Sometimes it can be difficult to measure how well a security system is working. “You can’t measure crimes that aren’t committed,” says Steve Reed, security director at Arden Fair Mall in Sacramento, Calif.
In a retail environment, much of the security focuses on protecting the merchandise. Yet, the risks begin long before the merchandise makes it to the store. Security has to begin with the supply chain and in warehouses and distribution centers.
While a megapixel camera can provide long-distance, precise detail in surveillance applications, does that detail expand to the edges of the monitor display, or is the license plate on the edge of the screen out of focus?
My first meeting with security executives in Chicago in the early 1980s included some of those attendees getting into a fist fight, due in great part to the “two-fer” beverage policy at the now and should-have-been-then-closed policy of the Chicago Millionaire’s Club. No doubt, it’s good to see passion. But, overall, security has been in an obvious struggle within their organizations for many years, more often over budgets.
Schools, businesses and enterprises across the world have experienced a paradigm shift since the terrorist attacks on Paris and Belgium. As active shooters and terrorists get more creative in choosing and evaluating softer targets, security leaders are striving to keep their enterprises safe and alert without damaging the culture.