According to State Farm, proper placement of exterior lights and investing in durable equipment can deter crimes at your business (e.g. vandalism, theft and other suspicious activity).
Below, we overview how different types of lighting equipment coupled with strategic placement and maintenance enhances building security.
Evaluate Lighting Equipment
Outdoor lighting options vary in size, functionality and capabilities. Prior to purchasing lights, do your research to determine which equipment is suitable for your business’ specific needs. Some options include:
- Flood lights. Use these lights in areas that are prone to be darker or more spacious. They are well equipped to illuminate wide areas.
- Lampposts. Light up walkways, driveways or parking lots.
- Outdoor wall lights. Place these on the sides of your building, or near entryways, exits or other doors.
- Outdoor ceiling lights. Place in hooded or covered areas (e.g. parking garages, metal awnings).
- Spotlights. Use to light up your building, landscape or signage.
- Step lights. Place these anywhere you have exterior steps.
Also consider purchasing lights that enable smart or motion-sensor capabilities. These allow you to control settings remotely via smartphone, laptop or tablet, or pre-set schedules to turn lights on or off during specific times. Benefits also include reduced energy costs and receiving instant notifications on your smartphone if triggered.
Ensure Proper Placement
Once you have selected your equipment, determine where lights will be placed.
Some places to consider include:
- Areas that are naturally darker than others.
- Building signage.
- Doorways, entrances or exits.
- Parking lots or garages.
- By tall or large landscaping (e.g. trees, bushes).
- By valuable architecture or statues.
If you have questions or concerns as to where lighting equipment should be placed, work with your security vendor to discuss your unique outdoor lighting needs.
Maintain Lighting Equipment
Having the right equipment in the proper locations is only effective if lights are working properly. Ensure you maintain your lights over time.
Be conscious of your light bulbs’ life spans, and replace them prior to them going dark. If light bulbs break or burn out, change them immediately. Your security partner can help set up a regular maintenance schedule to confirm proper upkeep.