We certainly are living in unprecedented times as Virginia (and the rest of the world) navigates the COVID-19 pandemic. Our hearts go out to everyone who is being directly and indirectly affected by the Coronavirus.
Your security needs may have changed because of the “stay at home” order and the closure of all nonessential businesses. Perhaps you are at home far more than before, or you’re concerned about keeping your business safe while it’s closed.
Dynamark Security remains committed to serving our communities, keeping you and your property safe, and offering peace of mind.
Here are several steps you can take to protect yourself and your property as we fight this pandemic together.
Keeping Your Home Safe During COVID-19
Overall crime in the United States is down over the past few weeks as authorities enforce stay at home and social distancing orders. Historically, burglaries and other property crimes happen during the day when people are away from home. Now, most people are confined to their homes, meaning there are fewer chances for people to break the law.
Unfortunately, that downward trend isn’t likely to last. Previous studies link high unemployment rates with an increase in property crime and other criminal activity. Experts seem split about what crime rates will do as the COVID-19 restrictions ease and life begins to get back to normal. It’s a good idea to take some extra precautions to protect your home in case vandalism, burglaries, and other crimes spike.
Protect Against Burglary
Monitored home security systems, security cameras, and barking dogs are some of the most effective deterrents for burglars, according to one survey of former burglars. Motion-activated security lights and sturdy locks on doors and windows are also excellent investments. Consider spending some of your quarantine time upgrading your door and window locks or installing some motion-activated lights around the outside of your house.
Most burglaries take less than ten minutes! Even if you’re just planning to take a short walk around the block, that’s enough time for someone to enter your home and steal valuable belongings, so be sure to arm your alarm every time you leave your home.
Properly Secure Guns
The FBI conducted more background checks for gun purchases in March 2020 than any other month since the instant background check program began in 1998. Owning a gun may offer peace of mind to some people. Still, studies reveal concerning statistics that having a gun in the home increases the risk of accidental injury or death by gunshot.
Now that families are spending more time at home, it’s critical to ensure guns are appropriately stored and children cannot find or access them.
Use video doorbells to reduce your exposure
Reducing or eliminating your interaction with people significantly reduces your risk of contracting coronavirus. Video doorbells allow you to interact with people delivering mail, food, and other items without the risk of person-to-person exposure, but one downside is that they trigger many false alerts.
A better alternative to a video doorbell may be a security camera with video analytics. These cameras us artificial intelligence to distinguish between a person vs trees blowing in the wind, passing vehicles, etc. Also, you won’t have to worry about the serious privacy concerns that have been raised about some video doorbell products.
Keeping Your Business and Commercial Property Safe During the Pandemic
Analysts disagree about what crime rates will do during the pandemic. Most people are at home, and traffic around business districts is significantly reduced. Some experts say this will suppress crime rates, while others predict that crime will soar. One thing all the analysts agree on is that the overall crime picture could change dramatically over the next few weeks and months.
Monitored alarm systems and security cameras prevent property crime
Monitored alarm systems and security cameras are essential for businesses during the COVID-19 shut-down. Shuttered stores and commercial spaces are easy targets for burglary, vandalism, and other property crimes. An alarm system and security cameras allow you to keep an eye on your property without leaving your home. They are also excellent deterrents that make criminals think twice before attempting any nefarious activity.
If your business is still open, security cameras can help prevent shoplifting and theft. They are especially helpful in protecting valuable items (like jewelry and electronics) and products that are in high demand (like hand sanitizer, masks, cleaning supplies, and toilet paper).
Security cameras help businesses enforce social distancing
Social distancing is a critical element in the efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. Businesses that are still open are learning how to use security cameras to enforce social distancing measures. In addition to calling for a cleanup on aisle six, some retail stores are using security cameras and intercom systems to monitor shoppers and warn people who are violating safety measures.
These measures can help keep employees safer and reduce their direct contact with customers. Store managers can also better assess whether the safety measures they’re taking are working and make any necessary changes.
No matter what crime rates will do during and after the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, it’s wise for home and business owners to take a few extra steps to protect their property. Dynamark Security is here to help you stay safe through this pandemic. Contact us today to learn more about our services.