Loitering may not seem like a major problem at first glance, but it can harm your commercial plaza’s overall environment. While it is not a crime itself, it can lead to vandalism and other serious crimes if it’s not controlled. Moreover, the presence of loiterers and trespassers can make your customers feel unsafe and deter them from visiting your commercial shopping plaza.
One of the easiest and most effective tools to discourage loitering is to ensure good visibility within and around your plaza. Ensuring good lighting in and around your perimeter will deter intruders from trying to vandalize or break-into your commercial property. Identify all blind and dark spots around your property. Ensure all entries and exits are well lit. Safety and security are greatly enhanced by installing adequate lighting in parking lots, stairwells and dark hallways. Consider motion-activated lights for external areas and internal lights that make your building look occupied even when there is no one around. It is improbable for any troublemakers to be taking drugs in a well-lit area.
Limit access to your plaza building to a few monitored entrances. Protect them with appropriate security hardware. Maintain good visibility of all entryways, possible hiding spots around the property. You can also discourage loiterers by keeping your property clean and litter-free. Remove any graffiti or garbage immediately to promote a good environment for your customers.
Security guards can deal with loiterers, but they are costly and have often been proven inefficient. A much more dependable and less costly solution using the latest video surveillance technology is remote video monitoring (or video security guard as we call it). With this service, cameras with intelligent video analytics monitor high-risk points on your plaza. Whenever there is suspicious activity, these cameras alert professionally trained remote monitoring agents who can then view the camera feed in real-time. If there are loiterers or trespassers, the agents will warn them through a loudspeaker and siren to force them to leave the premises. If the problem persists, the monitoring agents can alert authorities if required or even dispatch a security guard to deter them further.