Vandalism costs business owners an average of $3,370 per incident, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. That’s a hefty price to pay, but one that can be avoided.
Here are four tips to help deter criminal activity on your property.
Join a Business Watch Group
Like a neighborhood watch, but for merchants, a business watch group brings stakeholders together to discuss local crime activity and devise a plan to deter it.
This can include a group text to keep each other aware of problems in your business district, sharing resources, and developing an advertising campaign that discourages criminal activity. Local law enforcement is also available to make presentations t on crime prevention. And you can engage your chamber of commerce for additional resources.
Remove Graffiti Promptly
A defaced property appears neglected, making it a target for more vandalism.
When discovering graffiti, first take pictures and notify the authorities. Then have it removed as soon as possible. Failing to eliminate graffiti promptly can attract more crime and may even result in a fine. Simply cleaning up writings on the wall can help create a safer neighborhood.
After noticing the watchful eye of a camera, many people will think twice about committing a crime. They don’t want to risk getting caught. The extra peace of mind is well worth the cost of adding a camera system.
Install Unbreakable Light Fixtures
Unsurprisingly, most vandals prefer to do their dirty work in the dark. This is the reason why it’s not uncommon for business owners to discover broken light fixtures. Installing unbreakable light fixtures will give you an additional layer of protection. It’s also a good idea to install security lights in hard-to-reach places.
Bottom line: Vandalism doesn’t have to be inevitable. By staying vigilant, you can protect your home or business from criminal activity. If your property is vandalized, rely on Cut N Dry Restoration. Our certified professionals can fix any damage. Contact us at (909) 829-5002.