Why and Where Should You Install Security Lighting? Sussex-based A&C Electrical Give The Rundown on Outdoor Security Lighting
Why Should You Install Security Lighting?
Did you know that in the UK, November, December and January are the darkest months of the year? At the moment we are in the middle of these dark months, and commercial properties are at risk of criminal damage, theft and arson from opportunistic offenders. In fact, figures from the Home Office show that 37% of commercial and wholesale businesses have been victims of crime since 2012.
Throughout the winter months, crime rates are elevated. Burglaries and car thefts increase and the chances of your office being broken into dramatically increases. According to The Independent, data from 16 police forces across the UK shows the number of burglaries could increase by as much as 26%.
The Main Reasons For Installing Security Lighting
According to the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, the main reasons you should install security lighting are:
- To deter intruders by creating a sense of unease and uncertainty
When automated lights are motion triggered it gives criminals the impression that their presence is known – either by someone inside, or watching, the building.
- To aid the detection of intruders
Using lights can help CCTV cameras and guards better see any bodies moving around near the buildings at night.
- To avoid creating shadows that can offer concealment
Intruders are afforded much less cover when the walls of your building are bathed in light.
Did You Know?
Installing Security Lighting can reduce the cost of your business insurance!
Where Should You Install Security Lighting?
The key with outdoor security lighting is placement. Where you put your lights matters just as much as having them in the first place. Here’s a short guide to the different schemes you can have for security lighting.
Perimeter Lighting should provide a well-illuminated strip around the area you want to be protected. Any intruder should have to pass through this well-lit area to get to whatever it is you’re protecting, and preferably you would also have a fence providing a physical barrier to entry – delaying the intruder and increase the chances of them being spotted by security personnel.
Glare lighting is a different tactic to perimeter, in that the aim is to direct light towards any intruder with a high intensity, which makes their path to entering more difficult to see, as well as confounding their senses and judgement.
Area lighting works with commercial properties that have large, open spaces, such as warehouses that have yards for vehicle storage. The aim is to provide widespread illumination of an area at all times, so that intruders are just as visible as they are during daylight hours.
One of the more well-known types of security lighting, flood lighting describes systems that illuminate vertical surfaces so that silhouettes and shadows of intruders can be seen against the illuminated background.
This is particularly useful for stand-alone buildings and should be used around doors, windows, and other possible access points for full effect.
These types of lights are especially effective at deterring intruders as they show immediate reactions to movement. This gives the intruder a sense that they are being watched, and that their actions are being monitored, even if no-one is in the building.
They should be used at your various entry points, particularly in areas close to doors and windows.