Statistics on Theft Prevention

Posted by Sean Murphy on July 12, 2015

In an article on Facility Management, “Most crime can be reduced or stopped simply by reducing the opportunity for it, says the director of security services describing the psychological effect that a lack of deterrence has." Regarding the issue of theft prevention, it is directly related to the criminal mind and how it operates. According to the same article, “most criminals ‘case the joint’ before they commit a theft. If they feel there’s an opportunity for theft, and the chance is good that they can get away with it, they’ll likely commit the crime.”

Statistics on theft prevention show that a first-line of defense is essential for all facilities with visible assets to remain safe or to secure valuable materials stored within a facility. Therefore it is vital to store all monetary assets behind an excellent theft prevention monitoring system.

In an article written by the Hull Daily Mail, a spokesman for the police department stated, "A decent security system, supported by properly trained and equipped staff members, is an invaluable tool in combating crime . . . It is a visible deterrent to criminals, yet provides staff with confidence that they are working in a safe environment." Dealing with the psychology of theft prevention, a visible deterrent to crime not only contributes in having less criminal activity, but also contributes positively with the psychology of the employee, which can ultimately increase productivity and create a positive work environment.

Yet, if assets are left outside in a visible position (which is common with industrial sites), even with a closed circuit television system, the temptation is too much for some people, and does not prevent the crime from taking place. An article by Nationwide, written on Metal Theft Prevention, stated, "The best defense is to prevent metal theft at the source. Consider these measures to reduce your risk - Install a security camera with a video recorder and keep recordings for a sufficient period."

This advice is just a first step for industrial property. Recordings don't stop crimes in progress and rarely lead to actual criminal arrests. If cameras aren't watched, they have limited use. The next step is to leverage video cameras with live trained monitoring. Stealth Monitoring proactive live surveillance can detect and deter crime for greater security while reducing security guard and other expenses. A Stealth operator can see unusual activity, activate an audible warning to deter the thieves, and call the local police. Plus videos of incidents are sent to clients and stored.

Please contact Stealth today for more information to protect your property and assets. Visit our web site to see actual videos of criminals being apprehended at factories, warehouses, office buildings, and other commercial businesses.