If a business wants to keep away late-night loiterers and cut back on the risk of vandalism or break-in, lighting is one of the best weapons in a security company’s arsenal. The fact is that criminals like to act under cover of darkness. That makes properly placed lighting an important counterpart to a commercial security system.
Types of Outdoor Lighting for Businesses
There are many ways to illuminate dark parts of a company’s property. Of course, local laws may regulate the brightness of lights or even how they are directed. Here are a few types of lighting companies need to be aware of:
- Step lights – Individual lights for each step are also a protection against personal injury suits.
- Lampposts – The perfect lighting tool for parking lots and walkways.
- Outdoor wall and ceiling lights – Lighting attached to the sides of a building or the ceiling in a covered lot help keep the building itself well lit.
- Flood lights – These are great for covering a large area, but they can upset neighbors if a business is in a tight area and they are not directed properly.
Location of Lights Is Vital
The placement of lights will accomplish specific security goals. For example,
- Lights in dark corners of a parking lot – These will limit after hours activities
- Entrances and ground floor windows – This helps to protect against break-in and theft
- Walkways – This protects workers leaving after dark (or customers if the business is open late)
- Near potential hiding places – For example, lights should cover bushes or tall grass where someone may otherwise be able to lie in wait.
Lighting and Monitored Surveillance Go Hand in Hand
When the outside of a business is well lit, surveillance cameras can get a better view of what is happening. This allows a monitoring service to respond quickly and accurately in an emergency.
NMC’s customer service representatives appreciate when well-lit commercial properties provide the opportunity to tell the difference between a shady character hanging around the property and an employee who came to the office late to get a little extra work done.