Summer Crime to Properties – Is your facility secure?

By Industrial Door Company


You hear it on the news every summer – crime spikes in the city and suburbs! Is this something that should be a concern for a commercial property or place of business? Can that repair wait, and can you afford to find out?  Simple checks and maintenance of existing doorways, docks and gates as well as consideration of potential security gaps at a facility go a long way to preventing potentially costly mistakes.


Whether it is the heat, more people outside and more opportunities for crime, or juveniles on summer break, it is clear there is a whole lot more going on in the summertime and to pay attention to as a facility manager or business owner. There are many preventative solutions that businesses and commercial properties employ as well, from additional fencing and barriers, security grilles and enclosures of spaces to graffiti resistant products. If you are in the property management business, additional security measures and conveniences can help attract and retain tenants to your property as well:


Securing Dock Entrances and Overhead Doors


Folding Gates and Fencing Enclosures

Docks and overhead doors are often left open for ventilation in the summer, this creates a big opportunity for things to go missing! Thankfully there are many clever solutions on the marketplace tailored to these problems. A dock or garage door can be left open and made more secure with a variety of solutions, from simple folding gates to fencing enclosures, or even rigid sectional doors.


Pedestrian Door Security and Precautions


Servicing sagging doors and worn-out vulnerable components

There are a few ways to increase security at pedestrian or service door entryways – adding screen doors or folding gate solutions, as well as servicing old doors so they do not become pried open by thieves. We see many doors that are not quite aligned with the frame or the locking mechanism has become worn and could be tampered with to open the door. Simple service and maintenance, as well as replacement of worn components by one of our experienced field technicians can go a long way to increasing door security and increasing the lifespan of the door.


Folding Gates for Pedestrian Doors

Folding gates can also be installed on swing doors and give you the option of having a service door open while protected from intruders, as well as allow for additional security of entrances. They are relatively easy to install in existing entryways depending on available space.


Parking Garages and Lots


Parking lots and garages are expected to provide a secure space to store employee, tenant or visitor’s vehicles and property. Unsecured parking lots pose a risk for users expecting their valuables to be secure, and an opportunity for theft or break-in.


Parking Gates, Bicycle Enclosures

Bicycle racks are also at risk and many businesses and residences are now providing fenced-off bike shelters with controlled access for guests. A whole host of other unwanted visitors plague parking lots: tourists and shoppers parking illegally, non-tenants parking cars, and groups of teenagers loitering can create opportunity for crime or vandalism, at your expense! A proper gate with access control can eliminate these problems for many parking facilities.


Common Areas, Shops, Kiosks, Store-within a Store


Security Shutters, Security Partitions and Folding Grille Enclosures

Office buildings, rental properties, malls, large retailers and medical facilities often have small kiosks, coffee-shops and even store-within-a-store concepts. These provide the convenience for employees or guests and enhance the marketability of property or business. They also have a demand to be secured outside of business hours. Some of the solutions vary from security shutters at service windows, security partitions to folding grille enclosures. These are simple solutions to the potential problem of theft and tampering – and are easily installed and maintained. There are many options which do not detract from the visual aesthetic of a space as well, while providing security of the enclosed space.


Vandalism and Graffiti


Graffiti-proof doors

Many vandals enjoy the opportunity to make their mark, on your expensive service door! Counteract this with graffiti-resistant solutions, such as reinforced polyeurethane textured doors which make graffiti difficult and deter vandals from marking up and scratching your investment.


Remotes and Automatics


“If it can happen, it will.” This is a good mentality to have when evaluating the security of your building’s access points and entryways.


Remote Controls and Automatic Locks

Garage remotes can get lost or become stolen. Master keyed doors provide vulnerability to a business if the key becomes lost or stolen. We can help you upgrade to automated locks with keypads or keycards for guests or employees.


Light Curtains and Photo Eyes

Another overlooked point of liability are overhead doors with malfunctioning photo eyes. Employees, or unattentive and uninvited visitors can walk into the path of a rapidly closing rolling or sectional overhead door – increase the visibility of these doors by upgrading to a light curtain, or beam of light from above to detect and prevent potential collisions between person and door.

Keep Bugs, and People Out!

An overlooked summer concern is the intrusion of bugs, birds, raccoons, and other pests into facilities. Solutions, such as sectional-style expanded metal doors are tough enough to keep pests and people out.


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