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February 28, 2022

Using Deterrence as a Modern Security Tool

Security, both for your home and business, is an old necessity.


Security, both for your home and business, is an old necessity. These days it’s very common to have an alarm system, or security cameras to capture a crime in progress and alert the proper authorities. However, preventing crime before it happens by deterring would be criminals is just as, if not more important than a security system. What exactly is deterrence, and how can you use it to craft a unique tool for your needs?

The Basics

Deterrence, when part of a security system, is anything that prevents a crime from taking place. If deterrence is used correctly, tools like alarm systems (which are still necessary and parentheses) will rarely, if ever need to be utilized. occasionally, things like alarms and cameras can double as deterrence, because would be criminals prefer an easy target. However, these days criminals are increasingly tech savvy, and there are ways around certain electronic devices. So, what can be used instead? Most anticrime tools can be categorized as either physical or mental, though some straddle that line.


A few great examples of physical deterrence tools are ones that have been used since the dawn of security itself. Things like well-maintained fence lines and gates, reinforced doors and windows, and even motion sensors and floodlights. the majority of petty criminals do not want to be caught, and therefore will spend as little time as possible attempting to enter a building, especially if there's a chance that they're going to be seen. Physical barriers as well as a lot of light can often be enough to deter a lot of crime.

Security teams are another great deterrence tool, as the physical presence of a security officer often makes a target not worth it. Cameras and alarm systems, although they are mostly used to catch crime in progress, can also be great physical deterrence tools, as they increase the risk of an individual being identified and tracked down.


Mental deterrence tools are a little more nuanced, and often physical deterrence tools affect mental perception as well. When it comes to getting into the minds of would-bee criminals, it's important to emphasize the risk they face of being both caught and punished for committing a crime. Signs that inform them that they are on camera, that there is an active security team, or even something as simple as a neighborhood watch can discourage potential offenders. Even if there is no way of proving that what the sign says is true, the risk is often not worth the reward.

Believe it or not active social media accounts, and a good relationship with the public is another great mental deterrence tool. The ability to instantly post an image of an offender and ask the public to help you identify them can have a huge impact on the amount of people willing to target your business or organization. Many criminals are also looking for the easiest target, which often means a location where very few people have any stake in what happens to it. If your organization has a good relationship with the public as well as law enforcement, it's not going to be as easy to target.

These are just a few of the physical and mental security deterrence tools that you can use to protect your business. However these are also greater concepts that you can apply to your security system to ensure that you and your team are safe as possible.

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