New Guide Explains How Strong Visual and Physical Protection is Crucial for After-Hours Security
Xpanda is a North American leader in the manufacture, supply, and installation of security gates and related products. With 24 years of experience at keeping businesses of all sizes and types secure, Xpanda’s mission is to provide the best protection for retail storefronts, warehouses, industrial facilities, construction sites, institutions, and many other locations.
As a part of this mission, the company has launched a new guide and brochure explaining the importance of physical and visual security. Available for free online, this guide provides critical information for loss prevention teams, store owners and managers, insurance companies, contractors, military and government agencies, locksmiths, and many other professionals.
For more information and to download your free 8 page copy, visit this page to get a free copy of Xpanda’s new physical security guide
Why Physical and Visual Security Matters
Among the many topics detailed in the guide, one of the key messages is the importance of security tools that provide both a physical barrier and act as a visual deterrent.
Physical tools are crucial since they actively keep criminals out of a property. Unlike alarm systems (which draw attention to a crime) and surveillance cameras (which capture evidence), physical security gates prevent access and deter criminals at the same time.
Smash and grab crimes are one of the most common types of property crime at retail stores, storefronts, offices, and many other businesses. In these crimes, criminals break through doors or windows, gain access, steal what they’re looking for, and leave the scene before authorities arrive. Even if police or security guards are automatically contacted as soon as a crime happens, it takes time for them to arrive. Most smash and grab criminals are gone within minutes, well before police appear on scene.
Criminals also know that they can cover their faces with hoods, scarves, or masks, preventing them from being identified on surveillance camera footage.
While alarms and cameras may not stop criminals, physical gates deter them because they know how difficult it is to commit a break in when these tools are installed and locked.
The fact that security gates are visible when locked into place lets criminals know that they’re installed. Unlike other tools such as window film, which can potentially make it more difficult to break a window if it’s installed correctly, criminals can see the gates from a distance. This means they’re significantly less likely to attempt a break-in. With window film, a criminal will often try several times to gain access before realizing that security is in place, causing potentially serious damage to a property.
The Strength of Security Gates
Most loss prevention leaders believe that the combination of physical protection and visual deterrence provided by security gates makes them one of the most critical aspects of after-hours security. The gates can be easily locked when a business is closed, and simply rolled or folded away during business hours, ensuring that they don’t detract from the overall appearance of the property when the location is open for business.
For more information on the importance of security gates, download a free copy of Xpanda’s new physical security guide or contact the company online or toll-free at 1-800-835-0214.