If your business has fallen victim to theft or vandalism you know just how costly these incidents can be. From replacing stolen inventory, equipment, parts and materials, to the downtime experienced while making those repairs and finding replacements, the business impact is undeniable.
Theft and Vandalism = An Everyday Threat
Even if you’re one of the lucky few who hasn’t experienced a physical security incident, that doesn’t mean it won’t happen. The reality is, you’ll likely fall victim to such an event. Our State of Physical Security Entering 2023 survey illustrates this with 28% of businesses reporting an increase in physical security incidents in 2022. Worse, an overwhelming majority, 91%, believe the number of incidents will stay the same or increase this year.
Even if you haven’t fallen victim to this troubling trend, you need to be prepared to deter thieves who may look to take advantage in the future. That means putting the right security strategy and solutions in place to deter would-be thieves before they can strike, and making sure that the strategies you’re leveraging now are being used to their ultimate potential.
To dive deeper and find out how businesses manage physical security, we launched the following Flash Poll to get some feedback. Checkout the results below:
Of those who responded, 58% said they have a dedicated department or person overseeing both cyber and physical security. However, while 26% said they have someone overseeing just cybersecurity, no one reported having a dedicated person or department in charge of physical security.
While cybersecurity has been a hot topic in recent years, with high profile incidents like the Colonial Pipeline attack, which stole headlines and led to gas shortages along the East Coast, physical security hasn’t lost its importance.
Put Someone in Charge of Physical Security
Cybersecurity may seem like the “new crime on the block” and is absolutely a threat that businesses must defend against. But the importance of physical security can’t be forgotten.
That’s why it’s crucial your business has someone dedicated to overseeing physical security. Often, businesses will fold in the role of physical security with other jobs. The problem is, that person is probably overseeing several other departments or tasks and something is bound to slip through the cracks – like physical security which is often an afterthought until an incident occurs. By that time, it’s already too late.
Not only is it important to have someone in charge of finding the right solutions to keep your business safe, but also to make sure they’re running effectively. Are your surveillance cameras in working order? Are they pointing in the right direction? Are blind spots a problem? Are those holes in your fencing going to be repaired immediately? If someone is not asking these questions, your business is at risk. And thieves will take notice.
Partner With an Expert
For those who don’t have someone overseeing security or can’t spare the resources to create that role, there’s still a way to ensure your business is protected around the clock. It’s important for you to know that while security must be a business priority – you aren’t expected to be an expert! That’s why Pro-Vigil is here to help. Our team of security experts and virtual guards work around the clock to ensure that suspicious activity is being deterred on your sites.
We utilize several solutions, including fixed and mobile surveillance cameras, to protect your business whether you’re located in a densely populated city, the suburbs, or in a more rural area. Our Remote Video Monitoring (RVM) solutions utilize surveillance cameras powered by artificial intelligence which alerts our team of virtual guards to potential threats. From there, they can launch audio and visual deterrence features to send thieves running.
Beyond the technology that makes RVM the most effective security solution available, it’s our security experts that make the difference. Pro-Vigil doesn’t just set up cameras and leave. Our teams work with you to ensure a custom security plan is developed for your very needs from the start. We make sure you have the proper number of cameras in the right locations to avoid blind spots and ensure maximum coverage. If your business needs change or equipment stops working, we’ll be there to make necessary adjustments.
So, ask yourself: do you have someone dedicated to overseeing physical security? If not, take action. Not sure where to start or if your strategy needs tweaking? Contact our team of security experts today and get the conversation started. Physical security can’t wait.