go out to all those who lost or had a loved one wounded in the shooting in
Aurora, Colo. last week. In wake of this tragedy, many people are beginning to
ask if it could have been prevented. While we will never know the answer, it’s
important for our industry to begin working toward violence prevention for the
difficult question is what specifically can the electronic security industry
do? We believe our role as an
association and your role as a member is to educate businesses on ways to
protect their premises and install equipment that protects lives. Protection
means prevention and in this case, with the right protection, 12 deaths may
have been prevented.
We need to
work proactively with businesses that can benefit from having video surveillance
systems installed and monitored. Urge those businesses to install video cameras
in plain sight and post signs so that customers know they are being watched.
This simple act can deter property theft, violence and other criminal acts.
systems can also aide law enforcement officials with thwarting crimes. The
situation in Colorado was unique because many movie-goers were dressed in
costumes, which would make it difficult for a surveillance system to identify
an unusual individual. However, in most cases, surveillance systems can help
with quickly identifying and relaying suspicious behavior to authorities.
Be a part of
the solution; talk to local businesses and enlist help from law enforcement
officials. Together we can help prevent another senseless tragedy and protect
what’s most important to us; the lives of the ones we love.