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Violence Prevention Starts with Security

Posted By ESA Communications, Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Our prayers 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 future.

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.

Surveillance 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.

Tags:  protection  security  video  Violence prevention 

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