Can a Video Surveillance System Protect Against Winter Weather Theft?

Posted by David Charney on November 28, 2017

Can criminal activity and criminal behavior change with the weather? During the warmer seasons, crime against people increases. However, in the winter there are more reported cases of property theft. This makes it crucial to have the best video surveillance system ready to protect your commercial property. Property crimes like vandalism and theft can happen at shopping plazas, medical spaces, flex spaces, and other types of commercial properties.

According to the study, The Influence of the Seasons of Crime Rate, there are several hypotheses to explain the increase in property crime during the winter. One theory is that basic human needs increase in colder weather due to the pressures associated with finding shelter and reliable transportation. This may lead to car theft, food theft, and a variety of property theft.

Another hypothesis is correlated with the job market. Seasonal unemployment hits a high in the winter. Heat, clothing, and electricity spending is higher in the winter season. Some people have more difficulty in paying the increased bills. Individuals with an inconsistent income may be motivated to commit burglary and theft.

AccuWeather cited a report by Atlanta Crime Stoppers. The report stated that in the winter, people commonly leave their cars unattended while they warm them up. This gives thieves the opportunity to steal the vehicle. To avoid car theft, the article suggests owners should remain close to their cars, possibly checking the tire pressure and scraping snow and ice from the windshield.

Lack of daylight hours could also impact the increased incidents of criminal activity. It gets darker earlier during the winter months. Thieves commonly use the darkness to cover up their activities. Less daylight also means there are less people around who can be potential witnesses.

What Can the Best Video Surveillance System Do for You?

The best video surveillance system can help deter property theft and property damage from your residential or commercial property. Because the best video surveillance watches your property in real time, it can help to effectively deter and reduce criminal activity. Trained security operators look for suspicious activity, can activate the on-site speaker, and call the local authorities. We can watch your existing security cameras or customize a surveillance solution with HD surveillance cameras and remote video monitoring.

Stealth Monitoring is the leader in remote video surveillance in Canada and the U.S, with over 400 employees, 11 offices, and 3 live video monitoring control centers. Stealth's proactive video monitoring watches over 17,000 IP and CCTV security cameras. Our security solutions feature advanced technology and can detect and deter crime while reducing security guard and other expenses. Our remote monitoring service can reduce or even replace security guards at a fraction of the cost. A remote surveillance operator can see suspicious activity, activate a speaker warning, and call the local police.

Please call toll-free (866) 756-7847 or contact us today for more information to protect your outdoor assets. Visit the Stealth website to see real arrest videos at construction sites, multifamily apartments, shopping centers, office buildings, warehouses, auto dealerships, and other commercial real estate properties.

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