The Importance of lighting when securing your business


It’s an undeniable fact that the majority of crimes against businesses take place in the dark hours of the night. When the sun goes down, the likelihood of a perpetrator infiltrating your facility and getting away without being caught vastly increase. However, there are steps that business owners can take to reduce those chances and make their sites a less appealing target for the criminal underbelly.

Making The Most of Security Lighting

Criminals will seek to take advantage of the cover of darkness. This is why it’s essential to make the most of security lighting and use it in a way that benefits any existing measures you may already have in place.

Visual Deterrent

Lighting can help in some significant ways. First of all, it sends a visual deterrent to criminals who may be approaching. A constant presence of lighting shows criminals that you are active and security-minded, while motion-triggered lighting may hamper them in their tracks, should they decide to test their luck and approach.

Enhance existing security

But to really make the most of security lighting, you should use it as an enhancement of your existing security features. In practice, this should mean installing lighting to showcase your arsenal of perimeter security tools. For instance by positioning your lighting to show a highly-secure gate, barrier, or road blocker.

When criminals weigh up whether to try their luck at a property, one of the biggest factors in their decision will be their perceived chances of a getaway. If you can effectively show them that their entry and escape will be difficult then you will likely balance the scales of justice back in your favour.

Should a criminal decide the attempt is still worth the risk, you can make their life more difficult by employing sophisticated internal security measures. This can be traffic restricting measures such as speed ramps, barriers, and bollards, or internal access control systems that prevent them from accessing specific areas easily.

Maintain security lighting

Like any security measure, lighting is only effective if it is properly maintained. You should have a regular programme of maintenance and a designated member of staff charged with overseeing duties like cleaning lighting, replacing bulbs, and calling in repairs when needed.

Here at Gateway Automation, we believe in a holistic approach to perimeter security. This is why it is important to conduct a risk assessment that takes into account the nature of your business, the challenges you face, and potential solutions that can protect you from criminal activities.

Gateway Automation provides a range of products to help businesses and individuals secure their sites. We also provide nationwide servicing and repairs to gates, barriers, and other perimeter security equipment. To find out more, please call us on 01522 682255.