Commercial properties all over the United States and Canada take advantage of proactive security measures to reduce crime and loss and increase profitability. Shopping centers, office buildings, personal storage businesses, pharmacies, industrial sites, multifamily apartment complexes, and other commercial properties have different security needs and will require a custom mix of security services.
Facilities management publication FMLink recommended security services that business owners and property managers can utilize for the safety of their employees, clients, and assets.
Most offices and other commercial properties need to control business access. Proactive security services include concierge services, surveillance cameras, and electronic card access systems in conjunction with security guards. The number and hours of security guards will depend on the property size.
Visitors that have permission to be on the property should receive badges and be escorted to their final destination. Guests should also be escorted outside of the space when their business is complete.
Proactive security should include live monitoring and response to video surveillance or alarms. Alarm and video systems should be monitored by security guards or a service provider for prompt evaluation and response that can include notification to onsite guards, property managers, and police. Surveillance cameras should provide live coverage of access points and known crime and other trouble areas.
Documenting Conditions and Incidents
Security-related incidents (theft, damage, etc) should be documented, including video evidence, and reported to the security operations manager. The facility manager and property manager should create a policy with legal counsel for standardized incident reporting and response.
Exterior Security Guard Patrols
A property’s proactive security solution may encompass security guards outside buildings, depending on budget and level of crime. However commercial properties in areas of low crime may have a difficulty justifying patrolling security guards. Live security guards are recommended in urban and suburban areas that experience crime on a normal basis and should have motorized patrol vehicles if the commercial property is large or has multiple buildings.
Interior Security Guard Patrols
Initially, security guards were the only proactive security for building interiors. Today indoor video surveillance systems, smoke detection devices, and access controls can be employed. The number of thefts and breaches in security attributed to security guards themselves continues to increase. So multiple security services work best to fill in security gaps and keep all parties honest.
Stealth Monitoring is a proactive security industry leader in live video surveillance with over 15,000 video cameras watched nationwide. Stealth proactive video monitoring can detect and deter crime while reducing security guard and other expenses. A Stealth operator can see unusual activity in real-time with security cameras, activate a speaker warning to deter the thieves, and call the local police.
Please contact Stealth today for proactive security to protect your pharmacies and other commercial properties. Visit our website to see actual videos of criminals being apprehended at commercial properties.