Burglars are not professionals, as a rule, so they are mainly opportunistic and look for easy targets. They may have been in your business, and something got their attention, such as seeing a low-security safe, or perhaps a small safe that looked like it might be easy to remove. They could have seen a door that looked easy to break into or maybe even a window that looked like a natural ingress point. Burglars look primarily for weak security and entry points that are out of view from traffic.
For robberies, they look for a manager or employee that has a routine that they can become familiar with and count on. This could be cash collection at closing time or a bank bag in the manager’s hands when exiting the building at a particular time of day.
While they are at your business, they will also look for evidence of an alarm security system. However, if they know that surrounding businesses will be closed when they hit, and no one around to hear an alarm siren, they won’t be too deterred by an alarm if they are familiar with the response time in the area. They will also try to locate where your recording device is for the security cameras. This is more of a concern for them than an alarm system. Burglars know all too well that the recording system can provide all the information the police will need to find, arrest, and convict them.
Most new DVRs (digital video recorders) are a “stand-alone” box that provides all of the functions of the system. However, since you can also control the DVR from any computer you already have, it is standard practice at many businesses to hide the actual DVR somewhere secure, and use a PC to call up the camera views through your network. This way, the burglars will think that the PC is the recording device and attack that, not your DVR. If you can’t do this or don’t want to risk harm to your PC, then I strongly recommend placing an old VCR, DVR, or time-lapse recorder next to the security monitor as bait. If they think they have the evidence, they will get careless, and with your video footage, found and arrested.