Since 2020, the U.S. has seen a multitude of changes within our day-to-day lives, and these changes have become fundamental in how we should now approach security issues and more importantly, security solutions.
Car theft and break-ins have become more and more of a daily occurrence, with many news outlets labeling the pandemic as a ‘perfect storm’ for vehicle theft as many stay inside more often than before COVID-19. By state, California has been the most impacted by vehicle theft, with Texas, Florida, Washington, and Georgia ranking in the top 5 for these types of crimes.
According to NCIS, “Auto thefts are significantly up in the country” and that a “car will get broken into every 36 seconds.” This highlights how susceptible the everyday person is to a break-in, but there are ways to deter break-ins and thefts that property owners can utilize, not only to protect themselves, but to protect their residents, tenants, etc. and their property. In this article regarding vehicle theft statistics by state, it shares that car break-ins in 2020 have increased by 9.1%, and are continuing to rise. Parking lots, garages, apartment complexes, and general parking structures are where car theft, assaults, and break-ins occur most commonly, but they can occur anywhere.
Ensuring a safe and secure environment for your residents, tenants, employees, and visitors is vital for a property to remain successful, as people will not return if they cannot leave their car alone on the premises. Security cameras are important for property owners to ensure the safety of their customers, visitors, etc., but unfortunately, security cameras do not ward off experienced criminals. Having a physical presence and deterrent greatly decreases the chances of a break-in, as security guards are trained to ward off intruders and to report any suspicious activity to the proper authorities.
Providing a strong presence not only deters potential intruders from entering the premises, but also provides a more comfortable and safe environment for residents, customers, visitors, etc. when they are on the property. Knowing that there is an on-site security detail that is monitoring the different parts of the parking structure, following up on any suspicious activity, and ensuring that everyone is safe can increase the overall experience of everyone who uses the property to park their car.
In the chart below, it highlights how the pandemic has affected and increased the trend of vehicle theft break-ins and theft, and this trend has continued as the pandemic has continued for over two years. When hiring professional security services for your parking garage, lot, structure, etc. it is important to make sure that they are trained and knowledgeable of the entrances, exits, and given a general overview of the property. Within your post instructions for parking lot security or when you request an estimate for security services, it is important to specify what areas may have been affected or where suspicious activity has occurred, as all information regarding the site is beneficial for the security officers. It is also important to make sure that you hire from a professional and licensed security company, because we make sure that our employees are experienced, state certified, trained, and screened before taking one step onto anyone’s property. Choose from a variety of security guard services, including overnight security, construction security, residential and commercial security, with a choice of armed or unarmed security as well as more options we provide to our clientele.
Chart taken from compare.com