How to Deter Commercial Roof Vandalism
Vandals can cause thousands of dollars in damages to a commercial company. Senseless acts of vandalism such as spray painting and graffiti can decrease property value, damage the reputation of the company or neighborhood, and contribute to lost revenue – not to mention the costs of trying to repair the damage. You can deter intentional acts of commercial roof vandalism with the right security measures.
Inspect the Property for Weaknesses
Vandals exploit a commercial property’s security weaknesses to gain access to the property and areas such as the roof. They will seize any opportunity they see to break windows, “tag” the building with graffiti, damage the landscape, and more. The best way to defend yourself from vandalism is taking away these opportunities.
Inspect your property for potential weaknesses, such as fencing that is too short or lack of security cameras. Research any history of crime or vandalism in your community. Control building entrances, making them as few as possible while still meeting building code regulations. Make a list of all upgrades you might need to fortify the security of your building.
Invest in Security Cameras
Security cameras can potentially catch vandals in the act and help bring them to justice – if they don’t deter the vandalism to begin with. Most vandals won’t target a commercial property if they know working security cameras are recording the entire premises. Equip your cameras with bright lights and warning signs to make it known that you are recording 24/7.
Install Proper Lighting
You can protect your commercial roof from expensive vandalism by flooding your premises with light around the clock. Installing lights can be expensive at first, but it can deter vandals from wanting to come onto your property. A dark or poorly lit property can invite vandals to commit crimes without worrying about being seen. Floodlights, on the other hand, can leave vandals with nowhere to hide.
Protect Construction Sites
While commercial property undergoes construction or repairs, do not let your guard down. Commercial construction sites are popular targets for vandals and intruders because they believe no one is monitoring the site. Protect your equipment and building materials by putting up strong fencing, using camera systems, and keeping the property lit as long as possible.
Respond Right Away
Send a message to vandals that you will not tolerate this type of crime in the future. Remote monitoring can help you respond immediately to potential threats. Hire a security guard to constantly monitor video surveillance of your commercial building, if you have the resources. Uniformed personnel stationed at your site can be enough to deter most criminals.
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