Crime can hit your business in many different ways and cost you thousands in losses, deductibles, and increases in coverage premiums. In fact, a study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce reports that as many as 30% of small business failures are the result of crime (U.S. Chamber of Commerce).
This same study concluded that small businesses are even more susceptible to crime. Businesses with less than $5 million in annual revenue may be up to 35 times more likely to become a victim of crime than larger businesses. Crimes of all types-burglary, robbery, vandalism, and even employee theft can be devastating to any business.
Physical security is always a great place to start. Right quality metal doors with deadbolt locks or crossbar and latches on all entry doors and for windows using metal grates. Perimeter lighting is needed for outside of your building. Then there are burglar alarms, glass break sensors, and motion detector alarms that you can place at all possible entry points. These are always a part of a good prevention strategy for protecting your business.
A surveillance camera system can help by identifying vehicles, criminals, entry methods, and also what property was taken. There are many more things a security camera system can provide clues about. For example, one of our clients noticed when viewing the footage from a break-in, that the thieves (which were unrecognizable to the owner) seemed to know exactly which door had the weakest security. Then, upon gaining entry, the burglars ran straight to where the highest value items were store in the warehouse-bypassing items that most burglars would have found attractive.
Clearly, they had inside knowledge. No customers or contractors had been in the warehouse at any time in the past year, so that left the question of-“Did the burglars have help from a current employee?” That question was quickly narrowed down to a current employee when the owner realized that the high-value items had been moved to a completely different area of the warehouse within the last six months.
Also notable from the clear, sharp video footage-one of the thieves had a limp, one tossed a pair of gloves in the trash, and another wore a jacket that was only given to employees in a local car dealer’s repair shop. All of these clues aided the police in quickly identifying the criminals. In the end, it was discovered that the owner’s most trusted employee, his manager of 22 years, had concocted a scheme with his neighbor to split the proceeds from the robbery.
This customer has one of our security camera systems in place, which was designed by one of our Engineers here at RuggedCams. Contact one of our Design Engineer tollfree 866-301-2288 or stop by our website at ruggedcams.com to have a security camera system designed for your business.