The Importance of Visual Security Deterrents
Preventing Crime with Visual Deterrents
Criminals, obviously, don’t want to get caught in the act. They want to get in and out of a property without being noticed. This is a big reason why security gates are so effective, since they not only deter they slow criminals down and drastically increase the chances of them being caught in the act. Criminals would rather choose an easier target.
However, many people overlook the importance of visual deterrents. A visual deterrent lets criminals know that you have strong security at your location. It’s important that criminals are aware of your security since the presence of security tools will cause them to move on to another property.
This is why security gates have such a strong advantage over other tools such as window film. While both make it more difficult to break through glass and enter a property, only physical gates let criminals know that there is security installed. With window film, a criminal could look at a property, assume that it is unprotected and then attempt a break-in. Whether the break-in is successful or not, this will cause damage to your property. Such damage can be costly and even require you to temporarily close your business while repairs are made. Obviously, this would hurt your company and your bottom line.
On the other hand, a criminal will clearly see when security gates are installed. They will understand that these gates will make it significantly more difficult to break into a property and, thus, they are much more likely to move on to another property where the chances of a successful break-in are likely.
The Advantage of Folding Security Gates
Many people worry that installing physical security gates will detract from the overall look of their property. They fear that having security gates will make their business look unwelcoming or “like a jail.” These are valid concerns. The appearance of your property is important. You want to create a welcoming environment where customers are encouraged to visit. The good news is that folding security gates are designed to provide security and act as a deterrent while they are locked but they also easily fold out of the way during business hours.
This separates them from fixed mounted window bars, which cannot move and which take away from the overall look of your property. Folding security gates can roll or slide away with ease, maintaining the welcoming look of your store. This allows you to use gates as a physical and visual deterrent while still providing an appealing look.
Physical security is important. Not only does it physically stop criminals from gaining access to your property, but it also works as a visual deterrent. This combination makes criminals think twice about attempting a break-in. They do not want to be caught in the act, nor do they want to spend a great deal of time struggling to break into a location. After all, the more time they spend at a property, the more likely they are to be caught. By installing security gates, you protect your location and cause criminals to reconsider your property as a potential target.