Security Tips for Malls
Malls are among the types of businesses most at risk for crime. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), almost 40 percent of pickpocketing and purse-snatching incidents happen in commercial buildings like malls and more than one-in-10 property crimes occur in parking lots or garages like you’ll see at most shopping malls.
Why does this happy? It’s often the result of outdated security systems. Fortunately, there are improvements that can be made to beef up security, reduce incidents of crime and increase peace of mind for mall visitors. Let’s take a look at a few ways malls and similar properties can improve security.
Tip #1: Upgrade Your Surveillance System
If your alarms or cameras are out of date, it’s time to remedy that. Technology has advanced quickly in all areas of our lives and security is no different. Solutions that were effective just five years ago aren’t going to be effective against most of today’s criminals. With a new surveillance system, you can enjoy high-definition video, night vision, motion tracking, video recording and more. While you’re at it, installing additional cameras isn’t a bad idea.
Tip #2: Account for High-Risk Areas
As mentioned above, parking lots and parking garages are particularly vulnerable areas for crime. Make sure you have security improvements in place in these areas, as well as entries/exits and near stores that specialize in high-value items. Even something as small as new locks is a wise investment.
Tip #3: Get Professional Monitoring
Your budget can only allow for so many security guards. By adding professional monitoring to your surveillance system, you get more eyes on different areas of your mall without having to pay expensive salaries. Professional monitoring is more affordable these days for both residences and businesses, so it’s definitely worth it.
Tip #4: Invest in Access Control
You’re almost at as much risk for crimes from employees as you are from visitors. Make sure the people who work in the shops at your mall only have access to necessary rooms by investing in both a master key system and access control upgrades. You can secure entry points in the manner that works best for you (e.g. key card, key pads, key FOBs) and, as the shopping mall owner, you’ll be the only one with access to everything.
If you’re looking to improve security at your mall or other commercial building, give the A-1 Locksmith team a call today at (972) 284-7500 for a consultation.Back to Blog