Surveillance Measures Should Be Evaluated For Optimal Security
surveillance, security, camera, crime, facility May 20, 2010
I'm Justin Smith, managing editor of web development for Building Operating Management
magazine. Today's tip: surveillance cameras. How much surveillance is too much? That was the question posed recently by the security measures in place in New York City's Times Square, where a man attempted to drive a car full of explosives to the site and then detonate it. Fortunately, he was not successful and a surveillance image of a man in the area of the attempted attack soon became a fixture on the news. Though the man was soon caught, questions remained: was the suspect the same man from the surveillance footage? Did the footage even lead to a suspect's arrest, given its poor quality? Writing about the incident, The Washington Post noted that some studies suggest crime is reduced by up to 15 percent in areas with surveillance cameras - especially in parking lots. Facility professionals can take a cue from this and evaluate the effectiveness of their surveillance situation. Are there enough cameras? Are they in the right places? Questions like this can prove helpful for facilities of all sizes.