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It’s hard to imagine accessing an office or retail center that does not have a parking lot. These facilities offer a necessary service – however, many have limited security, poor lighting, and are ill-designed with many blind spots.

Moreover, many parking lots have poorly maintained shrubbery that provide cover for potential criminal activity, or leave unattended vehicles exposed and vulnerable to theft. The major problem for parking lots, especially the large ones, is keeping cars and people visible.

With little foot traffic and limited attendants, it’s crucial to install video camera surveillance systems to improve visibility and deter crime.

Some of the most common security threats for parking lots include:

Theft from cars

This includes theft of valuables left in the car, theft of external components – such as side mirrors and wheels – and theft of interior parts, such as batteries and radios. Theft from cars constitutes about 85 per cent of automobile-related thefts. A thief only requires a little alone time, zero witnesses and a good escape route to steal a laptop or stereo, for example. 

Theft of cars

Parking lots are a target for car theft with a wide selection of vehicles often left unattended. Cars can be stolen for prolonged use, joyriding or dis-assembly. 

Violent crimes

Violent crimes committed in parking lots include strong-arm robberies and carjackings, for example. These crimes are not unusual – especially if you consider that everyone in a parking lot is often a stranger. A violent criminal can easily blend in with other people without raising any alarm.

After hours burglaries

Protect your business assets! Just last month we at Safe-T provided video surveillance footage to the police from our own back of our building cameras, that clearly showed the casing, and then break in at the building behind us.

The solution

Parking lot thieves and criminals are usually opportunists looking for the easiest target – away from witnesses or security guards. These criminals will target parking lots with no video camera surveillance.

Putting up hedges or fencing around the parking lot perimeter can deter potential criminals from accessing the facility on foot, but this can lead to an increase in costs – especially since regular maintenance is necessary. Moreover, retail parking lots need to be easily accessible – so open parking is preferred in order to allow access for pedestrians. While installing traffic gates and fencing can control foot traffic, it can also raise more issues.

The more practical solution is to ensure a secure perimeter with a video surveillance system. Improving your parking lot security will attract patrons who want to shop safely. This translates to increased profits and a great return on investment.

The smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home are considered the basics- providing the required by law alert to indicate a fire or CO concern, BUT they are only as useful if you are home to hear the alarm. If no one is present at the time of the alert, the property, valuables, and pets are at the mercy of a neighbor or passerby and their ability to alert local emergency authorities quickly.

The safer alternative is to add smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to your monitored Safe-T Security System. For the price of a couple added sensors, Safe-T's professional monitoring service makes the difference between a few minutes of response time and potentially hours.

In the case of CO or smoke inhalation, the occupants of the home often may not be conscious enough to contact local authorities- a Safe-T monitored system removes that risk.  Children, elderly individuals and pets may be unable to contact emergency response services in the event of a home fire or carbon monoxide situation. Safe-T can be their voice.

Not all fires damage the entirety of the home, but if left unattended those fires can potentially impact the majority of the property over time. If quickly acted upon, both the home and personal belongs can be saved in many cases.

Gain peace of mind of knowing whether you are home or away, that your home and its occupants are professionally protected in the event of a fire or CO detection. With our smart home app, you can receive these alerts on your mobile phone.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, 84% of fire related deaths are due to home fires. Carbon monoxide kills an average of 400 Americans each year, as reported by US Product Safety Commission office. The risks are real, and we believe the safety of your family is number one.

Safe-T is proud to offer our professional monitoring services, plus the discount offered by most Home Insurance carriers for having a monitored alarm often covers the costs of your monthly monitoring service. Call us today for more information at 866.607.2338. 

  1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.
  2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.
  3. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.
  4. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it’s set. That makes it too easy.
  5. A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom-and your jewelry. It’s not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.
  6. I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don’t take me up on it.)
  7. Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.
  8. Here’s a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids’ rooms.
  9. You’re right: I won’t have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it’s not bolted down, I’ll take it with me.
  10. Your alarm only works if it’s on. I’m not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?

Now that it's time for some spring cleaning and you're busy getting your house and yard back in order form the winter weather, take some extra time to spruce up your outdoor security. We've put together a list of areas that may need improvement. Use this as a checklist and improve your outdoor security measures today!
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