How to Prevent Theft and Vandalism

Theft and vandalism are significant concerns for both residential and commercial properties. In Vancouver in 2024, theft continues to be the leading reported crime in terms of the number of incidents. Thefts and acts of vandalism not only result in financial losses but can also cause emotional distress and create an unsafe environment for employees, guests, and residents.

Preventing theft and vandalism requires a proactive approach that combines multiple strategic security measures. In this blog, we'll explore strategies and best practices that are effective across all industries in safeguarding property and ensuring peace of mind.

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1. Install CCTV Cameras

Surveillance cameras are not only essential for providing critical evidence in the unfortunate event of a criminal incident, but they’re also an effective deterrent against theft and vandalism. CCTV cameras should be placed at strategic locations around your property, including entrances and exits, high-traffic areas, and areas that contain high-value inventory or other important assets. Having a security guard on-site to monitor your CCTV cameras is the most proactive way this technology can be implemented on any given site.

2. Implement Access Control Systems

Access control systems help regulate who can enter your property or specific areas, and when. Key cards and fobs are some of the most effective access control measures, providing an added layer of safety through technology. Access should be closely monitored, with only authorized individuals able to enter sensitive areas. This prevents unauthorized entry and maintains a record of who is granted access.

3. Improve Perimeter Security

A strong property perimeter is crucial in preventing unauthorized access. Install sturdy fences, gates, and barriers to create a physical boundary. Ensure all of these are regularly inspected and maintained to minimize the risk of unauthorized entry. For example, warehouse sites frequently establish security measures by placing gatehouses with security guards at their perimeters.

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4. Ensure Your Property Is Well-Lit

Motion-activated or always-on flood lights can be a helpful and cost-effective deterrent against potential trespassers. Install bright lights around building access points, throughout parking areas, and perimeter access points.

5. Implement Alarm Systems

Install alarm systems that trigger in case of unauthorized entry or suspicious activity. Loud alarms are helpful in deterring trespassers from remaining on a property. Displaying signage advertising the presence of an alarm system can further deter potential criminals proactively. To make the best use of an alarm system, ensure it’s monitored by a professional security company that can respond quickly to any alerts.

5. Conduct a Security Audit

Partner with a security company to conduct a security audit to find weaknesses and vulnerabilities in your existing security strategies. Your chosen security company will identify vulnerable areas, potential entry points, CCTV camera blind spots, and opportunities for enhanced security. This will help you understand where to focus your efforts and which measures are needed to enhance security.

6. Hire Professional Security Guards

The most effective way to prevent theft and vandalism is to maintain an on-site security presence within your property. Security guards can immediately respond to any security incidents that may arise, greatly minimizing the effects of thefts and incidents of vandalism when they occur. When needed, security guards will also call and collaborate with law enforcement to ensure police reports are filed, streamlining the process and reducing headaches for property owners.

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Types of Security Guards That Prevent Theft And Vandalism

As a business owner, you have a number of options to choose from when it comes to hiring a security guard for your site depending on the needs of your property. Here’s an overview:

Uniformed Security Guards

Uniformed security guards are the most common type of security guard. These guards are typically stationed at entrances in retail stores, hotels, or on patrol throughout a variety of types of properties. Depending on the needs of the business, Blackbird Security clients have a choice on the type of deportment worn by uniformed security guards.

Concierge/Front Desk Security Guards

Concierge security guards primarily manage access control within condominiums, warehouses, and corporate offices. These guards typically build a strong rapport with building residents and occupants, providing a friendly greeting upon entry. Front desk security guards frequently monitor CCTV cameras throughout the property, allowing for a proactive approach to the use of cameras.

Tactical Security Guards

Depending on the needs of your business, you may benefit from tactical security guards as opposed to uniformed security guards. These guards receive advanced training in the use of force to provide the maximum level of security possible in the event of a theft.

Loss Prevention Security Guards

Loss prevention guards are a crucial component of retail security strategies. These guards patrol stores, sometimes while wearing civilian clothes, and keep a watchful eye out for potential thieves within aisles.

Mobile Patrol Security Guards

Mobile security guards conduct patrols using a marked security vehicle. Patrols can be scheduled during any time of the day or night, providing a high degree of flexibility and customizability. While on patrol, mobile security guards will monitor for access breaches, suspicious activity, and maintenance issues. Should an alarm be pulled, the Blackbird Security 24/7 Control Centre team will deploy the nearest mobile security guard to the site.

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Theft and vandalism are two unfortunately common occurrences that businesses experience throughout Canada. However, by using the right security measures and partnering with the right security company, business owners can mitigate the potential for theft and vandalism within their property.

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