It's often difficult to tell when you need to upgrade your security systems. Often, these systems are rarely engaged by businesses until something goes wrong.
Ideally, most businesses will schedule regular security audits to ensure all their methods and strategies are up-to-date. This can include everything from reviewing local crime statistics to checking your video security systems don't have any blind spots.
The Australian Institute of Criminology reported that burglaries often result in nearly $1500 worth of property damage on average. The financial costs of having your security measures compromised is just the beginning of what can go wrong.
Here are three signs you need to update your security systems.
1. Your property has been broken into recently
While this may seem obvious in some regards, there are people that believe lightning doesn't strike twice.
If your property has been burgled or vandalised, there's nothing to stop it from happening again. In fact, these events can actually increase the chances of a premises being targeted for a second time.
The Tasmania Police confirmed that offenders often aim to break in to property again within 4-6 weeks, as this is enough time for businesses and homes to have replaced any stolen items. On top this, they're also usually familiar with the current security systems, so if you become a victim, it's time for an upgrade.
2. Nearby businesses have been targets
Criminals usually fall into one of two camps. Either they're opportunists or creatures of habit.
This means that if other businesses in the area have recently been targets of theft or vandalism it's likely there's a group of offenders operating nearby. In these instances, it's important to keep up communication with neighbouring properties.
Community watch groups or mobile patrol security could be the solution for these situations, ensuring at-risk locations are closely monitored and any suspicious activity is reported.
3. Current trends put your business at risk
While criminal trends are constantly evolving, some things rarely change. If something is valuable and easy to sell, it's bound to quickly become a target for criminals. Businesses need to be aware of the kinds of goods and products criminals prioritise and ensure they aren't attracting unwanted attention.
For example, scrap metal has and always will be an item of interest for thieves around the country. Construction sites, storage facilities and factories - among others - need to be aware of how these trends affect their business