Today’s criminals are more sophisticated than the bad guys of previous generations, according to the experts at GuardOne Security, a security patrol and remote video monitoring company.  

Armed with modern technology, criminals conduct sophisticated “homework” in advance of a crime, increasing their chances of a successful heist. They can easily gather information online about your business or property, the value of your assets, your daily operations, and much more. As criminals become more savvy, leveraging the latest tools and technologies to commit their crimes, companies must elevate their security systems accordingly to “outsmart” these masterminds and prevent being a target.

“If you have holes in your security system, modern criminals will find them. Whether it’s a lack of video monitoring on site, incapable or untrained security guards, or a gap between your detection and response to crime, the bad guys know exactly how to find a way in,” said Robert Copeland, president and CEO of GuardOne. “By combining tried-and-true techniques with 21st-century tools, criminals are leveraging their resources to successfully commit their crimes.  Therefore, businesses need to work with security experts that can stay a few steps ahead of the bad guys to keep their organizations, staff, customers, and property safe.”

To prevent various crimes from occurring, implement a modern security system that is capable of protecting your facilities, products, employees, products and other assets from these sophisticated criminals. Old-school, outdated or low-tech systems are no match for the modern criminal, according to Copeland.

He adds that the best security strategies enable seamless detection, assessment, and response. For example, strategically placed video monitoring could be used to detect a potential threat, virtual guards can quickly assess the situation at hand, and on-site guards can respond immediately to the intrusion. All of these measures should be integrated and work in tandem to keep your people and assets as safe and secure as possible.

Copeland says you should assume that potential criminals are watching your personal and professional social media posts and other online activities and be smart about what you share. Never post about being on vacation (that’s like inviting people to rob you!), having significant amounts of cash onsite, or anything else that might entice would-be robbers to make you their next target.  And while it may sound like common sense, here’s a reminder: don’t divulge details that could help potential bad guys pursue you, such as security passwords or the location of your safe, cash or other valuables.

While you can never fully eliminate all security risks from your business, it’s important to make your property as safe as possible to deter any potential threats. Staying in-tune with the mindset and capabilities of modern criminals is a great place to start.  Work with your security team to do a full assessment of your assets and risks, and create a security strategy that will work effectively for your specific situation.