Want to know the importance of a security system protecting your business after hours? Here's a quick look at the numbers: 60% of commercial burglaries happen after business hours.

Adding a couple of high-powered LED or floodlights may be a cheap no-brainer to help protect your business. But do motion sensors deter burglars? And is it a good idea to have a couple of lights be your business’s sole protector?

Continue reading to learn more about the role lights play in a business’s security system.

How Much of an Impact Do Lights Have on Deterring Crime?

Lights can deter crime, but only for a small number of criminals. Multiple factors play into a burglar’s decision to attack a business. And leaving your lights on only has a marginal impact on their decision.

Most businesses are located away from residential areas. So if there are lights on to spot suspicious activity, will there be anyone around to report it? The answer largely depends on the business’s location.

Best Practices for Using Lights for Security

If you’re going to use lights as a deterrent, there are a few best practices you should follow to maximize their effectiveness. For example, leaving your lights on all night can actually make it easier for a burglar to navigate the area and find entry points.

Instead, invest in motion sensor lights. When triggered, business owners can receive alerts that someone or something is nearby. Not to mention, the sudden flash of light might catch burglars off guard and prompt them to leave the area immediately.

Likewise, you can use automated light timers both inside and outside the building to mimic human behavior. When burglars believe people are occupying the building, there are far less likely to burglarize it.

How Lights Play a Part in a Business’s Security System

The best security deterrents are systems with multiple layers. Rather than solely relying on lights to deter crime, they should be an additional layer in your business’s security system.

Pairing your motion sensor lights with an alarm system is a great way to deter burglars and receive immediate alerts for suspicious activity. And covering your main points of entry with security cameras ensures you always have a birds-eye view of your business.

Want to learn the best way to build a security system that works for your business? Contact Vector Security today.