Sometimes a very visible security system is enough to deter a thief or vandal, and as such placing your alarms and security cameras out in full view is the best way to deter crime. However, if your business depends on the aesthetics or rustic appeal of your premises, these modern additions might not be an option for you.
If you need to preserve the look of a building without compromising its appearance, we’ve come up with some tips for making a discreet security plan.
Strongly enforcing the perimeter of your building will mean that you can afford to install fewer alarms inside the building. A check of the physical condition of your walls, windows and fences is essential, and then the outer security could be improved using CCTV, strong locks and entry systems, and alarms. A security plan like this is ideal if the building is standalone, such as a country house, hotel, manor, etc. because there is likely to be an existing perimeter fence that you can enforce.
However strong your outside security is, ideally you should still have alarms fitted inside the building. Wireless burglar alarms can be fitted discreetly without damaging the fabric of the building with a power supply – a bonus if it’s a protected building – and, when carefully planned, can be placed discreetly into inconspicuous places while still giving full coverage.
CCTV and Lighting
You may feel visible CCTV isn’t an option on the inside of the building, or even at the entrances. However, installing it around the perimeters could still prevent anyone from reaching the inside of the building. The cameras chosen can be small and placed discreetly for minimum impact. Clear signage that warns of the camera’s presence could be placed at points that could be considered easy entry points but that are out of the way of visitor’s eyes.
Good lighting, perhaps with a sensor to save energy, in darker outside areas is also worth considering. It would help deter crime but would also make any guests or visitors feel safer in the evening.