Graffiti damage is found at shopping centers, multifamily apartment complexes, car dealerships, industrial properties, and office spaces. Graffiti and other types of vandalism are referred to as victimless crimes. This isn’t true. Outdoor assets are frequently tagged by vandals. As a result, commercial property and business owners can spend thousands of dollars removing graffiti and repairing property damage. Unsightly graffiti can also impact a commercial property’s reputation. Commercial real estate managers can see a decrease in foot traffic, tenants, and revenue.
Security Magazine discussed some methods to prevent graffiti damage and vandalism at different types of commercial real-estate locations.
How can I prevent Graffiti Damage?
Surface Protection Films
Surface protection films can be placed over outdoor assets, doors, and windows. It’s very expensive and difficult to remove graffiti damage from windows, mirrors, and glass surfaces. Sometimes the damage is so extensive that the glass surface needs to be replaced. Surface protection films can prevent graffiti damage, scratches, acid etching, gouges, and other forms of vandalism. The majority of surface protection films are easily replaceable. Surface protection films are significantly less expensive than replacing windows and glass surfaces.
There are three types of anti-graffiti paint:
- Sacrificial coatings
- Semi-sacrificial coatings
- Permanent coatings
The wall coatings create a protective barrier to stop paint from sticking to the surface. If a surface receives graffiti damage, you can remove it with a high pressure washer or replace it with a new coating.
Vandals do not want to be identified. That is why they rely heavily on darkness for their criminal activity. Increased lighting can help deter criminal activity from your commercial property. Flood lights give the impression that someone is watching the property. Increased lighting can help outdoor surveillance cameras capture better quality video of the vandal.
As stated earlier, vandals do not want to be identified. Strategically-placed outdoor surveillance cameras are a strong solution to combat graffiti damage and vandalism. Some of the best locations to place outdoor security cameras are gates. back alleys, and around the building. The captured video footage can be used as evidence by local police. Remote video monitoring is the most effective way to utilize a security camera system. A trained operator can watch your property in-real time, deter the vandals with an on-site speaker, and contact local authorities.
Barriers such as shrubbery. fences, and hedges can deter criminals from vandalizing property. These barriers can limit access to your commercial property. Vandals may not want to invest the time to get past the barriers and tag your property.
It is important for commercial properties to utilize the best security guards and remote video monitoring service. Live video monitoring can help combat the disadvantages of the best security guards. Outdoor and indoor security guards can be strategically placed throughout the commercial property. It can provide multiple and real-time coverage. Trained operators can watch commercial properties for suspicious and criminal activity, They can activate on-site speaker warnings and call the on-site security guards or the police. Remote video monitoring cost a fraction of the price of the best security guards.
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 (855) STEALTH 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.