating security alarm signals with video surveillance cameras. When an alarm is triggered, users can view live feed of what caused the alarm. A clip is also sent to alarm monitoring center operators so the cause of the alarm can be verified. If the cause of the alarm is verified as being an intruder, the average police response time is 85% faster because they know a crime is actually in progress, it’s not just a false alarm.
To read the full article click here. If you are interested in learning what Supreme Security Systems can do to help protect your commercial space from burglars and overnight intrusions, contact us today.