Effective security should be of paramount concern to businesses of all sizes, to protect assets, employees and customers. Most businesses likely have some form of security strategy in place, but more sophisticated criminals can often learn how to expose loopholes, and there is always more comprehensive action that can be taken to protect an organisation.
The reality is that most business owners can't feasibly keep an eye on their assets 24 hours a day, and once the sun goes down and business hours end, criminals find themselves with greater opportunities. In 2014 – the most recent figures available from the Australian Bureau of Statistics – unlawful entry with intent affected over 181,000 victims, with 68 per cent of those losing property in the incident.
Effective security should be of paramount concern to businesses of all sizes.
To ensure businesses are being looked after at any time of day, mobile security patrols are a great option. Here are three reasons why a mobile patrol could be right for your business.
1. Comprehensive after-hours inspections
There's much more to a mobile security patrol than simply driving past your business. Trained, experienced professional security officers will thoroughly assess the situation at regular intervals throughout the night, investigating any suspicious activity and responding as required.
Whatever the level of access you wish to give the mobile security patrol officers is up to you – Prosek's flexible solution means we can assist you with locking and unlocking the premises, escorting staff after hours or carrying out plant and equipment checks. Alternatively, we can simply conduct regular checks outside of business hours, becoming a visible and effective crime deterrent.
2. Training and expertise to take action
Many businesses likely have some form of CCTV-based security system installed as a crime deterrent, and there's no argument that these options are a good part of overall strategy. However, cameras are great for evidence gathering and providing footage after a crime, but are usually ineffective in the moment when an incident is taking place unless they are constantly monitored.
Rather than relying on a reactive measure, businesses that engage mobile patrols are taking a much more active approach to security. Security officers are seeking any disturbances, and are trained to act appropriately whenever suspicious activity is observed.
Businesses that engage mobile patrols are taking a much more active approach to security.
Having a visible presence has been proven to have an impact on criminal activity. A 2009 study published in the Security Journal found that deploying roving security guards in at-risk areas resulted in significant crime reduction, particularly where visibility was poor.
3. A cost-effective protection measure
Having round-the-clock security officers monitoring your business may be an incredibly effective crime prevention measure, but it's an option that is simply out of reach for many organisations with tight budgets in a competitive market. Weighing up the need for security and the available finances to acquire it is a common struggle.
By choosing a mobile patrol, however, the cost of robust security is effectively shared between the multiple businesses who invest in the solution. Prosek's security officers travel between each customer's site at intervals throughout the night in patrol vehicles equipped with the technology to prepare them for any situation.
Rather than funding the entire operation yourself, think of it as renting a trained and experienced security officer's time throughout the night. Your business has the peace of mind that comes with a comprehensive level of security, but at a price point that can fit more comfortably within your budget.
Speak to the team at Prosek Security for more information about choosing a mobile security patrol, or for any other security services needs you may have.