How the New Norm Could Change Your Security Needs

On June 13, 2021 By Team CalAtlantic

The COVID-19 has been the most disruptive event since the Great Depression not just in the economic sense but also in how it has irreversibly changed the business landscape and consumer behavior. Also, people now spend more time at home working, leaving thousands of offices vacant. 


Before the global pandemic, only around 17% of US workers worked from home at least five days a week, which jumped to 44% when social distancing and shutdowns forced people to stay home to curb the spread of the virus. 


The remote working trend will likely continue in the coming years even though the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths has been plummeting drastically over the past several weeks across the US. 


As of June 15, around 44% of the country’s population had been fully vaccinated. 

How the New Norm Could Change Your Security Needs


The New Norm Causing New Workplace Crime Trends

In a December 2020 article published by safewise, it reported that car thefts and burglary of businesses rose during the pandemic across the country, with cities like Los Angeles, New York, Scarsdale, and Denver reporting the highest number of stolen vehicles last year. 


According to an FBI report, between January and June 20, vehicle thefts increased by 6% from the same period in 2019.  


Aside from car thefts, the new norm is seeing a growing number of burglaries of commercial businesses left vacant. Another notable trend is the sudden increase in retail break-ins, jumping 64% compared to the pre-pandemic year. 


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How to Prevent Thefts and Break-Ins 

Leading surveillance security expert CalAtlantic has shared some tips on how to prevent or at least deter thefts and break-ins with the use of “intelligent” security technologies. 

  • Install high-definition IP surveillance cameras 
  • Install a monitored alarm system 
  • Use analytic software


One of the most intelligent video analytics software is the InteleTraxs, which can analyze video data and eliminate irrelevant activities that often cause false alarms. 


Aside from creating a seamless integration with video management, the software can also track motion, dwell time and occupancy, classify objects, detect left or removed objects, recognize license plates, and “count” people and vehicles. 


To further prevent break-ins and burglary, CalAtlantic recommends these complementary measures: 

  • Replace traditional glass windows and other similar features to make break-ins difficult
  • Install safes in a hidden and secure place 
  • Limit access to inventory data and warehouse
  • Keep all areas well lit 
  • Increase visibility by trimming trees and shrubs and removing clutter in the workplace


Good visibility in and around the office and warehouse has been shown to deter intruders and burglars, especially when combined with alarm systems, security and surveillance cameras, security personnel, dogs, warning signs, and good lighting. 


A good rule of thumb is to provide two-way visibility in areas visible or open to the public; this is done by keeping the counters and windows clear (no obstructions from posters, displays, plants, etc.). In contrast, the inside of a workplace not open to the public should only provide one-way visibility, which is possible with glare-proof or mirrored glass windows and see-through curtains. 


Alarms integrated with security cameras and motion sensors can also deter break-ins and burglary. In general, a good alarm system has the following features: glass break detectors, doors with pressure or photocell sensors, audible alarms, heat and motion detectors inside the areas, keypads that allow system status check, and magnetic contacts on windows, doors, and gates. 


Important note: The alarm system and monitoring station (if it is monitored and managed by a service provider) must be fitted with a fail-safe battery backup.


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To learn more about protecting your business from theft and other similar threats with the use of smart alarm systems and surveillance cameras, contact CalAtlantic at (877) 686-5859 or click here to schedule an appointment.

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